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China is one of the world's leading producers of technical textiles and products made from technical textiles. It is a pleasure to announce a media partnership between BeaverLake6 Report and China Textile magazine. China Textile is the only English language print media source published by the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) and, in its prominent position, serves as the leading source for news on the China textile industry. 


Zhao Hong, the Editor-in-Chief, and Flora Zhao, the Director of the Editorial Department, oversee China Textile's technical textiles contributions for BeaverLake6 Report. Mr. Zhao holds two official positions: 1) Director of International Trade Office of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, a national confederation of all textile-related industries, and 2) Vice President of the China Knitting Industry Association. Ms. Zhao can be reached at:


Steve Warner, Publisher

Posted December 3, 2019

A Brief Analysis of Economic Operation of Industrial Textile Industry in the First Half of 2019

by Research Analysts at China Nonwovens and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA)


In the first half of 2019, China’s economy faced a complicated development environment, with external trade protectionism and unilateralism interfering, internal structural and cyclical contradictions highlighted, transformation and upgrading encountered resistance, and economic downward pressure increased.


The industrial textile industry has maintained stable operation by overcoming various unfavorable factors, and the industrial added value has increased by 7.6%. The main business income and total profit of enterprises above designated size increased by 6.32% and 1.49% respectively. The growth rate of the three indicators was basically the same as that of the same period of last year.


According to the survey of China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA), the prosperity index of member companies in the first half of the year was 69.5, down 8.4 over the same period of last year. It is an objective reflection of the complex economic environment, but it is still in a relatively prosperous range.


Production maintains steady growth


According to the survey of CNITA, the demand index of enterprises in the first half of the year was 49.7, which was lower than the threshold separating contraction from expansion for the first time. Among the companies surveyed, 34% said that the market demand showed a different degree of decline, and 6.5% said that the decline was larger; one third of the enterprises said that market demand was basically flat, while the other third said that market demand has increased. However, the industry’s production index has remained at a high level of 66.2, and the actual situation is better than the industry’s judgment on demand. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the output of non-woven fabrics of enterprises above designated size was 2.162 million tons, an increase of 11.41% year-on-year, indicating that non-woven fabrics are important raw materials for industrial textiles, and their demand in various fields is still very large; In the first half of the year, China exported 497,000 tons of non-woven fabrics, a year-on-year increase of 6.88%. In the first half of the year, the output of cord fabrics of enterprises above designated size was 295,000 tons, a decrease of 9.83% year-on-year. Cord fabric is a traditional product in industrial textiles. It is applied to vehicle tires. The application market is very simple. Due to the downturn in the automotive market, the production of cord fabrics is basically in a contraction state in recent years.


Economic benefits steadily rebound


According to the data of the National Bureau of Statistics, in the first half of the year, the main business income and profit of industrial textile industry enterprises above designated size were 118.77 billion yuan and 6.02 billion yuan, respectively, increasing by 6.32% and 1.49% year-on-year, and the profit rate of the industry was 5.07%, which decreased by 0.24 percentage points.


In terms of profit composition, the gross profit margin of the industry is 14.07%, which is 0.5 percentage points higher than that of last year.


The ratio of three fees is basically the same as that of last year, and the operating profit margin has increased by nearly 0.5 percentage points. The reason for the decline of industry profit is not the operating factor, but the abnormal change of non-operating income and expenditure.


In the first half of the year, the loss of the industry was 15.52%, and the loss of the loss-making enterprises increased by 20.73%. The change of the macro-situation has a great impact on the operation of some enterprises in the industry.


The association’s research results also confirm the relevant data. In the first half of the year, the industry’s income index is 61, the profit index is 52.6; the output index is 66.2, but the finished product price index is only 44.2; the output growth rate is higher than income, the income growth rate is higher than profit, and the growth in the first half is mainly driven by output.


The tax index of enterprises in the same period is only 44.2, which is in the decline range. It shows that the national policy of reducing fees and taxes has really benefited enterprises, and also ensures that enterprises maintain good performance under relatively difficult circumstances.


In terms of sub-areas, the growth rate of main business income and total profit of ropes and belts industry is the highest, reaching 15.62% and 17.01%, respectively, and the profit margin is 4.94%, which is at a relatively low level.


The main business income and total profit of other industrial textiles increased by 5.17% and 3.38%, respectively, and the gross profit margin increased by nearly one percentage point in the industry.


The main business income of nonwovens increased by 6.84%, but the total profit decreased by 5.91%, the profit margin was 5.03%, and the profitability was at a relatively low level in recent years.


The main business income of belt textiles and cord fabric industry increased by 2.24%, total profit decreased by 3.73%, gross profit margin decreased by 0.7 percentage points, and the cost structure of the industry fluctuated greatly, the profit margin was only 3.44%, which was at the lowest level in the industry. In recent years, the overall economic benefit of this field is not very ideal because of the downstream industry downturn of cord fabric.


Small increase in exports


In the first half of this year, China’s industrial textile industry exported 13.13 billion U.S. dollars of various products, an increase of 1.23% over the same period last year.


The impact of Sino-US trade frictions on industry exports has been apparent in 2019, especially for products that have been imposed tariffs. Exports to the United States in the first half of the year were 2.04 billion U.S. dollars, down 3.05% from the same period last year.


In the first half of the year, exports of 56 chapters of products (nonwovens and special yarns) to the United States decreased by 17.65%, 59 chapters of products (industrial textiles) to the United States decreased by 28.6%, while exports of these two chapters to the world increased by 0.7% and -1.61%, respectively.


