The Future of Wetlaid Nonwovens to 2023

Wetlaid nonwovens is produced using two processes, wetlaid or the DRC.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 30 Mar 2018
Product format: Digital Copy, Hard Copy
Number of tables: 85
Number of figures: 16
  • Global wetlaid nonwovens consumption in 2018 is 460,900 tonnes, equal to 11.3 billion square metres and $1.3 billion. Annual growth rates of tonnage equals 4.0% (2013-18) and 5.0% (2018-23). Annual growth rate of square metre consumption is 3.2% (2013-18) and 5.4% (2018-23). Annual growth rate of consumption at 4.7% (2013-18) and 5.6% (2018-23). As value per tonne and square metre grows - more “higher value” specialty products like battery separators and wall coverings.
  • This report highlights four wetlaid nonwoven processes. These are standard synthetic fibre/pulp wetlaid, DRC, synthetic fibre wetlaid and glass fibre based wetlaid.  A fifth variant is hydroentangled wetlaid, which is used primarily in flushable wipes. This is a spunlace variant and is therefore covered only briefly in the report.

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Our exclusive content:

  • In-depth analysis on the key trends driving the global wetlaid nonwovens market.
  • Five-year market forecasts broken down by process technology, raw material, end use and geography.
  • Over 100 tables and figures of exclusive industry data based on primary and secondary research.

What methodology is used?

The Future of Wetlaid Nonwovens to 2023 is based on both primary and secondary research. Primary research included interviews with key participants in marketing, sales, production and product development for the entire wovens and nonwovens supply chain. Key participants interviewed included personnel from producers and raw material suppliers, industry experts from major process equipment suppliers and industry consultants. Secondary research included information developed from technical literature, reports, papers, conference proceedings, company information, trade business or government sources.

What will you discover?

  • Forecasts by material, process, end use and geographic region.
  • An insight on key market players in the industry and understand the competitive environment.  
  • Thorough breakdown of key drivers and trends shaping the wetlaid nonwovens market.

Who should buy this report?

  • Raw material suppliers and converters
  • Manufacturers
  • Brand owners and retailers
  • Consultants and analysts
  • Machinery suppliers

table of contents

Executive summary. xi

  • Introduction. xi

Introduction and methodology. 1

  • Introduction. 1
  • Scope. 1
  • Methodology. 6
  • Definitions. 6

Key drivers and trends for wetlaid nonwovens. 14

  • Introduction. 14
  • Wetlaid nonwovens supply chain. 15
  • Profit pool participation. 18
  • Regulations. 20
    • Regulations on industrial wipes. 21
    • Regulations of emissions from diesel engines. 21
    • Regulations on hospital acquired infections (HAIs) 22
    • Regulations on food safety. 23
    • Regulations on flammability of bedding. 24
    • Regulations on flushable wipes. 24
  • Current/projected consumer trends. 25
  • SWOT Analysis. 26
    • Strengths. 27
    • Weaknesses. 27
    • Opportunities. 27
    • Threats. 28
  • Key drivers. 28
    • User requirements. 29
    • Sustainability requirements. 30
    • Retail trends. 31

Wetlaid nonwovens market by process. 34

  • Introduction. 34
  • Wetlaid nonwoven process variants. 36
    • Standard synthetic fibre/pulp wetlaid nonwoven. 38
      • Fibre dispersion. 39
      • Web formation. 40
      • Web drying. 41
      • Bonding. 41
    • Double recrepe (DRC) 43
    • All Synthetic Wetlaid. 46
    • Glass based wetlaid nonwovens. 47
    • Hydroentangled wetlaid. 48

Wetlaid nonwovens market by material type. 50

  • Introduction. 50
  • Analysis of Raw Materials in Nonwovens. 54
  • Fibres. 55
    • Polypropylene Fibre. 55
    • Polyester Fibre. 57
    • Rayon /lyocell 58
      • Rayon. 59
      • Lyocell 60
    • Bicomponent Fibre. 61
    • Wood Pulp. 63
      • Specialty Paper Pulp. 65
    • Other fibres. 66
      • Abaca. 67
      • Glass fibre. 67
  • Other 68
    • Binders/additives. 68
      • Standard Latex Binder 70

Wetlaid nonwoven market by end use. 72

  • Introduction. 72
  • Wetlaid nonwoven markets. 74
    • Wetlaid nonwoven end uses. 76
      • Disposable end uses. 78
        • Hygiene. 79
        • Medical 80
        • Wipes. 81
        • Other end uses – disposable. 84
      • Durable end uses. 86
        • Shoe Components/Leather 87
        • Coating Substrates. 88
        • Wallcoverings/Household. 89
        • Liquid Filtration. 91
        • Air & Gas Filtration. 92
        • Building/roofing. 94
        • Other end uses – durable. 95

