According to figures collected and compiled by EDANA, the overall production of nonwovens in Europe grew by around 4.7% in 2014 to reach 2,165,000 tons. Despite two lower growth years in 2012 and 2013, the annual average growth rate has been nearly 5.3% since 2009. The association says, obviously, diverging trends can be observed in different European countries and between the various production processes of nonwovens.
“Spunmelt nonwovens recorded its highest growth rate since 2011 with 3.3%. Nevertheless, following two years at around +3%, the production of fiber-based materials, including drylaid, wetlaid and airlaid technologies, recorded an even higher increase of 5.9%. The highest apparent growth in tons were observed in hydroentanglement and needlepunched bonding processes within the drylaid production, with respectively + 9.3% and + 9.1%,” explains Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA’s market analysis and economic affairs director.
The hygiene market, which is still the main nonwoven end-use in volumes, has grown by 6.1% in 2014, following a limited growth of 1.8% in 2013. The main driver of this increase was the development observed in the incontinence market.
The most significant growth areas for nonwovens in 2014 were in personal care wipes (+12.1%), floor covering (+12.3%), civil engineering (+11.9%) and automotive interior (+13.1%), and positive evolution in those nonwovens materials used in electronic and food & beverage applications should also be highlighted.
The only major declines were noticed in garments and interlinings. However, these figures do not take into account specific grammage evolutions, which are available to EDANA members thanks to figures in surface area.
Prigneaux adds, “We would like to thank participating companies for their efforts in sending their input to us earlier year after year. Earlier delivery, combined with a better quality of data make these statistics ever more important for the industry, and give a valuable business tool to our member companies throughout the supply chain."
All EDANA members will have access first to an analysis of 2014 statistics through the EDANA Statistics App (available on IOS and Android, and at http://edanastatapp.org). Additionally, members will soon receive their complimentary copy of the report “2014 European Nonwovens Production and Deliveries.” In the meantime, EDANA nonwoven producers member companies will receive detailed data, in recognition of their participation to the annual survey.