The demand for wet wipes is rising, do the raw materials meet the supply demand?

The demand for wet wipes is rising, do the raw materials meet the supply demand?


The global epidemic situation is severe, and the demand for sanitary and health products such as disinfectant wipes has soared. The main raw material of disinfectant wipes is spunlace non-woven fabric, and China's spunlace non-woven fabric production is sufficient to meet market demand. Suntech provides wet tissue machines and spunlace nonwoven machines to help human health.

The current global epidemic situation is severe, and the number of confirmed cases of covid-19 has exceeded 100 million. The U.S. epidemic is out of control again, and the mutated strains of the new coronavirus have begun to spread in the U.S. communities, and the European and American vaccine battles have intensified.Click to share to LinkedIn


Due to the impact of COVID-19, the demand for sanitary and health products such as disinfectant wipes has soared. Europe and the United States, where the epidemic is particularly severe, are themselves huge consumer markets for wipes, and people have always liked to stock up on wet wipes. Under the influence of the epidemic, people are hoarding large amounts of wet wipes, and the wet wipes market is in short supply.


The wet wipes currently on the market can be roughly divided into two categories: one is ordinary sanitary wipes containing skin care ingredients; the other is disinfecting wipes that can disinfect other items. Disinfecting wipes are mainly made of non-woven fabrics, fabrics, and dust-free paper as carriers, purified water as production water, and appropriate addition of disinfectants and other raw materials to make products with cleaning and disinfection effects.Click to share to Facebook


What is the history of wet wipes?


Wipes development history


In 1963, American Robert P. Julius invented the world's first disinfecting wipes and began to supply KFC at the same time, providing customers with convenient hand cleaning services. Disinfecting wipes have been widely welcomed by people for their efficient cleaning ability and convenient way to use, and the wet wipes industry has since opened the door to the market.


57 years later, in 2020, the world experienced an unexpected pandemic disaster. In the context of the epidemic, various anti-epidemic products appear in all aspects of people's lives. Masks, disposable cleaning fluids, disinfection wipes, etc. protect people from covid-19 in their daily lives. Among them, disinfectant wipes are sought after by consumers due to their convenient portability and stable disinfectant ingredients. The disinfectant wipes industry is expected to usher in a spring breeze and break out again.try Suntech wet Wipes machine


The disinfection wipes market is on the rise, with considerable potential for future development


In 1988, American scientists first developed disinfection wipes for medical institutions. In the more than 30 years since the birth of medical disinfection wipes, the disinfection wipes industry has developed rapidly in developed countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. Taking the United Kingdom as an example, the use of disinfection wipes in a general hospital has reached RMB 5-8 million per year. . In contrast, in hospitals where disinfection wipes are more popular, the annual cost of using disinfection wipes is only RMB 500,000-800,000 per year. The domestic disinfection wipes industry still has a lot of room for growth.


Analyzing the reasons for the gap in the consumption level of the disinfection wipes industry is available. Cost control is one of the important factors for the low usage rate of medical disinfection wipes in domestic hospitals. At present, the environmental cleaning work of more than 32,000 hospitals in China basically implements social services, that is, people often say that all or part of the cleaning services are outsourced to third-party cleaning companies. Procter & Gamble companies usually use low-cost traditional disinfection methods for cost considerations-manual preparation of chlorinated disinfectant, which is also prone to improper operation, pungent smell and uncomfortable problems.


At present, only some key departments in Chinese hospitals, such as intensive care units and neonatal wards, will increase investment in the use of medical disinfection wipes that are safer and more operational. It can be seen that with the reform of the medical system, hospitals increase the cost of medical supplies, and there is still a lot of room for imagination in China for medical disinfection wipes.


In the long run, after the brutal baptism of the two global pandemics of SARS and the new coronavirus in the past 20 years, China’s medical system has undergone a major reshuffle, and the upgrade and investment in the overall health prevention and control system have also been vigorously promoted and promoted. Further improvement of medical facilities in second-line, third-line and local hospitals. In addition, the public's increased awareness of public hygiene and consumption of disinfection products are all favorable conditions for the long-term market demand for medical disinfection wipes.


