Japan – World`s fiber production at record high level in 2011
Dated- 25 Jan , 2012 - Global
According to a Japan Chemical Fibers Association report based on mostly recently announced figures, worldwide fiber production in 2011 is estimated to have increased by 7.9% over the previous year to an all-time high of 76,712,000 tons.
The production of man-made fibers (MMF) also grew by 8.3% to a record-breaking 48,660,000 tons. Of this, synthetic fibers (excluding olefin fibers) rose by 8.1% to 45,140,000 tons. The production of cellulosic fibers (excluding acetate tow) increased by 10.5% to 3,520,000 tons.
MMF production increased for the third consecutive year since 2009. However, the share of man-made fibers in total fiber production was 63%, or about the same level as in 2010.
In regard to natural fibers, cotton production grew for the second straight year (up 7.7% to 26,788,000 tons), as its acreage increased due to a sharp increase in cotton prices. Leading the group was China and India, and production also sharply increased in Pakistan, Australia, Africa and Turkey, but decreased in the U.S. due to droughts. Global wool production is estimated to have increased slightly in 2011 (up 0.3% to 1,123,000 tons), as the largest producer Australia showed signs of a recovery.
As for MMF production in major countries and regions, China continued to be the only winner with its production growing by 13.8% to 32,229,000 tons thanks to vigorous domestic demand. China’s production surpassed 30 million tons for the first time, and its share in worldwide production increased to 66% from 63% in 2010. Production also increased in Japan (up 3.2% to 789,000 tons) and West Europe (up 0.7% to 2,332,000 tons), but decreased for other major countries and regions.