4.4% growth of European nonwovens production during the last 10 years
The main end-use for nonwovens still is the hygiene market with a 29% share of deliveries, amounting to 793,000 tons and a growth of 1.5% in 2019. The most significant increases were in table linen (+12.3%) and electronic materials (+6.8%). In contrast, several important sectors showed limited or negative growth rates in terms of volumes sold. These include personal care wipes (+1.6%), building/roofing (-0.3%), civil engineering (-1.5%) and automotive interiors (-2.5%). Additionally, major declines were noticed in medical applications, garments, interlinings and wall coverings.
Regarding bonding processes for nonwovens, hydroentanglement has recorded the highest growth rate in 2019, at slightly more than 5.5%. Spunmelt nonwovens production recorded a growth of 0.6% compared to 2018. However, other bonding processes within the drylaid technologies as well as wetlaid nonwovens witnessed either flat or negative growth rates. These include thermally, air-through, chemically bonded and needled punched methods of bonding.