The Fiber Year 2016

The 16th edition of the textile yearbook is available. Basic idea of reporting production data looks back on a much longer history. It has been initiated by the former world market leader in manmade fibers, Vereinigte Glanzstoff-Fabriken AG, more than half a century ago.

The scope of this yearbook has been continuously enriched by integrating natural fibers and feedstock markets for main fiber types with the target to deliver an objective survey on the world fiber and nonwovens industry, their latest trends and most current trade flows. Doubling trading activities by value since the beginning of the century necessitate an intense appraisal along the textile value chain as globalization further advances.

Latest enhancement includes an analysis for major markets referring to the available fiber material and volume for subsequent processing. This leads to the introduction of a new key figure “Fabric Making Potential”.

The report covers a world fiber market in excess of 95 million tonnes from the large-scale polyester sector to booming carbon fibers, depressed acetate tow and cotton which is predicted to witness its steepest drop in production in forty years. This broad approach is of strategic benefit and delivers prospective orientation by taking into consideration inter-fiber competition.

Fiber prices have marked new long-term lows in several segments as a consequence of continued slowing of demand at retail stage, crude oil price deterioration from oversupply, massive investments in polyester feedstocks, persistent excess capacity in a number of manmade fiber markets and high fiber inventories.

The vast majority of countries have suffered from a decreasing export value in textiles and apparel with just a few exceptions like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam. In the case of Vietnam, the country faces a boom in the textile sector with exports almost tripling in six years. Much of this growth may be attributed to politics as negotiations for a free trade agreement with the EU have been concluded in December 2015 while an appropriate agreement with Korea just went into effect at the time. In addition, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, signed in February 2016, will reduce average tax on Vietnamese garments from around 18% to zero for exports to member countries. This will facilitate shipments into a region with more than 740 million consumers by 2020.

This brief abstract was hopefully an interesting tour of the current textile yearbook. A wealth of further information is included in the report supplemented by a comprehensive statistical appendix. Please feel free to contact us in case of any further questions. You can order the new report in the shop, by email or telephone and we will be of service to you as soon as possible.

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