By 2023, the demand for wet wipes in the medical and health sector is expected to grow at a rate of 3.8% per year, reaching US$594 million. Coupled with the gap between China's medical disinfection wipes and foreign markets, the future development potential is very considerable.


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Medical disinfection wipes are more mature in foreign applications


From a global perspective, the wet wipes consumer market took the lead in North America, Western Europe and other developed countries. It is widely used in surface disinfection of medical objects, baby hygiene and household daily care. It is gradually expanding to developing countries such as Asia-Pacific. The market is mature and stable, and the Asia-Pacific market is poised for development. The total value of the global wet wipes and wipes market in 2019 reached 109.4 billion yuan, and it is expected to grow to 168.6 billion yuan in 2026, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3%.


The medical disinfection wipes in the subdivision of the wet wipes industry are mainly used for surface disinfection of medical objects. They are different from the alcohol disinfection wipes used in daily life. Due to the special environment of the hospital, for example, some precision instruments are not suitable for large-scale alcohol disinfection. Therefore, disinfectant wipes containing chlorine are often used for medical disinfection wipes. Chlorine-containing disinfection wipes are widely used in foreign hospitals' ICU, burn department, isolation room, high-risk department, infection outbreak and other areas. It can be used to disinfect the surface of the operating table, B-ultrasound probes, and precision instruments. It has strong compatibility, Features of high convenience.


The production of wet wipes relies on core technology and material supply


The core technology of the disinfection wipes industry is mainly reflected in the solution formulation. The solution formulation involves multiple disciplines such as daily chemistry, polymer materials science, and microbial chemistry. Technology research and development is difficult. Therefore, enterprises realize key technologies in the research and development process. Only breakthroughs can achieve the expected results of product performance, and it is also an important sign for companies to seize market share.


There are two kinds of raw materials for wet wipes: one is wet-strength paper and the other is non-woven fabric. Most wet wipes are made of non-woven fabric, fabric, and dust-free paper. Spunlace non-woven fabric is the key material.


Process flow: dry, compress or vacuum the raw materials for manufacturing wet wipes into strips, blocks or granular compact units, and store them in the wet wipes manufacturing device. After the user sends out a signal to take, each The unit body falls according to the required number of signals, and is sprayed or immersed to expand the volume of each unit body into a wet wipe.


The output of China's non-woven fabrics increased exponentially in the early stages of the industry's development. From 1978 to 1997, the annual output of China's non-woven fabrics doubled nearly 100 times. Since entering the 21st century, the output of non-woven fabrics has maintained a growth trend. After the financial crisis in 2008, the output of non-woven fabrics has continued to increase year by year. In 2018, the annual output of various non-woven fabrics in my country reached 5.932 million tons, an increase of 196.31% compared with 2008. The compound growth rate reached 11.47%.


In terms of application, the current application of non-woven fabrics is focused on the penetration of high-tech and the use of new materials. It is widely used in construction, automobiles, clothing, sanitary materials, aerospace, environmental protection and other industries, especially in the sanitary materials market. The demand is gradually expanding, and the automotive textiles, footwear and artificial leather markets are also showing a new atmosphere. With its high added value and high efficiency competitive advantages, non-woven fabrics have huge industry potential. By 2024, China's non-woven fabric output is expected to exceed 8 million tons.


From the perspective of production process, most of the production process of China's nonwoven fabric industry is spunbond. In 2018, the output of spunbonded nonwoven fabric was 2,971,200 tons, accounting for 50.09% of the total nonwoven fabric output. Used in sanitary materials and other fields; followed by acupuncture technology accounting for 22.96%, spunlace technology accounting for 10.83%, chemical bonding technology accounting for 6.61%, thermal bonding technology accounting for 5.43%, air-laid technology accounting for 2.51%, the melt blown process accounted for 0.90%, and the wet process accounted for 0.66%.


It can be seen that the production capacity of spunlace nonwovens, the main material of disinfectant wipes, is high enough to meet the international wet wipes market demand. At present, Suntech not only provides wet wipe machines, but also spunlace non-woven machines and spunlace non-woven materials, contributing to the international health industry.