Nonwoven fabrics have become an extremely important segment of the textile industry in recent years. Nonwoven was a term used to designate something that was not woven. It also indicated that a nonwoven is a fabric made of fibres that are consolidated in different ways.

Nonwovens do not depend on the interlacing of yarn for internal cohesion. Intrinsically they have neither an organized geometrical structure. They are essentially the result of the relationship between one single fiber and another. This provides nonwoven fabrics with characteristics of their own, with new or better properties (absorption, filtration) and therefore opens them up to other applications.

Nonwoven can be elaborated as a manufactured sheet, web or batt of directionally or randomly orientated fibres, bonded by friction, and/or cohesion and/or adhesion, excluding paper and products which are woven, knitted, tufted, stitch?bonded incorporating binding yarns or filaments, or felted by wet?milling, whether or not additionally needled. The fibres may be of natural or man?made origin. They may be stapled or continuous filaments or be formed in situ.

Non-woven fabrics are made in two main ways: they are either felted or they are bonded. These are engineered fabrics that may be single-use, have a limited life or be very durable. This type of fabric provides specific functions such as absorbency, liquid repellency, resilience, stretch, softness, strength, flame retardancy, washability, cushioning, thermal insulation, acoustic insulation, filtration, use as a bacterial barrier and sterility. Many nonwoven textiles are destined for industrial uses, such as geotextiles for road reinforcement and ground and soil stabilization, roofing and insulation, dust cloths and wipes, home furnishings, and filters. They appear in garments and others wearing the apparel as either durable or disposable products. 

  • USD 24.26 Billion

    Projected market size of global non-woven fabrics in 2017

  • USD 34.85 Billion

    Projected market size of global non-woven fabrics in 2022

Global non-woven fabrics market size is projected to grow from USD 24.26 Billion in 2017 to USD 34.85 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.51%. The non-woven fabrics market is witnessing considerable growth due to the growth of modern healthcare in developing markets and rise in awareness of environmentally friendly fabrics. This market has immense opportunities due to an increase in the importance of geotextiles and the proliferation of new technologies. In addition, regulatory frameworks are promoting the usage of non-woven fabrics. Factors such as volatility in the price of raw materials and the complexity of the supply chain are the major challenges faced by the non-woven fabric market.