In the first quarter of the U.S. import market, the share of Chinese products in both chapters fell by 6 percentage points.


However, the United States has a small share in the export market of the above two chapters of products in China, and the impact of the reduction of U.S. exports on total exports is basically controllable. For products not included in the tariff-added catalogue, such as nonwoven protective clothing, tents, wipes and disposable sanitary products, exports to the world increased by 10.83%, 6.04%, 7.47% and 16.09%, respectively.


China’s products have obvious competitive advantages in the world. With the expansion of trade frictions between China and the United States, the pressure of export growth will increase in the second half of the year. In terms of export market, Asia is China's largest export region for industrial textiles, accounting for 45.7% of the total, with the EU and North America accounting for 17.7% and 17.2%, and Africa accounting for only 6.2%. From the national point of view, the United States is China’s largest export market, accounting for 15.58% of the total. Japan and Vietnam rank second and third, accounting for 6.53% and 6.02% respectively.


Annual Forecast


In the first half of 2019, the industrial textile industry has basically maintained stable operation in overcoming all kinds of unfavorable factors. It is expected that the situation will continue in the first half of the year. The production and sales of major products will maintain a medium-high growth rate, the profits of the industry will grow at a low speed, and the export will grow at a low speed or even decline slightly under the influence of Sino-US trade frictions.

Posted November 24, 2019

Geosynthetics Help Integrating Value and Sustainability for Society

Second Edition of the Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium Convened Successfully

by Flora Zhao, Director of China Textile's Editorial Department

Editor Flora Zhao

Geosynthetics, as an important category of industrial textiles, are widely used in water conservancy, highways, railways, ports, construction, etc., and play an important role in national infrastructure construction and the development of the national economy. “Industrial textiles, owing to high technology, wide application, strong driving effect, and large market potential, are becoming an important driving force for economic growth and transformation of China’s textile industry in the new era.” said Mr. Li Lingshen, Vice President of China National Textile and Apparel Council & President of China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA). Moreover, as Mr. Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA, once stated that since the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative was launched, geotextiles are even more topical and promising as a market segment. It is believed that the global geosynthetics industry will usher in a new round of development opportunities.

To explore the future sustainable development of geosynthetics and keep abreast of the latest developments in geosynthetics in the world, the second edition of the EurAsian Geosynthetics Symposium (EAGS 2019) was convened on November 18th to 19th in Beijing, China, which was organized by China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) and EDANA, supported by International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), and co-organized by Tiandingfeng Holdings Co., Ltd., Hongxiang New Geo-Material Co., Ltd., Taian Road Engineering Materials Co., Ltd., Hock Technology Co., Ltd., Weifang Tuowang Industrial Company, and Shandong Yibo Yangguang Engineering Materials Ltd.

Focusing on development opportunities, market analysis, technical research, engineering case analysis, testing standards and methods, the Symposium is a unique networking event attracting leading decision makers from across the geosynthetics supply chain, from raw materials to buyers and users of geosynthetics, with specific reference to Greater Europe, including Russia and Asia. In addition, a tabletop exhibition was organized to facilitate networking between participants and company representatives.

Sustainability Comes as a Most Focused Session

In preparation for EAGS 2019, the organizer EDANA, together with their staff and scientific advisers, visited more conferences the year before more than for the first edition. According to Mr. Wiertz, compared to the previous, it is not much differently set in terms of content; however, this year the symposium is featured with more focused sessions on sustainability and new standards. One great improvement is the connection with the ISO TC 221 annual meetings to be held in the following two days, which will welcome experts in this field from 30 member states and 15 observer countries. This conjunction is cost-effective and time efficient.

The topic sustainability is in accord with one of the key areas of the Sustainability Vision 2030 developed by EDANA which combines the most prominent topics of the materiality matrix with key United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for the industry.

During the symposium, sustainability was a concerned topic in many reports.  To name a few as examples: Nelson Chou, Professor of National Taiwan University / Chairman of Taiwan Geosynthetics Association, illustrated the sustainable applications of geosynthetics through many examples. Besides, he also evaluated the application effect of geosynthetics based on the sustainable engineering index in terms of risk mitigation, ecology, carbon emissions reduction, energy conservation, waste reduction, durability, benefit / function, landscape and creativity. Compared with traditional engineering technology, it proves that geosynthetics have great sustainable development prospects in terms of civil engineering, water conservancy and environment.  Mr. Chen Qi, Chairman of Shandong Yibo Yangguang Engineering Materials Co., Ltd., shared the technology and application of HDPE geomembrane in the environmental protection industry. He also believed that for the construction of environmental protection industry, geosynthetics have played an irreplaceable role in recent years.

Mr. Matthias Maisner, an engineer at BAW, stated that since geotextile filters in waterways are always in contact with soil, groundwater and surface water, and each fiber can affect leaching performance. Improper use of geotextiles may result in the formation of micro-plastics. In order to test and evaluate the release of hazardous materials into soil and water, the Dynamic Surface Leaching Test was developed. According to Mr. Li Junqi from Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China’s sponge city construction aims to achieve water safety, water environment, water resources and water ecology through ecosystem protection and restoration. Mr. Robert Lozano from Reinforced Earth believes that choosing a high-performance backfill with a geosynthetic or metal reinforcement layer to form a more optimized combination layer can effectively improve the service life of the composite product. Responsible end of life is also one of the four key areas of the Sustainability Vision 2030.

