The Fiber Year 2017
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 17th edition, the publication features a new fibre and yarn production profile for 20 countries, as well as data on cotton yarn production.

Published May 2017, ~200 pages

Available in PDF format only

£480 GBP

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The following is a summary of The Fiber Year 2016 report.

Global fibre production in 2015 fell for the first time since 2008 – by 0.7% compared with the previous year to 94.9m tonnes. This included a year-on-year increase of 5.8% in the man-made fibre sector to 66.8m tonnes, while natural fibre production declined 13.2% to 28.1m tons, the steepest contraction since 1986.

Global fibre consumption in 2015 amounted to 96.7m tons, up 3.1%. This is the third consecutive year of weakening growth from 5.6% in 2012 as a result of the slowdown in the global economy. However, the continued, albeit slight, increase gives reason to question the production of manmade fibres according to market needs.

The global fibre market has been unabatedly shifting towards manmade fibres, which currently hold a 69% share, with polyester fibres again growing faster than the overall fibre market. Natural fibres, in contrast, de­clined for the fourth consecutive year. Cotton predominantly accounted for this slump after witnessing the most drastic contraction in the past 40 years.


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