According to a recent market study published by Growth Market Reports, titled, "Global Non-woven Abrasives Market by Product Types, Target Substrate, Applications, and Regions: Size, Share, Trends and Opportunity Analysis, 2018-2028", the market was valued at USD 1,588.7 million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.3% by the year 2028. The global non-woven abrasives market is anticipated to grow significantly during forecast period. Growing demand from surface contouring applications and increasing applications in metal fabrication industry are some of the factors contributing to market growth.

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Global Non-woven Abrasives market has been segmented based on by Product Types, Target Substrate, Applications, and Regions. In terms of product types, the Non-woven Abrasives market is segmented into Hand Pads, Belts, Discs, Rolls, Wheels, and Others. On the basis target substrate, the market is segmented into Metal, Glass, Plastic, Composite, Wood, and Ceramic. Based on applications, the market is categorized as Construction, Transportation, Electronics & Semiconductors, Industrial/ Metal fabrication, and others. In terms of regions, global Non-woven Abrasives market is segmented as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa (MEA).

Non-woven abrasives use different types of abrasive grains and these grains vary according to coarseness. A commonly used industrial mineral is aluminum oxide, which is used individually or in a combination with other materials to form abrasive grains. Aluminum oxide is joined with emery and crocus to manufacture abrasives that are fitting for applications such as finishing. Silicon carbide is another material, which is harder in comparison to aluminum oxide, but more friable than fused aluminum oxide grains. Silicon carbide is employed in non-ferrous applications.

Non-woven abrasives are used in trucks, buses, and other vehicles for weld blending, frame repair, and surface preparations such as scratching and blending. By providing fast, lubricate-free operation, vehicle manufacturers increase productivity by reducing labor costs in surface finishing operations. Non-woven fabric imparts a uniform finish to the contour surface without affecting the critical tolerance of the previous molding process or machine. This function is important in the finishing process. The most common method of removing deep scratches is to use various coated abrasives such as 80, 120, and 180 grit sizes. Each abrasive produces a fine finish by removing the previous deep scratches. This step reduced the number of steps in the process, which results in significant cost savings in labor. Thus, the growing demand from surface contouring applications is estimated to drive the non-woven abrasives market.

Non-woven abrasives and non-woven substrates are made up of polyamide and coated with a mixture of abrasive grains, fillers, and usually a phenolic resin binder. Resins used in this application are highly reactive and contain no free monomers. The coating is carried out by spraying a mixture of resin/particles and fillers on both sides and the non-woven fabric carrier. High and fluctuating crude oil prices are responsible for approximately 90% of the rise and fluctuations in prices of resin. Such direct relationship between crude oil prices and resin prices restrains the market, as it results in increasing the price of non-woven abrasives. Thereby, the fluctuations in crude oil prices affect the prices of resin, which in turn, hinders the market growth during the forecast period.

As per Growth Market Reports industry analyst Partha Paul “The spread of COVID-19 has had a negative impact on the Non-woven Abrasives market players on many fronts and outside factors, including a temporary fluctuation in consumer demand and potential effects on the Non-woven Abrasives market from an uncertain economic perspective. The COVID-19 outbreak had a substantial impact on the non-woven abrasives market, resulting in low sales and low GDP. COVID 19 caused the manufacturing processes of various companies around the world to come to a halt in order to slow the spread of virus. The economy of numerous countries has been badly hit as a result of COVID 19 and purchasing power of companies is shrinking rapidly, due to slow commercial activity. The coronavirus pandemic revealed supply chain vulnerabilities and emphasized on the complexities of globalized supply chains and the importance of having a stable supply chain to nullify trade barricades. Manufacturers of non-woven abrasives are adopting different approaches to build robustness and resilience in supply chains, majorly through mergers & acquisitions. Rapid growth of urbanization aids in expanding several industries such as the manufacturing industry, metal fabrication industry, aerospace industry, automobile industry, construction industry, and electronic industry, which is boosting the demand for non-woven abrasives in the coming years.”

Key Takeaways from the Study:

  • The market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a significant CAGR during the forecast, due to growing demand from emerging countries such as India and China as well as the expansion of manufacturing, automotive, and machinery industries.
  • The market in Europe is projected to expand in the coming years due to the rise in the finishing application of soft metals for use in spectacle frames, watch components, precision surgical instruments, and jewelry.
  • Asia Pacific held a significant share of the market in 2020, followed by Europe, and North America. Industrial/Metal Fabrication holds the largest market share of the global non-woven abrasives market.

Report Scope:

Report Metric


Market Value in 2020

USD 1,588.7 Million

Market Growth Rate (from 2020 to 2027)


Historical Data

2018 & 2019

Base Year


Forecast Period

2021 – 2028

Market Segments

Product Types, Target Substrate, Applications, And Regions.

Region Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World

Key Companies Profiled

3M, ARC ABRASIVES, INC., Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., Kanai Juyo Kogyo Co.,Ltd, Mirka Ltd, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, sia Abrasives Industries AG, Tailin Abrasives Corporation, Valgro Engineers Pvt. Ltd., and Even Cut Abrasives Company

Customization Scope

Report customization available on request

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Target Audience:

  • Demand Side: Construction, Transportation, Electronics & Semiconductors, Industrial/ Metal fabrication, and Others
  • Regulatory Side: Concerned government authorities, commercial research & development (R&D) institutions, and other regulatory bodies.
  • Associations and Industry Bodies: Unified Abrasives Manufacturers Association (UAMA), Federation of European Producers of Abrasives (FEPA), ABRASIVE ENGINEERING SOCIETY, Coated Abrasive Fabricators Association, and Others.