MARKET DATA, INSIGHTS & INTELLIGENCE

ChemFocus
A monthly roundup & analysis of the key factors shaping world chemical markets
Green-right-arrow
ChemExpert
Comprehensive, on-line data & statistics. History, forecasts & analysis
Green-right-arrow
ChemFacts
Chemical market insight - on a single page
Green-right-arrow
ChemForesight
Price projections - set in crude oil price scenarios
Green-right-arrow

CONSULTING SERVICES

Specialist and Strategic Advisory Services

OrbiChem360

OrbiChem360 provides comprehensive chemical business intelligence to assist business managers in their strategic planning and business performance optimisation.

Main Menu

Chemical Portfolio

FIBRES & INTERMEDIATES

Image Courtesy of Reliance

You produce and consume fibres and intermediates. We provide the business intelligence you need to do so effectively and profitably.

Tecnon OrbiChem's online business intelligence platform, OrbiChem360, can help senior management level personnel, including procurement managers and business segment managers, make timely, well-informed decisions based on reliable and accurate data and analysis of key factors shaping the fibre and intermediates markets.

Tecnon OrbiChem provides detailed and comprehensive coverage of markets, prices, developments and trends for the global fibre and intermediates industry including key derivative products. We also provide informative tables and charts highlighting key trade statistics, regional price comparisons, and production/consumption trends.

How clients benefit from our fibres & intermediates data services

Business Operations

plus-icon-green minus-icon-green
  • Tracks information on plant operations within the global fibres business
  • Provides data on future production plants and capacity changes
  • Follows import/export trends and trade data for all regions

Product Information

plus-icon-green minus-icon-green
  • Provides market information on global fibres industry, including major downstream derivatives
  • Tracks and assesses market pricing in key locations
  • Provides analysis of market activity throughout the value chain
  • Up-to-date information regarding supply/demand featuring country, regional and global views

Market Trends

plus-icon-green minus-icon-green
  • Features updates of industry-related news and economic trends
  • Highlights regulatory or legislative actions worldwide that could affect product development
  • Informative charts and graphics detail data ranging from regional price comparisons to supply/demand balances

The data, analytics and insights we provide

  • Chemical-Business-FocusChemFocus
  • chem-NetfactsChemFacts
  • price-forecastsChemForesight
  • Global-Chemical-DataChemExpert (includes ChemFocus modules)
  • ConsultingConsulting
Market Analysis Prices Trade Data Market Summary Price Forecasts Supply/Demand Single Client Projects
red-down-arrowAcrylic Fibre Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Acrylic fibre is produced from acrylonitrile. Over 80% of global production is solution spun and 20% dry spun. Acrylic staple fibre is used in knitwear, furnishing fabrics, synthetic furs, carpets and awnings.

red-down-arrowPolyamide Fibre Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Polyamide fibre (nylon) is made from caprolactam (in the case of PA6) or AH salt (in the case of PA66) and is produced by a melt spinning process. Nylon can be extruded into a continuous filament or staple offering. Most nylon production is in the form of a filament and is used for stockings and tights, underwear, linings, sports clothing, carpets, technical textiles and tyre cord. Nylon staple production is shrinking and is mainly used for carpeting and industrial applications.

red-down-arrowPolyester Filament Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Polyester filament is one of the two major product presentations for polyethylene terephthalate. Polyester filament is extruded by using a melt spinning process that extrudes a single filament or multiple filaments into a continuous bundle. Filament yarns are used in clothing, furnishings, tyre cord, carpeting and technical textiles.

red-down-arrowPolyester Staple Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Polyester staple is a fibre made from polyethylene terephthalate. Unlike polyester filament, polyester staple is cut into short lengths during the manufacturing process. This allows the fibre to be easily blended with other fibres, primarily cotton, in a subsequent yarn spinning process. Polyester staple is used in apparel, home furnishings, nonwovens, carpet and fibrefill applications.

red-down-arrowPolypropylene Fibre Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Polypropylene fibres are synthetic fibres made from polypropylene. The most important properties of polypropylene fibres are its low density and low softening temperature range and its hydrophobic nature and for many years its low cost. Recently the rising global propylene price has tended to reduced its competitiveness with other fibres – particularly polyester. Polypropylene is used as staple and filament fibres, film tapes and spun bonded fabrics. Major uses are in rugs and carpets both as face fibre and primary and secondary carpet backing and in non-woven fabrics for hygiene products where it’s very low absorbency and softness make it first choice for coverstock. It is also used in non-woven fabrics for medical uses, for geotextiles and for bulk storage bags.

