Customer Logins

Obtain the data you need to make the most informed decisions by accessing our extensive portfolio of information, analytics, and expertise. Sign in to the product or service center of your choice.

Customer Logins

Natural and Man-Made Fibers Overview

Chemical Economics Handbook

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Executive summary 5
Summary 6
Introduction 10
Natural and man-made fiber classification 10
Manufacturing processes for synthetic fibers 11
The textile industry 13
From fiber to finished goods 13
Fabric manufacturing processes 13
Inventory status along the supply chain 14
Supply and demand by region 16
World 16
Overview 16
Producers 17
Production 18
Natural and man-made fibers by fiber type 18
Textile fibers by major region 21
Cotton by major region 24
Wool by major region 27
Synthetic fibers by major region 30
Cellulosic fibers by major region –32
Consumption of textile fibers by major region 35
United States 37
Producing companies 37
Salient statistics 41
Consumption 46
Europe 48
Producing companies 48
Production 53
Consumption 54
China 56
Producing companies 56
Production 60
Consumption 62
Japan 63
Producing companies 63
Production 65
Consumption 67
Other Asia and Oceania 69
Producing countries 70
Production 70
Consumption 72
Appendix 74
Fiber types 74
Natural fibers 74
Man-made fibers 74
Textile terms 77
Additional resources 81
Revisions 82
Filter Sort