The global polypropylene (PP) nonwoven fabric market size was valued at USD 26.3 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2016 to 2025. Nonwoven polypropylene fabric has been gaining importance and wide acceptance in the recent past on account of its superior quality over other non-knitted textiles mainly in the field of hygiene products.
Polypropylene polymer as well as fibers are key raw materials used for textile manufacturing. Higher birth rates, mostly in Asia Pacific region has triggered the demand for disposable consumer products such as baby diapers in the area. The outpouring demand for disposable consumer products is expected to remain a key driving factor for the global market.
U.S. PP nonwoven fabric market revenue by product, 2014-2025 (USD Million)
U.S. PP nonwoven fabric market
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Nonwoven PP fabrics have observed surge in demand for durable applications in construction, geotextile, and automotive industries mainly in India and China. Also, increasing geriatric population particularly in the Europe, U.S., and Japan will probably spur adult incontinence product demand, which is in turn expected to trigger the PP nonwoven fabric market over the forecast period.
However, volatile raw material prices in addition to stringent regulation imposed on downstream petrochemical processing is expected to remain a key challenge for the PP nonwoven textile industry. Various regulations have come up as a result of growing environmental concerns regarding the production and usage of polypropylene, as it is a petrochemical derivative. Market revenue in 2014 and 2015 has been affected by the lower polypropylene prices, and will probably gain momentum by mid-2017.
Polypropylene is a key petrochemical derivative used in various applications across different end-use industries and is obtained from crude oil. Competitors have shifted their focus to bio-based polypropylene development which is expected to create significant opportunities for market participants over the forecast period.
Spunbonded PP fabric observes highest market penetration and is the leading product segment in 2015. The segment is also expected to be the fastest growing product segment at an estimated CAGR of just over 9% from 2016 to 2025.
Spunbonded PP fabrics are used widely for manufacturing baby and adult diapers, feminine care and medical products including protective apparel. Various durable applications including agriculture, construction, coating substrates and battery separators can also be manufactured using these materials.
A key application of PP Nonwoven Fabric can be broadly classified as disposables and durables. Hygiene was as the leading application for PP nonwoven textile and held over 45% of total demand in 2015.
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