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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 74:
3rd quarter 2008

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Editorial: Developments in Biopolymers and Other Alternatives to Established Synthetic Fibres (5 pages)
Nanofibres: From Finer Filters to Advances in Electronics, Energy and Medical Applications (25 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 1 -- the leading ten producers, 3rd quarter 2008 (63 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 3rd quarter 2008 (19 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in the USA, 3rd quarter 2008 (15 pages)

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Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in the USA, 3rd quarter 2008

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The volume of fibre consumed in the manufacture of finished products in the USA fell in 2007—the latest year for which comprehensive data are available—having fallen every year since 2003. The drop in 2007 amounted to 756 mn lb (342,916 tons), and brought total fibre usage down to 10,940 mn lb—6.5% lower than in 2006.

In terms of fibre type, the biggest fall in consumption was in synthetic filament yarns. Here, usage declined by 333 mn lb, representing a drop of 6.2%. There was also a fall in synthetic staple fibre usage—amounting to 254 mn lb, or 6.1%—while cotton usage was down by 190 mn lb, or 10.0%. Wool consumption also decreased but the fall was a mere 6 mn lb, or 5.9%. Similarly, cellulosic filament yarn usage was down by a marginal 3 mn lb, or 12.0%. But cellulosic staple fibre usage rose by a healthy 31 mn lb, representing an increase of 20.5%.

In non-industrial end uses, the biggest fall was in floor coverings. In this sector, fibre consumption was down by 389 mn lb, or 9.2%, and the fall was due entirely to a decline in synthetic fibre usage. The second largest decline was in home textiles. Here, consumption was down by 199 mn lb, or 17.4%, due mainly to a drop in cotton usage. In apparel, fibre usage was down by 127 mn lb, or 5.9%, due to declines in cotton and synthetic fibres. In industrial uses, fibre consumption was down by 41 mn lb, or 1.0%. The decline was due entirely to a drop in synthetic fibre usage as cellulosic fibre consumption grew and declines in cotton and wool were only minimal.

In terms of end use, fibrefill, stuffing and flock constituted the largest application, followed by medical, surgical and sanitary uses, and unallocated nonwovens. However, of the 17 end use applications examined in this report, the only substantial increases in fibre usage were in medical, surgical and sanitary uses and in unallocated nonwovens. In three others there were minimal increases and in the other 12 end use applications fibre usage fell. The most significant fall occurred in fibrefill, stuffing and flock, followed by transportation fabrics, sewing thread, and rope and cordage.

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