Nonwoven textiles and the incorporation of inorganic advanced and nano-sized materials for high-performance products

July 2018 | Vol 1, No. 1


There is significant growth expected for the nonwoven material market. According to Smithers Pira, in 2017, the global nonwovens market had a total volume of 10.1 million tons and was valued at $42.3 billion. It is forecasted to grow to 13.6 million tons and be valued at $57.4 billion by 2022.[1] This is a result of technology advancements and rising demand in the medical and healthcare industries. [2][3] Also contributing is the automotive market, where there is growing use of nonwoven durable upholstery in textiles and increasing demand in the production of lightweight vehicles.[3][4] Manufacturers are currently focused on developing nonwoven materials with softness, strength, durability, firmness, antimicrobial performance, and acid and solvent resistance properties.[3]


Nonwoven fabrics are materials formed by mechanically, thermally, or chemically binding fibers or filaments. They are used in a wide array of industries and applications, such as apparel linings, automotive headliners and upholstery, carpeting, engineering fabrics, geotextiles, diapers, filters, wipes, hygiene products, insulation, roofing, healthcare and medical products.[5][6]

Among other factors, the choice of the fiber affects the resulting properties of the nonwoven material. Fibers used in nonwovens include cotton, nylon, acetate, polypropylene, polyesters, and acrylics. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages for given applications. Some properties of these fibers that can be improved upon include strength, abrasion resistance, softening point, elastic recovery, antimicrobial properties, light resistance, and flame retardancy.[7] Metal and metal oxide advanced materials possess a wide range of properties and performance benefits, and upon incorporation into polymeric materials have been shown to add to or improve upon existing properties, including mechanical, antimicrobicidal, superhydrophobicity, scratch & abrasion resistance, weathering resistance, flame retardancy, and thermal stability.

Cerion Advanced Materials has authored a technical report that reviews areas of active research and development in the nonwoven industry where the incorporation of inorganic advanced or nano-sized materials can enhance or introduce new performance benefits in commercial products. To receive the full report please contact us.

Theresa Hendrick
Technical Research Analyst
Cerion Advanced Materials

[1] “The Future of Global Nonwovens to 2022.” Smithers Pira, 2017,

[2] “Non-Woven Fabrics Market Worth 34.85 Billion USD by 2022.” Cision PR Newswire, MarketsandMarkets, 2017,

[3] “Global Market Study on Nonwoven Fabric: Personal Care & Hygiene Products to Create Maximum Business Opportunity in the Near Future.” Persistence Market Research, 2018,

[4] “Global Non-Woven Fabrics Market 2016-2020.” Technavio, 2016,

[5] “About Nonwovens.” INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry,

[6] “Nonwoven Materials & Products (Polypropylene, Polyester, Nylon and Others) Market For Disposable and Durable Applications – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019.” Transparency Market Research, 2014,

[7] Patel, M. & Bhrambhatt, D. Nonwoven technology for unconventional fabrics. Nonwoven Fabrics, 2011. [/showhide]