Textiles 2025

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Despite a declining share, staple fibers remain a big piece of the global fiber market

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Global development of spun and filament yarns

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Retail textiles affected by economic growth

Ongoing deceleration of economic growth has been increasingly affecting textile businesses and final end-use at retail stage. Responding to this trend, The Fiber Year GmbH has developed a new report, Textiles 2025, which projects market sizes and per capita consumption for 173 countries. Market sizes provide the basis for formula-based predictions using demographics, national GDP …

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Oerlikon Neumag one-step staple fiber plant

Staple fibers hold a large share of the global fiber market, with last year’s output comprising about 57 million tonnes in a total market size of almost 106 million tonnes. Staple fiber dynamics, however, have been slower than in the filament business, as their position in the market has continuously lost weight in recent decades. …

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Line of filament yarn equipment

Filament growth rates have been faster for most of the almost four decades shown in the next chart than the world fiber market movement. Their long-term growth rate amounts to 5.6%, although the expansion in the most recent three years was at slowest pace in modern textile industry. The deceleration was related to economic uncertainty, …

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Polyester fiber intermediates 2005-2022

Synthetic fibers account for more than 60 percent of the world fiber market, and their ongoing growth is supported by comparatively low crude oil prices in recent years despite increasing geopolitical risks in key oil-producing regions. Superior fiber properties and growing awareness on plastic waste currently lead to an unprecedented size of new raw material …

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Filament production

Most of the top-10 exporting countries lifted their shipments in value terms in 2018 (Figure 1). The recovery of Chinese exports continued with the total value increasing 4 percent to US $277 billion. However, value-added garment ex­ports remain about 15 percent below their peak 2014 level, without any significant movement over the past three years. Knitwear and woven apparel exports remain among the top-10 Chinese export categories, albeit gradually losing weight as the Chinese economy continues to diversify.

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