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    Nonwoven Filtration Market Growth Analysis

    Nonwoven Filtration Market Growth Analysis
    Report code - SR2570 Published On : Jun,2023 No. of Pages: 125
    Nonwoven Filtration Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth See more...

    Market Insights

    The Nonwoven Filtration Market is projected to witness a CAGR of 4.9% from 2023 to 2028, reaching a market value of US$ 8.4 billion.

    Nonwoven materials are engineered fabrics composed of fibers or filaments that are bonded together mechanically, thermally, or chemically. Unlike traditional woven fabrics, nonwoven fabrics are made directly from fibers without the need for weaving or knitting. For filtration, nonwoven materials are widely used due to their excellent filtration properties including high filtration efficiency, low-pressure drop, excellent dust-holding capacity, and easy disposability. Depending on the specific application, nonwoven filtration media can effectively capture and retain solid particles, liquids, and gases. Henceforth, they are used in automotive, healthcare, industrial manufacturing, water treatment, and air purification applications.

    Market Dynamics

    World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that Air pollution has been responsible for approximately 4.2 million premature deaths globally in 2019. Additionally, an estimated 829,000 individuals perish annually due to diarrhea caused by the consumption of unsafe drinking water. The alarming statistics on water and air pollution-related deaths highlight the urgent need for effective filtration systems; hence, the demand for 10.6 million tons of nonwoven fabrics is anticipated from 2023 to 2028.

    Air filtration dominates the market share, both in terms of volume and value, surpassing liquid filtration. This is primarily due to the significant demand from various sectors, including industrial, transportation, residential, commercial, and healthcare. The demand for indoor air purifiers has increased multi-fold recently. The air filtration segment is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.2% from 2023 to 2028, resulting in a market value of approximately US$ 5.7 billion by 2028.

    Due to its versatility and advantages, drylaid is the preferred method for manufacturing nonwoven filtration fabrics. It enables the production of a wide range of filtration materials with varying fiber compositions, thicknesses, and densities. The drylaid process provides better control over fabric characteristics and allows for customization to meet specific filtration requirements. Additionally, needle punching is a prominent consolidation technique used in conjunction with drylaid. According to Stratview's predictions, approximately 44.3% of the total demand for nonwoven filtration media fabrics, by volume, will be fulfilled using the drylaid method during 2023-2028.

    The nonwoven filtration market achieved a valuation of US$ 6.4 billion in 2022, exhibiting a year-on-year growth of 2.2%. This growth was primarily driven by the demand from key sectors, including automotive, HVAC, face masks and gowns, and water purifiers. Major players in nonwoven fabric manufacturing are Freudenberg, Hollingsworth & Vose, Berry Global Inc, and Ahlström Munksjo, which played a significant role in shaping the market landscape.

    This growth will be fueled by stringent regulatory frameworks, such as ASHRAE Standard 52.2, OSHA, EPA, BS VI, CWA, CDC, and FDA, which emphasize the importance of enhanced air and water quality.

    Recent Product Developments: Suppliers of nonwoven filtration fabrics place a strong emphasis on technology, sustainability, and advanced materials to remain competitive in the market.

    • Nano fiber-based new filter media: Freudenberg Filtration Technologies launched several new products including new filter elements based on high-performance nanofiber media for fine particle filtration in vehicle cabins. A premium cassette filter with lower flow resistance, longer service life, and a new burst protection grid.
    • Sustainable Filtration Materials: The industry is increasingly prioritizing the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly filtration materials. This has led to notable innovations, including the utilization of bio-based polymers, cellulose, and biodegradable materials in the production of nonwoven filtration fabrics. Prominent players like Gessner (Mativ), Freudenberg, and Hollingsworth & Vose have embraced cellulose as one of their key materials for creating nonwoven fabrics.

    Recent Market JVs and Acquisitions: Major nonwoven filtration fabric manufacturers are strategically acquiring companies with specialized expertize in specific sectors to expand their market penetration.

    • Freudenberg’s Filtration Technologies acquired RPS Products and Protect Plus Air: Freudenberg's Filtration Technologies in the United States has successfully acquired RPS Products and Protect Plus Air Holding. RPS Products is a filter manufacturer, whereas Protect Plus Air Holding specializes in selling air filters for residential and office buildings through retailers. These acquisitions not only enhance Freudenberg's business in North America but also enable the company to expand into a new market segment, specifically offering filter solutions for retail and office buildings.

    Segment Analysis


    List of Sub-Segments

    Dominant and Fastest-Growing Segments

    Application-Type Analysis

    Air Filtration and Liquid Filtration

    Air filtration is projected to continue as the primary driver of demand in the foreseeable future.

    Material-Type Analysis

    Polyester, Polypropylene, Nylon, Fiberglass, Bicomponent PET/coPET fibre, Bicomponent PET/PE fibre, Bicomponent PP/co-PP fibre, and Others

    Polyester is expected to retain its position as the top choice material in the years to come.

    Web-formation-Type Analysis

    Drylaid, Spunmelt, Wetlaid, and Airlaid

    Drylaid is anticipated to maintain its market leadership during the forecast period. The formation type is emerging as the preferred choice among other techniques.

    Regional Analysis

    North America, Europe, China, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World

    Asia-Pacific is poised to become the largest and fastest-growing market over the next six years.


