03. June 2019 | Nonwovens & Technical Textiles
EU Nonwoven Production: 2.76 Mio. tAccording to figures collected and compiled by Edana, the overall production of nonwovens in Europe grew by around 1.3 percent in 2018 to reach 2,760,000 tons. Over the last decade, the annual average growth rate has been nearly 4 percent.
Jacques Prigneaux, Edana’s market analysis and economic affairs director, advises: “Despite a slowdown in some important market segments and increasing competition from abroad, the European nonwovens industry showed again its strength, resilience and ability to innovate.”
Obviously, diverging trends can be observed in different European countries and between the various production processes of nonwovens. Overall spunmelt output was almost flat (+ 0.9 percent over 2017) while drylaid technologies recorded an increase of 2.1 percent. The highest apparent growth within drylaid production (in tons) was observed in air-through and hydroentanglement bonding processes, with respectively +7.6 percent and +4.7 percent.
The hygiene market, still the main end-use for nonwovens by volume, grew by 1.7 percent in 2018, following a growth of 2.7 percent in 2017. The main driver of this increase was the development observed in the incontinence market.
The most meaningful developments in tonnage for nonwovens in 2018 were in sales of roll goods for personal care wipes (+2.9 percent), floor covering (-1.2 percent), civil engineering (-0.3 percent), automotive interior (-0.5 percent), electronics (+2.8 percent) and food & beverage applications (+5.7 percent). However, these figures do not take into account specific grammage evolutions, which are available to Edana members thanks to figures in surface area.