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Chinese Polyester Filament Capacity Exceeds World Use

China’s polyester filament capacity of 31.3 million tons in 2013 overtook global mill consumption of 29.7 million tons of polyester filament, reports PCI Fibres, United Kingdom, in the latest issue of its Green Book.  World polyester filament consumption grew by 6 percent in 2013, with similar increases predicted for 2014. China’s polyester filament capacity rose by 17 percent in 2013, and a further 8-percent increase is predicted for 2014.

China’s nylon filament capacity also outpaces world mill consumption, and within the next two years is expected to reach 70 percent of world demand unless the number of manufacturing plants drops significantly.

Total textile mill consumption in 2013 for all natural and man-made fibers, excluding meltblown products, is estimated to be some 83.4 million tons, 4 percent greater than 2012 consumption. Textile mill consumption in 2014 is forecast to reach 86.8 million tons, another 4-percent increase.

The Green Book reports 35 percent of the total textile mill consumption is comprised of absorbent fibers such as wool, cotton and cellulosic fibers including viscose and lyocell.

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