In terms of output by country, China and India have been changing steadily so production expansion in Asia depends heavily on these two countries. The nonwovens industry in those two countries will continue to grow as population rates increase. In addition to China and India, Thailand and Indonesia are expected to scale up in production due to the large population of the area despite low productivity.
In terms of processes, spunbond and meltblown occupy 45% of the market; needlepunch accounts for 27%, spunlace accounts for 11%, thermal bonded accounts for 6% and chemical bond represents 5%. In China and India, the quantity of production of spunbond/meltblown nonwovens is particularly large but in Korea, needlepunch production is just as large as spunbond/meltblown. Taiwan has decent sized needlepunch and spunlace markets, with both representing the same size.
Although various methods are used in different countries to process nonwovens, the spunbond/meltblown method is used in most countries for diapers.
China, India and Indonesia all have low penetration levels of diapers made from nonwovens and demand is expected to increase rapidly with the future economic development. Subsequently, the demand for spunbond/meltblown nonwovens will expand with the economic development of those countries.