The global spunmelt nonwoven fabrics market accounted for US$ 22.30 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach US$ 47.48 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 8.7% during the forecast period, according to the latest report titled Spunmelt Non-woven Fabrics - Global Market Outlook (2017-2026) published by Research and Markets.
Some of the key factors influencing the market are growth of modern healthcare in developing markets, rise in the birth rate in emerging economies and increase in geriatric population in western countries. However, volatility in the prices of raw materials, concerns about balancing performance and cost among small manufacturers restricts the market growth of spunmelt nonwoven fabrics market.
Spunmelt nonwoven fabric is a fabric-like material made from staple fibre and long fibre, bonded together by chemical, mechanical, heat or solvent treatment. The term is used in the textiles manufacturing industry to denote fabrics, such as felt, which are neither woven nor knitted. Some nonwoven materials lack sufficient strength unless densified or reinforced by a backing. In recent years, nonwoven has become an alternative to polyurethane foam.
Based on application, upholstery segment is expected to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period. Upholstery is the work of providing furniture, especially seats, with padding, springs, webbing, and fabric or leather covers. It is equally applicable to domestic, automobile, airplane and boat furniture, and can be applied to mattresses, particularly the upper layers, though these often differ significantly in design.