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Nonwoven Fabrics

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Summary6
Introduction11
Manufacturing processes13
Staple fiber preparation13
Staple web formation14
Dry-laid carding14
Dry-laid air laying14
Wet-laying14
Bonding14
Chemical bonding15
Thermal bonding15
Mechanical entanglement16
Stitch bonding16
Polymer laying or spunlaid processes17
Spunbonding17
Melt blowing17
Supply and demand by region17
North America17
Producing companies17
Salient statistics23
Consumption24
By fiber24
Polypropylene25
Polyester26
Rayon26
Polyethylene27
Nylon27
Acrylic27
Cotton and other natural fibers27
Air-laid pulp28
By end use28
Disposable applications33
Durable applications40
Price49
Trade50
Latin America51
Producing companies51
Salient statistics54
Consumption54
Europe56
Producing companies56
Salient statistics69
Production69
Consumption71
By fiber71
Polypropylene72
Polyester73
Rayon73
Nylon73
Other73
By end use73
Hygiene76
Construction/geotextiles76
Wipes76
Filtration76
Automotive fabrics77
Price78
Trade79
Middle East and Africa80
Producing companies80
Salient statistics83
Production84
Consumption85
Trade85
Japan86
Producing companies86
Salient statistics89
Production90
Consumption91
By fiber91
By end use93
Wipes and consumer goods95
Medical and hygiene95
Home furnishings95
Apparel95
Industrial96
Price96
Trade97
China98
Producing companies98
Salient statistics105
Production105
Consumption106
Hygiene107
Medical/surgical107
Automotive fabrics108
Apparel108
Packaging108
Wipes/home furnishings108
Construction/geotextiles108
Price109
Trade109
Other Asia110
Producing companies110
Salient statistics114
Consumption114
Trade116
Oceania117
Producing companies117
Salient statistics117
Consumption117
Bibliography118

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