Market for wetlaid Nonwovens to grow to $686 million by 2019

The market for wetlaid nonwovens is forecast to grow from $534 million in 2014 to $686 million in 2019 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1%, according to a new market study by Smithers Apex.

The new study - The Future of Wetlaid Nonwovens to 2019 - examines global market trends for the historical period 2009¬-2014 and also provides forecasts for the period 2014-2019, giving data in value terms, tonnage, and square metreage. The study breaks down the global market for wetlaid nonwovens by product use, production process technology variants, raw material composition and consumption, and geographical consumption.

Wetlaid nonwovens are defined as any material produced using the wetlaid process which has at least 50% of its fibres with a length/diameter ratio of at least 300, or has at least 30% of its fibres with a length/diameter ratio of at least 600, or is produced using the double recrepe (DRC) process variant.

Wetlaid nonwovens are used in both disposable and durable end uses. Between 2009 and 2019, durable wetlaid nonwovens surpassed disposables in tonnage, square metreage, and value. In 2009 durable end uses consumed 88,900 tonnes; this increased to 111,600 tonnes in 2014, at an annual growth rate of 4.6%, and is forecast to increase to 145,900 tonnes in 2019, at an annual growth rate of 5.5%.

Disposable end uses experienced slower growth rates, with consumption in this sector increasing from 69,700 tonnes in 2009 to 79,100 tonnes in 2014, at an annual growth rate of 2.6%, and forecast to increase to 91,600 tonnes in 2019, at an annual growth rate of 3.0%.

Figure 1 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by end use 2009-2019 ('000 tonnes)

Source: Smithers Apex

Wetlaid nonwovens are enjoying a renaissance in some of the older, established markets while also participating in some of the newest nonwovens applications. Wall coverings are one of the older wetlaid end uses; historically paper products have been market leaders, but now wetlaid nonwovens, with improved performance, are replacing paper products at a time when the wall coverings market is growing again.

The replacement of paper and textiles in key markets like wall coverings and filtration is one of the key drivers responsible for the continued success of wetlaid nonwovens. Other major drivers include the increasing global movement towards more sustainable products and processes, the continuing need for processes able to convert short fibres into nonwovens, the ability to process difficult and diverse fibre types, like glass and carbon fibres, the increasing need for low cost nonwovens, with high speed processing and low cost raw materials, and the growing need for small volume specialty wetlaid products.

Based on extensive primary research, The Future of Wetlaid Nonwovens to 2019 identifies and quantifies market sizes/shares for processes, materials and end use, broken down by geographic region. This study provides a complete overview and detailed analysis, with exclusive charts and tables and expert analysis, ensuring you stay ahead of the competition.

The Future of Wetlaid Nonwovens to 2019 is available now for £3,950. For more information, please contact Brian Santos (US) at +207-781-9618 or bsantos@smithers.com or Lina Alousta (Europe/ rest of the world) at +44 (0) 1372 802017 or LAlousta@smithers.com.