However, in terms of sustainability,  Mr. Wiertz emphasized that importantly we have to pay attention to the way we use geosynthetics in protecting the environment, making sure that it is the right one to conform with its own environmental impacts, so as to be consistent in the ability of the geosynthetics to stop pollutants from contaminating.

Unified International Standards are a Trend, Also a Must

As a matter of fact, the proper use of geosynthetics is indispensable from standards. China is the largest producer and consumer of geosynthetics in the world nowadays. The establishment of corresponding standards is of crucial significance.  Mr. Daniele Cazzuffi, IGS Past President / CESI, confirmed the development of the industry in China, saying that “As Mr. Sun Ruizhe, CNTAC President, said during the symposium that it is an important technical collaboration, and also as Mr. Pierre Wiertz mentioned in his speech that for the first time in China there is a meeting of ISO on geosynthetics. It is very important that China is now in the loop of technical collaboration. From the reports we can also see the improvement that China has made in standard system, for example, in Mr. Li Junqi’s report, in the lower part of some slides there are lots of different international references, which means that China is as all other countries in the same level of knowledge.”

However, Mr. Cazzuffi explicated that he saw a long list of Chinese standards in one speaker’s report, for which he believes it is good but emphasizes that we have to connect the list of Chinese standards to the existing ISO standards. Because for example the standards applied in Africa are ISO standards but not Chinese ones. The process to achieve any international standard is very long, perhaps very boring, but at the end they converge, and everyone is converging into one single system. It is OK to have the list of Chinese standards, but for each of them, you have to connect it with the existing ISO system.

Mr. Peter Atchison, Chairman of ISO Geosynthetics Committee, also pointed out that International standards are texts that contain practical advice and best practices to provide a unified solution to global problems.

Mr. Cazzuffi said, “Compared to 40, 30 and also 20 years ago, the competition between manufacturers in terms of price is now too sharp. Based on my knowledge of market, if someone only wants to give a commercial approach, in few years will disappear. The key solution is cooperating technically by demonstrating that the solutions given by the geosynthetic engineering are far better than alternative traditional technologies not only in terms of durability and cost, but also in terms of sustainability and reducing the CO2 consumption.”

For the standard system of geosynthetics in China, Mr. Li Lingshen introduced that 39 national standards in the field of geology are mainly in the textile field; nearly 50 industry standards, involving textile, water conservancy, transportation, railway, urban construction and other fields, are basically able to meet the requirements for the production, application, testing and evaluation of domestic geosynthetics. He believed that the industry will see a better standard system and application specifications, a higher concentration rate, and a healthy and sustainable development.

The formulation of standards is conducive to improving product quality, standardizing design guidelines, and forming a global consensus of experts. Standard work is to the benefit of promoting the healthy and safe development of the industry, exerting an important impact on global trade.

Geosynthetics Enjoy Huge Potential Applications

Under the Belt and Road Initiative, nowadays the demand for geosynthetics will be greater than ever all over the world. Though the largest consumer of geosynthetics in the world, China saw development of geotextiles only from 1990s when the scale of enterprises was relatively small, and the product grades were also low. However, today the companies have been enjoying high-grade products with rich varieties.

According to Mr. Li Lingshen, in 2018, the total fiber processing of industrial textiles accounted for 28% of the textile industry, and geotextiles accounted for 6.76% of industrial textiles. Since 2013, China’s geotextiles production has grown at an average annual rate of 9.28%, reaching 1,062,400 tons in 2018. At present, there are about 500 geotextiles companies in China, mainly small and medium-sized enterprises producing non-woven geotextiles. In the future, China’s geotextiles will continue to grow by about 7.5%, and the value increase will become an important driving force for the growth of China’s geotextiles industry.  Mr. Todd Berger, Senior Editor of Geosynthetics magazine, also stated that geotextiles and geomembranes have a huge market in North America, which currently has 40 to 50 manufacturers in North America; in 2019 U.S. / Canadian geosynthetics market in 2019 sees 2.8 billion USD, an increase of 4% to 5% compared to 2018.

Innovations Get Together for a Better Future

During the symposium, various innovations were shared by a majority of experts from different countries for common development.  Mr. Pietro Pezzano from Maccaferri introduced a new type of drainage geotechnical composite. Mr. Erol Guler from Bogazici University focused on several innovative solutions for geosynthetic reinforcements. Tian Dingfeng Holdings Co., Ltd. invested 170 million RMB to build a 10,000-ton production line and achieved the first industrialized production of high-strength polypropylene spunbond needle-punched geotextiles in China. Italy Farè has developed advanced technology for the production of PP spunbond nonwoven geotextiles for reference by nonwovens manufacturers. Mr. Han-Yong Jeon from Inha University in South Korea introduced the latest technological advances and trends in geosynthetics used in landfills. Mr. Ingo Mählmann from Oerlikon introduced new technologies for the production of polypropylene geotextiles in China.

This symposium will integrate resources between cultures and nations. It will build a bridge for Asia, Europe, and the other regions in the world as well as a platform for the industry to better communicate with each other, promoting common sustainable development of the industry.

Posted November 11, 2019

Belt and Road Textile Conference 2019

Focusing on the international layout of the industry for “Textile Together  A Community of Shared Future”

Belt and Road Textile Conference 2019, convened on October 17, 2019, has received wide attention from all walks of life around the world, attracting over 600 participants from 24 countries and regions to get together in Shengze Town, Jiangsu Province, China, including more than 100 international guests, to jointly explore and witness the opportunities for the textile and garment industry in the region to move towards prosperity.

