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  • Polyolefin Textiles in the European Union and Turkey

    Unique Data Source from EATP

    EATP – the European Association for Textile Polyolefins – has just released its market report “Polyolefin Textiles in the European Union and Turkey – Forecasts to 2015″. This report is a unique analysis of the situation and the evolution of polyolefin fibres and textiles in Europe and Turkey. It covers market developments in all kinds of polyolefin textile products in Western and Central Europe and in Turkey. These include a huge range of technologies and end-uses: fibres, yarns, fabrics, nonwovens, ropes and twine, carpets and rugs, FIBCs, agrotextiles, geotextiles, other technical textiles and much else. The report aims to give an accurate distinction between the production and consumption of textile polyolefins with details on production capacity and manufacturing output in Europe. It is intended to be a pertinent and important source of information to industry, government, trade associations and other interested parties. The main trends and conclusions of the Report include:
    • The relative share of polyolefins – polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) – in the total European textiles market was stagnant in 2013 and accounted for 38.5% of all man-made materials used for textiles.
    • In absolute figures, polyolefin production in Greater Europe declined between 2011 and 2013 from 2,452,000 tonnes to an estimated 2,350,000 tonnes, a fall of 4.2 per cent.
    • In the European Union (28) output of polypropylene spunbonded and meltblown, the largest sub-sector has fallen by 5.6 per cent from 610,000 tonnes to an estimated 575,500 tonnes between 2011 and 2013. During the same period, polypropylene staple fibre declined by 5 per cent from 445,500 tonnes to 423,500 tonnes.
    • In contrast the total production of polyolefins in Turkey between 2011 and 2013 rose by 6 per cent from 531,000 tonnes to 563,000 tonnes.
    • Between 2000 and 2014 total consumption of all floorcoverings in the European Union (28) fell by almost 20 per cent from 2,107 million m² to 1,700 million m². However textile floorcoverings are still the largest sector with a market share of 38%.
    • Consumption of polyolefin textiles in the EU(28) was about 5 million tonnes in 2013.
      European Union (28) and Turkey production of polypropylene textile intermediate products in textile final consumption, 2013 (‘000 tonnes) piechart-consumption   The EATP Director General, Frédéric Van Houte, commented:
    “The EATP Market Report is the only research report which gives a complete and authoritative picture of the polyolefin textiles market in Europe. Polyolefin textiles are a dynamic but challenging sector, where real market knowledge is one of the keys to competitive advantage. PP & PE offer an exceptional balance of properties allowing competition with much more sophisticated materials needing more complex conversion technologies.” “As the spokesman for the polyolefin textiles industry in Europe, EATP is proud to be able to provide the public with such a unique and detailed data source.”
    The full study (35 pages in total) is available from EATP at a price of 1,950.00 €.