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Statistics: fibre consumption and production in Asia, 2nd quarter 2009
published in Issue 77, 2nd quarter 2009
Mill fibre consumption in Asia fell in 2008 for the first time in several years—by 4.5%, or 5,444 mn lb (2.5 mn tons), to 114,225 mn lb. The fall stemmed from declines in all three main fibre types, namely manmade fibres, cotton and wool. Man-made fibre consumption declined by 2.0% to 71,948 mn lb. At the same time, production of man-made fibres dropped by 2.4% to 76,151 mn lb, which left a surplus available for export. Cotton consumption fell by 8.8% to 40,910 mn lb and, as a result, its share of mill fibre consumption declined by 1.7 percentage points to 35.8%—its lowest level ever. The share of man-made fibres, by contrast, rose by 1.7 percentage points to 63.0%. Wool consumption remained small at just 1,368 mn lb, giving it a share of just 1.2%.
Geographically, China and Hong Kong accounted for 65.5% of Asian fibre consumption in 2008—up from 64.4% in 2007. The second largest consumer was South Asia with a 20.1% share, followed by South-East Asia with 7.6%. The remaining 6.8% was accounted for by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan collectively.
Within China and Hong Kong, cotton consumption fell by a sharp 11.0% following strong growth in the previous six years. Consumption of man-made fibres, on the other hand, rose by 0.7%. Furthermore, although this increase was minimal, the share of man-made fibres in total fibre consumption in China and Hong Kong rose from 67.3% to 69.8%. Consumption in South Asia, unlike in other regions in Asia, is dominated by cotton. In 2008 cotton accounted for a 67.1% share of total fibre consumption—up from 63.2% in 2001. However, all of the increase in share occurred in 2005 when cotton consumption rose by 20.7% while man-made fibre consumption fell by 5.6%. The share of man-made fibres in 2008, meanwhile, stood at 31.5%. Consumption in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan fell in 2008 for the sixth time in seven years, following a rare increase in 2007. The fall was shared between the three main fibre types and, as a result, there was little change in their respective shares of total fibre consumption. Consumption in South-East Asia fell by 7.2% in 2008 to its lowest level since 2004. The fall was due largely to a 9.2% decline in manmade fibre consumption while cotton consumption was down by a lesser 2.5%. As a result, the share of man-made fibres in the region dropped to 69.5% while cotton’s share rose to 30.3%.
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Statistics: Fibre Consumption and Production in Asia
Fibre Consumption and Production in Asia
Fibre Consumption and Production in China
Fibre Consumption and Production in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
Fibre Consumption and Production in South-East Asia
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