Non-woven fabric sector set for long-term growth

The non-woven fabric sector is on a considerable growth path across the globe. Due to recent spurts in demand and an ever-increasing use base for various non-woven textiles, the industry is projected to grow considerably by the end of this decade. These are the findings in a recent report by Data Bridge Market, called the ‘Global non-woven fabric market’.

The study looked at the opportunities, risks, vendors and recent strategic decisions within companies in the sector. It revealed that the non-woven fabric industry is set for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7,43% from 2022 to 2029. This is a positive outlook on the future of the industry as a whole.

Romatex is a leading manufacturer and supplier of non-woven fabric in South Africa. We produce around 2 million square metres of stitch-bonded non-woven material every month at our factory in Cape Town. This is enough material to keep 54-million plastic bottles out of landfills and the environment.

Cords of polymer twine being fed through a weaving loom at the Romatex factory in Cape Town

Global non-woven fabric market report

This report is useful to stakeholders and businesses within the industry as it helps to outline certain target markets. An in-depth analysis of suppliers and applications has been conducted within each geographical region, allowing for more focused results and insights. Experts from various industries have also been consulted and their input has been included in the report.

The global non-woven fabric market is expected to almost double in value over the next seven years, according to the report. The countries and regions covered by the research include South Africa, East Africa, the USA, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. It revealed that demand in all of these regions is expected to grow steadily for the remainder of this decade.

Key drivers of market growth

There are various drivers of market growth but the most impactful one is likely to be the healthcare industry. Non-woven fabrics are highly versatile and already have several properties that make them ideal for a wide range of uses. The healthcare industry currently uses non-wovens for hygiene, bandaging and interior purposes.

However, these applications are likely to grow as more affordable non-wovens replace other textiles in hospitals and clinics across the globe. Common uses for non-woven fabrics in hospitals include disposable cloths, surgical gowns, drapes and instrument covers. Even non-surgical applications, such as patient gowns, bed linens and window blinds are likely to become more common in the near future.

Stitch-bonded non-woven material rolling off the manufacturing equipment at Romatex

Studies have shown that non-woven fabrics are effective at minimising hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), which is the main reason for their increased demand in the healthcare sector. Not only are they sustainable and highly versatile, but they also play a real role in patient health and wellness. In the wake of the global pandemic, healthcare sectors across the globe are looking to save costs and reduce spending, so affordable textiles are becoming a more popular option.

Another driver of market growth is the increasing uptake of stitch-bonded non-woven textiles. As a core product of Romatex, this material has many uses in South Africa already, from reusable shopping bags and footwear liners to waterproof membranes and even eco-bricks. The applications are growing all the time as new products are being developed from this sustainable fabric in more and more industries.

Romatex is investing heavily in its stitch-bonded non-woven manufacturing facility. Worldwide growth in the sector means that this is an opportunity for the company and the country to gain market share and become globally competitive. For more information on our various products and textiles, please contact us today.


Romatex has been a leading manufacturer and supplier of stitch-bonded non-woven materials and homeware for over 50 years. Romatex is a Level 2 B-BBEE company that is owned by Deneb Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). 

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