The Fiber Year 2018
World Survey on Textiles and Nonwovens

This annual report from The Fiber Year GmbH summarises the latest developments in the upstream textile value chain from major raw materials through to natural and man-made fibres and nonwovens, highlights the performance of key manufacturing and consuming countries, provides the latest textile and trade data, and contains contributions from industry experts.

Now in its 18th edition, the publication includes information on biopolymers.

Published May 2018, 210 pages

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£480 GBP

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Global fibre production in 2017 was a record 103m tonnes, a year-on-year rise of almost 4%. The increase was the result of acceleration in demand after declining growth rates for the past four consecutive years.

Natural fibre production grew almost 3%, which was the fastest pace in eight years. Cellulosic fibres gained 3% in volume, despite acetate tow suffering from its fourth annual drop in a row owing to the sustained decline of cigarette production, while synthetic fibre output rose by more than 4%.

Data on biopolymers was included in this latest textile yearbook owing to support from the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University, the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials and the Nova-Institute in Germany.

Although currently only a niche market, the production of biopolymers is steadily growing as they serve a variety of applications and industries. Their development is being supported by increasing demand for sustainable and biodegradable products.


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