In the past 5 decades, the nonwovens business has exploded in all directions, reaching a global market worth US$ 40.5 billion in 2020, projected to grow to $ 53.5 billion by 2025. This annual growth rate of 5.7% is based on countless new applications and expansion into durable, as well as additional disposable, products.
Major growth drivers include the hygiene sector, and filtration media for power plants and air conditioning systems. The automotive industry is the second big growth area, with many new applications being pioneered.
The association for mechanical and electrical engineering industries and related technology-oriented sectors, Swissmem, along with the Swiss Textile Machinery Association, both Zurich/Switzerland, offer support to their members to meet the demands for higher productivity, sustainability and Industry 4.0 compatibility.
Key players must work with their customers on new concepts, while dedicated competence centers might also be regarded as a future option. 2 more important factors will be automation and energy saving. The associations will reinforce the efforts of its members to have a positive impact on the development and growth of the nonwovens industry.