One way to categorise nonwovens is by their methods of manufacture. Nonwovens can be divided into three distinctive groups: those produced by dry-laid methods; wet-laid methods; or spun melt processes. Information of manufacture, properties and end uses are contained in the next three sections.
One of the major advantages of nonwoven manufacture is the speed at which fabric can be produced, especially when compared to the production rates of knitted or woven fabrics. The effect of this is the reduction in the cost of manufacturing.