Nonwoven Industry is a Pollution Free Industry
The worldwide nonwoven industry has grown steadily at about 7.5% per annum in tonnage in the last decade. While the nonwoven industries growth in North America, Europe and Japan has slowed with maturity, these countries are still growing at 5% per annum. A significant portion of worldwide nonwoven expansion is due to the rising demand for these materials as emerging economies like Asia expands. India and China are the key players contributing to this growth.
As nonwovens and technical textiles have been considered to be the most promising and dynamic segment of the textile industry, the demand and consumption of nonwovens and technical textiles will grow enormously in the near future.
The Nonwoven Future
The current Indian production levels in Nonwovens are miniscule by developed world standards. It is expected the production level to touch 1.0 million tons in ten years which would mean a very high growth rate.
The nonwovens consumption is directly related to economic development and per-capita income of the population. As over 60% nonwovens usage is in disposable products, the availability of surplus income and increase in hygiene awareness are important factors for growth.
The final nonwovens product is affordable by current market prices and industry will grow rapidly when taken up by large world players. The advent of supermarkets makes the marketing of these products easier.
Indian Nonwovens industry is competent but limited by old technology and second hand machines. We need to invest in latest technology for markets in Filtration, Geotextiles, medical textiles and Protective textiles.
There is also a huge scope in Agricultural textiles which is left untapped. Countries like Egypt are using Nonwovens in greater quantities (exported from India) to improve agricultural productivity. Horticulture and Floriculture industry can also benefit immediately by Nonwovens. Knowledge and availability are important factors in the industry.
“Indian exports in Nonwovens are miniscule. We have the Raw materials for nonwoven products, only need to invest in roll goods and conversion industry to supply to rest of the world in the most economic way. China has taken the lead and done successfully and there is no reason why India cannot do the same.
If we can compete in Garments, we can also compete in Converted products.”
The use of nonwovens per-capita is extremely low in India at $0.04/capita compared to $2.73/capita in North America. The market is growing rapidly for end uses in feminine care, medical, geotextiles, automotives and packaging applications. The hygiene market in India has a great potential because of the low penetration and the sheer size of the market. The entry strategies with feminine hygiene products followed by baby diapers, and eventually adult incontinence, will make it possible for women, children and adults to benefit from new, hygienic and easy to use products. The need for single-use surgical products (gowns and drapes) is imminent in Indian hospitals.
Experts believe that India’s technical textile industry will be achieve a 10% of the global market share. The period between 2010 and 2030 will be crucial for the technical textile sector in India as it will provide tremendous opportunities for both international and domestic players to enter into a market segment with a growth rate of 15% per annum. India is shining and is certainly a technical textile playing field to be in for the coming decade.
The Indian market requires about 6-7 million square meters of geotextiles for construction of 14,000 km of highway. Governments initiative to mandate the usage of geotextiles and necessary steps for implementation may bring enormous results in quality of infrastructure and also boost the market for technical textiles in years to come