In terms of value, polypropylene has been contributing the largest share to the spunbound nonwovens market, owing to its relatively low cost and high strength as compared to other material types. Some of the major products manufactured using polypropylene are baby, female, and adult hygiene diapers; drapes; bags; surgical disposables; and wipes. Medical is expected to be the fastest-growing application area in the spunbound nonwovens market in the coming years. The growing penetration of healthcare services and rising healthcare expenditure are boosting the demand for these fabrics in the medical industry.
On the basis of function, the category of disposable spunbound nonwovens is expected to hold a larger share in the spunbound nonwovens market during the forecast period. These fabrics are used for manufacturing of baby diapers, female hygiene pads, and adult diapers. The demand for disposable products is expected to rise on account of their repeated usage.
Globally, Asia-Pacific (APAC) has been leading the spunbound nonwovens market in terms of value and is estimated to hold more than 40% share in the market in 2017. China, India, and Japan are among the world’s most populated countries and generate high demand for the fabric for the manufacturing of personal hygiene products. Also, rapid industrialization in these countries is expected to boost the consumption of the fabric in automotive, building and construction, and packaging industries. Besides, growing population and expanding industrial base are expected to contribute to the growth of the market in APAC.
Hygiene and personal care facilitate protection from germs, restrict the spread of diseases, and is the dominant application area in the spunbound nonwovens market. With growing per capita income and increasing awareness on personal hygiene, the sale of products such as toddler training pants, feminine hygiene pads, and adult incontinence diapers is witnessing a steady rise. The market size for baby diapers, alone, is expected to exceed $70 billion by 2024. This is because of the high fertility rate and low infant mortality rate in the majority of the nations across the world.
Additionally, countries such as Japan, Germany, and Italy are witnessing rapid growth in their geriatric population, which is likely to boost the demand for adult incontinence products. Due to the aforementioned factors, the global spunbound nonwovens market is expected to witness considerable growth during the forecast period.
Countries like China, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Poland, and Malaysia have witnessed rapid economic transformation in the past few decades. A majority of these nations have a high population growth rate along with improved standard of living. These factors make these developing countries suitable markets for personal care and hygiene, and medical products. Besides, these countries have fast-growing construction and automotive industries, which are major end users of spunbound nonwovens. Hence, developing countries with a high economic growth rate are expected to contribute to the spunbound nonwovens market growth.