The man made fiber industry represented 70 percent of all fibers produced worldwide in 2013, while cotton’s share decreased and wool only saw a slight uptick according to recently released research by CIRFS, the European Man-made Fibres Association.
In its most recent statistical report on developments in the man-made fiber industry, titled “Information on Man-made Fibres,” CIRFS found continued solid growth in the global man made fiber industry.
The summary gathers data on the production of acrylic, cellulosic, polyamide, polyester, polypropylene, wool and cotton, in the world as a whole and in all countries where data exists. Additionally, it contains information on consumption and uses as well as world trade in man-made fibers, yarns and fabrics.
Frédéric Van Houte, CIRFS director-general, said in 50 years, the man made fibers’ share in global production increased from 26 percent in 1963 to 70 percent in 2013, adding that this data reflects the fiber’s “never -ending success.”
Van Houte added that man-made fibers have a low carbon footprint, are light, durable and production requires little land and water compared to alternative products. They are also used extensively, he said, in many environmental protection applications and projects like filtration, erosion prevention and protection of crops from climatic conditions.
“In this vast global industry, every producer and user of man-made fibers, as well as governments, financial actors, investors and consultants can benefit from the best possible information about industry trends and market size. This CIRFS publication is an important resource for all concerned, and CIRFS is pleased to make it available,” he concluded.