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Global spunmelt nonwoven fabrics growing eight per cent

Some key factors influencing the spunmelt nonwoven fabrics market are: growth of modern healthcare in developing markets, rise in birth rate in emerging economies and increase in the geriatric population in western countries.

Spunmelt nonwoven is a fabric-like material made from staple fiber and long fiber, bonded together by chemical, mechanical, heat or solvent treatment. The term is used in the textile manufacturing industry to denote fabrics such as felt which are neither woven nor knitted. Some nonwoven materials lack sufficient strength unless densified or reinforced by a backing. In recent years, nonwoven has become an alternative to polyurethane foam. Based on application, the upholstery segment is expected to grow at a significant rate till 2026. Upholstery is the work of providing furniture, especially seats, with padding, springs, webbing, and fabric or leather covers. It is equally applicable to domestic, automobile, airplane and boat furniture, and can be applied to mattresses, particularly the upper layers, though these often differ significantly in design.

Volatility in the prices of raw materials, concerns about balancing performance and cost among small manufacturers restrict the market growth of spunmelt nonwoven fabrics.