Blended fibers have gained preference over many natural and synthetic fibers among end users worldwide. The demand for fabrics with desired physical and chemical properties in the garment and apparel manufacturing has risen. Odor and stretching are some of the common modifications which have been achieved from the use of blended fabric that are made with a range of blended fiber. Garment manufacturers are increasingly utilizing blended fiber for developing fabric suitable for sportswear and athleisure. Common examples include poly-wool, terry cotton, terry wool, and polyester viscose rayon. Textile manufacturing technologies have enabled the production of blended fibers with different yarn structure and fabric designs notably pertaining to thickness, color, and length.
Textile manufacturers are increasingly leveraging fiber mixing and blending technologies to improve the durability of the final fabric, in addition to higher performance and profitability. The aspects have spurred the revenues streams for various companies in the blended fiber market. The changing fashion especially among female consumers has led to the demand for specialty fibers. Manufacturers of blended fiber are eyeing new opportunities there, as is evident in the demand for workwear and special fabrics for designer cloths. On the other end of the spectrum, market players are likely to immensely benefit from advancements in blended fiber recycling technologies.
Blended fiber is manufactured by blending or mixing two or more different kinds of fiber to create a new fiber having unique properties. Blended fabrics are manufactured to cater to particular applications that require specific properties. Various kinds of blended fiber can be prepared with different properties for varied applications.
Based on raw materials used for making blended fiber, the blended fiber market can be categorized into polyester and cotton, wool and polyester, linen and silk, spandex and cotton, cotton, polyester and viscose, etc. Polyester and cotton are the commonly consumed form of blended fiber. This particular blend of fiber possesses the properties of both natural and synthetic fibers. Natural fibers can be easily separated and blended with other fibers, however, synthetic fibers require a lot of processing to be separated and blended. Cotton is soft, light, breathable, and comfortable for wearing, whereas, polyester is strong and slightly heavy. Cotton shrinks and wrinkles when washed, while polyester is resistant to wrinkles and shrinkage. Cotton also tends to lose color on washing while, whereas, polyester does not. Blending of these two fibers can create a material that is comfortable for wearing, resistant to shrinkage and wrinkles, and holds up the color and shape. This is why, blended cotton and polyster fiber has been in demand globally. Spandex and cotton and wool and polyester are the next major type of blended fiber used for various applications. Blended fiber of spandex and cotton is used for manufacturing of skinny jeans as the fiber contains a natural mix of stretchy and lightness. As the demand for skinny jeans is projected to increase, so for blended fiber of spandex and cotton. Wool and polyester blend of fibers is used in winter coats and jerseys. These fibers are strong, breathable, hold up shape, and keep the body warm when worn. The blend of linen and silk fiber is used for making of curtains and other similar materials. There are several other blends of fibers in the market for different applications.
Based on region, the blended fiber market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific accounted for a major share of the global blended fiber market in 2016. Its share is projected to boost by 2025, increasing at a steady rate. Rise in demand for blended fibers in China is projected to be a contributor of the high share of the blended fiber market in Asia Pacific. In China, the demand and production of polyster and cotton blended fiber is high. Blended yarns are inexpensive in India and China than they are in other parts of the world. Therefore, other countries import blended fibers from China and India. North America accounted for the next major share of the global blended fiber market after Asia Pacific. North America constituted 20% share of the blended fiber market in 2016. Increase in demand for blended fiber in the U.S. due to high standard of living and fashion sense is projected to boost the blended fiber market in the country. Middle East & Africa and Latin America held low shares of the blended fiber market. However, the share of these regions in the blended fiber market is projected to increase in the next few years due to rise in industrialization in these regions.
Key players operating in the blended fiber market are Aditya Birla Group, Reliance Industries, Bombay Dyeing, Toray Industries Inc., and others.
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