Man-made fibres are to be distinguished from natural fibres such as silk, cotton, and wool. Polymers are also natural fibres, which consists of polymers, but they emerge from the textile manufacturing process in a relatively unaltered state. Some man-made fibres, too, are derived from naturally occurring polymers such as rayon and acetate.
The global manmade and special fiber fabrics market was valued at $109 billion in 2017. Asia Pacific was the largest geographic region accounting for $75 billion or 68.8% of the global market. China was the largest country accounting for $43.0 billion or 39.4% of the global manmade fibre fabrics market.
The demand for synthetic fibers is mainly driven by increasing applications of synthetic fibers in the apparel and the construction industry. Synthetic fibers give specific characteristics such as thermal insulation, low soiling characteristics, which can be modified for a wide range of products such as table cloths, napkins, curtains and carpets. They are also being used in new areas of application such as roof insulation, geotextiles for stability of roads, walls and dams. Examples of synthetic fibers include nylon, rayon, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene and acetate.
The companies covered are Bridgestone Corporation, Univex SA, Bayer AG, BASF SE, and DuPont (EI) de Nemours.
The countries covered are USA, China, Germany, Brazil, Japan, UK, Spain, Russia, France, Australia, Italy, India and rest of the world.