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[ 2018-11-21 ] The development prospect of non-woven fabrics in the automotive market

Author : Guide Nonwoven     
In the past few years, nonwovens ( Interior nonwoven fabric ) have played an increasingly important role in several areas of the car, and they continue to replace products made from textiles, plastics, metals or other heavier materials.  According to statistics, more than 40 automotive parts are made from non-woven fabrics, including car roofs, carpets, seat applications, filters, insulation and more.


In fact, a research report on the global automotive interior market pointed out that more and more companies are investing in the development of "lightweight nonwoven interior finishing applications with specific functions and features." The driving force behind this trend is that the industry is striving to improve fuel economy and reduce carbon emissions by reducing body weight.


Moreover, the government's regulations on fuel emissions have further expanded this market for nonwovens because nonwovens offer features not found in other materials.


The environmental damage caused by the depletion of fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) and carbon dioxide emissions has made reducing fuel consumption an important issue in automotive engineering. This lightweight, high-performance material for nonwovens helps reduce the total weight of the car, thereby reducing fuel consumption and reducing CO2 emissions. "


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Nonwovens "can also increase the share of recyclables with a higher proportion of recycled materials." Nonwoven materials have been successfully used in tufting fabrics, sound insulation, carpets, automotive roofs and more automotive components.  Nonwovens experts also said that there are more recycling and high re-utilization in production, which improves the environmental footprint of the car. Another benefit of nonwovens in automotive applications is that they provide a lower cost solution while improving sound and thermal performance.


The recovery of the automotive industry in recent years is good news for specialty manufacturers of nonwovens in this field. According to industry market research, US automakers sold 1.46 million vehicles in October last year, an increase of 13.6% from October of the previous year. The number of car sales in Western Europe continued to increase, accelerating to double-digit growth in August/September.


Outside these regions, nonwovens producers are also optimistic about several regions. In Asia, especially in China and other ASEAN countries, the automotive industry and nonwovens are growing in the automotive sector.


On the one hand, the automotive industry is gradually recognizing the outstanding performance offered by nonwovens, and the use of nonwovens in automobiles is also increasing. On the other hand, markets like Asia are still evolving, showing a high growth rate, which has created huge demand.

Therefore, according to the above analysis, the development prospect of nonwovens in the automotive market is sustainable.