Wetlaid nonwovens market by region. 98

  • Introduction. 98
  • North America. 104
    • Overview.. 104
    • Wetlaid nonwovens end uses in North America. 104
    • Wetlaid nonwovens consumption in North America by process variant 107
  • South America. 109
    • Overview.. 109
    • Wetlaid nonwovens consumption in South America. 109
    • Nonwoven Consumption in South America by Process Variant 112
  • Europe. 114
    • Overview.. 114
    • Wetlaid nonwovens consumption in Europe by end use. 114
    • Nonwoven Consumption in Europe by Process Variant 117
  • Asia. 118
    • Overview.. 118
    • Asian consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by end use. 119
    • Nonwoven Consumption in Asia by Process Variant 123
  • Rest of World (ROW) 124
    • Overview.. 124
    • Wetlaid nonwovens end uses in Rest of World (ROW) 124
    • Wetlaid nonwovens consumption in Rest of World (ROW) by process variant 127

Company profiles. 129

  • Ahlstrom (Ahlstrom Munksjo) 131
  • Glatfelter 132
  • Freudenberg. 133
  • Kimberly-Clark. 134
  • Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V) 136
  • Johns Manville. 136
  • Lydall 137
  • Sellars Nonwovens. 138
  • Suominen. 138

tables and figures

List of figures

  • Figure 0‑1 Wetlaid nonwovens market by type 2018, by value (% share) xii
  • Figure 0‑2 Wetlaid nonwovens market by type 2023, by value (% share) xii
  • Figure 0‑3 Wetlaid nonwovens market by end use in 2018, by value (% share) xv
  • Figure 0‑4 Wetlaid nonwovens market by end use in 2023, by value (% share) xvi
  • Figure 0‑5 Major wetlaid nonwoven producers (nonwoven sales for 2016) xx
  • Figure 2‑1 Supply chain for wetlaid nonwovens. 16
  • Figure 2‑2 Profit pool participation for wetlaid nonwovens. 19
  • Figure 3‑1 Market share of wetlaid nonwovens by process variant, 2018 (‘000 tonnes) 37
  • Figure 3‑2 Market share of wetlaid nonwovens by process variant, 2018 (‘000 tonnes) 37
  • Figure 3‑3 Standard wetlaid nonwovens process. 39
  • Figure 3‑4 Schematic of the DRC Process. 43
  • Figure 4‑1 Market share of raw materials for wetlaid nonwovens, 2018 (by tonnes) 53
  • Figure 4‑2 Market share of raw materials for wetlaid nonwovens, 2023 (by tonnes) 53
  • Figure 5‑1 Wetlaid nonwovens market share by end use, 2018 (tonnes) 77
  • Figure 5‑2 Wetlaid nonwovens market share by end use, 2023 (tonnes) 77
  • Figure 7‑1 Major wetlaid nonwovens producers (nonwovens sales for 2016) 130

