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New opportunities for overseas nonwovens producers in China

Strong market prospects in Chinese nonwovens industry present exciting opportunities for overseas producers.

17th March 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Shanghai

Medical/Hygiene, Industrial, Packaging, Transport/​Aerospace

Messe Frankfurt’s new textile event, the China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum (CINE), returns for its second edition in 2017 with an earlier June date in the calendar. This biennial event was first held in October 2015, and has been brought forward to June due to suggestions from key stakeholders.

“The positive feedback from participants in 2015 about the event, and the opportunities it presented the industry, very much exceeded our expectations given this was the first time we had organised CINE,” commented Wendy Wen, Senior General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.

“A number of our partners did mention to us, however, that the industry calendar was somewhat congested towards the end of the year, and that an event dedicated to nonwovens such as CINE would be better held earlier in the year. After a consultation process with a range of participants, we decided to move CINE 2017 to June.”

Strong market prospects in China

China is the world's largest producer, exporter and consumer market for nonwoven fabrics, and over the past decade, growth in these three areas has been rapid. From 2011-15, nonwovens output grew at an average annual growth rate of 11.7%, to 4.85 million tonnes, with the country now occupying 40% of global output according to the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA). During this same period, sales of nonwovens in China grew 21.6%, while exports increased by 13.9%.

Going forward, from 2016-20 Asia is expected to occupy 47.1% of global market consumption share. Within Asia, China, India and Japan will account for 77% of nonwovens consumption, with China alone predicted to comprise around 57% of this consumption.

Much of this consumption growth is expected to come from the implementation of China’s recent 13th Five-Year Plan and impressive One-Belt One-Road initiative, which will give a boost to the utilisation of nonwovens in the country and wider region for environmental protection, healthcare and elderly care, first aid and public safety, and military-civilian integration in particular.

Expo and forum

CINE’s equal focus on both its expo and forum ensures its relevance extends throughout the textile industry and beyond, organisers report. The expo last year featured over 80 exhibitors, with nonwovens products for the medical, filtration, building and other industries on display. It is ideally suited for companies in the fields of nonwovens and nonwoven products, machinery and ancillaries for nonwovens, raw materials and chemicals for nonwovens, and nonwovens industry related services.

The forum, which included two days of seminars and product presentations from overseas and Chinese companies, allowed producers, end-users, academics, industry associations and other stakeholders to have in-depth exchanges on the current market trends, national industry standards and policies, and new product developments, as well as seek out new business opportunities in the Chinese market.

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