Published August 2016
Textile and industrial filaments is the largest application for nylon fibers, accounting for 80% of the nylon resin consumed in 2015 and forecast to grow at about 2.5% per year for the next five years.
Northeast Asia consumes 78% of the world's nylon fiber for textile filaments and 51% of the world's nylon fiber for industrial filaments. In both cases, China is the largest producer in the region. China's textile filament market is expected to be the fastest growing in the next five years, at about 4% per year.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of nylon fibers:
In the next five years, China will account for about 40% of the world's nylon production and 51% of the nylon fiber consumed globally. China is expected to increase its capacity for nylon over the next few years and its production by almost 7% per year, while consumption of nylon fiber is expected to grow at about 3.5% per year for the next five years. This growth will impact other regions or countries, particularly with declining imports of nylon 6 resin.
Northeast Asia continues to be the center of the world’s nylon fiber manufacturing industry. In 2015, Asia accounted for nearly two-thirds of the world’s nylon fiber output. In the past five years, production of nylon fiber in China has increased at about 7.6% per year. The only other region to exhibit positive growth over the same time frame was Southeast Asia. Most other Asian countries, such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and India, experienced no growth or even declining production.
As nylon-producing regions, North America and Western Europe are expected to remain, at best, stable. Both are important nylon fiber consumers, but both regions are growing at below-average rates.
Carpets and rugs account for 16% of the resin consumed and are expected to grow at only 0.7% per year. North America and Western and Central Europe continue to be the major producers of carpets and rugs, accounting for about 78% of the nylon fiber consumed.
Regions with above-average annual growth rates for fiber consumption include the Indian subcontinent (about 3%), Northeast Asia (3%), and Southeast Asia (2.5%). Major regions with below-average annual growth rates include North America (0.6%) and Western Europe (0.6%).