    Application Trends

    The nonwoven filtration market is segmented into Air filtration and Liquid filtration. Air filtration is anticipated to continue to dominate the market during the forecast period. The factors include the increasing demand for automobiles, HVAC appliances, indoor air purifiers in residential and commercial buildings, and face and surgical masks. The rising concerns regarding air pollution have further contributed to the demand for effective filtration solutions.

    Additionally, government regulations, such as LEED Certification, ENERGY STAR, Indian Green Building Council, and European Union (EU) Emission Standards, have played a pivotal role in driving the adoption of filtration systems to ensure better air quality.

    Material Trends

    The nonwoven filtration market is segmented into Polyester, Polypropylene, Nylon, Fiberglass, Bicomponent PET/coPET fiber, Bicomponent PET/PE fiber, Bicomponent PP/co-PP fiber, and Others. Polyester is expected to be predominant in the market. Polyester fibers possess remarkable strength and durability, enabling them to endure demanding filtration processes without compromising their integrity.

    This durability ensures that the filtration fabric maintains its efficiency and longevity. Polyester also exhibits exceptional resistance to chemicals, abrasion, and moisture, which are critical factors in filtration applications. It retains its performance even under harsh conditions, guaranteeing consistent and reliable filtration performance over an extended period.

    Regional Analysis

    Asia-Pacific is anticipated to sustain its position as the market with the highest growth rate, demonstrating continued rapid expansion during the forecast period. China and India are home to a large number of major companies in the nonwoven filtration market. Renowned companies like Freudenberg, Berry Global Inc, and Ahlström Munksjo have a strong presence in these markets.

    Additionally, there are several local firms, such as Xinlong Holding, Tianjin TEDA Filters Co Ltd, Zhejiang Jiarui Filtration Technology Co Ltd, Ginni Spectra Pvt Ltd, Khosla Profil Pvt Ltd, and Foshan Nanhai Beautiful Nonwoven Co Ltd., that contribute significantly to the industry's growth. These companies collectively fuel the expansion of the nonwoven filtration market in the region. The presence of significant automotive companies, such as Tata Motors Limited, BYD Auto Co Ltd, Ashok Leyland Limited, and SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, ensures a sustained demand for nonwoven filtration fabrics.

    Key Players

    The market is highly populated with the presence of several local, regional, and global players. Most of the major players compete in some of the governing factors including price, product offerings, regional presence, etc. The following are the key players in the nonwoven filtration market:

    • Freudenberg
    • Ahlström Munksjo
    • Berry Global Inc
    • Gessner (Mativ)
    • Hollingsworth & Vose
    • Alekegen
    • Asahi Kasei Corporation
    • Welspun Advanced Textiles
    • Fibertex Nonwovens A/S

    Research Methodology

    This strategic assessment report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s Nonwoven Filtration market realities and future market possibilities for the forecast period. The report segments and analyzes the market in the most detailed manner in order to provide a panoramic view of the market.

    The vital data/information provided in the report can play a crucial role for the market participants as well as investors in the identification of the low-hanging fruits available in the market as well as to formulate the growth strategies to expedite their growth process.

    This report offers high-quality insights and is the outcome of a detailed research methodology comprising extensive secondary research, rigorous primary interviews with industry stakeholders, and validation and triangulation with Stratview Research’s internal database and statistical tools.

    More than 1,000 authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, fact books, press releases, journals, investor presentations, white papers, patents, and articles, have been leveraged to gather the data. We conducted more than 15 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts to obtain both qualitative and quantitative insights.

    Report Features

    This report provides market intelligence in the most comprehensive way. The report structure has been kept such that it offers maximum business value. It provides critical insights into the market dynamics and will enable strategic decision-making for the existing market players as well as those willing to enter the market.

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    In-depth Analysis of the Nonwoven Filtration Market 

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    Global, regional, and country-level historical data and forecasts

    Which are the most attractive market segments?

    Market segment analysis and forecast

    Which are the top players and their market positioning?

    Competitive landscape analysis, Market share analysis

    How complex is the business environment?

    Porter’s five forces analysis, PEST analysis, Life cycle analysis

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    Drivers & challenges

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    The nonwoven filtration market is estimated to grow at a steady CAGR of 4.9% by 2028 as the automotive industry, surgical mask market, air purifier sector, and HVAC sales have witnessed a significant rise in demand. This increase can be attributed to growing awareness about air and water pollution concerns. In response, regulatory bodies have implemented measures to maintain proper water and air quality standards.

    Freudenberg, Ahlstrm Munksjo, Berry Global Inc, Gessner (Mativ), Hollingsworth & Vose, Alekegen, Asahi Kasei Corporation, SANDLER NONWOVEN CORPORATION, Welspun Advanced Textiles, and Fibertex Nonwovens A/S are the leading players in the nonwoven filtration market.

    Asia-Pacific is expected to maintain its dominant position in the nonwoven filtration market, holding a significant market share of 44% by volume. This region's strong performance can be attributed to a combination of factors. Firstly, the robust growth in automobile production (projected to reach approximately 57 million vehicles by 2028) continues, driving the demand for nonwoven filtration fabrics.

    Drylaid is widely preferred for nonwoven filtration fabric production due to its customizable characteristics, consistent web formation, and excellent strength. It allows for the creation of diverse filtration materials with different fiber compositions.

    Air filtration is anticipated to continue to dominate the market during the forecast period. The factors include the increasing demand for automobiles, HVAC appliances, indoor air purifiers in residential and commercial buildings, and face and surgical masks.


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