LONDON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global non-woven fabrics market report. This research report also lists 17 other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period.
The growth of the global non-woven fabrics market is mainly driven by the increasing demand for hygiene and personal care products such as baby diapers, female hygiene products, and medical products. Spunlaid polypropylene fabrics are the primary focus for product innovation and product portfolio expansions. The players in the emerging markets are increasingly adopting the spunlaid technology by to increase their sales and reduce manufacturing costs. An increase in the use of non-woven fabrics in geotextiles and agro-textiles, especially in Asia, is also evident. The development of biodegradable non-woven fabrics is expected to aid in the expansion of the market.
Competitive vendor landscape
The global non-woven fabrics market is highly fragmented, with key players holding shares of less than 18%-22% of the market. The key players in the market are engaging in mergers and acquisitions to increase their market shares. Due to many mergers and acquisitions, there have been several changes in the global positions of the market players. The most important development in the market is the acquisition of AVINTIV.
“AVINTIV had taken over the Brazilian company Companhia Providência in 2014, thus removing its name from the list of vendors. The acquisition of Andrew Industries, a filtration company, by Lydall in 2014 and the acquisition of DuPont's Sontara spunlaced business by Jacob Holm in 2014 are some other examples of the mergers and acquisitions in the market,” says Swapnil Tejveer Sharma, a lead textile, fiber, and composites analyst from Technavio.
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Top five non-woven fabrics market vendors
Berry Plastics became one of the leading players in the non-woven fabrics market through its acquisition of AVINTIV in October 2015 for USD 2.3 billion. AVINTIV is one of the major players in the global non-woven fabrics market; it is involved in the manufacturing and sales of non-woven hygiene and personal care products. It has presence in 14 countries at 23 locations with 4,500 employees. It also has access to the broadest range of process technologies. The acquisition has helped Berry Plastics to expand its geographical presence and obtain a leading position in the global non-woven fabrics market.
Kimberly-Clark is a leader in the scientific and industrial wiping segments with well-known brands like WypAll and Kimtech. Their task-engineered WypAll wipers are a substitute for rags and rental shop towels and offer many superior environmental advantages.
In September 2014, DuPont sold its Sontara spunlaced business segment to Jacob Holm. This business segment was into production of spunlace non-woven fabrics for medical garments and wipes. The sale of this segment was a part of the company's growth strategy and included only 5% of DuPont's protection technologies. DuPont continues to lead the global non-woven fabrics market in end-user segments like construction, protective safety apparels, medical, and healthcare product packaging.
Ahlstrom manufactures and sells innovative fiber-based non-woven products which are highly breathable and lightweight. It has recently launched a new product in the medical nonwoven segment called VaporCool which is a product made from soft SMS fabric that aids in the regulation of the body temperature of the wearer. When the body temperature is high, the fabrics provide cooling effect through vaporization, and when it is low, the fabrics absorb the moisture and provide insulation.
Freudenberg being a major player in the global non-woven fabrics market has undergone a lot of changes in its business structure and name. In January 2015, Freudenberg Nonwovens merged with Freudenberg Politex Nonwovens to form Freudenberg Performance Materials. This combined company manufactures and supplies non-woven products to various end-user segments including the apparel industry, automotive industry, hygiene and medical sectors, shoe component products and construction materials. As soon as the Freudenberg Performance Materials was operational, it made 100% acquisition of Polymer Health Technology, U.K., which was a major supplier of polyurethane foams used in the application of advanced wound care. This has led Freudenberg to expand its product portfolio to include advanced wound care management.
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