Production decreases on lower basis weights, economic challenges.
EDANA has released 2009 nonwovens statistics for Greater Europe. According to the trade organization’s findings, nonwovens production, by weight, has decreased 6.3% since 2008 with 1.6 billion tons produced due to challenging economic conditions and lower basis weight products.
After several years of double-digit growth, the weight of nonwovens sold to personal care wipes declined in 2009, but sales remained stable in terms of surface area, with minimal growth recorded. While total production figures, by weight, have fallen, the level of production in square meters did continue to grow. According to a comparison of a select group of companies in 2008 and 2009, the average price of nonwovens remained nearly unchanged between 2008 and 2009.
“While trade flows for both exports and imports slowed in 2009, the EU27 trade balance of nonwoven roll goods was still highly positive, in both volume and value,” said Jacques Prigneux, EDANA’s market analysis and economic affairs director. “Moreover, for each subcategory of nonwovens, EU27 is still a net exporter. This positive trade blanace helped contain the unfavorable trade balance of the European textile industry.”
The most significant decrease in tonnage has been recorded in polymer-based (spunmelt) nonwovens. In addition, despite a small decrease of nearly 2% of nonwovens deliveries to the hygiene business, this segment remains by far the largest in the industry and increase its makretshare in both weight and surface area last year.