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Textile Outlook International
Issue 165:
October 2013

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Editorial: cellulosic fibres remain in the minority but offer scope for textile and apparel companies to move upmarket
World textile and apparel trade and production trends: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, October 2013 (17 pages)
Survey of the European yarn fairs for autumn/winter 2014/15 (22 pages)
Global trends in fibre prices, production and consumption, October 2013 (20 pages)
Global apparel business update (26 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 2—fabric manufacture, October 2013 (40 pages)

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Editorial: cellulosic fibres remain in the minority but offer scope for textile and apparel companies to move upmarket

published in Issue 165, October 2013  


Over the decades, the share of man-made cellulosic fibres has risen and that of natural fibres has fallen. Although cotton still accounts for about 30% of world fibre demand, the cotton price hike between August 2010 and August 2011 provided manufacturers of man-made cellulosic fibres with a unique opportunity to capture a greater share of the global fibre market and, at the same time, achieve higher margins by charging higher prices. Global production of man-made cellulosic fibres rose by a healthy 11.0% in 2011 and by an even faster 12.0% in 2012, and capacity is set to rise by 13.7% between March 2013 and December 2014. Moreover, Aditya Burla and Lenzing, two of the largest producers of man-made cellulosic fibres, plan to expand capacity in Europe. In this report, Robin Anson examines whether man-made cellulosic fibres can offer an alternative to cotton. Also, he looks at the activities of Lenzing in promoting lyocell -- which is marketed under the Tencel brand name -- as a high added value fibre and speculates as to whether it can continue to be sold at premium prices as the volume of production is increased.

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