Editorial: World Fibre Production
Issue 127, January-February 2007
World fibre output rose to
74.7 mn tons in 2006, according to preliminary data
from textile machinery maker Oerlikon Saurer
Textile2. This figure represents an increase of 5.1%
compared with 2005, when production reached 71.1 mn tons3.
In the case of natural
fibres, cotton consumption is forecast to set a new all-time
record in the 2006/07 season. Demand is expected to rise by
4.5% over the previous season, reaching 26.3 mn tons.
Furthermore, demand is likely to exceed supply during the
season. As a result, cotton stocks will fall by 10% to about
10 mn tons. Wool output is also set to increase, for the
second consecutive year, and reach a level of 1.3 mn tons.
However, the biggest
contributors to the rise in output volume are man-made
fibres. Furthermore, significant advances were made in 2006
in cellulosic fibres as well as synthetics.
In the case of cellulosics,
output was up by 5.9% to 3.4 mn tons, representing the sixth
increase in succession. Production of synthetic fibres,
meanwhile, grew even faster. At 37.8 mn tons, output was
6.4% higher than in 2005.
In terms of polymer type,
polyester made the greatest gains. Indeed, production
advanced by no less than 8.4% in 2006, reaching 27.7 mn
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