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core tip: if measured by the annual growth rate of GDP, The economies of the five major countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, which are also qualified suppliers of Airbus, COMAC, AVIC and Bombardier), have all experienced a decline in 2020. If measured by the annual growth rate of GDP, the economies of the five major countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia) have all experienced a decline in 2020. The new extensive development model of relying on coal price hikes has been unsustainable. The virus has had a devastating impact on the key industries of these five countries, especially those countries that rely heavily on tourism. Like almost every country in the world, novel coronavirus has also led to border closures, business closures and a sharp rise in unemployment. Governments' response is to substantially increase economic stimulus and unemployment spending

although the economic outlook of these regions in 2021 is uncertain, the overall outlook is optimistic. GDP growth will depend on the management of vaccines, the control of disease, and the management of exports and internal blockades. China's economic strength is expected to boost Asia's economic prospects and provide support for the five countries' exports to China

only Vietnam achieved positive GDP growth of 2.6%. Indonesia, the largest economy in the region, has achieved an annual growth rate of 5% since 2014 and recorded a decline of -2.4% in 2020

in Malaysia, GDP decreased by 5.2%, and the performance in 2019 was weaker than that in the same period before. In Thailand, the GDP in 2020 decreased by 6.4% compared with that in 2019. The Philippines' GDP fell the most, falling by 9% in 2020. When assessing the changes in GDP in small economies, it must be recognized that the year-on-year changes in GDP are larger than those in larger economies. With the growth of national economic aggregate, the annual GDP growth measured by the average annual percentage change will weaken over time

the impact of the COVID-19 on the nonwoven industry in these five countries is far less than the impact on their overall economy. As the demand for domestic and export protective products (protective clothing such as Vertu constellation series uses a large number of leather and masks), the production of nonwoven coiled materials is promoted. As in other countries, consumer demand for disinfected wipes and other wipes, as well as for sanitary products (diapers, etc.) is on the rise

driven by favorable population structure, economic conditions, growing market penetration and strong local and export demand, Southeast Asia is still a promising region for the nonwoven industry. Despite the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19, the impact of the recent economic slowdown in the region and the relatively small impact on manufacturing investment and consumer spending will be quickly addressed through the economic stimulus plan

in Southeast Asia and China, the gradual increase in the market penetration of disposable and durable nonwovens is a positive factor for the good growth of nonwovens demand and exports in these major Asian markets. Over time, it is expected that the nonwovens producers in the five Southeast Asian countries will benefit from the strong demand from China, Japan and other countries within and outside the Asia Pacific region. The largest end market for nonwovens will be sanitary products, followed by durable geotextiles and other markets

several global and regional manufacturers of disposable sanitary products have already deployed in Southeast Asia, including Kimberly Clark, Johnson & Johnson, Kao, Procter & Gamble and unicharm. The increase in the production capacity of sanitary products in Southeast Asia shows the growth in demand in the region, and also proves that the region is increasingly becoming a manufacturing base for exports to other Asian regions

2020, the nonwovens production capacity in Southeast Asia mainly includes spunbonded/spun melt, staple fiber needling and/or thermal bonding, and polypropylene spunbonded needling technology. Some small-scale hot air production lines are also developing

during, the production capacity of fine denier spunbonded and melt spun polypropylene nonwovens installed in five countries/regions in Southeast Asia increased by an average of 6.6% per year, from 185000 tons in 2015 to 255000 tons in 2020. During this period, the newly increased capacity of 70000 tons, including 15000 tons of cnc/fitesa in Thailand, 20000 tons of Asahi (Thailand) and Toray (Indonesia) respectively, and 15000 tons of 5415m DN500 welded pipe installed by fibertex (Malaysia) for the project

cnc/fitesa started a new reifenhauser 5 production line at the end of 2020, with an annual capacity of 33000 tons. Asahi will install a new production line with a capacity of 15000 tons in Thailand in the second half of 2021. In the same period, fibertex will put into operation reifenhauser 5 production line in Malaysia, with an annual capacity of 15000 tons. Both production lines will be put into operation in 2022. Through these investments, the annual production capacity will increase by 63000 tons (24.7%). These new capacity may lead to oversupply in the region

2020, the annual capacity of fine denier and medium denier spunbonded/melt spun polypropylene technology in Southeast Asia will be 264000 tons, accounting for about 7% of the total global capacity of this technology category

the production capacity of this technology is mainly concentrated in Thailand. At present, four manufacturers account for 43% (114000 tons) of the production capacity. In Malaysia, the total capacity of the two producers is 94000 tons, accounting for 36% of the capacity in the region. In Indonesia, the capacity of the two producers is 52000 tons, accounting for 20% of the capacity in the region. The Philippines also has a small part of production capacity

in Southeast Asia, most large nonwovens manufacturers only use fine denier polypropylene spunbonded/spun melt technology, and supply a large number of sanitary products to the market. By the end of 2020, fibertex (Malaysia) is the largest nonwoven manufacturer in Southeast Asia, with a production capacity of 85000 tons

asahi (Thailand) has a fine denier spunbonded capacity of 40000 tons at the beginning of 2021. Fitesa/cnc (Thailand) has a fine denier spunbonded capacity of 72000 tons at the beginning of 2021, while Mitsui (Thailand) has a capacity of 30000 tons

fine denier spunbonded/melt producers in Southeast Asia will continue to rely mainly on exports to achieve an acceptable level of capacity utilization. Although the demand for disposable nonwovens in Southeast Asia is growing, it is still small compared with the capacity of the installed production lines in the region

unitika put into operation a 30000 ton Polyester Spunbonded Production Line in Thailand in 2017, making it the sixth largest nonwoven producer in Southeast Asia. This series of products are used for carpet backing, geotextile, roofing materials, automobile and other industrial applications

Southeast Asia's air flow nonwovens producers include ocean cash in Malaysia, JNC in Thailand and daiwabo in Indonesia. Nanliu announced that it would install new Spunlaced and air flow nonwovens production lines in India and invest in new production lines in Vietnam. The details have not been announced yet

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