Fibre Chemistry

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 288–293 | Cite as

Polyester Fibres: Today and Tomorrow

  • E. M. Aizenshtein
After the 2008 crisis, the chemical fibre demand in the world has been growing steadily roughly by 5% annually [ 1] and will persist right until 2020 (Table 1). This manifest growth of the global market is being spurred almost fully by polyester (PE) fibres, whose average production growth rate is about 10% per year and output will be a little less than 70 mln tons by 2020 or about 10 kg per capita of the earth’s population. Let us turn attention to the fact that other types of fibres, including cotton, will not change in the foreseeable future, i.e., PE will remain virtually the only driver of textile raw materials in the world. Our conviction in this is strengthened, as shown below, also by the current situation in the subindustry, lamentably not by the example of Russia where chemical fibres are remembered only in formulas, conferences, etc. and are included for some reason in the chapter of low-tonnage chemistry of the Strategy-2030, even though this “low-tonnage chemistry,” in...


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  • E. M. Aizenshtein
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  1. 1.MoscowRussia

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