A comprehensive survey tracking worldwide fiber consumption and estimating its availability was recently released citing the top national consumers of fiber for apparel during the global recession in 2007 and after the recovery began in 2010.
The World Apparel Fiber Consumption Survey was completed by the Economic and Social Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (EST/FAO) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).
Surveyed were 112 countries and 25 regions which together make up 96 percent of international consumption of textile apparel fiber.
Newly added to the survey were Africa and the South American Andean community.
Organizations which participated in the survey included The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), EU-27, Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere.
The survey disclosed that global textile fiber consumption topped out at 67.7 million tons in 2007, and fell 4.3 percent the following year. In 2009, demand for fiber inched up 0.4% to 65.1 million tons, and rose to 69.7 tons in 2010, the latest year for which reliable data is available.
Below, according to the survey, are the rankings of the top ten consuming countries of total fiber in 2007 and 2010, the latest year for which definitive data is available. Total fiber consumption included cotton, wool, flax, cellulosic fibre and synthetic fiber.
China 1 1
Germany 5 5
India 3 3
Japan 4 4
Pakistan 7 7
Russia 6 6
S Korea 10
UK 9 10
US 2 2
The complete survey is accessible here.