Increasing demand for baby diapers, adult incontinence products and feminine disposable products has been the key factor to drive PP nonwoven fabrics market over the past few years and trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. Increasing birth rate in countries such as India and China is the key factor to boost the diapers demand in these regions. This trend is expected to fuel the market growth over the foreseeable period. Market penetration of PP nonwoven fabrics in durable applications especially in Asia Pacific and Middle East regions are anticipated to augment the market growth in near future. Increasing consumer preference towards PP nonwoven fabrics over other nonwoven fabrics owing to its superior quality and advantages in manufacturing hygiene products is the key factor expected to boost the demand over the next five years. Increasing application scope of PP nonwoven fabrics in geotextiles, construction and automotives are anticipated to complement the market growth in near future. Growth of these end-use industries in emerging countries of Asia Pacific and Latin America such as India, China and Brazil is anticipated to boost PP nonwoven fabrics demand. However, PP volatile prices owing to fluctuations in crude oil prices over the past few years have been affecting the profitability of industry participants negatively. In addition, increasing environmental concerns coupled with stringent regulations from government bodies such as EPA is expected to hamper the market growth over the forecast period.
Spunbonded, staples, composite and meltblown are the major product types of PP nonwoven fabrics market. Spun bonded was the largest product segment for the market in 2013 followed by staples. Spunbonded nonwoven fabrics are extensively used in baby diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine disposable products and other medical products. Owing to its widespread application base, it is expected to remain as the largest product segment and witness the fastest growth in near future. In addition, spunbonded nonwoven fabrics are also used in durable application such as construction, automotive, battery separation and coating substrates. Growth of these end-use applications is anticipated to have positive light on market growth. Staples and meltblown have been witnessing significant growth over the past few years. Composite Nonwoven fabrics are expected to witness strong growth in near future owing to increasing demand for composites across the industrial applications.
On broad scale, applications of PP nonwoven fabrics include disposable and durable application. But on the narrow scale, applications such as hygiene, medical, industrial, furniture, carpet, geotextiles and agriculture have been considered in this report.
Hygiene emerged as the leading application segment for PP nonwoven fabrics market in 2013 followed by construction. Hygiene applications include the manufacturing of baby and adult diapers, feminine disposable products and wipes among others. However, hygiene is expected to lose its market share to construction sector in near future. Construction is the second major market for PP nonwoven fabrics on account of increasing construction projects in emerging countries such as India, China and Brazil. Increasing demand for protective apparels in medical sector is the other key application to complement the market growth over the forecast period.
Asia pacific was the largest regional market for PP nonwoven fabrics owing to strong demand from end-use industries in this region. Within Asia Pacific, India and China has been witnessing strong growth over the past few years and trend is expected to continue over the forecast period. Middle East and Latin America are expected to witness significant growth over the foreseeable period. However, Europe and North America are relatively mature markets and have been witnessing sluggish growth over the past five years.
Global PP nonwoven fabrics market is highly fragmented with numerous presence of SMSEs across the globe, However, Large companies are acquiring small companies in order to reduce competition in long run and increase their market share. Key player in this market include Avgol Industries Ltd., Fibertex, Fiberweb PLC, First Quality, Toray Industries, Mitsui Group and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
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