In 2020, North American nonwovens capacity increased to almost 5.6 million tons, a net increase of 0.7% (39,000 tons) over 2019. This growth figure accounts for not only the addition of new lines, but also machine productivity increases and line closures. In the last 3 years, 51 lines have come online and 22 lines have been shut-down. Furthermore, as a result of the corona pandemic some of the new line additions planned for 2020 have shifted to 2021.
These are some of the results from the 8th annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report, published by the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, INDA, Cary, NC/USA. Based on extensive research, producer surveys and interviews with industry leaders, the 72-page report provides an overall view of North American supply, including the key metrics of capacity, production and operating rates, in addition to regional trade, through the year 2020.
The nonwovens business is expanding faster than the economy as production growth exceeded GDP in the USA for the 7th consecutive year. The nonwovens industry has responded to the pandemic and will continue to provide materials that keep the surfaces that are touched clean, make safe the air we breathe, and provide a barrier to keep bodies safe.
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