European nonwovens production down 6.3% in 2009

Europe_abroadEDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries has just released its statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2009.
The figures for Greater Europe, including Turkey and CIS, reveal that as a result of the recent recession, but also of the industry’s effort to provide lighter weight nonwovens – using less material for the same function – the production of nonwovens has contracted in weight by 6.3% from 2008, with 1,609,819 tonnes of nonwovens produced in 2009.
This compares with the growth in the industry of 1.2% in 2008.
After several years of double digit growth, the weight of nonwovens sold to the personal care wipes market declined in 2009, but sales remained stable in terms of surface area, with minimal growth recorded. While total production figures by weight, have fallen, the level of production in square metres did continue to grow  to nearly 51,000 million in 2009.
According to a comparison of a select group of companies in 2008 and 2009, the average price of nonwovens has remained almost unchanged from 2008 to 2009.
The total turnover of the industry in 2009 is estimated at around €4,790 million.
In announcing the topline results of the report at the EDANA International Nonwovens Symposium in Baveno, Milan, Italy, Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA’s market analysis and economic affairs director observed: “While trade flows for both exports and imports slowed in 2009, the EU27 trade balance of nonwovens roll goods was still highly positive, in both volume and in value.
“In addition, for each subcategory of nonwovens, EU27 is still a net exporter. This positive trade balance helped contain the unfavourable trade balance of the overall European textile industry.”
The most significant fall in tonnage has been recorded in polymer-based (spunmelt) nonwovens. In addition, despite a small decrease of nearly 2 % of nonwoven deliveries (in tonnes) to the hygiene business, this segment remains by far the largest outlet of the industry and increased its market share both in weight and surface area in 2009.
After several years of double digit growth, the amount of nonwovens sold to the personal care wipes market declined in 2009, but sales remained stable, with minimal growth recorded.
While the largest contractions were observed in civil engineering, home furnishing, industrial wipes and automotive, medical applications recorded notable positive development.
Detailed data is only available to EDANA member companies.


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