New report: NW annual growth to be 7% until 2013

CLEVELAND, OH, March 31, 2009-

Global demand for nonwoven fabrics is forecast to climb 6.9 percent annually through 2012 to eight million metric tons. Product sales will grow somewhat faster in area terms reflecting a modest decrease in average nonwovens weight.

The medical/surgical product market for nonwoven fabrics will record the most rapid advances. The personal hygiene market -- which includes adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products, and infant diapers and training pants -- will continue to account for the single largest share of nonwovens demand in 2012. These and other trends are presented in World Nonwovens, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

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