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Start time 1:00pm GMT/ 2:00pm CET/ 8:00am EST

Welcome
Current status of the wipes market
State of the wipes industry today and the Impact of Covid-19
 On December 31, 2019, Chinese Health officials reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) a cluster of 41 patients with a mysterious pneumonia.
 
January 7 2020, Chinese officials identify this as a novel coronavirus.
 
March 11, WHO declares a pandemic    
 
Mid October 2020, most of the US and Europe are now experiencing the “second wave” of COVID-19, resulting in additional closures and mandates.  Oil prices, meanwhile, have collapsed, with oil futures trading at negative values as late as mid April as demand disappeared and storage filled.
 
This unprecedented crisis has had several effects on the nonwovens industry, including wipes:
Critical tools in fighting COVID-19 are nonwovens based (face masks, disinfecting wipes, antimicrobial wipes, medical garments, some industrial wipes) – this led to most governments declaring nonwoven production and converting as essential industries exempt from lockdown orders.
 
 Almost all other nonwoven based products see a major decrease in demand, with industrial users either closed or reduced significantly, consumers locked in, and most economies are recessionary levels.
 
There will be both short term (until the virus is contained globally) and long term (until global economies recover to pre-crisis levels) effects of COVID-19.
 
A detailed discussion of these effects follows, resulting in disclosure of several scenarios for nonwoven consumption both short term and longer term (through 2025).  These scenarios will be compared to the base data and projections prior to COVID-19.  Differences will be discussed and analyzed.
Phillip Mango | Associate Consultant, Smithers
Potential impacts post Covid 2020 to 2025
Wipes market 2020 - 2025
The global wipes market is a $19 billion market in 2020 and is growing at an annual rate of 5.7%.  This growth will be somewhat uneven, with some segments like disinfectant wipes and antibacterial wipes forecast to see long term increases in growth while others like industrial wipes (especially automotive, construction and food service sectors) are forecast to see long term decreases.  The forecast global economic issues through 2025 will continue to slow growth in many industrial wipe segments while lessons learned by consumers will drive continued growth in cleaning and disinfecting wipes.  Overall, wipes are forecast to see small increases in projected growth through 2025.
The sustainability and plastics waste elimination drivers which existed prior to COVID-19 remain and will continue to have an important role in the post COVID years.  Important nonwoven wipes products, like hydroentangled spunbond/pulp for disinfectant wipes and coform for baby wipes will experience significant challenges, while other technologies like hydroentangled wetlaid may find new markets.
 Additionally. Key process technologies for wipes will experience supply and demand issues.  Notably, airlaid and spunlace will experience some global and regional supply issues.   As these two processes dominate the nonwoven wipes market, and are among the more sustainable nonwoven processes, supply issues will be especially important. Despite these issues, the global nonwovens wipes market is forecast to reach $24.4 billion by 2025.     

The global and regional markets for nonwoven wipes will be discussed as will the nonwoven processes and raw materials critical to the markets success.   
 
Phillip Mango | Associate Consultant, Smithers
Break
Impact of the pandemic on the implementation of the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive
Sustainable and disposable, the future challenge
Post-pandemic world machinery needs for the wet wipes industry
All speaker Q&A session
All speakers
Summary and end of event

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