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FMI’ Analyst view: “Fiber to Fashion: The Textile Staples Market Unveiled”

Published: October 27, 2023

The global textile staples market is valued at US$ 170.1 billion in 2023, with sales projected to surge at 5.5% CAGR over the forecast period. Demand in the market is anticipated to reach US$ 290.6 billion by 2033. Increased consumption of textile staples in various industries, such as apparel, general and leisure, sportswear, interior flooring, and others, is expected to push sales during the forecast period.

Based on application, the apparel segment is likely to contribute over 50% of sales and register growth at nearly 3.6% CAGR during the assessment period. Besides this, the interior flooring segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth over the forthcoming decade. The Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) to be the leading region in the upcoming decade.

Which are the Key Trends Propelling the Demand in Textile Staples Market?

Growing Demand For Sustainable Textiles to Benefit Textile Staples Market

Preference for natural staple fibers like cotton, jute, and wool increases compared to synthetic staple fibers like viscous rayon and polyester. As the consumption of synthetic staple fibers negatively impacts the environment, the demand for natural and eco-friendly textiles is predicted to aid the growth.

One of the most extensively grown and utilized staple fibers in the textile industry is cotton, opines FMI. It is regarded as a multipurpose fiber with qualities like cooling, absorption, and softness and is used to make clothing for hot weather. Wool from sheep has insulating attributes, making it excellent for use in the production of knitted warm clothing.

However, synthetic fibers are also extensively used among end users. Hence, key companies are sustainably producing one of the most popular synthetic fibers, polyester.

According to ITP Media (India) Pvt. Ltd., India has spent US$ 2.5 billion on the textile industry and is estimated to host Textile Week at the Indian Pavilion in EXPO2020. As a result, the global staple fiber market is expanding due to increased investment in the textile sector and a rise in demand for sustainable textile materials.

What are the Disadvantages Associated with the Use of Synthetic Fiber?

Numerous industries, including furniture, textile agriculture, personal care & hygiene, and construction, employ textile staples fibers. It is produced from organic and synthetic materials. Despite having several advantages, synthetic staple fiber has several drawbacks that could slow the market’s expansion.

Poor hygroscopicity makes synthetic staple fibers like polyester, as these fibers are easily attracted to dirt and static electricity. After washing, it gets dry and loses its beauty and comfort. It also becomes sticky, uncomfortable, and clammy in hot or humid conditions since it is not breathable and traps heat on the skin. Thus, the demand for synthetic textile fibers is likely to be hampered due to their flammability, ability to retain odors, and poor moisture absorption.

Country-wise Insights

What is the Demand Outlook for the United States Textile Staples Market?

The United States market is expected to have a value share of 13.2% in the global market during the forecast period. Demand in the market is estimated to surge as textile manufacturers shift from producing commodity goods to specialized products such as technical textiles. As these textiles are substituting conventional fabrics, and non-fiber materials, such as metals, the demand for textile staples is expected to gain traction.

Textile manufacturers shifting from generic textile products to niche technical textile products face lesser international competition. Manufacturers’ primary focus is producing cheap textiles in higher volumes. Subsequently, leading companies in the United States are expanding their product lineup in the healthcare-related business to gain a competitive edge.

Additionally, medical textile manufacturers are focusing on refining existing products and on new product development to derive new materials with improved designs and features. All these factors are expected to boost the demand in the United States textile staples market.

Why is China Considered the Most Remunerative in the Global Market?

China is estimated to be a prominent producer and consumer of textile staples globally, accounting for about 70% of the share in East Asia. The rapid growth in the construction and industrial sectors is anticipated to propel the consumption of textile staples. China is estimated to capture a CAGR of 6.3% in the global market by 2033.

As China is considered to have the world’s largest textile industry, staple fibers, including polyester, cotton, and cellulosic, are used frequently to alter the properties of the yarn.

Further, China is the world’s top producer and exporter of textiles, with a value of over US$ 154 billion, according to data from 2020. On the back of these factors, the sales in China’s textile staples market are projected to rise robustly over the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Key manufacturers are strategically increasing their global market presence by penetrating into emerging economies to set up manufacturing units to decrease operating costs and maximize profit. For Instance,

·         In February 2021, Oerlikon Group introduced its products on the digital platform Xibo. The company operates in artificial fibers filament spinning and staple fiber systems and provides a solution for producing nonwovens.

·         In February 2020, Eastman announced the expansion of its Naia fiber portfolio at Premiere Vision Paris (PV). The company has introduced a new cellulosic staple fiber Naia which offers a versatile eco-conscious material choice for sustainable fashion.

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