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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 61:
2nd quarter 2005

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Editorial: Innovations at Avantex and Techtextil 2005
New Developments at Techtextil 2005: Promoting Unconventional Thinking (24 pages)
Polyamide Fibres and Yarns for Floorcoverings: Europe and North America Compared (18 pages)
Prospects for India's Man-Made Fibre Industry (30 pages)
Worldwide and Regional Trends in Man-Made Fibre Production (36 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 205 (22 pages)
Statistics: Technical Textiles in Japan (7 pages)

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Worldwide and Regional Trends in Man-Made Fibre Production

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Global fibre production (excluding bast fibres) rose in 2004 by 7.4%—the highest annual growth rate since the mid-1980s—to a record 62.1 mn tons, according to Saurer Group. Man-made fibre output was up by 7.9%, and its share of the total rose from 55.7% to 56.3%. Supplies of cotton, wool and silk also increased markedly—by 6.6% to 24.1 mn tons, which was equivalent to 35.7% of total fibre supply.

Chinese man-made fibre output surged by 21.4% to reach 14.2 mn tons, over 37% of the world total. Output in India and Indonesia also rose, by 10.0% and 7.1% respectively. Elsewhere there was little change—except in South Korea where output fell once again, by 4.5%.

Man-made filament output went up by 8.3% to 20.4 mn tons but natural and man-made staple fibres increased by a less rapid 6.9%. Again, polyester’s dominance increased as total output (filament and staple) rose by 9.7% to 24.48 mn tons—64% of total man-made fibre output and 70% of synthetic fibre production. Polyamide also grew, by 4.4% to 4.16 mn tons, but two thirds of the rise was provided by China and Taiwan. West European and North America output rose by 2%. Polypropylene fibre output was also up, driven mainly by a 4.8% rise in filament yarns for carpets. Acrylic fibre moved up by 1.8% to 2.73 mn tons, despite a sharp rise in raw material prices, after a fall in 2003.

Cellulosic fibres enjoyed exceptionally dynamic growth in 2004 as output surged to a level last achieved in 1990. The total amount produced, including lyocell, increased by 9.2% to 3.20 mn tons. Asia, the principal producing region, improved its share of global output to 63.8%. This was at the expense of Europe and the Americas, whose shares declined to 22.8% and 13.4% respectively.

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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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If you choose the printed and electronic option, you will receive an extra service. You will still receive each issue in printed format, delivered to you by traditional post.

In addition, you will be able to download PDF files containing the same information – but the PDF files will be available immediately on publication, so you don’t have to wait for the printing and mailing. You also have all the benefits of electronic files: instant access even when you are away from the office; convenient storage in your PC or laptop; portability; electronic search facility; and copy/paste facility.

You will also receive a monthly update of business news, called "Technical Textiles Business Update" delivered to you by email, free of charge.

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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