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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 59:
3rd-4th quarters 2004

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Editorial: 2004: Another Record Year for Man-Made Fibres
Profile of Autoliv: Leader in Automotive Occupant Restraint Equipment (21 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- 20 medium sized producers, 1st quarter 2005 (52 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- ten smaller producers, 4th quarter 2004 (24 pages)
Innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery, 3rd-4th quarter 2004 (34 pages)
Worldwide and Regional Trends in Natural and Man-Made Fibre Production (42 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in Western Europe, 3rd-4th quarter 2004 (5 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in the USA, 3rd-4th quarter 2004 (10 pages)
Technical Textiles Business Update (19 pages)

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Worldwide and Regional Trends in Natural and Man-Made Fibre Production

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Global fibre output rose by 2.7% in 2003, according to Saurer Group. This rise was slower than the 4.9% increase recorded for 2002 but was in line with average growth rates for the 1990s. Man-made fibre output rose by 4.9% and its share of the total rose from 54.5% to 55.8%. But supplies of the main natural fibres, cotton, wool and silk, fell by 0.1% to 22.6 mn tons—only 35.9% of total fibre output.

Chinese man-made fibre output rose by a dramatic 18.2% to 11.7 mn tons—representing one-third of world man-made fibre output. Output in Japan and South Korea continued to fall, although the drop in Japan was less severe than in 2002. US output levelled off at 3.8 mn tons after a recovery in 2002. Other regions showed little change.

Output of man-made filament rose by 5.3% to 18.9 mn tons, which was faster than the 1.4% rise in staple fibres (natural and man-made). Overall, polyester (filament and staple) achieved the fastest growth as output rose by 7.2% to 22.26 mn tons—63% of the man-made fibre total. Asia accounted for the bulk of the growth and 83% of world output in 2003. Polyamide fibre was almost unchanged at 3.93 mn tons as declines in Europe and the Americas were offset by small rises in Asia. Polypropylene fibre grew by only 0.7% to 2.99 mn tons, and all growth was confined to filament. Acrylic fell by 1.9% to 2.68 mn tons after an above average 6.9% rise in 2002.

Among cellulosics, almost all types enjoyed an upturn in 2003, in contrast to previous years. Total output rose by 5.6% to 2.92 mn tons, growth being shared by cellulosic filament yarn and staple fibre. Lyocell fibre also responded to increased demand.

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Technical Textile Markets provides intelligence, analysis and insight on the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries.
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