Nonwovens are broadly defined as sheet or web structures bonded together by entangling fiber or filaments (and by perforating films) mechanically, thermally, or chemically. They are flat, porous sheets that are made directly from separate fibers or from molten plastic or plastic film. 3D Nonwovens are the ones with significant thickness or high bulk and other shell structures with a 3D contour. China is a leading producer and exporter of all types of textiles, including 3D Nonwovens and the European Union is the largest importer and consumer of textiles globally.
3D Nonwovens market size is forecast to reach $691.3 million by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 20.9% during 2021-2026. Global economies are currently recovering from the consequences of the globe-sweeping COVID-19 pandemic. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the 3D Nonwovens wipes industry continued to operate, providing tools for slowing and reducing the impact of the virus.
Due to the recommendations from WHO and the healthcare community, the necessity to use sanitizes, gloves, masks and wipes have become the norm globally. The nonwoven wipes industry has hence experienced a huge surge in demand that has challenged all stages of the supply chain. Disinfecting wipes have been supplied in record numbers, and demand for antibacterial wipes and healthcare wipes has also increased to extraordinary rates. It is not estimated that for some wipe segments this elevated demand will remain in place for the next few years, and overall global 3D nonwoven wipes demand through 2025 will exceed previous projections.
Automotive Textiles segment held the largest share of 26% in the 3D Nonwovens market in 2020. Automobile textiles play a pivotal role in making car ambient and free from infections and diseases. Nonwoven aims to contribute nonwoven fabrics for the automobiles, which makes cars ambient, more attractive, infections free, cost-effective and more sustainable. Automotive Textile are widely used in vehicles like cars, trains, buses, aircrafts and marine vehicles..
Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the 3D Nonwovens market. Major players in the 3D Nonwovens market are Reifenhauser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik, Freudenberg, Andritz AG, Lindauer DORNIER GmbH, Gehring-Tricot Corp., Apex Mills, Oerlikon, Berry Global Inc., Avgol Nonwovens, Teijin Frontier and others.