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Spunbond Nonwoven Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Function (Disposable and Durable), By Material (Polypropylene, Polyethylene, Polyester, and Others), By Application (Personal Care & Hygiene, Geotextiles, Medical, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

Last Updated: April 29, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI102384



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The global spunbond Nonwoven market size was USD 13.01 billion in 2020. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with the product witnessing a negative demand shock across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a huge decline of -1.9% in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 13.68 billion in 2021 to USD 20.79 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 6.2% during the 2021-2028 period. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.

Spunbond Nonwoven are a collection of unbroken filaments made through fiber spinning, netting formation and then bonding process. The aforementioned product fabric is majorly manufactured through the spunbond process as it provides the shortest route to transform polymer into fabrics. The rising application of Nonwoven fabrics in manufacturing of personal care & hygiene products such as wipes, sanitary items, and masks is surging the market demand. Additionally, the pandemic has affected the market severely, however, the spun bond Nonwoven fabrics consumption in the medical industry have created market opportunities. The material has primary application in dressings, surgical drapes, wipes, and bandages. The product demand from other end-use industries such as geotextiles and automotive is further propelling the market.

COVID-19 Pandemic had Moderate Impact on Market Due to Closure of Manufacturing Activities

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the industries such as automotive, geotextiles, filtration, and textiles and halted the manufacturing of these industries products. The supply chain disruption created a decline in demand for spunbond Nonwoven material due to production closures from the end-users. Moreover, regulations over preventive measures taken for laborers to work also further affected the overall production output. However, the pandemic has also positively affected the market as demand for products rose at a rapid pace as a result of use in the medical industry. The demand for products such as masks, gowns, medical wipes, and bandages arose as a solution for protection against the spread of disease. Moreover, rule of using face masks and other hygiene products to prevent oneself from virus spread in public vicinity boosted the product demand amid the pandemic while benefiting the market.


Asia Pacific Spunbond Nonwoven Market Size

Increasing Development in Disposable Products to Create Growth Opportunities

The increasing adoption of spunbond Nonwoven has led to development, upgradation, and innovation of disposable products for application in personal care such as baby diapers, adult incontinence products, and medical products such as covers, face masks, gowns, gloves, and wipes. The properties of products such as flexibility, durability, lightweight, and easy processing while providing one time use of products is leading to high production of disposable products.

Moreover, changing preferences of consumers leading to frequent use of disposable products following the current trend is leading manufacturers to accelerate and offers newer and advanced Nonwoven products. Disposable products are majorly used in the personal care & hygiene industry, and growth in this industry due to rising consumer awareness about health and hygiene is creating opportunities for the market.


Increase in Demand from Personal Care and Medical Industries to Support Market Growth

Personal care and medical industries are growing at a rapid pace due to technological advancement and economic development, which in turn leading to high demand for technical textiles. They are used for making masks, gloves, bandages, and surgical gowns. Additionally, the outbreak of Covid-19 has caused consumer awareness for personal hygiene leading to use of disposable face masks and gloves for daily use. Companies are also supporting and manufacturing new products to meet the growing consumer demand during the pandemic. Moreover, reducing chances of infection, maintenance of personal hygiene is expected to become a trend in the coming years. This will aid the spunbond Nonwoven material consumption during the forecast period.


Volatility of Raw Material Prices to Affect Market

The factor restraining the market growth is the volatility of raw materials prices. The raw materials are polypropylene, polyethylene, and polyester. Prices of these raw materials fluctuate on a daily basis and can lead to high manufacturing costs. Moreover, rising pollution rate due to disposable Nonwoven products being thrown out regularly along with daily medical waste added to the litter pile is a concerning factor to the government. This has resulted in regulations in various countries over use of these raw materials to reduce the pollution rate, thus limiting the market growth.


By Function Analysis

Disposable Segment to Remain Major Material in Market

Based on function, the market is segmented into disposables, and durables. 

Disposable segment includes products such as face masks, hygiene products, sanitary napkins, face wipes, and is accounted for the dominant share in the market. The growth in the segment can be associated with the uses such as one-time use, cheap price, and better quality, thus resulting in high for spunbond Nonwoven products. Moreover, consumer preference for disposable products due to its relative convenience is further driving the segment growth.

Durable segment is expected to have significant growth during the forecast period. The segment includes use of spun Nonwoven for automotive & aerospace, geotextiles, floor & furnishings, and building & construction applications. The product has high demand for these applications due to breathable and nonbreaking properties. Use of Nonwoven products to improve the aesthetics of automotive and furnishing is propelling the spunbond Nonwoven market growth.

By Material Analysis

Polypropylene Segment to have Fastest Growth During Forecast Period

Based on material, the market is segmented into polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester, and others.  

Polypropylene accounted for the largest share in the market due to easy availability and processability, and low cost of the material. The polypropylene based Nonwoven products demand is driven by the rising use of personal care & hygiene and medical care products. Moreover, polyethylene Nonwoven products are used in both commercial and residential building structures and for geotextile applications. Thus, growth in these industries from investment and population growth is driving the demand for polypropylene spunbond Nonwoven products.

Polyester segment is growing at a rapid pace as a result of high use of polyester fabric for various applications in the flooring & furnishing and automotive & aerospace industries. Rise in the residential structures has led to high demand for carpeted flooring and appealing aesthetics of home, thus creating opportunities for market growth. The rising demand is also supported by the trend of customization of interior of automobiles, further supporting the market. Other segments include materials such as polyamides and nylon which are expensive and used in geotextile applications. Growing construction activities along with applications in filtration, landfills, and erosion control shall drive the market.

