The Asia Pacific and the Middle East nonwoven materials and products market is highly fragmented. The market is led by multinational chemical companies which have a strong regional presence. Some of the key players in the market are Freudenberg SE, Du Pont, Polymer Group Incorporation, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. In order to capture the market share, manufacturers are increasingly emphasizing on innovation and customization, states a new study by Transparency Market Research (TMR). The threat from substitutes is low and will remain low as nonwoven fabrics are being substituted in place of plastics, woven fabrics, and fibers. The threat of new entrants will remain medium in the coming years.
According to the report, the Asia Pacific nonwoven materials and products market is expected to be worth US$18,166.8 mn by 2019. The Middle East nonwoven materials and products market is estimated to be worth US$2,462.1 mn by 2019. On the basis of product, the polypropylene fabric segment is expected to continue its leading position and account for a significant percent of the market by 2019. By application, the durable applications segment will retain its leading position in the market through 2019. On the basis of geography, China led the Asia Pacific market in the past. In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Egypt collectively accounted for over 60% of the market in the past.
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High Demand from Healthcare and Medical Sectors to Drive Nonwoven Materials and Products Market
The improvement in infection prevention standards is one of the key factors driving the Asia Pacific and the Middle East nonwoven materials and products market. The rising number of hospital, outpatient, and surgical procedures is another factor driving the market in these regions. The popularity of nonwoven products is increasing over the years in the healthcare and medical industry owing to the ability of these products to generate barriers through the additional coating on personal protective apparel. Nonwoven materials are used for making nonwoven garments such as patient and surgical gowns, face masks, surgical drapes, beddings, underpads, adult shields, and undergarments, thus driving the market. The increasing percentage of geriatric population is aiding the growth of the market. In addition to this, the growing desire to enhance the quality of life is also driving the nonwoven materials and products market.
“The robust growth of the geotextiles industry owing to the rapid infrastructural developments across Asia Pacific is creating a huge demand for nonwoven materials and products,” says a TMR analyst. On the other hand, nonwoven materials and products make use of raw materials that are toxic by nature and this can be harmful for users. Wearing toxic fibers and fabrics made from polyester, rayon, nylon, acrylic, and acetate can result in health hazards such as cancer and hormonal dysfunction, and may also create behavioral and immunity issues. This will act as a challenge for the market.
Use of Nonwoven Fabrics in Construction Industry to Emerge as Opportunity
The construction industry has many applications for nonwoven fabrics. They can be used in wall coverings, coating substrates, roofing products, and home furnishings. Since the construction industry is flourishing in Asia Pacific, it creates a positive outlook for the nonwoven materials and products market in the future.
This information is based on the findings of a report published by Transparency Market Research, titled “Nonwoven Materials and Products Market - Asia Pacific and Middle East Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019.”
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The Asia Pacific and the Middle East nonwoven materials and products market is segmented as follows:
Nonwoven Materials and Products Market: Product Segment Analysis
- Others (Including cellulosics, bio-component fibers, nano-fibers, etc.)
Nonwoven Materials and Products Market: Application Segment Analysis
- Disposables (Including medical products, disposable wipes, filters, etc.)
- Durables (Including wall coverings, home furnishings, geo-textiles, etc.)
Nonwoven Materials and Products Market: Regional Analysis
- Asia Pacific
- Middle East
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