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Can Biorefineries save the Global Disposable Hygiene Products Industry?

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  • 41 Pages
  • December 2019
  • Region: Global
  • BCC Research
  • ID: 4876594
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Disposable absorbent hygiene products (AHPs), consisting of baby diapers, femcare products (sanitary pads, panty liners, etc.) and adult incontinence (AI) products, are big business.

Forecasts vary, but the combined global value of these markets at retail was around $90 billion in 2018. Consequently, there are very sophisticated embedded networks for the manufacture and supply of AHPs, and there is a lot of vested interest in maintaining business as usual.

It is not always recognized by consumers, however, that despite their undoubted convenience and contribution to healthy living, AHPs are currently all based on petroleum-derived plastics. They are primarily based on polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) or polyester (PET) that has been converted, in combination with wood pulp, superabsorbent polymers (SAP) and elastics, into nonwoven fabrics by the spunbonding and meltblowing extrusion processes known as “spunmelt.”

Report Includes:

  • An overview of the market size and structure of global disposable hygiene products market and a description of its key players
  • Information on bio-derived alternatives for disposable hygiene product that already exist, or are under development
  • A look at the initiatives taken for recycling of disposable hygiene products in various areas
  • Evaluation of major developments and market dynamics for disposable absorbent hygiene products (AHPs)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
  • EU Single-Use Plastics Directive
  • Pending U.S. legislation
  • EDANA Outlook 2019 Conference
  • Disposable Wipes Advantages
  • Obstacles to Bioplastics Development

Chapter 2: The Size and Structure of the AHPs Market
  • AHP Drivers for Growth
  • China’s Growth in AHP Consumption
  • Emerging AHP Markets Potential
  • Increasing Demand for AI Products

Chapter 3: The Size and Structure of the Global Spunbond and Meltblown
  • Nonwovens Market
  • The Spunbonding Process
  • Spunbond Technology Development
  • The Meltblowing Process
  • Multiple Beams and Composites
  • Reicofil Technology
  • Polypropylene

Chapter 4: The Recycling of AHPs
  • PureCycle
  • Loop Industries
  • Embraced Recycling Project
  • Contarina Success in Italy
  • Interlinked
  • Going Beyond Recycling
  • Italy’s End of Waste Decree

Chapter 5: The Bioplastics Market and Key Developments for AHPs
  • Three Generations of Biorefinery
  • Adding Complexity
  • Current Bioplastics Production
  • Natureworks Ingeo
  • Kimberly-Clark Ingeo Developments
  • Fitesa Biopolymer Bicomponent
  • Total Corbion
  • NatureWorks Expansion and Methane Development
  • PHAs
  • Metabolix and ADM
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Novamont Mater-Bi and Origo-Bi
  • “Plastic Bubbles” Probe
  • Drop-In Biopolymers
  • PET Monomers
  • Virent BioForming and PlantBottle
  • PEF
  • Avantium Technologies
  • Bio-Polypropylene
  • Neste Technology
  • Borealis
  • Mitusi Bio-PP
  • Braskem Bio-PE
  • Braskem Bio-PP
  • “I’m Green Recycled”
  • Lenzing Web Technology

Chapter 6: A Shopping List of  Bio-Derived Components
  • Superabsorbents
  • Stretch Elastics
  • Adhesives
  • Conclusion
  • Information Sources
  • Methodology
  • Analyst’s Credentials

List of Tables
Table 1: Spunmelt Investment Announcements in the Americas, Since 2015
Table 2: Spunmelt Investment Announcements in Asia-Pacific, Since 2015
Table 3: Spunmelt Investment Announcements in EMEA, Since 2015
Table 4: Comparison of Spunbonding and Meltblown Technologies for Nonwoven Filter Media
Table 5: Key Benefits of Nonwovens in Nonwoven Processing and End Products
Table 6: The Leading Manufacturers of Spunmelt Nonwovens for Hygiene, by Overall Turnover
Table 7: Lenzing’s Current Capacity for Cellulosic Fibers Production
Table 8: Summary of Bioplastic Developments Relevant to the Production of Spunmelt Nonwovens for AHPS.
Table 9: Value of the Individual Components in a Typical Diaper Construction
List of Figures
Figure 1: Typical Configuration and Components of a Modern Baby Diaper
Figure 2: The Diaper Waste Problem
Figure 3: Open-Seat Pants for Chinese Toddlers in the 1990s
Figure 4: The Latest Reicofil RF Spunmelt System
Figure 5: The First Diaper Recycling Plant at Contarina in Italy
Figure 6: Embraced Diaper Recycling Outlet in Amsterdam
Figure 7: Timeline for the Progress of Biorefining
Figure 8: Advantages of Mitsui’s Newly Developed Bio-PP Fermentation Process

Companies Mentioned

  • Avantium Technologies
  • Borealis
  • Braskem
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Fitesa
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Lenzing
  • Mitusi
  • Natureworks
  • Neste Technology
  • Novamont
  • Total Corbion
  • Virent