04 February 2013 22:36 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Polyester consumption in nonwoven fabrics applications in the US is projected to grow by 3.3% a year through 2016 to 560m lb (254,000 tonnes), gaining share from polypropylene (PP), especially in motor vehicle carpets, according to a market research study announced on Monday.
Polyester fibre is widely used in nonwoven applications and accounted for 20% of fibres consumed in 2011, the Cleveland-based industry research firm The Freedonia Group said in its study.
Polyester business in nonwovens will benefit from demand of spunlaced nonwovens and from other applications, such as furnishings, Freedonia said.
Earlier cost benefits from PP over polyester have eroded as the price of PP increased between 2001 and 2011, according to Freedonia.
Limiting demand of polyesters will be sluggish growth in nonwovens sectors such as apparel interlinings. Additionally hindering demand are polyesters’ oleophilic nature, the tendency to be subject to high levels of static, as well as the difficulty accepting dyes.
Polyester shows several advantages compared with competitive fibres, such as lighter weight, greater strength, resistance to abrasion, high resilience, low moisture absorption and greater stability.
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