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 2019, growth of nonwovens production in Greater Europe was flat in volume (+0.3%) to reach 2,782,917 tonnes.
  • This compares with growth rates in the two previous years of 4.8% in 2017 and 1.5% in 2018, on a comparable basis.
  • The total estimated turnover for the European nonwovens in 2019 was around €9,178 million (+0.6%).
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Nonwoven production in Greater Europe (in thousand tonnes in 2019)
Production of Nonwovens in Greater Europe (in 1,000 tonnes & mio sqm)
Evolution of Production of Nonwovens and Products’ weight

Nonwovens market segments

In 2019, the main market segments in terms of volume for nonwovens roll goods, were

  • hygiene (28.7%)
  • wipes for personal care (12.3%)
  • construction (9.8%)
  • automotive (6.2%)
  • civil engineering (5.4%)
  • filtration (3.6%)
  • food & beverage (3.3%)
Nonwoven deliveries in Western Europe by end-use (in thousand tonnes in 2019)


In volumes, total nonwoven exports from EU28 countries to the rest of the world increased by 2.5% in 2019, amounting to 390,024 tonnes (as compared to 386,390 tonnes in 2018) for a value of € 1,933 million (a +4.6% 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 decreased in 2019 by around 1.0% and is estimated now at around 28,700 people

The latest full report and detailed data for the "2020 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