In 2006, China's total output of viscose staple fiber reached 1.02 million tons and, the production capacity and the output of cotton pulp amounted to 920,000 tons and 886,000 tons respectively.
Altogether there were 27 main companies producing viscose staple fiber by the end of 2006. Among these 27 companies, nine had a production capacity of 50,000 tons or above, and 11 had a production capacity of 20,000 tons or above.
Production Capacity and Output of Major Companies, 2006
Boosted by the rapid increasing demand of textile, the production capacity of viscose staple fiber is also rapidly expanding. From 2003 to 2006, China's domestic accumulated capacity reached 532,000 tons with a high annual average growth of 22%. The newly-added capacity in 2006 amounted to 180,000 tons. Main companies included Manas Aoyang Science Co., Ltd, Hubei Jingwei Chemical Fiber, Tangshan Sanyou Group, Nanjing Chemical Fibre Co., Ltd, and Xiaoshan Fulida, etc.
Production capacity tends to gather into large companies in recent years. China has three companies with an annual production of 100,000 tons (or above) staple fiber. The production capacity of the three totally reaches 330,000 tons, taking up one half of the total capacity. China has five companies with an annual production of 50,000 (or above) tons staple fiber. The production capacity of the five totally reaches 690,000 tons, which is equal to 59.5% of the total capacity. At the same time, along with the construction and the practice of large-capacity production lines, the small-size staple fiber production lines will be gradually eliminated. It is estimated that altogether 134,600 tons of production capacity will be eliminated from 2003 to 2006.
It is forecasted that production of viscose staple fiber in China will reach 1.80 million tons in 2010 and the market demand will be 1.78 million tons. In addition, the differentiation rate of viscose staple fiber in 2010 will reach or surpass 50%. At that time, the amount of viscose staple fiber with different varieties and different functions will exceed 800,000 tons.
Demand for viscose staple fiber from 2007 to 2009 is estimated to grow at 14% and the production is estimated to grow at 15% yearly. Imports will maintain the current level or decline slightly. The exports will increase at an annual rate of about 15%.