Sponsored by China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), the conference was jointly organized by Marketing Department of CNTAC, International Trade Office of CNTAC, the Sub-Council of Textile Industry, CCPIT (CCPIT TEX), China Textile International Exchange Center and China Textile Go Global Union. It was also co-organized by People’s Government of Shengze Town and the Management Committee of Eastern Silk Market China, and specially supported by Jiangsu Textile Association and Donghua University. The conference was presided over by Mr. Liang Pengcheng, Director General of Marketing Department, CNTAC and Executive Vice Chairman of CCPIT TEX.

Great achievements

China’s textile and garment industry, as one of China’s most internationally competitive industries, has been playing a pioneering and exemplary role in the Belt and Road Initiative, making remarkable achievements in cooperation. CNTAC, as a unique bridge, also contributed constructive efforts to the great cause of building the “Belt and Road”. Mr. Xu Yingxin, Vice President of CNTAC, and Chairman CCPIT TEX, said in his welcome address that the purpose of this conference is to systematically summarize the achievements of China’s textile industry which is rooted in China but integrating the world. On the other hand, it is also to build a consensus, together with the governments, industry organizations and enterprises of the countries along the Belt and Road, on how to better promote the mutually beneficial trade and investment cooperation of the textile and garment industry in the region.

As a representative from the region, Shengze always adheres to the development concept of openness and integration. With an orientation of ecological and sustainable development, Shengze actively serves the Belt and Road construction to advance the diversified exchanges and cooperation between Shengze and the countries and regions along the Belt and Road. Mr. Wang Yibing, Party Standing Committee Member of Wujiang District, believed that the success of this conference will start a dialogue mechanism of the textile and garment industry among Lancang-Mekong countries. “We hope that Chinese and overseas textile enterprises can share the deep sense of cooperation in the new era under this opportunity, and strive for a sustainable development. Together, cooperation and efforts will build a bright future for the industry.”

Mr. Chen Yanbin, Director General of the Office of the Leading Group for Promoting the Belt and Road Initiative, National Development and Reform Commission of China, summed up the achievements of the Belt and Road Initiative since its inception. Everyone engaged in the global textile industry are expected to work hard to contribute to “building a community of shared future”.

Coordinated development of textile industry at home and abroad is of great significance. Ms. Cao Xuejun, Deputy Director General of Department of Consumer Goods Industry, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, put out the following suggestions: First, it is to deepen international cooperation and form a group of multinational textile groups with global layout. Second, it is recommended to strengthen domestic and international collaboration in R&D and design, industrial chain organization, new technology application, and new market cultivation. The third is to promote international production capacity cooperation in a safe and orderly manner, creating a better business environment for the international development of industries and enterprises.

Mr. Zhang Liang, Deputy Director of Department of Outward Investment and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce of China, analyzed the opportunities and challenges of China’s outward investment under the new situation at home and abroad. He also stressed that it is a common expectation of investors from all countries to seize opportunities, meet challenges and seek new developments in international investment cooperation.

Mr. Gao Yong, Secretary General of CNTAC, delivered a keynote speech focusing on how to lead the higher quality cooperation in textile and garment industry along the B&R countries. For the next step in the layout of China's textile industry along the "Belt and Road”, he said that the layout should be re-arranged with in-depth planning under the guidance of national initiatives and policies. A high-quality, active “going global” shall gradually replace the relatively passive one in the past. Meanwhile, he also stated that it is be necessary to bring the development ideas and experience accumulated by the Chinese textile and garment industry over the past 40 years to the investment countries along the “Belt and Road”. And it is required to have a better understanding of the investment environment, compare investment advantages, and support each other in overseas investment, jointly promoting economic development.

Integrated collaboration

In the practice of the Belt and Road Initiative, chains integration plays an essential role in realizing the enterprise’s reform, transformation and development. Mr. Tong Jisheng, Chairman of Oriental International (Holding) Co., Ltd., shared their experiences in carrying out “global layout and transnational operation” transformation to make a layout along the Belt and Road in recent years. He advised that Chinese people engaged in textile industry should be clear-headed in the development direction and general trend of the world textile industry, with a broad vision, a big pattern and a big mind, driving China from a large textile country to a textile power.

In terms of global fashion industry, Ms. Queennie Yang, China Editorial Director of The Business of Fashion, talked about the trends on different levels of macroeconomics, consumer trends, fashion industry systems and value chains. Based on current industry trends, she also looked into the future development direction, and interpreted the opportunities and challenges of China’s fashion industry and brand in response to the transformation. According to her, fashion enterprises should not only have a keen sense of the harsh economic environment, but also clearly grasp the trend of consumption and the change of the trend of the entire fashion system. Fashion brands must fundamentally adopt a purpose-oriented development strategy to attract consumers and talents.

With regarding to investment opportunities, regional selection is crucial. Mr. Andy Tiana Ravalomanda, General Director of the Economic Development Board of Madagascar, introduced the geographical advantages, investment environment, development history and current situation of Madagascar with the theme of “Investment Opportunities in the Textile and Garment Industry of Madagascar”. He demonstrated Madagascar’s strong attraction to Chinese investors through a series of data and shared the development prospects of the textile industry in the current international environment. According to him, with the growth of population, rising global purchasing power and changes in consumer habits, global textile and apparel market is growing strongly. Madagascar is now one of the most attractive textile and garment producing countries in the world. It is expected that increasingly more Chinese textile and apparel companies will enter the Madagascar market, and the Madagascar government and industry organizations will also provide investment companies with services through multiple channels.