By Application Analysis

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Personal Care & Hygiene Segment Accounted for Dominant Share in Market

Based on application, the market is categorized into personal care & hygiene, geotextile, medical, and others.

Personal care & hygiene segment has the largest application share for spunbond Nonwoven. The segment is growing due to high demand for products such as adult diapers, and feminine care products. Rising consumer awareness for hygiene as a result of covid-19 has further led to use of masks & gloves in daily life, further leading to segment growth. Geotextiles segment is growing due to increasing usage for construction applications such as roads, landfills, harbors, railroad, and drainage structures for enhancing the soil stabilization. This along with spending by the government on infrastructure projects is anticipated to drive the segment growth.

Medical segment growth can be attributed to the growth in the healthcare industry due to increase in diseases and consumer spending to have good health. These Nonwoven products are used for making gloves, masks, surgical gowns, bedsheets, and curtains. The mentioned products are of high importance in hospitals, medical institutions, and clinics. Thus, an increase in the number of healthcare structures is surging the segment. Other segments which include application of spunbond Nonwoven products are automotive, construction, and furnishings. Thus, a rise in demand for automobiles and residential buildings from the consumers is expected to drive the market.


Asia Pacific Spunbond Nonwoven Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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The market in Asia Pacific stood at USD 5.44 billion in 2020. The region accounted for the largest value in the global market due to growth in economic development and rising population, leading to high demand for personal care & hygiene products. The population in the region is on continuous rise which is leading to growth in construction, automotive, and medical industries. This growth is leading to high consumption of spunbond Nonwoven products, thus surging the market growth.

North America is expected to have substantial growth during the forecasted period of 2021 to 2028. The rise in the medical industry is the primary factor driving the market in the region. The consumers are more aware about the health and prevalence of diseases, leading to high spending on healthcare services. This supported by the technological advancement in the medical industry of the region is supporting the growth in market size.

Europe is expected to witness considerable growth due to the rising production of automobiles in the region. The manufacturers in the region are in continuous effort to provide advanced solutions to appeal to the consumers, among which customization is one of them. This has created opportunities for the market which is expected to grow as Nonwoven products are used to improve the interior appeal of automobiles.

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Latin America and the Middle East & Africa fall under the economically developing regions, thus accounting for substantial growth. The easy raw material availability supported by the low cost Nonwoven production in the region is leading to a high number of Nonwoven product manufacturers to enter the market. This has resulted in market growth supported by the improving construction industry as a result of modernization of society in the region. 


Capacity Expansion and Opening of Production Facilities by Key Players to Strengthen Positions

The major leaders in the market are Aktieselskabet Schouw & Co., DuPont, MITSUI CHEMICALS AMERICA, INC., Asahi Kasei Corporation, PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o., and Toray Industries, Inc. Major companies profiled are adopting strategies such as increasing global presence by capacity improvement, and new product development, and investment to gain competitive advantage in the global market. For example, PFN has announced expansion in South Africa with investment of USD 41.47 million to develop the manufacturing facility. Moreover, the company had also announced new production lines in the Czech Republic and the U.S. to produce medical fabrics for medical health crises amid COVID-19.


  • Aktieselskabet Schouw & Co. (Denmark)

  • DuPont (U.S.)


  • Asahi Kasei Corporation (Japan)

  • PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o. (Czech Republic)

  • Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan)

  • KOLON Industries, Inc. (South Korea)

  • Berry Global Inc. (U.S.)

  • Avgol Industries (Israel)

  • RadiciGroup (Italy)


  • March 2021 – Fibertex Nonwovens, a subsidiary of Schouw & Co. made an investment of USD 47.82 million for capacity expansion in two company plants in U.S. The company is also investing the same amount in plants in Europe for capacity expansion in Czech Republic and Turkey.


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The market report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, applications, and types. Also, the report offers insights into market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses various factors that have contributed to the growth of the spunbond market over recent years.

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By Function, By Material, By Application, and By Geography

By Function

  • Disposable

  • Durable

By Material Type


  • Polypropylene

  • Polyethylene

  • Polyester

  • Others

By Application

  • Personal Care & Hygiene

  • Geotextiles

  • Medical

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (By Function, By Material, By Application)

    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)

  • Europe (By Function, By Material, By Application)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • Poland (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • U.K. (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)

  • Asia Pacific (By Function, By Material, By Application)

    • China (By Application)

    • Japan (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application)

  • Latin America (By Function, By Material, By Application)

    • Brazil (By Application)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Application)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Function, By Material, By Application)

    • Saudi Arabia (By Application)

    • Egypt (By Application)

    • South Africa (By Application)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Application)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 13.01 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 20.79 billion by 2028.

In 2020, the market size stood at USD 13.01 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 6.2%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2021-2028).

The polypropylene segment is expected to be the leading material.

The rise in demand for disposable products in developed and developing countries is expected to drive market growth.

Aktieselskabet Schouw & Co., DuPont, Asahi Kasei Corporation, PFNonwovens Holding s.r.o., Toray Industries, Inc. are a few leading market players.

Asia Pacific dominated the global market in 2020.

Growing medical industry is a driving the adoption of spunbond Nonwoven.

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