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 2017, nonwovens production in Greater Europe increased in volume by 4.3% to reach 2,544,450 tonnes.
  • This compares with growth rates in the two previous years of 3.5% in 2016 and 4.1% in 2015, on a comparable basis.
  • The total estimated turnover for the Greater European nonwovens industry in 2017 was around €7,869 million (in comparison to €7,455 million in 2016).
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Production of Nonwovens in Greater Europe (in 1,000 tonnes & mio sqm)
Evolution of Production of Nonwovens and Products’ weight
Nonwoven production in Greater Europe (in thousand tonnes in 2017)

Nonwovens market segments

In 2017, the main market segments in terms of volume for nonwovens roll goods, were

  • hygiene (29.8%)
  • wipes for personal care (12.4%)
  • construction (9.5%)
  • automotive (7%)
  • civil engineering (5.9%)
  • filtration (3.7%)
  • upholstery/household (3.6%)
Nonwoven deliveries in Western Europe by end-uses (in thousand tonnes in 2016)


In volumes, total nonwovens exports from EU28 countries to the rest of the world increased by only 0.2% in 2017, amounting to 372,421 tonnes (as compared to 371,696 tonnes in 2016) for a value of € 1,812 million (a +3.7% 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 nonwovens production in Europe increased in 2017 by around 2.0%, and is estimated now at nearly 27,000 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