Highlight: Release on “Investment Guide for Textile and Garment Industry to Key Participating Countries along the Belt and Road

At the conference, the “Investment Guide for Textile and Garment Industry to Key Participating Countries along the Belt and Road” was released. The first release of 8 countries were also officially issued, including Egypt, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kenya, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The Guide details the basic profiles of the countries, the textile industry foundation, the production factors, the policy environment, the investment direction recommendations, and some investment cases of Chinese textile enterprises, which provide authoritative reference materials to the Chinese textile and garment enterprises.

Posted September 3, 2019

Economic Operation of Industrial Textiles Industry in 2018

In 2018, China's industrial textile industry has maintained a relatively rapid growth throughout the year, and the quality and efficiency of the operation of the industry is in a stable range. According to the data of the National Bureau of Statistics, the industrial added value of enterprises above designated size increased by 8.6% year-on-year, 4.6 percentage points higher than in 2017. The recovery of the growth rate of industrial added value shows that the overall benefit of the industry has improved significantly. According to the survey of China Nonwovens & Industrial Textile Association, the prosperity index of industry enterprises in 2018 is 75.4, which is lower than that of the whole year, but still in a relatively high prosperity range.


Steady Growth of Production


Since the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period, China’s industrial textile industry has maintained a rapid growth in production. The total amount of fiber processing increased from 9.1 million tons in 2011 to 15.08 million tons in 2017, with an average annual growth of 7.5%. It has become the largest producer, trader and consumer of industrial textiles in the world. In 2018, China's industrial textile industry is facing a more complex development environment. The growth rate of production is basically the same as that in 2017, with an increase of 4.2% year on year. The total annual fiber processing volume is 15.7163 million tons. The production of medical and hygiene textiles, filtration and separation textiles, geotextiles, building and construction textiles and reinforcement textiles continued to grow at a relatively high rate. (Table 1)


Table 1   Fiber processing capacity of China's industrial textiles industry in 2018

                                                       (Unit: 10,000 tons, %)



Fiber processing capacity


Medical and hygiene textiles



Filtration and separation textiles






Building and construction textiles



Transport textiles



Protective and safety textiles



Reinforcement textiles






Packaging textiles



Sport and leisure textiles



Canvas and tarp textiles



Textiles for synthetic leather



Isolation and insulation textiles



Threads, ropes and belts



Industrial felt and blanket textiles



Other industrial textiles







Data source: China Nonwovens & Industrial Textile Association


Good Economic Benefits


According to the data of the National Bureau of Statistics, in 2018, the total revenue and profits of enterprises above designated size of the industrial textile industry reached 241.993 billion yuan and 13.04 billion yuan respectively, increasing by 6.75% and 5.52% respectively. The average profit margin of the industry is 5.39%, which is 0.06 percentage points lower than that of the previous year. The percentage of loss-making enterprises is 11.84%, and the loss of loss-making enterprises is 702 million yuan, which is 33.84% higher than that of the previous year. According to the statistics of 200 member enterprises, the main business income and total profit of sample enterprises increased by 9% and 16.02% respectively, and the profit margin was 6.85%, which was higher than the average level of the whole industry.


Maintaining Active Investment


Enterprises are optimistic about the development of the industry. Key enterprises continue to increase investment. The focus of investment is mainly focused on the introduction of advanced equipment to increase production capacity, as well as the intelligent upgrading and energy-saving transformation of existing equipment, so as to improve quality and reduce costs. Investment in Nonwovens continues to be very strong, especially in spunbonded, Spunlaced and needle punched nonwovens. According to incomplete statistics, 65 spunbonded nonwovens production lines, 52 Spunlaced production lines and 193 needle-punched production lines were added in 2018.


Exports Continue to Pick Up


As a result of Sino-US trade friction, most industrial textiles are within the scope of the second round of tax increase in the United States, which has brought greater pressure to the industry's exports to the United States. According to the data of China Customs, in 2018, China exported 23.22 billion US dollars of various industrial textiles (due to the change of China Customs data, the export statistics of industrial textiles industry changed in 2018. In order to facilitate comparison, this report adjusted the export data of 2017 according to the statistics of 2018), which increased by 7.92% year on year, and nearly 2 percentage points higher than that in 2017. At the same time, the increase of export volume and export price jointly promoted the growth of export volume and further consolidated the recovery of industry exports.


Major Products


In 2018, the export of the main products of the textile industry in the industrial park showed a relatively high growth rate. Industrial coated fabrics are the largest export products in the industry, with export volume increasing by 12.51%, felts, tents and other traditional products by 10.74%, and cord fabrics by 12.93%. The export volume of nonwovens and related products also maintained a relatively high growth rate, with coil exports of 2.954 billion US dollars, an increase of 13.11%, disposable sanitary goods exports of 1.78 billion US dollars, an increase of 11.88%, nonwovens protective clothing exports of 927 million US dollars, an increase of 7.42%, and China's nonwovens and products still maintain a strong global competitiveness. (Table 2)


Table 2 Exports of major products in the industry in 2018

(Unit: USD)



Export Amount

Y/Y (%)

