Rising demand from various verticals like pharmaceutical, medical equipment, and the electronics sectors will anchor the adoption of nonwoven cleanroom apparel. The prevalence of several chronic and contagious disorders, like the present coronavirus, has resulted in an increasing need for sanitation and disease protection. Nonwoven cleanroom garments are gaining wider popularity in comparison to other materials as they do not necessitate the need for spinning or weaving the fabrics and can be derived from different sources of raw materials.
The nonwoven apparels are eco-friendly as well as sterilized and are gradually replacing traditional barrier-rendering and aseptic fabrics as they offer single-use and are easily disposable. They do not require re-cleaning or sterilization and effectively help to eliminate contamination. These materials offer fast production, lower costs, high yield as they can be manufactured in large quantities. Apart from these features, they can provide elastic recovery, aeration filtration, and absorbent insulation. Furthermore, the nonwoven fabrics are waterproof, soft, light, and not scalable.
As per a recently collated research report, the global nonwoven cleanroom apparel market size is slated to rise at an exponential growth rate by 2026.
Global demand for face masks
Annual revenue from face masks in the nonwoven cleanroom industry is likely to reach a prominent growth rate. This can be mainly attributed to their incessant demand across the globe particularly in the present COVID-19 pandemic on account of their lower cost and higher utility to curb the spread of the infection. The multilayer construction of the nonwoven face masks helps to provide effective protection against microorganisms.
Protection of medical equipment
Application of nonwoven cleanroom clothing across the medical equipment sector will reach significant revenue. This is owing to their optimum efficiency and user protection like high tearing and abrasion resistance as well as excellent barrier-providing abilities.
The fabrics also offer better comfort & feel, high-level vapor transmission, air permeability, and good cross-contamination control. Taking note of these factors, the nonwovens are most suited for wound-caring components like bandages, absorbent pads, and drug-delivery devices, and in many other types of medical equipment across ICUs, labs, and operating rooms.
Potential in the pharma industry
Nonwoven cleanroom apparel uses across the pharmaceutical sector will gain considerable traction due to their rising preference to filter the human-dispensed contamination in pharma applications. As the fabrics are derived from lightweight, low-threading as well as durable polyethylene and polyester fibers, they are affordable and suitable for single use. They are environment friendly and are hence excessively used across sterile operating facilities to counter contamination concerns while rendering high comfort and protection.
Nonwoven cleanroom apparel suppliers are working towards novel product launches as well as marketing strategies like partnerships, and acquisitions, to broaden their reach across the untapped regions in the world. They are keen on capacity expansions to sustain competition. For instance, in June 2020, Kuraray Co., Ltd., expanded its production of melt-blown nonwoven fabrics to cater to the increasing consumer requirements for mask filters.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Clean Air Products, DowDuPont Inc., Azbil Corporation, Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd., Dynarex Corporation, and Labconco Corporation some of the other global product manufacturers in the industry.