FOR NONWOVENS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
2012, demand for nonwovens in Central and South America reached 515,000 metric
tons, representing seven percent of the world total. Despite the large size of
its population, sales of nonwoven fabrics in Central and South America are
limited by the region's relatively low level of economic development,
reflecting a scarcity of capital that has hindered industrialization efforts.
Brazil is by far the largest market for nonwovens in the region, accounting for
56 percent of total demand. Other significant national markets include
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. Nonwovens demand in the
region expanded at a 9.3 percent annual rate between 2007 and 2012. Suppliers
benefited from economic activity and per capita incomes above the global
average during this span, making nonwoven goods like disposable diapers and
wipes increasingly affordable.
for nonwoven fabrics in Central and South America is projected to advance 8.1
percent annually through 2017 to 760,000 metric tons, exceeding the global
pace. Product sales will expand even faster in area terms, rising 8.4 percent
per annum to 17 billion square meters in 2017. This will be due to a drop in
average nonwovens weight, which is expected to fall to 46.1 grams per square
meter as lighter consumer disposables account for a greater share of the market
total. Product demand will grow at a faster 10 percent annual rate in dollar
terms to $2.8 billion in 2017, as prices edge up.
fabric sales will be stimulated by accelerated growth in economic output,
personal incomes, construction activity, and manufacturing output. However,
increases in regional population, households, health expenditures, and consumer
spending will moderate, and the number of births will decline modestly,
limiting advances in associated nonwovens demand through 2017.
2012, personal hygiene products were the largest market for nonwovens in
Central and South America with 30 percent. Roughly 70 percent of nonwovens in
the personal hygiene market are dedicated to the production of disposable
infant diapers and training pants. Through 2017, sales of nonwovens for use in
personal hygiene products are expected to achieve annual growth of 8.0 percent
per year, with infant diapers and training pants posting above average gains.
Advances in personal incomes will support greater market penetration of
disposable infant and toddler products, and feminine hygiene products
throughout the region. Growth in the elderly population will also promote
sales of adult incontinence products. As a result, regional production of
infant diapers and sanitary pads and similar products will increase, primarily
providing an outlet for spunmelt nonwovens. Declining birth rates and slowing
growth in the 15-49 age group of women will restrain further advances.
filtration, medical/surgical, and construction markets are expected to post
above average annual gains through 2017. In all cases, nonwovens will benefit
from increased market penetration, typically displacing woven textiles.
Favorable manufacturing and construction activities will also provide
opportunities for nonwovens used as filtration media, geotextiles, and
roofing. An aging population will further support nonwovens in
medical/surgical products, as medical procedures generally increase in
frequency as a person ages.