Demand for nonwovens is forecast to rise 5.7% per year to $7.1 billion in 2016. The fastest market gains will occur in the nondisposables market, especially construction. Disposables will remain the dominant market, where filtration will lead gains. Spunmelt nonwovens will continue as the largest product segment and carded will be the second largest.This study analyzes the $5.4 billion US nonwoven fabric industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by material (e.g., fibers and filaments, binder resins, additives), product (e.g., spunmelt, carded, wetlaid, airlaid, thermal, chemical, mechanical) and market (e.g., personal hygiene, consumer wipes, filtration, medical, industrial wipes, protective apparel).The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 43 industry players, including Kimberly-Clark, DuPont, and Johns Manville.