Synthetics continue to lead fiber supply in 2021, while cellulosics reach an all-time high in volume

RALEIGH, NC, August 4, 2022-

The Fiber Year GmbH recently published the 2022 edition of its annual The Fiber Year report, which showed world fiber supply continues to be driven by manmade fibers, but overall growth in fiber supply was off of its century average for the third consecutive year. According to the report, continued adverse market conditions make recovery to traditional growth rates questionable at best.

Andreas Engelhardt, the report’s author and president of The Fiber Year GmbH, said world fiber supply in 2021 rose less than 4% to 127 million tonnes, equal to an average 15 kg per capita consumption. He said the largest segment, with 64% share, was synthetic fibers with polyester and nylon expanding almost 10% each, polypropylene inching up 1%, and acrylic fibers contracting for the 10th consecutive year by 2%. Growth was also noted in small-scale segments, such as aramid, carbon and spandex fibers.

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