Man-made fibers are produced through various processes carried out on wood pulp obtained from plant sources. Wood pulp undergoes several mechanical as well as chemical processes resulting in a number of cellulose fiber types having different properties. Rayon and its types including acetate, triacetate, and viscose fibers are some of the commonly used man-made cellulose fibers. Cellulose fibers have major applications in textile, spun yarn, and fabrics. Few other applications include their usage in the paper industry, carpet production, etc.
Man-made cellulose fibers are synthetically manufactured using renewable and cheaper feedstock than their synthetic alternatives. However, in comparison, they consume a large amount of water and energy in their processing. There are various types of fibers obtained from a number of chemical processes, and every fiber possesses certain useful characteristics. Acetate fiber has fast drying capability and is used in apparel, fabrics, cigarette filters, etc. Similarly, rayon is very absorbent; hence, it gets easily dyed and is used in apparel, home furnishing products such as curtains, carpets, etc.
The growing demand for biodegradable, environmental friendly and skin friendly fabrics and clothing from the textile industry has been driving the global market for cellulose fibers. Clothing is the biggest end-use application, which accounts for more than half of the total cellulose fibers consumed globally. Shift towards replacing petrochemical fibers with cellulose fibers from major end-use industries has also been one of the major factors fueling the market growth. However, the volatility in wood pulp prices, which is a major raw material to cellulose fiber production coupled with the regulatory issues due to growing environmental concerns are the major factors that have been increasing the production cost of cellulose fibers and inhibiting market growth. Consequently, the world is shifting focus towards developing cellulose fibers through renewable sources and providing biodegradable solution to various industrial demands.
Cellulose fibers are majorly consumed in the clothing industry, which accounted for approximately 61.2% of the total consumption in 2011. Cellulose fibers are used in various regenerated forms such as corn fibers, lyocell, rayon, modal, tencel, viscose, and many others in the clothing industry. According to their properties, they are used for various types of clothes and fabrics. Application of cellulose fibers in the clothing industry held maximum share, and is also expected to be the fastest growing application segment for man-made cellulose fibers, at an estimated CAGR of 7.6% from 2012 to 2018. The global demand for cellulose fibers from spun yarn is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2012 to 2018.Growing demand for fibers produced from renewable sources coupled with the environment sustainability they provide is expected to drive the market for man-made and natural cellulose fibers.
Asia Pacific emerged as the leading market for cellulose fibers and accounted for 45.3% of the global demand in 2011. Asia Pacific is also expected to be the fastest growing market, with an estimated CAGR of 8.1% in terms of volumes from 2012 to 2018. The growing demand from textile industry, particularly in China and India, is propelling the market growth in the region. Developed economies of North America and Europe are considered to be mature markets for cellulose fibers and hence they are expected to grow at a slower pace than Asia Pacific.
Some of the major companies operating in the global market include Aoyang, Fulida, Grasim Industries, Helon, Indo Bharat, Lenzing, Sateri, Tangshan and Thai Rayon among some other companies.
Shift towards replacing petrochemical fibers with cellulose fibers from major end-use industries has been one of the major factors propelling the demand for cellulose fibers from the textile industry. The study includes a comprehensive view of the industry by segmenting and analyzing key applications of cellulose fibers, namely, spun yarn, fabrics, and clothing among others.
The report covers forecast and analysis for the cellulose fibers market on a global and regional level. The study provides the historical data of 2011 along with forecast for 2012 to 2018 based on volumes (Metric Tons) and revenue (USD Million). The study includes drivers and restraints for the cellulose fibers market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. Additionally, the report includes an analysis of opportunities available in the cellulose fibers market on the global and regional level. The drivers, restraints and opportunities mentioned in the report are justified with the help of quantitative and qualitative data which is verified by primary and secondary resources.
We have included a detailed value chain analysis in order to provide a comprehensive view of the cellulose fibers market to the users of the report. Value chain analysis will provide details such as integration in the market, distribution channels, applications and end-users for the market. An analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model for the cellulose fibers market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape of the market. In addition, the report also includes price trend analysis of the cellulose fibers market.
The study provides a decisive view of the cellulose fibers market by segmenting it in terms of applications. All application segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends, and the CAGR for the market has been estimated between 2012 and 2018. Regional segmentation includes the current and forecast demand for North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). The report also includes demand for individual applications across all the regions.
The report covers a detailed competitive outlook including market share and company profiles of key participants operating in the global market. Key players profiled in the report include Aoyang, Fulida, Grasim Industries, Helon, Indo Bharat, Lenzing, Sateri, Tangshan and Thai Rayon among others. Company profiles include various attributes such as company overview, product portfolio, financial overview, business strategy, SWOT analysis and recent developments related to the market.
Inflation is not a part of pricing in this report. Prices of cellulose fibers vary in each region; hence, a similar volume to revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region. The same price for each application has been taken into account while estimating and forecasting market revenue on the global basis. Regional average price has been considered while breaking down this market by application segment in each region. We use models and estimates in order to produce comprehensive data sets when there is no hard data available. We have used the bottom up approach to arrive at the global market considering individual application segments and integrating them to arrive at the global market. The applications have been further bifurcated using top down approach to derive the regional product market consumption.
For the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represented the bulk of research efforts, supplemented by an extensive secondary research. We reviewed key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations and agencies. This has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants’ insights and recognizing business opportunities.
The market has been segmented as below:
Cellulose Fibers Market: Applications Segment Analysis
- Spun Yarn
- Other (including Adhesives, Sealants and Tapes, etc.)
Cellulose Fibers Market: Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (RoW)