Based on actual surveys and interviews with producers, enhancing the accuracy and relevance, a new study from INDA tracks machine additions, closures, and productivity improvements in North America (NA). The study “North American Nonwoven Materials Annual Study 2022” is the industry benchmark for capacity and production information for NA and the only publication that provides an estimate of operating rates, based on nameplate machine capacity, through the year 2022. The 72-page study contains 43 figures and 11 tables.
Among the findings from this year’s study, North American capacity continues to increase with investments being made across all the processes and for a variety of end-uses. The industry’s nameplate capacity utilization has increased year-over-year, for the 5th consecutive year.
»2022 was a period of economic adjustment and stabilization. We’re seeing a controlled and consistent transition back to pre-pandemic levels of nonwoven growth. «
Mark Snider, Chief Market & Industry Analyst, INDA
In 2022, capacity of nonwovens in NA reached 5.565 million tons, an increase from the previous year of 2.4% (net growth of 128,700 tons) and an improvement over the previous year’s growth rate of 1.8%.
North American imports, in tonnage, decreased 24.3% in 2022 and exports decreased 16.3% due to market stabilization after the corona pandemic. Nonwovens production tends to stay within the region, so the net trade balance (imports less exports) accounted for less than 5.5% of the region’s capacity.
The complete study from the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, INDA, Cary, NC/USA, is provided to producers who supplied key metrics. The Executive Summary, an overview of the findings and implications, will be offered to current INDA members on a complimentary basis. The detailed study is available for purchase, with members receiving a discount.