red-down-arrowCellulosic Fibre Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Man-made fibres generated from cellulosic materials, like wood, cotton waste or bamboo.

red-down-arrowViscose Fibre Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

Viscose fibre is spun from cellulose. Viscose filament is mainly used in lining fabrics, dresses and blouses and velvets but also has industrial uses in tyre cord and other products. Viscose staple is spun into viscose and viscose blend yarns which are used in clothing and furnishings. It is also widely used in various non woven products. Recently staple use in non-wovens has been boosted by the rapid growth of non-woven wipes products because of its softness and absorbency.

red-down-arrowCotton Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chemical-Business-Focus Chem-Netfacts price-forecasts Global-Chemical-Data Consulting

A natural fibre.

Acrylic Fibre
orange-plus-icon orange-minus-icon

Acrylic fibre is produced from acrylonitrile. Over 80% of global production is solution spun and 20% dry spun. Acrylic staple fibre is used in knitwear, furnishing fabrics, synthetic furs, carpets and awnings.

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Market Analysis

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Prices

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Polyamide Fibre
orange-plus-icon orange-minus-icon

Polyamide fibre (nylon) is made from caprolactam (in the case of PA6) or AH salt (in the case of PA66) and is produced by a melt spinning process. Nylon can be extruded into a continuous filament or staple offering. Most nylon production is in the form of a filament and is used for stockings and tights, underwear, linings, sports clothing, carpets, technical textiles and tyre cord. Nylon staple production is shrinking and is mainly used for carpeting and industrial applications.

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Market Analysis

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Prices

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Polyester Filament
orange-plus-icon orange-minus-icon

Polyester filament is one of the two major product presentations for polyethylene terephthalate. Polyester filament is extruded by using a melt spinning process that extrudes a single filament or multiple filaments into a continuous bundle. Filament yarns are used in clothing, furnishings, tyre cord, carpeting and technical textiles.

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Market Analysis

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Prices

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Polyester Staple
orange-plus-icon orange-minus-icon

Polyester staple is a fibre made from polyethylene terephthalate. Unlike polyester filament, polyester staple is cut into short lengths during the manufacturing process. This allows the fibre to be easily blended with other fibres, primarily cotton, in a subsequent yarn spinning process. Polyester staple is used in apparel, home furnishings, nonwovens, carpet and fibrefill applications.

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Market Analysis

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Prices

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Polypropylene Fibre
orange-plus-icon orange-minus-icon

Polypropylene fibres are synthetic fibres made from polypropylene. The most important properties of polypropylene fibres are its low density and low softening temperature range and its hydrophobic nature and for many years its low cost. Recently the rising global propylene price has tended to reduced its competitiveness with other fibres – particularly polyester. Polypropylene is used as staple and filament fibres, film tapes and spun bonded fabrics. Major uses are in rugs and carpets both as face fibre and primary and secondary carpet backing and in non-woven fabrics for hygiene products where it’s very low absorbency and softness make it first choice for coverstock. It is also used in non-woven fabrics for medical uses, for geotextiles and for bulk storage bags.

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Market Analysis

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Prices

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Cellulosic Fibre
orange-plus-icon orange-minus-icon

Man-made fibres generated from cellulosic materials, like wood, cotton waste or bamboo.

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Market Analysis

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Prices

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Viscose Fibre
orange-plus-icon orange-minus-icon

Viscose fibre is spun from cellulose. Viscose filament is mainly used in lining fabrics, dresses and blouses and velvets but also has industrial uses in tyre cord and other products. Viscose staple is spun into viscose and viscose blend yarns which are used in clothing and furnishings. It is also widely used in various non woven products. Recently staple use in non-wovens has been boosted by the rapid growth of non-woven wipes products because of its softness and absorbency.

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Market Analysis

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Prices

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

Cotton
orange-plus-icon orange-minus-icon

A natural fibre.

