Outlook for Man-Made Fibres and Technical Textiles: Report from the 50th Dornbirn Congress

Date: February 1, 2012
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Outlook for Man-Made Fibres and Technical Textiles: Report from the 50th Dornbirn Congress
The 50th Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress, held in September 2011, attracted 740 attendees from 30 countries. When the congress was first launched in the early 1960s, synthetic fibres represented just 5% of total fibre production, but today they account for over half and this share is set to rise even further in the coming years. This report reviews and analyses several papers presented at the congress on key topics -- including cotton and man-made fibre demand to 2060 by country and region, and future limitations on the supply of cotton. It also reviews some of the latest developments in cellulosic fibres, biopolymers and polyester recycling from a number of companies, including Advansa, DuPont, Filature Miroglio, Hohenstein Institute, Kelheim, Lenzing, NatureWorks, RadiciGroup, Rhodia, RWTH Aachen University, STFI and TITK. The report also provides an outlook for the future which looks at the role of green chemistry and the future challenges facing the man-made fibre industry.
SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

FIBRE DEMAND TO 2060

Cotton
Man-made fibres
Man-made fibre demand by country and region
Australia, Canada and the USA
Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Turkey
Far East (excluding China and South Asia)
China
South Asia (excluding India)
India
Africa, Latin America and the Middle East
Man-made fibre demand by end use
Demand for man-made filament yarns versus spun yarns

THE CELLULOSIC GAP

NEW CELLULOSIC FIBRES

Hohenstein Institute, STFI and TITK: Alceru
Kelheim: Verdi
Lenzing: high visibility Lenzing FR
TITK: Tencel nanocomposites

POLYLACTIC ACID (PLA) BIOPOLYMER UPDATE

NatureWorks: Ingeo
RWTH Aachen University: polylactic acid (PLA) microfilaments for wipes

POLYESTER RECYCLING

Advansa: investment in polyester recycling technology
DuPont: expansion for renewably-sourced Sorona polymer
Filature Miroglio: Newlife
RadiciGroup: 204 Programme to achieve sustainability
Rhodia: far infrared (FIR) for wellbeing

OUTLOOK

50 Years of Man-made Fibres
A need for visionary thinking
The role of green chemistry
Future challenges
Growing pressures from environmental regulations
Competition from low cost countries, especially China
Competition from subsidised fibres
The future lies in exporting more
Problems arising from demographic trends

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1: The cellulosic gap in global fibre production, 2000-20
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