Industrial coated fabrics






Felt, tent



Synthetic Leather and Leather Base Cloth



Packaging textiles



Disposable sanitary articles



Wire (cable) belt textiles



Medical dressing



Non-woven protective clothing



Safety air bag



Cord fabric




Data source: China Customs


Major Export Markets


Due to incomplete export data, we only analyze the main export markets of nonwovens. The European Union, Japan, Korea, the United States and Vietnam are the main export markets of Nonwovens in China. Except for the Japanese market in 2018, the rest regions have increased considerably. (Table 3)


Table 3 Main export markets of nonwovens in China in 2018

(Unit: USD)


Countries and regions

Export Amount

Y/Y (%)

European Union
















Data source: China Customs


Development of Key Industry Areas in 2018


Medical and hygiene textiles  

Medical and hygiene textiles are widely used in industrial textile industry. Taking disposable sanitary products as an example, the market of women's sanitary napkins has been relatively mature with high penetration rate, and maintains a natural growth rate of about 5% every year. Baby diapers are still a fast-growing market, growing at about 12%. And adult incontinence products are still in the market cultivation period, with great potential, increasing by more than 20% annually. Wipe products (dry and wet towels) are another fast-growing market, growing by more than 10%.

In 2018, investment and production of spunlaced nonwovens and spunbonded nonwovens for sanitary materials continued to grow in double-digit in 2018. The export of diapers and sanitary napkins reached 1.798 billion US dollars in 2018, an increase of 11.88% over the same period of last year. Among them, the export of adult incontinence products reached 287 million US dollars.


The development of medical textile industry is relatively stable, the concentration of industry is relatively high, and the export proportion of key enterprises in the industry is relatively large. In 2018, China exported 927 million US dollars of disposable nonwovens protective clothing, an increase of 7.42% over the same period last year, and 992 million US dollars of medical dressings such as gauze and bandage, an increase of 5.37% over the same period last year.


Geotechnical and construction textiles

In 2018, China's fixed assets in railway, highway, airport and port infrastructure areas continued to maintain a high scale and growth, providing a huge market for the development of geotextiles. Geotechnical industry also actively develops the market of environmental engineering, and has achieved good results in landfill, tailings treatment, petroleum exploration, industrial seepage control and ecological slope protection. Various products adapted to environmental protection have become new growth points of geotechnical materials industry.


Polypropylene filament nonwovens developed by key enterprises in the industry in 2018 have excellent performance, breaking the monopoly of multinational companies in this field, and the products have been applied in key national projects. On the whole, the demand of geotextile industry is relatively sufficient, and the order situation of enterprises is relatively good. According to the survey and calculation of key enterprises by the association, the main business income and total profit of the industry increased by 11.6% and 8.47% respectively in 2018.


Although the overall development situation of the industry is relatively good, the production of small enterprises in the industry is affected by the national environmental protection policy. Rising raw material prices and long engineering accounts also bring certain risks to the operation of enterprises


Transport textiles

Transport textiles are an important field of industrial textiles. Firstly, compared with traditional materials, textile materials have strong advantages in weight, sound insulation, thermal insulation, comfort and environmental protection, and the trend of replacing traditional materials is obvious. Secondly, the application of new textile materials in vehicles is expanding. For example, super-fiber materials are more widely used in automobile seats, door panels and other parts. High-performance fiber composites are gradually applied in new energy vehicles. With the maturity of technology and the reduction of cost, the application of fiber composites in automobiles will be more extensive. In addition to automobiles, textile materials are also widely used in high-speed rail and aircraft, including not only traditional seat fabrics, but also some new honeycomb materials, door panels, filter materials and so on. Thirdly, the automotive textile industry has a relatively high technical threshold and a relatively long entry period. Therefore, enterprises can form a relatively stable cooperative relationship with automobile manufacturers. There are many large enterprises in the industry, and the degree of concentration is relatively high.


Filtration and separation textiles

In 2018, the state continued to intensify efforts to improve the atmospheric environment. China's air quality has been significantly improved. Filtration and separation textiles enterprises have played an important role, and the industry has ushered in a rare opportunity for development. Bag dust collector has the characteristics of high efficiency purification of fine particulate matter, wide range of air handling and small impact of dust properties. Bag dust collector has become the mainstream dust collector at present. It is widely used in industry and its application proportion is increasing year by year. The reality shows that bag filter has become the mainstream equipment for efficient purification of particulate matter, and bag filter has become the main force for realizing ultra-low emission and revamping. According to the association's survey, the main business income and total profit of the key enterprises in the industry increased by 13.7% and 11.5% respectively in 2018, and the profit margin was about 10%.


Protective and safety textiles

The market of protective and safety textiles in our country is very large. First-line workers such as firefighting, petroleum and petrochemical, coal, iron and steel metallurgy need high-quality products to ensure safety. However, compared with the rapid development of medical and hygiene textiles, filtration and separation textiles and other fields, the development speed of this field is slower. According to the survey conducted by the Association, the main business income and total profit of key enterprises increased by 5.42% and 7.56% respectively in 2018.


Industry development forecast in 2019

In 2019, China's industrial textile industry is facing a more complex environment, and the challenge of high-quality development of the industry is greater. China's macroeconomic downward pressure is increasing, and the domestic demand for industrial textiles is facing greater uncertainty, trade protectionism is rising, major countries around the world have lowered their growth expectations, and the impact of Sino-US trade friction on the industry will gradually emerge, the fluctuation of raw material prices and the intensification of industry competition brought by the rapid growth of investment have squeezed the profit space of enterprises.


