Sustainable nonwovens set to rise sharply

The global sustainable nonwovens market is projected to reach $12.2 billion by 2015, according to new research from Intertech Pira. The sector is due to have a CAGR of 12.7%, which is almost twice the 6.9% CAGR predicted over the same period for non-sustainable nonwovens.
By 2015, IntertechPira expects sustainable nonwovens to account for 30.6% of all nonwovens in value terms – a sharp rise from 24.1% ($4.5 billion) in 2005 and 25.3% ($6.7 billion) in 2010.
The findings show that Europe leads the way in sustainable nonwoven consumption, projected to be using almost 1.5 million tonnes by 2015, up from an estimated 786,000 tonnes in 2010.
North America is said to be the second largest market, projected to reach 1.1 billion tonnes in 2015 with a CAGR of 13.1% for the years 2010-15.
The report, entitled The Future of Sustainable Nonwovens to 2015: Global Market Forecasts, suggests that wipes are the most developed sustainable end use, with a 44.4% share of sustainable disposable nonwovens versus 25.8% of all disposable nonwovens. Hygiene is the least developed sustainable end use (37.7% of sustainable disposable nonwovens versus 59.4% of all disposable nonwovens).
Drylaid is said to lead all processes for sustainable nonwovens and by 2015 the process is expected to account 60% of all sustainable nonwovens (1.9 million tonnes).
Global consumption of raw materials for sustainable nonwovens is estimated at 1.8 million tonnes in 2010. As the sustainable nonwovens market grows, this is expected to hit 3.245 million tonnes by 2015. In 2010, wood pulp accounted for 35.1% of sustainable nonwoven raw materials, with rayon/ lyocell fibre second at 28.9%, and polyester fibre third at 16.3%.
While the overall increase in percentage of raw materials for sustainable nonwovens only increases from 17.1% in 2005 to 23.5% in 2105, this does equate to an additional 1.4 billion tonnes of sustainable materials in nonwovens in 2015. The total tonnes of raw materials in sustainable nonwovens increases from 812,000 tonnes in 2005 to 2.2 billion tonnes in 2015, a change of about 273%.

Source: WTiN

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