49: 2nd quarter 2002
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Worldwide and Regional Trends in Man-Made Fibre Production
published in Issue 49, 2nd quarter 2002
World output of man-made fibres rose by only 0.6% in 2001—reflecting the weakness of the global economy, exacerbated by the terrorist attacks on the USA on September 11. Natural fibres rose by an even slower 0.1% to 21.48 mn tons. As a result, the share of natural fibres in total fibre production fell to 40.7%.
All fibre types were affected by the slump. Output of polyester, the most important, grew by only 3.1% to 19.3 mn tons after expanding by over 6% in 2000. Polypropylene production increased by 2.8% to 2.9 mn tons after growing by 7.1% in the previous year. Acrylic fibre output remained static at 2.6 mn tons. Worst hit among the major fibres was polyamide (nylon) as output fell by 8.6% to 3.7 mn tons—thereby reversing its recovery in 2000. Also, cellulosics failed to sustain their surprising turnaround in 2000 and reverted to their long-term downward trend.
Geographically, man-made fibre production fell by almost 16% in the USA and by 6.0% in Western Europe. In Japan output fell by 4.5%. China, by contrast, further strengthened its position as the world’s largest producer with a 21.1% increase. China now accounts for more than one-quarter of world man-made fibre output. Elsewhere in Asia, production in Indonesia grew by only 1.8% after rising significantly in 2000, while output declined in Taiwan and South Korea.
For 2002 the outlook remains uncertain. In the first half of the year there were signs of a recovery in the global economy and world trade. But any significant increases in man-made fibre production will be confined to developing countries—especially China, as investment grows in the wake of Chinese entry to the World Trade Organisation.
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| ||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.|
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