The results of its annual survey of European nonwovens production by the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, have been released. Providing a comprehensive overview of the sector, the latest statistics demonstrate the industry’s drive and durability during a period of unprecedented change to demand drivers and supply chains.
According to figures collected and compiled by Edana, production of nonwovens in Greater Europe grew by 7.2% in 2020 to reach 3,075 million tons (85.9 billion m²) with a total estimated turnover of € 9.55 billion. The total output of the 27 European Union countries is now over 2.15 million tons.
Spunmelt and drylaid hydroentangled nonwovens witnessed double-digit growth rates in both weight and surface area. Thanks to the development in similar applications as the aforementioned types, the growth in the wetlaid nonwovens was also substantial in 2020.
The main end-use for nonwovens remains the hygiene market with a 28% share of deliveries, amounting to 857,940 tons, a 9.6% growth in 2020. Due to the corona pandemic, the most obvious significant growth areas for nonwovens in 2020 were observed in medical (+118.0%) and wipes/personal wipes (+22.0%) followed by garments (+32.6%).
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