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Research and Markets: Global Trends in Fibre Prices, Production and Consumption: December 2007.

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of Global Trends in Fibre Prices, Production and Consumption: December 2007 to their offering.

World fibre production rose by 4.3% in 2006, resulting from a 5.0% rise in cotton fibre production. The increase was driven mainly by growth in China. Synthetics accounted for most of the growth in manmade fibres, especially polyester, although cellulosics grew faster at 5.7%.

Output of natural fibres rose by 4.8% in 2006. As a result, the gains of the previous year were maintained and the share of natural fibres rose further to 42.0%. The main cause of the growth in natural fibre production was a 5.0% rise in cotton demand. By contrast, wool consumption fell, as a result of higher prices. The cotton price rose from its low of 48.60 cents/lb in December 2004 to reach 70 cents/lb by October 2007. For the 2006/07 crop year as a whole (August 1, 2006-July 31, 2007), the average price was 6.2% higher than in the previous year, at 61 cents/lb. Furthermore, an increase of 20.0%, to 71 cents/lb, is predicted for 2007/08 as stocks diminish. Demand, however, will rise by only 3.2%, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). This is slower than the 4.6% increase recorded for 2006/07, despite higher usage in China and South Asia. Output will fall, as alternative crops become more profitable, thus discouraging the planting of cotton.

Wool prices have risen, although they were constrained by competition from man-made fibres. Stocks have fallen although the stock position is not a cause for concern. Global demand for wool fibre is being sustained largely by consumption in China. Elsewhere, it is being depressed by the restructuring of the textile industries in industrialised countries. The outlook is for some stability of prices in 2007/08. Stocks are expected to fall a little further from current levels and demand will be marginally in excess of supply in 2007/08.

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World cotton prices, production and consumption

Trends in prices

Regional patterns of cotton supply and demand

Regional patterns of supply: 2006/07

Regional patterns of supply: 2007/08

Regional patterns of demand: 2006/07

Regional patterns of demand: 2007/08


World wool prices, supply and demand

Regional patterns of wool supply and demand


Trends in prices of man-made fibres and fibre intermediates


Trends in man-made fibre capacity

Trends in man-made fibre capacity utilisation

Trends in man-made fibre production by fibre type

Trends in man-made fibre production by region and fibre type

List of tables

Table 1: World fibre demand, 1982-2006

Table 2: Trends in cotton prices, 1995-2007

Table 3: Trends in world cotton supply and demand, 2004/05-2007/08

Table 4: Trends in wool prices, 1995-2006

Table 5: Trends in world wool supply and demand, 2004/05-2007/08

Table 6: Trends in prices of selected man-made fibres and fibre intermediates, Europe and Asia, October 2006-October 2007

Table 7: Estimated man-made fibre capacity by region, 1960-2008

Table 8: World production of nylon, polyester and acrylic, 1972-2006

Table 9: Man-made fibre production by region and fibre type, 1979-2008

Table 10: Man-made fibre production by region, 1960-2006

List of figures

Figure 1: Trends in cotton prices, 2001-07

Figure 2: Trends in wool prices, 2001-07

Figure 3: Geographical breakdown of world man-made fibre production, 2006

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