INDA’s Annual Nonwovens Supply Report Benchmarks North American Capacity, Production and Operating Rates

Report Offers INDA Members Key Metrics to Assist in Decision Making

Cary, NC, May 28, 2020 – INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, announces publication of the seventh edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report for its members.

Based on extensive research, producer surveys and interviews with industry leaders, the report provides an overall view of North American supply, including the key metrics of capacity, production and operating rates, in addition to regional trade. The 70-page report contains 34 figures and 11 tables, with four new figures this year.

“This report is the most complete and accurate in existence for North American nonwovens supply information, including data for both rolled goods for sale and also material produced for internal consumption. It also presents the industry operating rate; the essential element for strategic planning and business investment decisions,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President.

The report—and the quarterly INDA Market Pulse and monthly Price Trends Summary—are provided to the approximately 365 INDA member companies and associates as part of their membership. The data gathered for this annual report serves as the foundation for the biannual North American Nonwovens Industry Outlook, which will be available for purchase this fall.

Findings from this year’s Supply Report include:

  • In 2019, North American nonwoven capacity increased to 5.479 million tonnes, a net increase of only 0.9% (51 thousand tonnes) over 2018. This growth figure accounts for not only the addition of new lines, but also machine productivity increases and line closures to arrive at a net increase growth figure. In the last three years, 64 lines have come online and 23 lines have been shut-down. The majority of the new lines are making engineered materials for the transportation, home/office furnishings, and filtration markets.
  • North American imports and exports, in tonnage, decreased 3.0% and 18.6% respectively year-over-year, led by declines in trade with China. However, the trends of downward exports and upward imports continued, as over the last five years’ exports have declined 7.7% annually and imports have increased 7.8% annually. Even with the significant shifts in North American trade dynamics, nonwovens tend to stay where they are produced, with the net trade balance (imports less exports) accounting for less than five percent of the region’s capacity.

“It is INDA’s objective to provide valuable data and actionable industry information to enhance decision making. As always, the increasing participation of nonwoven producers—both members and nonmembers—providing their insights and results makes our success possible. In the 2017 report we introduced production by end-use market, this year we are pleased to present production by raw material usage,” said Brad Kalil, Director of Market Intelligence & Economic Insights, 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. Visit, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.