Production of nonwovens in Europe grew by around 6.5% in 2006 to reach 1,494,000 tonnes, according to the latest figures from nonwoven fabrics organisation Edana.

Based on the same sample of companies in 2005 and 2006, Edana also calculates the average price of nonwovens has increased by almost 3% from EUR3.33 (US$4.5) to EUR3.43 per kg. 

As a result, the total turnover of the European nonwovens industry was estimated at around EUR5,124m.

One of the most significant growth areas for nonwovens in 2006 was garments, with 14.4% growth - mostly for protective clothing.

The main end-use for nonwovens remains the hygiene market with a 33% share of deliveries, amounting to 497,900 tonnes. This grew by 5.4% in 2006.