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Global non-woven production has increased significantly! It is dangerous without upgrading equipment technology!

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(Summary description)In 2015, manufacturers of polypropylene spunbond and melt-woven fabrics in the nonwovens industry took full advantage of the market value of the technology, and the development momentum was full.

Global non-woven production has increased significantly! It is dangerous without upgrading equipment technology!

(Summary description)In 2015, manufacturers of polypropylene spunbond and melt-woven fabrics in the nonwovens industry took full advantage of the market value of the technology, and the development momentum was full.

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  • Time of issue:2019-08-14
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In 2015, manufacturers of polypropylene spunbond and melt-woven fabrics in the nonwovens industry took full advantage of the market value of the technology, and the development momentum was full. For example, Scalter, a non-woven fabric company in Argentina, announced that it has acquired a polypropylene spunbond production line with an annual output of 8,000 tons of non-woven fabrics from a Chinese company. It is reported that the production line contains two spunbond production lines, two chemical bonding lines, a thermal bonding line, a printing machine and a knitting machine, which are installed in the factory in Buenos Aires, which has improved the current scale of Scalter Some operational efficiency.

Investing in the most popular equipment now makes Scalter "comparable to any non-woven manufacturer in the world" in the future.

At the same time, South Korea's Toray’s Advanced Materials (referred to as Toray) company's fourth spunbond production in Nantong, China was completed at the end of June 2015. The TPN subsidiary located in Nantong becomes its largest non-woven factory, producing 77,000 tons of non-woven fabrics every year. The company has also set up non-woven fabric production plants in South Korea and Indonesia. The Indonesian plant is already building a second production line.

Learned from Toray that these factories were built to meet the growing market demand for disposable baby diapers. It is predicted that due to the improvement of China's income level and lifestyle, the demand for this product is expected to reach 38 billion per year in 2020. Toray plans to invest in the Chinese market to meet the market's demand for high-performance materials used in disposable diapers and strengthen the cost competitiveness of operations.

The driving force for the development of non-woven fabrics

Divid Price, a partner at Price Hanna Consultants, believes that the primary drivers of global polypropylene spunbond and melt spinning capacity are growing market demand and modern technology.

"Polypropylene spunbond and melt spinning technology is the world's most important non-woven production technology," DividPrice said, "This technology is mainly used in the hygiene products market, such as baby and adult diapers, women's hygiene products, these products are not The main application areas of spinning."

In addition, non-woven fabrics can also be used in the medical market (surgical gowns, disinfection sheets, sterilization bags), the construction market (including door/window covers, geotextiles), industrial or industrial special markets, as well as filtration and home improvement field.

"Overall, from 2014 to 2019, the global demand for non-woven fabrics is expected to grow at a rate of about 6% per year. And the unit weight of non-woven products will continue to decrease in the future." DividPrice said.

Non-woven fabrics' light weight is mainly due to technological progress. "Technical progress is an important reason for the growth of spunbond and melt-spun polypropylene nonwoven fabrics." Divid Price pointed out, "Technology in this field continues to steadily promote the update of equipment, so that more lightweight nonwoven fabrics can be more quickly Produced. Once the performance of the machine is fully developed under the impetus of technology, a larger amount of material can be produced at a lower cost."

In the company's latest report entitled "Spunbond and Melt Spun Nonwoven Polypropylene Global Capacity, Supply, Demand, and Manufacturing Economy 2009, 2014-2019", DividPrice discussed the main reasons affecting the profits of global producers through more details. These reasons include raw material cost fluctuations, unbalanced supply and demand, and the application of low-cost technologies.

The increase in demand in this area has led to an increase in the number of equipment used, especially in excellent producers throughout Asia and other parts of the world. Before 2018, a large increase in demand in Asia and South America will also trigger a large-scale installation of equipment.

  Divid Price emphasized that the introduction of new technologies has made the market's lightweight melt-spun non-woven fabrics optimally cost-effective. However, many manufacturers continue to measure the input-output ratio in consideration of the capital cost of introducing melt spinning technology. This problem has forced manufacturers to find partners to reduce financial burden.

"Manufacturers still using old technology must update the technology to obtain capacity and cost competitiveness that matches their needs. This driving force is very strong. In order not to fall behind, many manufacturers have begun to update the technology." Divid Price Say.

The Asia-Pacific market has a bright future

According to the research of a group of analysts of the international consulting agency GrandView Research, the reliable quality of polypropylene non-woven fabrics used in sanitary products is more prominent, so it is welcomed. From 2015 to 2022, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to achieve the highest growth (5.8%) in the production of polypropylene nonwoven fabrics.

In March 2015, Swedish hygiene products manufacturer SCA opened its first personal care and tissue production plant in Maharashtra, India. The company said that "India has a huge population, but the penetration rate of hygiene products is low, and the market in this field will be very promising in the future."

Divid Price also expressed support for this view when talking about the prospects of the global market. "Market demand in all regions is growing, especially in countries with low disposable non-woven supplies such as China, Africa, South Asia, and Asia-Pacific." He explained, "We estimate that from 2014 to 2015, Demand in these regions will usher in an annual growth of 7% to 11%. Therefore, the demand growth rate in these regions is expected to exceed the regions of the United States, Canada and Western Europe that have small population growth but high non-woven product penetration rates."

Despite the vast Indian market, it also faces some challenges. At the end of 2014, the American Nonwovens Association (INDA) held a basic training course on non-woven fabrics in Mumbai. Industry experts pointed out that the application of Indian spunbond technology is currently concentrated in textiles for packaging materials, and the development is backward. Fierce competition from Chinese manufacturers and more production capacity have led to the closure of some spunbond production plants in India.

Training course participants believe that India "needs urgently" to update product technology and all parties to support the market in this field. They also believe that the Indian government should pay attention to customs tariffs and support the manufacture of domestic value-added products.

Divid Price said that although China has a higher market share in this area, it has also recently experienced a slight decline. "Due to the high market saturation within Chinese cities, the demand for spunbond and melt-spun polypropylene nonwoven fabrics for the production of hygiene products has slowed down. However, in the rural areas of China where the penetration rate of nonwoven products is low, the demand is still expected to increase. , The product layout will be wider." Divid Price said.

He also added that in mature markets like Europe, there are still markets for disposable and durable non-woven products. Although the growth rate of demand is not high, the annual growth of 4% still provides market space.

The Greek company Thrace Group captured this market demand and purchased a production line of Faré to expand its production capacity. It is reported that the production line incorporates some innovative technologies that save energy and reduce the consumption of raw materials, which enables the Thrace Group and its customers to produce unique products that "meet future market demands."

Similarly, the Russian natural gas processing and petrochemical company Sibur has added more advanced polypropylene products, which are specially developed for the production of non-woven geotextiles and personal hygiene products, and have the characteristics of better texture and softer.

According to Divid Price, with the development of polypropylene spunbond and melt spinning technology, the next challenge is to obtain a better surface feel and softness. In addition, with the active participation of equipment manufacturers, more progress will be made in spinning, raw material use and other process areas.

"Overall, until 2019, polypropylene spunbond and melt-spun non-woven fabrics still have a lot of demand and room for growth." DividPrice said, "Based on the production line expansion project that has been completed and planned to be implemented, by 2019 A production line with an output of 335 million tons will also be built, and global production capacity will increase to 3.6 billion tons."

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