However, the positive factors that promote the continuous growth of industrial textile industry have not changed. China is still the largest and most dynamic domestic demand market in the world. The market demand released by infrastructure construction, consumption upgrading, urbanization and civil-military integration development is huge. The state firmly supports the implementation of the policy of real economic development, and the business environment of enterprises will be further optimized. The countries and regions along the “Belt and Road” have strong demand for disposable sanitary materials, nonwovens, coated fabrics, geotextiles and filtering materials.


China's industrial textile industry has strong competitiveness in the world. It is not only the largest in scale, but also has made great progress in professional training, special equipment and raw material support. It has the competitive advantage of the whole industry chain. The gap between China's industrial textile industry and developed countries in scientific and technological innovation, new product development, fine management and product quality has gradually narrowed. Many achievements have been made in intelligent manufacturing and green manufacturing, and the strength of key enterprises has been strengthened.

Posted February 15, 2019

Industrial Textiles: Market Demand Still Remains Vigorous

Favorable industrial operation


In 2018, China’s industry of textile products for industrial use waded through a complex development environment, but the demand on major markets was relatively stable. Policies subsequently promulgated by the Chinese government to support development of the real economy played an increasingly important role. On the whole, the industry was enjoying a favorable development. That the production and sales steadily grew but the profit growth rate dropped would be initially curbed.


According to the data of National Bureau of Statistics, the industrial added-value increase rate was 8.4% from January to November, higher than the average of the manufacturing industry and which was even at a leading level within the textile industry.


From January to November, the non-woven fabric output of enterprises beyond the designated scale will reach 3.518 million tons, which was 9.67% higher than the year before, and the grow rate was faster than that of the same period last year by 9%. Both the domestic market and the overseas market of non-woven fabric products demonstrated a strong demand throughout the year. The output of tire cloth was 589,000 tons, increasing by 2.08% compared with the year before, and the growth rate of the period in 2017 and 2018 was almost the same. The decreasing output of automobiles influenced the downstream tire cloth market to some extent. From January to November, the operating income and profit margin of textile products for industrial use in China reached 231.6 billion yuan and 12.04 billion yuan, respectively, increasing by 8.45% and 3.76%, respectively. The growth rate increased by 2% and 4% compared with the same period last year. The total profits, after experiencing slight reduction, gradually resumed to the current medium-and low-speed growth.


From January to November, the average profit rate of enterprises above the designated scale reached 5.20%, which was on an upward trend but was still lower than that of the same period last year by 0.24 percent points. A major reason for the declining profit rate of the industry was the rising cost resulted from fluctuations of the raw material price. In some fields, intensification of competition resulted in the failure of the product selling price to be synchronously increasing with the cost. Segmentation of operation among enterprises led to a slide in the industry’s overall profitability. From January to November, the losses scale of enterprises above the industrial scale reached 12.51%, increasing by 3.4% compared with that in the same period last year. The losses of enterprises increased by 43.6%. Small enterprises and enterprises with a singular product structure, at the end of the product life cycle and slow in innovation were confronted with more difficulties. The profits kept on dropping even to a losing state. Large-scale enterprises performed well in technological innovation. The product differentiation degree was high, and the fine management was effective. The bargaining power with the downstream and upstream enterprises was strong. All these contributed to a strong development momentum. In the first three quarters, the operating income and total profits of 15 listed companies in the industry increased by 12.26% and 35.69%, respectively, and the average profit rate reached 16.27%


Seen from subsidiary industries, one could find a significant improvement in the performance of the non-woven fabric performance. The operating income and total profits of non-woven fabric enterprises increased by 8.86% and 1.49%, respectively. The export data showed that the average price of non-woven fabric increased by a small margin. The operating income and total profits of other textile products for industrial use (including filtering, civil engineering, protection, traffic, and composite material) increased by 10.84% and 17.81%, respectively. The average profit rate was 5.96%, increasing by 0.35% compared with the same period last year, and was at a leading level in the whole textile industry. The operating income of ropes and cables, though increasing by 4.94%, experienced an overall drop of 6.69% in their total profit margin.


From January to November, the export shipment value of enterprises above the industrial scale increased by 5.34%. According to data issued by China Customs, China exported 832,000 tons of non-woven fabric cloth to foreign countries from January to November 2018, and the export amount reached 2.58 billion USD, which increased by 2.5% and 8.7%, respectively, compared with the same period last year. The export price of non-woven fabric cloth increased by 6%. In the first three quarters, the non-woven fabric imported by the United States from China reached 255 million USD, and the market share of China’s non-woven fabric cloth on the American market increased slightly.


According to the Japanese customs data, around 229,000 tons of non-woven fabric were imported from Japan to China, which was worth around 86.59 billion Japanese yen, and declined by 4.64% and 5.07%, respectively, compared with the year before. On the contrary, the non-woven fabric exported from China to Japan reached 37.88 billion Japanese yens, registering a year-on-year decrease of 12.5%.


In-depth product development

The industry of fiber products for industrial use has a close bearing on the chemical fiber new material innovation. With the growing maturity of new material technology, textile products for the industrial use also entered an in-depth development period.


Innovation of chemical fiber new materials was mainly reflected in three aspects: Functional fiber material development and quality development, high-performance fiber industrialization and product serialization, biological base chemical-fiber industrialization.


