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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 73:
2nd quarter 2008

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Asian Man-Made Fibre Production Continues to Soar but Will Green Issues Lead to a Change of Direction? (3 pages)
Markets for Textile-Based Artificial Turf (19 pages)
Waterproof Breathable Fabrics: New Technologies for Greater Comfort
Global markets for smart fabrics and interactive textiles, 2nd quarter 2008 (30 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 2008 (18 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption and production in Asia, 2nd quarter 2008 (16 pages)

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Statistics: fibre consumption and production in Asia, 2nd quarter 2008
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Fibre consumption in Asia rose by 9.0% or 9,897 mn lb (4.5 mn tons) in 2007 to reach 119,584 mn lb. Man-made fibre usage rose by 11.4% to reach 73,310 mn lb—representing 61% of the total. At the same time, production of man-made fibres went up by 10.8% to 77,880 mn lb. As a result, Asia remained a net exporter of man-made fibres but the trade surplus was due entirely to exports of fibres from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Cotton usage grew by only 5.6%—which was the slowest increase recorded since 2001. As a result, cotton’s share of Asian mill fibre consumption fell by 1.2 percentage points to 37.5% although this was still higher than in the five years prior to 2005. The share of man-made fibres, by contrast, rose by 1.3 percentage points to 61.3%. Wool usage, meanwhile, remained small with a share of just 1.2%.

Geographically, China and Hong Kong accounted for 64% of Asian fibre usage in 2007—up from 63% in 2006. South Asia was the second largest consumer with a 21% share, followed by South-East Asia with 8%. The remaining 7% was accounted for by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan collectively.

Within China, growth in cotton consumption slowed to 7.2% following five years of double-digit increases. Usage of man-made fibres, meanwhile, rose by 13%, which led to a rise in their share of total fibre consumption. Indeed, the share of man-made fibres reached a record 67.2% during the year.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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