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Nonwoven Fabrics

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 7
Summary 8
Introduction 18
Manufacturing processes 20
Web formation 20
Drylaid 20
Airlaid short fibers 20
Wetlaid 21
Spunlaid 21
Spunbonding 21
Melt blowing 21
Spunmelt 21
Flashspun 22
Coform 22
Bonding 22
Chemical bonding 22
Thermal bonding 22
Mechanical entanglement 23
Stitch bonding 24
Supply and demand by region 25
North America 25
Producing companies 25
Salient statistics 34
Consumption 37
By fiber 37
Polypropylene 37
Polyester 38
Rayon 38
Polyethylene 38
Nylon 39
Acrylic 39
Cotton and other natural fibers 39
By end use 39
Disposable applications 41
Wipes 41
Hygiene 43
Filtration 45
Medical/surgical 46
Industrial garments 47
Other 47
Durable applications 48
Geotextiles 48
Flooring/furnishings/bedding 49
Building and construction 51
Automotive fabrics 52
Agricultural/landscaping 53
Other 54
Price 55
Trade 55
Central and South America 57
Producing companies 57
Salient statistics 59
Consumption 59
Europe 61
Producing companies 61
Salient statistics 75
Production 76
Consumption 79
By fiber 79
Polypropylene 80
Polyester 80
Rayon 80
Nylon 80
Wood and pulp 80
Other 80
By end use 81
Hygiene 82
Wipes 83
Construction/geotextiles 83
Filtration 83
Automotive fabrics 83
Price 84
Trade 85
Middle East and Africa 87
Producing companies 87
Salient statistics 91
Production 94
Consumption 94
Trade 95
Indian Subcontinent 96
Producing companies 96
Salient statistics 98
Consumption 98
Trade 99
Northeast Asia 99
Mainland China 100
Producing companies 100
Salient statistics 107
Production 108
Consumption 109
Hygiene 110
Automotive fabrics 111
Packaging 112
Construction/geotextiles 112
Medical/surgical 112
Wipes/home furnishings 113
Apparel 113
Price 113
Trade 114
Japan 114
Producing companies 114
Salient statistics 117
Production 118
Consumption 118
By fiber 119
By end use 119
Medical and hygiene 121
Wipes and consumer goods 122
Home furnishings 122
Apparel 122
Industrial 122
Price 123
Trade 123
Other Northeast Asia 124
Producing companies 124
Salient statistics 125
Consumption 126
Trade 127
Southeast Asia 127
Producing companies 127
Salient statistics 130
Consumption 130
Trade 131
Oceania 132
Producing companies 132
Salient statistics 132
Consumption 134
Additional resources134
Revisions 135
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