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Natural and Man-Made Fibers Overview

Table of Contents

Section Page Number

Summary4
Introduction6
Natural and man-made fiber classification7
Manufacturing processes for synthetic fibers8
The textile industry—from fiber to finished goods9
The textile industry—fabric manufacturing processes9
The textile industry—inventory status along the supply chain10
Supply and demand by region11
World11
Overview11
Producers12
Production14
Natural and man-made fibers by fiber type14
Textile fibers by major region16
Cotton by major region18
Wool by major region20
Synthetic fibers by major region22
Cellulosic fibers by major region24
Consumption of textile fibers by major region25
United States27
Producing companies27
Salient statistics31
Consumption35
Western Europe37
Producing companies37
Production43
Consumption44
Japan46
Producing companies46
Production47
Consumption49
China52
Producing companies52
Production54
Consumption56
Other Asia57
Producing countries57
Production57
Consumption59
Appendix60
Fiber types60
Textile terms63
Bibliography65

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