List of tables

  • Table 2‑1 Key regulations for wetlaid nonwovens, 2018. 25
  • Table 2‑2 SWOT analysis for wetlaid nonwovens, 2018. 26
  • Table 3‑1 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by process variant, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 34
  • Table 3‑2 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by process variant, 2013-23 ($ million) 36
  • Table 3‑3 Global consumption of standard wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 42
  • Table 3‑4 Global consumption of standard wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 43
  • Table 3‑5 Global consumption of DRC wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 44
  • Table 3‑6 Global consumption of standard wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 45
  • Table 3‑7 Global consumption of all synthetic fibre wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 46
  • Table 3‑8 Global consumption of all synthetic fibre wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 47
  • Table 3‑9 Global consumption of glass based wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 47
  • Table 3‑10 Global consumption of glass based wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 48
  • Table 4‑1 Global consumption of raw materials for wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-21 ('000 tonnes) 51
  • Table 4‑2 Global consumption of raw materials for wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-21 ($ million) 52
  • Table 4‑3 Global consumption of polypropylene fibre in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 56
  • Table 4‑4 Global consumption of polypropylene fibre in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 56
  • Table 4‑5 Global consumption of polyester fibre in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 57
  • Table 4‑6 Global consumption of polyester fibre in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 57
  • Table 4‑7 Global consumption of rayon/lyocell in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 59
  • Table 4‑8 Global consumption of rayon/lyocell in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 59
  • Table 4‑9 Global consumption of bicomponent fibre in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 62
  • Table 4‑10 Global consumption of bicomponent fibre in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 63
  • Table 4‑11 Global consumption of wood pulp in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 64
  • Table 4‑12 Global consumption of wood pulp in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 65
  • Table 4‑13 Global consumption of other fibres in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 66
  • Table 4‑14 Global consumption of other fibres in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 66
  • Table 4‑15 Global consumption of binder/additives in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 69
  • Table 4‑16 Global consumption of binder/additives in wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($ million) 70
  • Table 5‑1 Wetlaid nonwoven consumption versus all other nonwovens, 2013-23 (tonnes) 73
  • Table 5‑2 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by end use, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 74
  • Table 5‑3 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by end use, 2013-23 ($ millions) 75
  • Table 5‑4 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for disposable markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 78
  • Table 5‑5 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for disposable markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 78
  • Table 5‑6 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for hygiene markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 79
  • Table 5‑7 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for hygiene markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 79
  • Table 5‑8 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for medical markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 80
  • Table 5‑9 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for medical markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 80
  • Table 5‑10 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for personal care wipes markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 82
  • Table 5‑11 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for personal care wipes markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 82
  • Table 5‑12 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for industrial wipes markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 84
  • Table 5‑13 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for industrial wipes markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 84
  • Table 5‑14 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for other disposable markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 85
  • Table 5‑15 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for other disposable markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 86
  • Table 5‑16 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for durable markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 87
  • Table 5‑17 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for durable markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 87
  • Table 5‑18 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for shoe components and leather markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 88
  • Table 5‑19 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for shoe components and leather markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 88
  • Table 5‑20 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for coating substrate markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 89
  • Table 5‑21 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for coating substrate markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 89
  • Table 5‑22 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for wallcovering/household markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 90
  • Table 5‑23 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for wallcovering/household markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 90
  • Table 5‑24 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for liquid filtration markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 92
  • Table 5‑25 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for liquid filtration markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 92
  • Table 5‑26 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for air & gas filtration markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 93
  • Table 5‑27 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for air & gas filtration markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 93
  • Table 5‑28 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for building and roofing markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 94
  • Table 5‑29 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for building and roofing markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 94
  • Table 5‑30 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for other durable markets, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 96
  • Table 5‑31 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens for other durable markets, 2013-23 ($ million) 97
  • Table 6‑1 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ($, m2, tonnes) 98
  • Table 6‑2 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by geographic region, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 99
  • Table 6‑3 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by geographic region, 2013-23 (millions square metres) 101
  • Table 6‑4 Global consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by geographic region, 2013-23 (million dollars) 102
  • Table 6‑5 North American consumption of disposable wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-2023 ('000 tonnes) 104
  • Table 6‑6 North American consumption of disposable wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (millions square meters) 106
  • Table 6‑7 North American consumption of disposable wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (millions $) 107
  • Table 6‑8 North American wetlaid nonwovens consumption by process variant, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 108
  • Table 6‑9 South American consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 110
  • Table 6‑10 South American consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (millions square meters) 111
  • Table 6‑11 South American consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (millions $) 112
  • Table 6‑12 South American wetlaid nonwovens consumption by process, 2013-2023 (‘000 tonnes) 112
  • Table 6‑13 European consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-2023 ('000 tonnes) 115
  • Table 6‑14 European consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-2023 (millions square. 116
  • Table 6‑15  European consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-2023 (millions $) 116
  • Table 6‑16 European wetlaid nonwovens consumption by process, 2013-2023 (‘000 tonnes) 117
  • Table 6‑17 Asian consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by end use, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 119
  • Table 6‑18 Asian consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by end use, 2013-23 (millions square meters) 121
  • Table 6‑19 Asian consumption of wetlaid nonwovens by end use, 2013-23 (millions $) 122
  • Table 6‑20 Asian wetlaid nonwovens consumption by process variant, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 123
  • Table 6‑21 ROW consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 ('000 tonnes) 125
  • Table 6‑22 ROW consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (millions square meters) 125
  • Table 6‑23 ROW consumption of wetlaid nonwovens, 2013-23 (millions $) 126
  • Table 6‑24 Rest of World (ROW) wetlaid nonwovens consumption by process variant, 2013-23 (‘000 tonnes) 127
  • Table 7‑1 Major wetlaid nonwovens producers. 130
  • Table 7‑2 Key participants in the wetlaid nonwovens supply chain. 131