A new report from the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) examines the market and outlook for the stand-alone meltblown process used to produce medical face masks and respirators in the US, helping companies to make informed decisions.
The report, entitled Meltblown Nonwoven Markets: COVID-19 Impact Analysis, also provides a global view of meltblown capacity. Based on extensive research, producer surveys and interviews with industry leaders, it is authored by Brad Kalil, INDA’s Director of Market Intelligence & Economic Insights.
This report focuses on the overall market, with an introduction to meltblown techniques, the fibre’s properties and end-use applications, historical capacity, and estimated US and global volumes. It provides insights for companies involved in the meltblown supply chain from resin equipment producers to fabric producers to end-use converters involved in face mask production and the filtration industry.
Dave Rousse, INDA President, said that US policymakers are attempting to achieve self-sufficiency in PPE base material, so it is important to understand the dynamics of supply and demand of meltblown, which is a critical base material, in North America and other regions. The report can be downloaded here.