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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 70:
3rd quarter 2007

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Reports in this issue
Editorial: New Textile Materials for Medical Applications (4 pages)
The Rise of Japanese Textile Suppliers to the US Automotive Industry (18 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 1 -- the leading ten producers, 3rd quarter 2007 (67 pages)
Developments in medical textiles, 3rd quarter 2007 (33 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 3rd quarter 2007 (23 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in Japan, 3rd quarter 2007 (10 pages)

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Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in Japan, 3rd quarter 2007
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Fibre output in Japan fell for the sixth consecutive year in 2006. Production of filament yarn fell by 2.3%, while that of staple fibres decreased by 3.9%. Declines were recorded in almost all fibre types, with the exceptions of “other synthetics” in the case of staple fibres and polypropylene in terms of filament yarn.

Asian man-made fibre prices increased significantly during 2006 and in the first ten months of 2007. Between January 2006 and October 2007, the price of polyester staple fibre rose by over a quarter, while the price of acrylic staple fibre was up by 32%. The price of nylon filament yarn, however, remained stable at US$3.10 per kg.

Japan’s fibre plants are being poorly utilised. Capacity utilisation fell in 2006 despite a drop in capacity itself. In fact, between 1988 and 2006 synthetic fibre production fell by 24.4% whereas capacity fell by a lesser 11.6%. In the case of cellulosic fibres, capacity fell by a much steeper 54.0%, but output fell by 55.3%.

Mill consumption levels have also been deteriorating in recent years. Indeed, levels rose only once between 1997 and 2006, and in 2004 they fell to below 1 mn tons. That said, industrial fibre consumption rose in 2006—by 2.9%, to 314,900 tons. Of this total 84% was produced domestically. Overall fibre usage for tyre reinforcement also increased in 2006, to almost 350,000 tons, although a large proportion of this was consumption of steel.

In the production of technical textiles, nonwoven fabric production rose for the third consecutive year to a record high of 330,000 tons, but output of industrial textile goods continued to falter—having fallen for the third successive year. Spunbonded fabric output also fell in 2006 but, at 87,100 tons, production was still the second highest on record.

Technical textile production is unlikely to increase significantly in the near future, as the industry faces growing competition from low cost Asian producers—notably China. Moreover, these problems are expected to become increasingly acute in the coming years as the production of vehicles and automotive components increases in China. The one possible growth area for Japanese producers will be nonwoven fabric production. Growth was witnessed in most end uses, including industrial applications, while drops were only seen in the agriculture and clothing sectors.

Table of Contents
Statistics: Fibre Consumption for Technical Textiles in Japan
  • Introduction
  • Fibre Production, Prices and Consumption
  • Fibre Consumption for Technical Applications
  • Production of Technical Textiles
  • Future Prospects

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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.
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