Chemical fibers global production 2000-2017

Global chemical fiber production from 2000 to 2017, by fiber type (in 1,000 metric tons)

Chemical fibers global production 2000-2017 This statistic shows the global production output of the chemical fiber industry by fiber type from 2000 to 2017. In 2000, some 28.4 million metric tons of synthetic fibers were produced worldwide. Until 2017, amount produced annually increased to 64.9 million metric tons. Chemical fibers are made from organic (“natural”) and synthetic polymers. Chemical fibers are manufactured industrially for various purposes. For example, polypropylene fibers are produced for upholstery textiles.
Chemical fiber production worldwide

Global production of chemical fibers has seen considerable growth since 2000. In 2000, some 31 million metric tons of chemical fibers were produced. By 2011, some 52.7 million metric tons of chemical fibers were produced globally, of which 47.96 million metric tons were synthetic fibers and 4.74 million metric tons were cellulose fibers. In 2014, a total of some 91 million metric tons of textile fibers were produced, of which some 63 million metric tons were chemical fibers. In 2014, some 90 percent of chemical fiber production took place outside the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and Germany.

Chemical fibers are made from organic (“natural”) and synthetic polymers. Chemical fibers are manufactured industrially for various purposes. Polypropylene fibers are produced for upholstery textiles. Acrylic fibers are used in filters and artificial wool for sweaters. Nylon fibers are essential to the hosiery industry and to carpet manufacturing. Teflon is a chemical fiber used as a sealant for pipe threads and vessels. It can be found in self-lubricating bearings. Kevlar, another chemical fiber, is a key component in bullet-proof vests and automobile tires, as it is several times stronger than steal and is fire resistant.

The textile and apparel manufacturing industry relies heavily on chemical fibers. Cotton and cotton blend fibers are the favorite fibers worn by U.S. consumers. Though natural fibers, not chemical fibers, are created from cotton, cotton blended textiles mix cotton fibers with chemical fibers to change a textile’s qualities. Polyester fibers are often blended with cotton to create crease-resistant qualities. Cotton-rayon blends are soft and fuzzy.
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Global chemical fiber production from 2000 to 2017, by fiber type (in 1,000 metric tons)

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200020102011201220132014201520162017
Cellulose fibers2,6404,4004,7435,0405,9006,2006,1006,4006,700
Synthetic fibers28,40045,20047,95750,96054,40057,10060,70064,80064,900
Total31,04049,60052,70056,00060,30063,30066,80071,20071,600
200020102011201220132014201520162017
Cellulose fibers2,6404,4004,7435,0405,9006,2006,1006,4006,700
Synthetic fibers28,40045,20047,95750,96054,40057,10060,70064,80064,900
Total31,04049,60052,70056,00060,30063,30066,80071,20071,600
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This statistic shows the global production output of the chemical fiber industry by fiber type from 2000 to 2017. In 2000, some 28.4 million metric tons of synthetic fibers were produced worldwide. Until 2017, amount produced annually increased to 64.9 million metric tons. Chemical fibers are made from organic (“natural”) and synthetic polymers. Chemical fibers are manufactured industrially for various purposes. For example, polypropylene fibers are produced for upholstery textiles.
Chemical fiber production worldwide

Global production of chemical fibers has seen considerable growth since 2000. In 2000, some 31 million metric tons of chemical fibers were produced. By 2011, some 52.7 million metric tons of chemical fibers were produced globally, of which 47.96 million metric tons were synthetic fibers and 4.74 million metric tons were cellulose fibers. In 2014, a total of some 91 million metric tons of textile fibers were produced, of which some 63 million metric tons were chemical fibers. In 2014, some 90 percent of chemical fiber production took place outside the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and Germany.

Chemical fibers are made from organic (“natural”) and synthetic polymers. Chemical fibers are manufactured industrially for various purposes. Polypropylene fibers are produced for upholstery textiles. Acrylic fibers are used in filters and artificial wool for sweaters. Nylon fibers are essential to the hosiery industry and to carpet manufacturing. Teflon is a chemical fiber used as a sealant for pipe threads and vessels. It can be found in self-lubricating bearings. Kevlar, another chemical fiber, is a key component in bullet-proof vests and automobile tires, as it is several times stronger than steal and is fire resistant.

The textile and apparel manufacturing industry relies heavily on chemical fibers. Cotton and cotton blend fibers are the favorite fibers worn by U.S. consumers. Though natural fibers, not chemical fibers, are created from cotton, cotton blended textiles mix cotton fibers with chemical fibers to change a textile’s qualities. Polyester fibers are often blended with cotton to create crease-resistant qualities. Cotton-rayon blends are soft and fuzzy.
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Release date
August 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2000 to 2017
Supplementary notes
IVC or "Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser" is the German Association of Chemical Fiber Manufacturers.
This statistic was assembled from several IVC chemical fiber industry updates.
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