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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 79:
4th quarter 2009

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Editorial: The Way Ahead for Technical Textile Producers (5 pages)
Developments in medical textiles, 4th quarter 2009 (34 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- 20 medium sized producers, 1st quarter 2010 (58 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 4th quarter 2009 (20 pages)
Statistics: global and regional trends in textile fibre consumption, 4th quarter 2009 (24 pages)

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Statistics: global and regional trends in textile fibre consumption, 4th quarter 2009
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Global textile mill fibre consumption—a measure of textile production—fell by 5.7% to 156,003 mn lb (70.8 mn tons) in 2008. As a result, it was just short of the level witnessed in 2006. This was the first decline in several years, and stemmed largely from the global economic downturn. The fall reflected declines in man-made fibres, cotton and wool. Cotton consumption fell by 9.1% to 54,051 mn lb and, as a result, its share of total fibre usage declined by 1.3 percentage points to just 34.6%. The share of man-made fibres, by contrast, rose from 62.4% to 63.7% despite a 3.8% decline in consumption. Wool consumption, meanwhile, declined by 3.6% and maintained its 1.6% share of global fibre usage.

Geographically, Asia was by far the largest consumer of fibres in 2008, having accounted for 73.2% of global usage. The second largest consumer was North America with a 9.0% share, followed by the Middle East with 5.1%, Western Europe with 4.7%, South America with 3.7%, Eastern Europe with 2.4%, Africa with 1.5%, Oceania with 0.2% and Central America with 0.1%.

Within Asia, total fibre consumption fell by 4.5%—due mainly to an 8.8% decline in cotton consumption. As a result, cotton’s share of total fibre usage fell to 35.8%—its lowest ever level—while the share of man-made fibres rose to a peak of 63.0%. In North America, fibre consumption was down by 10.6% in 2008 and, as a result, it reached its lowest level in over 20 years. Furthermore, declines were recorded in man-made fibres, cotton and wool. In the Middle East, fibre consumption fell by 13.7%, having remained fairly stable for the previous four years. In Western Europe, fibre consumption decreased by 8.6%, due largely to a 9.8% decline in man-made fibre consumption. Nevertheless, man-made fibres still accounted for 83.6% of West European consumption, which was the highest share of any region. In South America, fibre consumption fell by a modest 1.7% and remained higher than levels seen prior to 2006. South America is one of only two regions—the other being Central America—where cotton accounted for the largest share of consumption in 2008. In Eastern Europe, fibre consumption fell by 8.6% to its lowest level in over six years, and declines were recorded in man-made fibres, cotton and wool. In Africa, fibre consumption fell by a marginal 0.5% in 2008 as an 11.0% rise in man-made fibre consumption was offset by a 10.6% drop in cotton. As a result, man-made fibres overtook cotton to become the main fibre type in the region. In Oceania, fibre consumption fell by 3.3% due to drops in all of the three main fibre types. Man-made fibres accounted for 74.3% of total fibre consumption in the region while wool accounted for 19.1%, leaving cotton with just 6.6%. In fact, Oceania was the only region in the world where wool consumption was bigger than cotton consumption.

Table of Contents
Statistics: Global and Regional Trends in Textile Fibre Consumption
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Asia
  • North America
  • Middle East
  • Western Europe
  • South America
  • Eastern Europe
  • Africa
  • Oceania
  • Central America

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Four times a year, Technical Textile Markets provides an overview of the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for technical textiles, and is essential reading for senior executives in (or supplying) the man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile sectors – as well as for those who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis, but who need an authoritative source which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies which are actively involved in this fast-growing sector.
Reports in Technical Textile Markets include:
company and country profiles – giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others, in terms of production, sourcing, import/export, infrastructure and development, and plans for the future.
profiles of the world's top 40 producers of nonwovens – updated each year with details of developments from each of the leading producers, including acquisitions, investments and divestments, and analyses of trends which the "rising stars" are using to their advantage.
statistical reports – including consumption data, by fibre and end-use applications. Regular updates are published for fibre consumption in Japan, the rest of Asia, the USA, and Western Europe.
market sector information – analyses of important commercial end-user applications, and profiles of both established and emerging markets which take into account such innovations and developments as nanotechnology and intelligent textiles.
regular updates on innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery – including developments in the following categories: fibres and yarns; technical textile fabrics for industrial applications; machinery; technical textiles for apparel; composites; other technical textile products; and technical textile treatments and finishes.
reports on new technological developments and other topical issues – with clear, authoritative comments on their economic and commercial significance. The reports bring to your attention the key issues which you can use to develop your business, and provides contact details of useful organisations.
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