The global nonwovens market will grow to be worth $50.8 billion in 2020, up from a value of $37.4 billion in 2015, according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Pira. Data shows that global consumption in 2015 was 9.0 million tonnes and this will increase at annual rate of 6.2 per cent and 7.2 per cent respectively over the next few years with consumption scheduled to reach 12.1 million tonnes in 2020.
Until the last decade, the nonwoven industry was primarily based in Europe, North America, and Japan. Now, nonwovens are produced on thousands of lines around the world. The nonwoven industry is now truly global and Asia is now the dominant nonwoven producing region, accounting for 42 percent of the world’s production in 2014. China accounts for a significant proportion (66 per cent) of the Asia volume and is now the most important nonwovens producer worldwide with production volume in 2014 estimated at 2.4 million tonnes and increasing gradually.
Bangladesh is rising as a significant player in nonwoven industry as it is being considered that the market is offering huge opportunities, which is a welcome sign for the nonwoven industry in Bangladesh. But against this large demand, there are only a few manufacturers who are producing nonwoven products. Hence, this large market is controlled by little number of countries. In that case, Bangladesh has large opportunity to capture this huge market by establishing a significant number of nonwoven fabric industries in Bangladesh.