Demand for disposable nonwovens is forecast to grow at a healthy rate in the coming years. Growth will be due in part to greater demand among the growing upper and middle classes in Asia for consumer goods which offer higher performance and are of higher added value, such as diapers and feminine hygiene products. At the same time, the market for flushable wipes is growing strongly.
Reflecting the potential for growth in these markets, a number of nonwoven fabric producers are investing in new production lines in a bid to take advantage and increase sales. At the same time, the new lines are providing producers with the latest technologies which are enabling them to produce thinner, lighter weight fabrics that are cheaper to produce and satisfy the demand for hygiene products which are less bulky.
The world’s largest nonwovens company, Berry Plastics, has announced plans to install a new line in the US to offer customers softer materials. Also, following the installation of a new carding line, the company has launched several new products for the hygiene market.
Kimberly-Clark is adding new lines for making baby wipes and diaper pants in Singapore as it continues to look to emerging markets for growth in its consumer products businesses.