Non Woven Fabric Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Non-Woven Fabric Market
 
For the Quarter Ending December 2020
 
Asia
 
The Asian Non-Woven fabric market remained strongly supported by raised sentiments due to active restocking by the producers of protective clothing, masks and other preventative products. Prices in Southeast Asia surged during the quarter, following the trend of the feedstock Polypropylene (PP) which rose to an eight-month high during the October month. Availability of feedstock remained a key concern as several plant outages were heard in Japan and China during September and October. Chinese players which control the majority of supply directed to the US, stated that due to skyrocketing domestic demand, the export volumes remained tight with many suppliers facing trouble in securing sufficient volumes. Several economies (like India) reported Q-o-Q gains in the export volumes of certain non-woven used in masks and coveralls as their production levels rose in their efforts to ramp up outbound shipments.
 
North America
 
The American Non-Woven Fabric market witnessed strong Q-o-Q growth due to tight product availability from several Asian economies especially China. The regional buying interest remained upbeat due to strong demand for disinfectant wipes, face masks, disposable gowns and other personal protective equipment (PPE) amid surging COVID-19 cases. Upstream PP supply tightness and ease in lockdown restrictions kept the pricing range well above expectations. The hurricane-related plant disruptions heard in Q3 were resolved by Q4 along with the news of start-up of Braskem’s new plant which considerably eased the PP supply shortage. The demand for Non-Woven Fabric increased by 30-40% in the US since the start of the pandemic, a regional trader remarked.
 
Europe
 

Moving into the fourth quarter, the price of Non-Woven Fabric in the European market continued to feel the impact of supply shortage and by the end of the year prices had touched fresh hikes due to global surge in feedstock PP prices and rising container freight shortage. In October, EU remained the largest Non-Woven export market, registering an increase of about 18.9% over October 2019. Moreover, several German buyers were heard closing their January orders in advance looking at the exponential surge in COVID-19 cases. Regional producers continued to face the heat of surging feedstock PP triggering a spike in non-woven and fiber grades, which seemed to continue in the near-term.

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ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Non-Woven Fabric manufacturers, spread across the domestic and international markets, suppliers and dealers/distributors to gain insights into value-chains and demand-supply scenario to assess the market situation. Thorough study of the company’s annual reports and secondary sources such as exhaustive search on credible paid databases, including our internal database is done to verify the information. All the collected information is analyzed, evaluated and presented in chronological order to depict a meaningful and clear picture of the concerned market.

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Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.

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Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on monthly and yearly basis.

Finally, region-specific markets for Non-Woven Fabric are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.

About

Non-woven fabrics are flat, porous sheets or web structures made from staple fiber (short) and continuous fiber (long), bonded together into cohesive fabrics by using mechanical, thermal, solvent treatment or chemical force. Contrary to the traditional materials, like cotton, linen, wool, and silk; production of Non-Woven fabric does not require special weaving or knitting. Non-woven fabrics are used in a number of industries. In the healthcare industry, non-woven fabrics are used for making isolation gowns, surgical scrubs, and in packaging applications. In the carpeting industry, they are used for carpet backing and in the fashion industry these are used for making insulation and protection clothing, industrial workwear, chemical defense suits, shoes parts, etc. Different type of Non-woven Fabrics are available based on the method in which fibers are bonded together. Various production methods include mechanical bonding (fiber entanglement), chemical bonding (fibers are chemically bound using glue-like compounds), or thermal bonding (where heat is used to melt the fibers together).  Spun melt is a generic term used to describe the Non-woven webs manufactured directly from thermoplastic polymers. The product under consideration i.e., Polypropylene (PP) grade Non-Woven Fabric uses PP granules as the raw material which are extruded into filaments through spinnerets which are then attenuated through pair of hot cylinders acting as a bonding agent.