Following the impressive growth recorded in 2020, the updated figures for Greater Europe (incl. Western and Eastern European countries, Turkey, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine) have again highlight the ability of the European industry to innovate and to invest in order to respond the challenges of the pandemic crisis. The international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, has released its statistics on Nonwovens Production and Deliveries for 2021.
Nonwovens production in Greater Europe in 2021 increased in volume by 2.0% to reach more than 3.1 million tons (and 87.6 billion m²). Since 2019, European output has increased by nearly 9%.
In 2021, significant growth areas for nonwovens were recorded in building construction (+17.4%), agriculture (+11.3%), electronic materials (+10.1%) and air filtration (+9.1%). Countering this, a further decline of -1% was recorded in automotive interior applications. In some market segments, a comparison with the pre-Covid situation is probably more relevant. This is particularly true in hygiene, medical and wipes nonwovens, which were almost flat or slightly decreasing compared to the level reached in 2020, but still much higher than in 2019.
Looking at the different production processes of nonwovens, various trends were observed in 2021. The production of fiber-based materials, including drylaid, wetlaid, and airlaid technologies, recorded divergent growth rates (respectively +2.4%, +1.1% and -4.8%), and spunmelt nonwovens recorded a growth rate of +3.1%. In drylaid, the highest growth in tons was observed in needlepunched, with a 6.4% increase. The production of drylaid-hydroentangled, which peaked in 2020, was at the same level a year later.
Further statistical detail and analysis is available in the report “2021 European Nonwovens Market Insights