$1 billion meltblown nonwovens industry faces period of readjustment, latest Smithers market report finds
AKRON, OH, March 16, 2023-
Demand for N95 face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) has led to a surge in the consumption of meltblown nonwovens: the world market more than doubled in 2019-2020, from $808.9 million to $1.6 billion. Consumption of disposable nonwovens, almost quadrupled from $372.7 million (2019) to $1.2 billion (2020).
This consumption spike has not been sustained; it has dropped as the threat of the pandemic has receded. The latest exclusive data from Smithers – available to purchase now in The Future of Meltblown Nonwovens Markets to 2028 – shows how in 2023 global value will fall back to $1 billion at constant prices. Total volume will reach 253,500 tonnes; down from a peak of 367,800 tonnes in 2020.
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