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Oerlikon Saurer Textile Releases 2006 Fiber Survey

Germany-based Saurer GmbH and Co. KG, now doing business as Oerlikon Saurer Textile, has released its preliminary 2006 fiber production market survey.

According to the survey, total fiber production increased by 5.1 percent to 74.7 million metric tons in 2006, compared with 71.1 million metric tons in 2005.

Cotton consumption is projected to increase by 4.5 percent to a record-setting 26.3 million metric tons, with a corresponding 10-percent drop in inventory to 10 million metric tons as a result of demand outstripping supply. Wool production rose to 1.3 million metric tons.

Output of man-made fibers totaled 37.8 million metric tons, an increase of 6.4 percent over 2005 production; and cellulosic fiber production totaled 3.4 million metric tons, a 5.9-percent gain. Within the man-made segment, polyester output increased by 8.4 percent to 27.7 million metric tons; polyamide, by 2.4 percent to 4.1 million metric tons; and polypropylene, by 2.5 percent to 3.1 million metric tons. Acrylic production declined by 3 percent to 2.5 million metric tons.

"The Fiber Year 2006/07," due to be published in May, will provide final production figures and additional detail about various applications.

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