“Each production process obviously has its own specific trends depending on the evolution of the market segments,” says Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA’s market analysis and economic affairs director. “Spunmelt production recorded two successive growths of more than 9% in 2010 and 2011. Within the fiber-based products, while thermo-bonded nonwoven production has been quite flat over the last two years, spunlace production recovered the most, and was by far the most important drylaid output.”
Even if trade flows in and out of the European Union are still limited compared to local production, the exports of nonwovens to the rest of the world have never been as high as the current period for both volume and value. Last year, import into the region from China increased by 24% and China became the EU’s most important supplier. However, for each sub-category of nonwovens, the EU-27 remained a net exporter of products.