Global consumption of raw materials (ITMF)
In 2019 the capacities in short-staple spindles and open-end rotors decreased around the world. The number of installed short-staple spindles went down by 3% to 223 million in 2019. The number of installed open-end rotors decreased by 9.8% to 7.4 million. These changes are mainly driven by scraping of outdated machinery in China. The trends observed in other regions are stable. The number of installed air-jet spindles is increasing worldwide, mainly in Asian countries and Turkey.
The substitution between shuttle and shuttle-less looms continues but the growth in shuttle-less looms capacities has slowed down. The number of installed shuttle-less looms increased by 1% in 2019 and reached 1.7 million units. Total raw material consumption in the short-staple organized sector has stagnated in 2019 (see Fig.). Consumption of cellulosic short-staple fiber increased by 9% to 5.4 million tons and consumption of synthetic short-staple fibers decreased by 4% to 14.2 million tons. The consumption of cotton has stabilized at 26 million tons.
The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland, has published its report on International Textile Industry Statistics (ITIS) on productive capacity and raw materials consumption in the short-staple organized (spinning mill-) sector in virtually all textile-producing countries in the world.