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Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in the USA, 3rd quarter 2009
published in Issue 78, 3rd quarter 2009
The volume of fibre consumed in the manufacture of finished textile products in the USA fell in 2008—the latest year for which comprehensive data are available—having fallen every year since 1999. The decline in 2008 amounted to 1,323 mn lb (600,100 tons), and brought total fibre usage down to 9,214 mn lb—12.6% lower than in 2007.
In terms of fibre type, the biggest fall in consumption was in synthetic filament yarns. Here, usage declined by 573 mn lb, representing a drop of 11.5%. There was also a fall in synthetic staple fibre usage—amounting to 427 mn lb, or 11.0%—while cotton usage was down by 286 mn lb, or 20.9%. Wool consumption also decreased but the fall was a modest 15 mn lb, or 15.9%. Similarly, cellulosic staple fibre usage was down by 15 mn lb, or 7.9%, and cellulosic filament yarn by a marginal 7 mn lb—although the rate of decline was a substantial 29.6%.
In non-industrial applications, the biggest fall was in floor coverings production. In this sector, fibre consumption was down by 579 mn lb, or 15.0%, and the fall was due entirely to a decline in synthetic fibre usage. The second biggest decline was in apparel manufacture. Here, consumption was down by 211 mn lb, or 12.5%, due mainly to a drop in cotton usage. In home textiles production, fibre usage was down by 128 mn lb, or 14.4%, stemming largely from a decline in cotton consumption. In the manufacture of industrial textiles, fibre consumption was down by a sharp 405 mn lb, or 9.8%. The decline was due mainly to a drop in synthetic fibre usage although cotton also fell significantly.
In industrial applications, the largest end use was fibrefill, stuffing and flock, followed by medical, surgical and sanitary, and unallocated nonwovens. However, fibre usage declined in all of the 17 end uses examined in this report. The largest declines in absolute terms were witnessed in miscellaneous end uses, followed by fibrefill, stuffing and flock in second place, unallocated nonwovens in third place, medical, surgical and sanitary applications in fourth place, and tyres in fifth place.