Nonwovens markets, facts and figures

EDANA provides detailed data on European Nonwovens Production and Deliveries annually for EDANA member companies. Below you will find some of the key statistics.


Production of nonwovens

  • In 2018, nonwovens production in Greater Europe increased in volume by 1.5% to reach 2,774,194 tonnes.
  • This compares with growth rates in the two previous years of 4.8% in 2017 and 4.1% in 2016, on a comparable basis.
  • The total estimated turnover for the Greater European nonwovens industry in 2018 was around €8,852 million (in comparison to €7,869 million in 2017).
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Nonwoven production in Greater Europe (in thousand tonnes in 2018)
Production of Nonwovens in Greater Europe (in 1,000 tonnes & mio sqm)
Evolution of Production of Nonwovens and Products’ weight

Nonwovens market segments

In 2018, the main market segments in terms of volume for nonwovens roll goods, were

  • hygiene (27.9%)
  • wipes for personal care (12.8%)
  • construction (9.6%)
  • automotive (6.5%)
  • civil engineering (5.6%)
  • filtration (3.6%)
  • food & beverage (3.0%)
Nonwoven deliveries in Western Europe by end-use (in thousand tonnes in 2018)


In volumes, total nonwoven exports from EU28 countries to the rest of the world increased by only 3.8% in 2018, amounting to 386,563 tonnes (as compared to 372,297 tonnes in 2017) for a value of € 1,849 million (a +2.1% increase in value).

EU28 Total Nonwoven Trade Flows with the Non-EU Countries (in volumes)

Employment in nonwovens

our estimate based on answers from many member companies indicates that the total figure of people employed for nonwoven production in Europe increased in 2018 by around 3.3% and is estimated now at around 28,000 people.

The full report and detailed data for the "2018 European Nonwovens Production and Deliveries" are available for member's only as part of their membership benefits.


A statistics App dedicated to members

The EDANA Statistics app (Android and iOS) on market intelligence and business resources provides updates on the main trends in the nonwovens industry. Indicators in the feedstock, raw materials and end-use markets are analysed within the macroeconomic context.

EDANA monitors:

  • macroeconomic trends
  • the evolution of polymers and fibres prices 
  • single use markets 
  • the construction sectors 
  • the automotive industry 
  • nonwovens trade flows 
  • the development of the nonwovens industry worldwide