According to a provisional report released from the Japan Chemical Fibers Association, the nation’s production of manmade fibers in June 2020 fell 18.8% compared to the same month of last year to 54,919 tons. Of this, cellulosic fibers increased by 18.2% to 13,915 tons, while synthetic fiber dropped 26.6% to 41,004 tons.
June production decreased for the four major synthetic fiber items of nylon filament, acrylic staple fiber, polyester filament and polyester staple fiber. Production increased only for polypropylene filament and staple fiber.
MMF production during January-June 2020 decreased by 9.0% year-on-year to 378,751 tons. While cellulosic fiber production rose by 6.4%, that of synthetic fibers declined by 13.0%. Among synthetic fiber items, production increased only for polypropylene staple fiber.
(Refer to table in Statistics section.)