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Market Analysis

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Prices

  • Chemical-Business-Focus Trade Data

  • Chem-Netfacts Market Summary

  • price-forecasts Price Forecasts

  • Global-Chemical-Data Supply/Demand

  • Consulting Single Client Projects

OFFERING EXCEPTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Tecnon OrbiChem’s business information services offer a full range of analysis, price data, and price forecasts for fibre and intermediates, key downstream derivatives and important feedstock markets.

Regular updates of economic news and industry events that shape market trends, plus price histories and future capacity changes, provide senior executives and company managers a full view of market activity and add proper perspective to the industry.

About Fibres & Intermediates

Fabrics can either be made of natural or synthetic fibres or a blend of the two.

Natural fibres come from plants and animals and are generally more environmentally friendly and durable. The natural cellulosic fibres include cotton, viscose and others. These are widely used for various applications including spun yarn, fabrics and textiles. They are also used as chemical filters and as fibre-reinforcement composites due to their similar properties to engineered fibres. The principal synthetic fibres are polyester, polyamide (nylon), acrylic and polypropylene.

Synthetic fibres are made from chemical compounds and are usually cheaper and more easily mass-produced alternatives to natural fibres, which have a wide spectrum of applications depending on the fibre properties. Synthetic fibres offer advantages over natural fibres, depending on the fibre type, such as its low cost, hard wearing, ease of washing and ironing, ready dyeing, and ability to blend for maximum effect. Applications range from everyday clothing to fashion clothing, sportswear textiles and footwear, and high-performance outdoor wear. Polyester staple is used in pillows, carpets, home furnishing fabrics and automotive fabrics. Aramid fibres are used for fire resistant textiles, bullet and stab-proof jackets, helmets and armoured vehicles.

Fibres

Image Credits:

Interested in learning more about our solutions?

SOLUTIONS FOR

FIBRES & INTERMEDIATES

MARKET DATA, INSIGHTS & INTELLIGENCE

Because your business has unique strategic needs

cbf-icon-green

CHEMFOCUS

cbf-icon-white

CHEMFOCUS

A Roundup & Analysis of the Key Factors Shaping World Chemical Markets

  • Market Analysis
  • Price Data
  • Monthly Trade Data
gcd-icon-green

CHEMEXPERT
GLOBAL CHEMICAL DATA

gcd-icon-white

CHEMEXPERT
GLOBAL CHEMICAL DATA

Comprehensive historic, current and forecast data and analysis for:

  • Price and Margins
  • Supply, Demand & Capacity
  • Monthly & Annual Trade Data
  • Companies & Plants
cn-icon-green

CHEMFACTS

cn-icon-white

CHEMFACTS

A concise summary of the month's activity and an assessment of short-term price trends in individual chemical markets.

cf-icon-green

CHEMFORESIGHT

cf-icon-white

CHEMFORESIGHT

Short-term price forecasts for individual chemicals set in crude oil scenarios looking forward 18 months.

cbf-icon-white

CHEMFOCUS

A Roundup & Analysis of the Key Factors Shaping World Chemical Markets

  • Market Analysis
  • Price Data
  • Monthly Trade Data
gcd-icon-white

CHEMEXPERT
GLOBAL CHEMICAL DATA

Comprehensive historic, current and forecast data and analysis for:

  • Price and Margins
  • Supply, Demand & Capacity
  • Monthly & Annual Trade Data
  • Companies & Plants
cn-icon-white

CHEMFACTS

A concise summary of the month's activity and an assessment of short-term price trends in individual chemical markets.

cf-icon-white

CHEMFORESIGHT

Short-term price forecasts for individual chemicals set in crude oil scenarios looking forward 18 months.

CONSULTING SERVICES

For Fibres & Intermediates Producers, Consumers and Investors

These industries operate in a globally competitive environment and need access to intelligence and advice of the highest standards of business.

OUR Fibres & Intermediates EXPERTS

Business Manager

Senior Consultant

Senior Consultant

Senior Consultant

Senior Consultant

ARTICLES & INSIGHTS

Explore our articles, written by experts in the petrochemical industry

Interested in unique market insights, business perspectives, and chemical industry trends? Our extensive blog is a trusted source of data and related information throughout the global chemicals supply chain.

VIEW ALL
Retreat of Western investment in China: Views from within
Superfund Tax: Revival of an old tax in the US
Bioeconomy: Poised at a historic crossroads
VIEW ALL

TALK WITH AN EXPERT

Interested in our market intelligence solutions?