The Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, NC/USA, and the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, have published a new report that forecasts strong market demand for nonwovens materials through the next 5 years, according to the Worldwide Outlook for the Nonwovens Industry, 2018-2023.
The report includes detailed regional information and forecasts on production, technology and investment requirements for North America, Greater Europe, Asia and the South America region. The report further features regional views of economic growth, population, product by end use, and trade flows. Among the highlights of the report:
• In the historical period (2008–2018) production increased 5.7%, led by growth in spunbond/spunmelt and drylaid hydroentanglement.
• China leads the growth in production, adding an additional 3.3 million tons from the end of 2008 through to 2018, representing a 10.8% annual growth rate.
• Across the nonwovens end use segments, transportation and wipes production expanded at the fastest rates, while absorbent hygiene applications recorded the highest incremental volume, with 1.3 million tons.
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