This year alone, Japan produced 79,590 tons of man-made fibre (MMF) by the end of April. This volume registered an increase of 2.8 %.
On the other hand, synthetic fibre output fell 3.1 per cent to 62,680 tons, cellulosic fibre production rose 33 per cent to 16,910 tons, Japan Chemical Fibres Association said based on the official data from the ministry of economy, trade and industry.
The output of acrylic staple fibre increased by 1.3 per cent year-on-year to 11,873 tons, while that of nylon filament rose 9.5 per cent to 8,246 tons, and polyester filament up 0.5 per cent to 8,246 tons. Polyester staple fibre production decreased by 17.3 per cent to 7,885 tons, owing to structural reforms being undertaken by companies.
During January-April 2017 the total MMF production in Japan amounted to 304,547 tons, registering a drop of 2.1 per cent year-on-year. Of this, synthetic fibre production accounted for 238,981 tons, down 5.9 per cent, whereas cellulosic fibre production was 65,566 tons, up 14.4 per cent.