All factors that affect the growth of man-made fibers can more or less affect textiles made of man-made fibers, of which non-woven fabrics have the greatest impact. Population growth factors have less influence on non-woven fabrics than other textiles used for clothing. However, if the important application of non-woven fabrics in baby diapers is considered, population growth is also an important influencing factor. The partial substitution of natural fibers has great influence on textiles, but has little influence on non-woven fabrics, because the production of non-woven fabrics basically depends on man-made fibers.
The commercial development of man-made fibers and the professional application of non-woven fabrics: due to the establishment of international economic treaties, the trade in microfibers, composite fibers, biodegradable fibers and new polyester fibers has increased. This has a great impact on non-woven fabrics, but has little impact on clothing and knitted textiles. Substitute textiles and other articles: this includes non-woven textiles, knitted textiles, plastic films, polyurea foams, wood pulp, leather, etc. This is determined by the cost and performance requirements of the product. Introducing new and more economical and effective production technologies: various articles made of polymers, application of competitive new non-woven fabrics and introduction of special fibers and non-woven fabric textile additives.
The three major fibers used in non-woven fabric production are polypropylene fibers (62% of the total), polyester fibers (24% of the total) and viscose fibers (8% of the total). From 1970 to 1985, viscose fiber was used most in the production of non-woven fabrics. From 2000 to 2005, the application of polypropylene fiber and polyester fiber began to dominate in the fields of sanitary absorbent materials and medical textiles. In the early non-woven fabric production market, the amount of nylon was very large. From 1998 onwards, the amount of acrylic fiber began to rise, especially in the field of artificial leather manufacturing.
There are many large-scale projects in various construction projects in China, such as the Three Gorges Project, Xiaolangdi Project, environmental protection project, western development, infrastructure construction, etc., which will greatly promote the consumption of geotextiles, filter materials, waterproof materials and packaging materials. In addition, the increase of domestic consumers' income will also strongly stimulate the consumption of various sanitary absorbent products, air filtration materials, medical and health supplies and labor protection and sports supplies. Therefore, China's non-woven fabric industry has great potential for growth in the future.