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Vast potential for growth in nonwovens consumption in the Middle East and North Africa

Vast potential for growth in nonwovens consumption in the Middle East and North Africa

The potential for growth in nonwovens consumption in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is vast, according to a report in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.

Such potential for growth is being driven by consumption of nonwovens for use in the manufacture of absorbent hygiene products (AHPs). The MENA region is home to 325 mn people and has an annual birth rate of 6.8 mn infants.

Furthermore, the baby diaper market penetration rate averages just 25%, and is as low as 10% in poorer countries such as Iraq and Egypt.

Reflecting this, Procter & Gamble and Unicharm -- two leading producers of diapers -- have established major operations for manufacturing AHPs in Egypt. Procter & Gamble has been producing diapers at a new plant in 6th of October City, Egypt, since mid-2011 while Unicharm opened a plant to produce AHPs in the Al Tajamouat Industrial Park in 10th of Ramadan City in 2012.

Unicharm had already established a joint venture in the Middle East -- called Unicharm Gulf Hygienic Industries -- with the Al Murjan Group. However, there was still an order backlog as diaper production in the region was not sufficient to meet increasing demand.

The two companies have been followed into Egypt by a number of suppliers of diaper components, including Pegas Nonwovens and RKW Group.

In the wider MENA region, there are opportunities for filter media manufacturers and converters -- particularly those dealing in advanced meltblown nonwoven products, since these materials are highly in demand and there is virtually no capacity in place in the MENA region for their production.

"Editorial: Opportunities for growth in nonwovens production in the Middle East and North Africa" was published by the global business information company Textiles Intelligence in issue No 104 of Technical Textile Markets.

Other reports published in the same issue include: "Product developments and innovations"; "The world nonwovens industry: part 3ten smaller producers"; "Medical clothing: beneficial applications for health and well-being"; "Global technical textiles business update"; and "Statistics: nonwoven fabric production in Asia".

Technical Textile Markets is published four times a year by Textiles Intelligence. Each issue provides an independent and worldwide perspective on the global technical textile industry.

A year's printed subscription to Technical Textile Markets costs 1,170 (UK), Euro2,065 (Europe, Middle East or Africa) or US$2,715 (Americas or Asia Pacific). An electronic supplement is also available. Single issues, individual reports and multi-report packages are available on request.

For further information, please contact Belinda Carp at Textiles Intelligence, Alderley House, Wilmslow, SK9 1AT, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1625 536136; Fax: +44 (0)1625 536137; Email: info@textilesintelligence.com

For press copies and editorial enquiries, please contact Robin Anson at Textiles Intelligence. Tel: +44 (0)1625 536136. Fax: +44 (0)1625 536137. Email: editorial@textilesintelligence.com