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Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in the USA, 4th quarter 2007
published in Issue 71, 4th quarter 2007
The volume of fibre consumed in the manufacture of finished products in the USA fell again in 2006—the latest year for which comprehensive data are available—having fallen every year since 2002. The drop in 2006 amounted to 958 mn lb and brought total fibre usage down to 12,594 mn lb, 7.1% lower than in 2005.
In terms of fibre type, synthetic filament yarn usage suffered the largest decline, at 436 mn lb, followed closely by synthetic staple fibre, which fell by 414 mn lb. More moderate declines were witnessed in the consumption of cotton, which fell by 93 mn lb, and cellulosic filament yarn, which was down by just 17 mn lb on the previous year. At the same time, there was a minimal increase in the consumption of wool, which went up by 2 mn lb, and a negligible 1 mn lb rise in cellulosic staple fibre usage.
In non-industrial end uses, fibre consumption in floor coverings fell by the biggest amount—325 mn lb, to 4,230 mn lb—thanks entirely to a decline in synthetics usage. The second largest decline was witnessed in apparel, where consumption was down by 289 mn lb, or 8.9%. Again, this was due largely to drops in synthetics usage. Meanwhile, fibre usage in home textiles was down by 223 mn lb, or 15%, led by a decline in cotton consumption.
Fibre consumption in industrial uses was down by 121 mn lb, or 2.8%. The decline was due to a drop in synthetics usage, as consumption of cotton and cellulosics grew. In terms of end use, fibrefill, stuffing and flock constituted the largest application, followed by medical, surgical and sanitary, and unallocated nonwovens. However, of the 17 end use applications examined in this report, the only substantial rise in fibre usage was in unallocated nonwovens. In five others, increases were minimal. Moreover, there were significant drops in fibre consumption for medical, surgical and sanitary applications, tyres, miscellaneous applications, belting, transportation fabrics, and sewing thread.
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.
So whether you are involved in man-made fibres, nonwovens or technical textiles – in manufacturing, converting, import/export, or end use – or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance – a subscription to Technical Textile Markets will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
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