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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 45:
2nd quarter 2001

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Editorial: The Future for Technical Textiles: High Quality, Small Volumes, Specialisation and Customisation
Man-Made Fibre Producers Target Industrial and Technical Textile Markets
Applications of Textile Materials and Products in Healthcare
Worldwide and Regional Trends in Man-Made Fibre Production
Technical Textiles for General Industrial Applications
Statistics: fibre consumption in South America, 2nd quarter 2001

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Worldwide and Regional Trends in Man-Made Fibre Production

published in Issue 45, 2nd quarter 2001  


World output of man-made fibres was up by 5% in 2000, to a new total of 31.3 mn tons. And, with little change in the output of natural fibres, the share of man-made fibres in world fibre production rose to almost 60%.

Most of the main fibre types shared in the years growth. Output of polyester, the most important single fibre type, grew by about 6% - although this was slower than the 8% rise achieved in 1999. Output of polyamide (up by 5%) and of polyacrylic (up by 4%) recovered following declines in 1999. Polypropylene also continued to increase (by nearly 4%). Perhaps the most striking feature of the year, however, was the increase - albeit marginal - in cellulosic fibre output, in marked contrast to its long-term downward trend.

Production in the established industrial countries remained flat in 2000. China, by contrast, further strengthened its position as the worlds largest producer with a 16% increase. China now accounts for more than one-fifth of world man-made fibre output. Indonesia also saw a substantial 17% increase in production. But most other Asian producers achieved only minor gains, and barely kept pace with the global expansion in output.

With signs of a slowdown in world economic activity during 2001, the outlook for man-made fibre production is less promising. Overall growth in output in 2001 is expected to be lower than in 2000, and increases are likely to be confined mainly to synthetic fibres.

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Four times a year, Technical Textile Markets provides an overview of the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for technical textiles, and is essential reading for senior executives in (or supplying) the man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile sectors as well as for those who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis, but who need an authoritative source which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies which are actively involved in this fast-growing sector.
Reports in Technical Textile Markets include:
company and country profiles giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others, in terms of production, sourcing, import/export, infrastructure and development, and plans for the future.
profiles of the world's top 40 producers of nonwovens updated each year with details of developments from each of the leading producers, including acquisitions, investments and divestments, and analyses of trends which the "rising stars" are using to their advantage.
statistical reports including consumption data, by fibre and end-use applications. Regular updates are published for fibre consumption in Japan, the rest of Asia, the USA, and Western Europe.
market sector information analyses of important commercial end-user applications, and profiles of both established and emerging markets which take into account such innovations and developments as nanotechnology and intelligent textiles.
regular updates on innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery including developments in the following categories: fibres and yarns; technical textile fabrics for industrial applications; machinery; technical textiles for apparel; composites; other technical textile products; and technical textile treatments and finishes.
reports on new technological developments and other topical issues with clear, authoritative comments on their economic and commercial significance. The reports bring to your attention the key issues which you can use to develop your business, and provides contact details of useful organisations.
So whether you are involved in man-made fibres, nonwovens or technical textiles in manufacturing, converting, import/export, or end use or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance a subscription to Technical Textile Markets will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
Technical Textile Markets is available on subscription either in printed format only, or in printed and electronic format. If you choose the printed only option, you will receive 4 printed publications a year. Each issue contains five research-based reports (see above) and an editorial.
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Technical textiles are used in a wide range of end-use applications and markets, including agricultural; automotive; building/ construction/ engineering; medical and hygiene; packaging; protective clothing; sports and sportswear; and transport. A subscription to Technical Textile Markets will support your decision making, and provide the information you need to expand into new markets.

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