INDA Annual Report Benchmarks North American Nonwovens Capacity and Production

Report Offers INDA Members 24 Key Supply Metrics

March 31, 2015 – Cary, NC – INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, publishes the second edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report for its members. The report provides key metrics of capacity, production and operating rates for the total North American nonwovens industry by nonwoven process. The 45-page report offers 12 tables and 25 figures.

“This new report is the benchmark for North American capacity, production, and supply information. It brings forth the clearest view available of the all-important supply/demand balance in the major nonwoven process categories; an essential element for our members’ strategic planning and business decision making,” said Dave Rousse, President, INDA.

The report — and the INDA Quarterly Market Pulse and INDA Price Trends Summary — are provided to the 300-plus INDA member companies and associates as part of their membership.

Findings include:

  • From 1990 to 2014, North American nonwovens capacity has increased an average of 5.5 percent per year, outpacing U.S. real GDP, which grew at 2.5 percent per year over the same period. During this time the industry has more than quadrupled in size, adding 1.95 million tonnes.
  • In 2014, North America’s nonwoven capacity increased to 2.71 million tonnes, (1.2 percent annual growth compared to the previous year’s growth of 1.5 percent).
  • Imports and exports are an important consideration in supply. The United States which accounts for 91 percent of North American capacity — is a net exporter in the Americas and net importer across the Atlantic and Pacific. Contrary to industry assumptions, imports from across the Atlantic and Pacific into the United States are not substantial, accounting for less than four percent of the U.S. nonwoven capacity.

“It is INDA’s objective to continue to improve the quality of data and industry information. One way we support this is by providing for the common use of nonwoven industry terminology and categorization,” said Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research and Statistics, INDA.

About INDA
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate, and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy, and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.

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