Global Nanofibers Market

Nanofiber Market Growth to be Driven by Increased Membrane Filtration Applications


Nanofiber refers to fibers made of sub-micron diameter fibers that have exceptional properties such as high strength, flexibility and porosity. They arefinding increasing uses in end-use industries such as filtration, health & hygiene, aerospace and defense among others. Some key advantages of nanofibers are their extremely high surface area to volume ratio, extremely small pore size and ability to be produced using cost-effective electrospinning process. They are increasingly being used to make filtration membranes for water filtration, air filtration and other liquid filtration applications due to their excellent particle blocking abilities.

The global nanofiber market is estimated to be valued at US$ 1038.3 Mn in 2024 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 7.9% over the forecast period 2024 to 2030.

Increasing demand from the filtration industry is a major driver for the nanofiber market. Nanofiber based filtration membranes offers 15-20 times greater surface area for particle capture compared to conventional membranes. They are able to filter particles in the nano and micro scale due to their small pore sizes. This makes them ideal for applications like HEPA and ULPA air filters.

Key players operating in the nanofiber market are Applied Sciences Inc., Argonide Corporation, CHUETSU PULP & PAPER CO. LTD, Donaldson Company Inc., DuPont, Esfil Tehno AS, eSpin Technologies Inc., Hollingsworth & Vose Company, IREMA-Filter GmbH, Japan Vilene Company Ltd, LIME, Merck KgAA, Nanofiber Solutions, NanoLayr Limited, NANOVAL GmbH & Co. KG, NIPPON PAPER INDUSTRIES CO. LTD, PARDAM s.r.o., SAPPI LTD, SNC Fibers, SPUR AS, TEIJIN LIMITED, TORAY INDUSTRIES INC., and US Global Nanospace Inc. Major opportunities lie in increasing demand from medical industry for wound dressings, implants and drug delivery applications. Development of low-cost production techniques will further spur market growth. Technological advancements include development of bacterial cellulose nanofibers with mechanical strength comparable to Kevlar and hybrid nanofibers with conductive properties.

Market Drivers
Increasing demand for Global Nanofiber Market Growth based filtration membranes from industries such as water treatment and air pollution control is a key driver. Their small pore sizes allows for filtration of sub-micron particles and other impurities. Growing surface water pollution and stringent emission norms will drive their use in filtration applications. Increasing investments by government and private organizations in development of hybrid nanofibers with advanced properties will also support the market growth over the forecast period.

Current challenges in Nanofiber Market
The nanofiber market is facing many challenges due to Covid-19 pandemic impact and economic slowdown. The pandemic has disrupted the supply chain and declined the demand from end use industries like textiles, air and water filtration, healthcare, electronics etc. which are major consumers of nanofibers. High initial production cost of nanofibers and requirement of more R&D for commercialization of nanofiber products are other challenges. Maintaining product quality and uniform diameter of nanofibers during mass production is a technical challenge. Lack of standardized production process and protocols is also an issue in this industry.

SWOT Analysis
Strength: Nanofibers have very high surface area to volume ratio which makes them suitable for various applications. They can be easily customized and functionalized as per end use requirement.
Weakness: High cost of production equipment and procedures. Maintaining fiber diameter uniformity during mass production is difficult.
Opportunity: Growing demand from healthcare sector for wound dressing, drug delivery, implants etc. Increasing usage of nanofibers in air and water filtration applications.
Threats: Stringent regulations around nanomaterial safety. Competition from alternative materials.

Geographical regions
North America accounts for the largest share in nanofiber market in terms of value currently. U.S is the major producer and consumer of nanofibers in this region. Asia Pacific region is expected to be the fastest growing market during the forecast period. Countries like China, Japan, South Korea and India are major economies contributing to the growth of this region due to growing nanotechnology research and increasing end use industries.

The nanofiber market in Europe is largely concentrated in Germany, U.K, France, Italy and Russia. Growing healthcare and textile industries and supportive government policies are fueling the demand. Development of nanotechnology cluster and research initiatives by public private partnership are helping the growth of nanofiber market in countries like Brazil and Argentina, making Latin America an emerging regional market.

1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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