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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 73:
2nd quarter 2008

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Asian Man-Made Fibre Production Continues to Soar but Will Green Issues Lead to a Change of Direction? (3 pages)
Markets for Textile-Based Artificial Turf (19 pages)
Waterproof Breathable Fabrics: New Technologies for Greater Comfort
Global markets for smart fabrics and interactive textiles, 2nd quarter 2008 (30 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 2008 (18 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption and production in Asia, 2nd quarter 2008 (16 pages)

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Statistics: fibre consumption and production in Asia, 2nd quarter 2008

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Fibre consumption in Asia rose by 9.0% or 9,897 mn lb (4.5 mn tons) in 2007 to reach 119,584 mn lb. Man-made fibre usage rose by 11.4% to reach 73,310 mn lb—representing 61% of the total. At the same time, production of man-made fibres went up by 10.8% to 77,880 mn lb. As a result, Asia remained a net exporter of man-made fibres but the trade surplus was due entirely to exports of fibres from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Cotton usage grew by only 5.6%—which was the slowest increase recorded since 2001. As a result, cotton’s share of Asian mill fibre consumption fell by 1.2 percentage points to 37.5% although this was still higher than in the five years prior to 2005. The share of man-made fibres, by contrast, rose by 1.3 percentage points to 61.3%. Wool usage, meanwhile, remained small with a share of just 1.2%.

Geographically, China and Hong Kong accounted for 64% of Asian fibre usage in 2007—up from 63% in 2006. South Asia was the second largest consumer with a 21% share, followed by South-East Asia with 8%. The remaining 7% was accounted for by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan collectively.

Within China, growth in cotton consumption slowed to 7.2% following five years of double-digit increases. Usage of man-made fibres, meanwhile, rose by 13%, which led to a rise in their share of total fibre consumption. Indeed, the share of man-made fibres reached a record 67.2% during the year.

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