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Smithers Pira launches market reports for Non Woven Fabrics Industry

Smithers Pira, the worldwide authority on the paper, packaging and print industry supply chains, today announced it is launching a line of commercially available market reports that will provide detailed information regarding the nonwoven fabrics industry. These reports, previously published by sister-organisation Smithers Apex, will complement Smithers Pira’s existing offering of market data reports as well as the company’s recognised history and expertise in materials testing and consultancy

“Smithers Pira has developed a strong reputation for providing authoritative market intelligence and independent market insight,” said Adam Page, Director of Reports and Consultancy at Smithers Pira. “The nonwovens sector is a natural fit for Smithers Pira, and by integrating our business expertise in the pulp, paper and nonwovens industries, we can continue to meet our global customers’ research needs.”

The global nonwovens market is expected to reach USD 50.8 billion in 2020, up from a value of USD 37.4 billion in 2015, according to Smithers Pira’s latest exclusive research. The market is predicted to increase by 6.3% on average year-on-year thanks to global rising demand.

Focusing on emerging sectors within the nonwovens industry, recent reports published by Smithers Pira include:

  • The Future of Flushable Wipes to 2020, which explores the growth of the global flushable wipes market based on an unprecedented increase in the supply of dispersible nonwovens
  • The Future of Nonwovens for Industrial Applications to 2020, which predicts that the value of industrial nonwovens consumed will total USD 27.4 billion, for a projected growth rate of 6.9% by the year 2020
  • The Future of Cleaning and Disinfecting Wipes to 2020, which explores rising demand in hospitals and other healthcare institutions and changing consumer perceptions of disinfecting wipes as more of a necessity than a luxury product

The reports produced by Smithers Pira examine the main drivers for this growth, based on a mixture of primary author research, secondary sources, and ongoing research programmes conducted by the company’s global market research team. The reports are designed to provide insightful forecasts for product managers and engineers; manufacturers; machinery suppliers; raw materials suppliers; brand owners and retailers; consultants, analysts and all those involved in the nonwovens supply chain.

U.K. Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, Smithers Pira provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance.

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The future of Dye-Sublimation Printing

Smithers Pira published a new commercially available report that provides an in-depth, long-term assessment of the rapidly evolving market for this print technology.

“The Future of Dye-Sublimation Printing to 2021” provides data and an exclusive analysis designed for organisations at all phases in the value chain looking to capitalise on opportunities in this booming segment. Additionally, this report examines global and key regional markets for dye sublimation print. It then segments the data by fabric media (polyester, polyester blends, polyester-coated fabric, and other); ink type and print process; and end-use application (apparel, home décor, technical textiles, and visual signage). This is contextualised with analysis of the state of the art in dye sublimation printing and expert analysis of the technical and market drivers that are fuelling growth.

According to The Future of Dye-Sublimation Printing to 2021, an estimated total of around 384 million square metres of fabric were printed digitally via dye sublimation in the year to Q1 2016, having grown by just under 18.4 % in the past year 2015-16. This is set to rise to 892 million square metres in 2021.

The four major end-use segments are garments; household (carpets, wall coverings and upholstery); technical and visual communications (displays and signage); and technical textiles. This last category includes automotive (seats, seat-belts, seat head lining, panels, sound absorption), bags, medical and scientific textiles, sails, tents, parasols/umbrellas, accessories and sports equipment.

The garments segment is the largest end-use sector, with 75% of the market share by value in 2016. The other segments each take 5-10% of the market.

Applications of digital dye sublimation textile printing include, in order of run length: unique one-offs, sampling, micro-runs, short production runs and increasingly long bulk production runs in the multiple thousands of linear metres. This last is the new battleground with conventional analogue textile print, which dye sublimation is looking to disrupt with a new generation of high-productivity presses.

Dye sublimation specific machine annual revenues amount to a total of EUR 279 million (USD 304 million) to Q1 2016. Dye sublimation inks revenues amount to a total of around EUR 259 million to end Q1 2016.

Globally, digital textile printing output grew at more than 45% annually between 2004 and 2009 from a low base. From 2009, growth slowed somewhat, in part due to the fact that the near-exponential growth rates of early years could not be sustained as the market became more mature, but also because of the global economic slowdown.

Dye sublimation digital printing was nascent in the period 2004-9. The sublimation dye market attracted attention as it was clearly growing rapidly between 2011 and 2015, in some countries at over 50% per year from a low base. The market participants collectively now predict a lower rate of growth going ahead to 2021, but at 18.4% CAGR, dye sublimation continues to be an appealing fast-growing market that will more than double in terms of volume printed and value over the study period.

In terms of regional markets, Asia (including Turkey) is having, and will continue to have, the strongest growth. Conversely, the highest per unit price will continue to be seen in North America and Western Europe.

The Future of Dye-Sublimation Printing to 2021 provides data and an exclusive analysis designed for organisations at all phases in the value chain looking to capitalise on opportunities in this booming segment. It examines global and key regional markets for dye sublimation print, which is contextualised with analysis of the state of the art in dye sublimation printing and expert analysis of the technical and market drivers that are fuelling growth.

www.smitherspira.com


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