Functional fibers which are inflaming-retarding, bacterial-resistant, and anti-static found wide applications in the field of special textile products, traffic tool inner decoration materials, high-end textile products, and hygienic materials for the medical use. Production and process technologies, including carbon fibers, polyimide fibers, high-performance polyethylene fiber, high-modulus aramid fibers, and polytetrafluorethylene fibers experienced a significant improvement and realized industrialization. The high-level R&D system initially took shape for carbon fibers, aramid fibers, and basalt fibers.


The biological base chemical fibers and the raw material core technology achieved new progress to initially form an industrial scale. The new solvent method cellulosic fibers, biology base nylon fiber, chitosan fiber, alginate fiber spinning, and key and original technologies for finishing industrialization achieved remarkable breakthroughs.


The multifunctional non-woven technology improved the comprehensive performance of textile products for medical and hygiene use. The high-barrier protection suite for the medical use, hernia repair network, soft tissue patching materials, and blood vessel prosthesis already entered the application or clinical experimentation stage. The new-type war training suits, fire-fighting suits, emergency rescue suits and suits for occupational protection improved the protection and rescue efficiency and effectively safeguarded life security. The new-type anti-flaming high-strength warp-knitting polyester grating upgraded the security and economy of the coal mine supporting system. The intelligent civil engineering materials ensured the quality of infrastructure and provided an integrated solution plan for soil consolidating, structural safety monitoring and pre-warning. 

Posted June 18, 2018

Status Quo of China's Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Industry in 2017

by Zhao Zihan


In 2017, the nonwovens and industrial textile industry in China continued to deepen the reform of the supply-side structure and ensured the sustained and stable development through technological innovation and refined management. The investment in fixed assets continued to maintain a rapid growth, and the quality of operations maintained a good level. Exports reversed the slow growth or even declining trend in recent years. Due to the fluctuation of the price of major fiber raw materials and the rapid increase in the effective supply of some products, the profitability of the industry slightly decreased compared with the same period of last year; the growth rate of industrial added value fell to 4.0%; and the total profit growth in some areas declined.


Overall Performance of the Industry


Production growth rate falls


Since the 12th Five-Year Program period, the production of China’s industrial textiles industry has maintained a rapid growth. The total fiber processing has increased from 9.1 million tons in 2011 to 14.5 million tons in 2016, an average annual growth of 8.1%, making it the largest in industrial textiles producing, trading, and consumption in the world. The rapid growth of China’s industrial textiles is mainly due to the construction of China’s high-speed rail, highways and water conservancy infrastructure, the gradual tightening of environmental protection policies, the improvement of people’s living standards and the improvement of medical and health standards. In 2017, China’s economic structure was accelerated, and the industrial textiles industry was facing a more complicated development environment. The growth rate of production fell back to 4.00%, and the total fiber processing volume for the year was 15.083 million tons (The total amount of industrial fiber processing includes the amount of fiberglass used). Various fiber processing is shown in Table 1. The production of textiles for filtration and separation, medical and hygiene, geotechnical and building & construction continued to maintain a relatively high growth rate, while the growth rate of production of textiles for synthetic leather and textiles for sport and leisure was relatively lower.



Table 1  2017 China’s Industrial Textile Industry Fiber Processing Capacity



Output in 2017 (10,000 tons)

Growth rate in 2017

Medical and Hygiene Textiles



Filtration and Separation Textiles






Building and Construction Textiles



Transport Textiles



Protective and Safety Textiles



Structural Reinforcement Textiles



Agricultural Textiles



Packaging Textiles



Sport and Leisure Textiles



Canvas and Tarp Textiles



Synthetic Leather Textiles



Isolation and Insulation Textiles



Cord (Cable)Textiles



Industrial Carpet Textiles









Source: China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association


Investment maintains a rapid growth


Fixed asset investment is an important indicator of industry vitality and entrepreneurial confidence. It can be seen from Table 2 that in 2017, although the growth rate of the industry’s production declined, the investment in fixed assets continued to maintain a rapid growth. The total investment amounted to RMB 84.925 billion, which represented a year-on-year increase of 2.76%. It was at the highest level in all textile industries and was 18 percentage points higher than the investment in 2016, re-entering the rising period. The investment in nonwovens accounted for 44.1% of the entire industry, with a growth rate of 22.38%; the investment growth rate of rope cables was close to 50%; the investment in canvas and tarp was increased by 26.22%; the investment growth in filtering, geotechnical, transportation and other fields reached 28.41 %. The tyre cord fabric industry continued its decline for many years, and investment dropped by 22.85%. The investment in fixed assets in the industry is mainly the increase in new production capacity, especially in the fields of spunbonded nonwovens, spunlace nonwovens, geotechnical textiles, building & construction textiles, and filtering and separating textiles. And the companies also put more investment in driving the technological transformation and upgrading of existing equipment, especially energy conservation & emission reduction and smart manufacturing.


Table 2  Investment in Fixed Assets of China’s Industrial Textile Industry

              in 2017


Investment (billion RMB)

Investment Groeth (%)

Industrial textiles






Ropes and cables



Ribbons and tyre cord fabric



Canvas and tarp



Other industrial textiles



Source: National Bureau of Statistics


Good economic benefits


According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, in 2017, the main business income and total profit of enterprises above designated size in the industrial textile industry in China were RMB 289.75 billion and RMB 16.51 billion respectively, an increase of 5.19% and a decrease of 3.90%. It is the first falling that total profits had ever seen since the 12th Five-Year Program. The reasons for the decline are as follows: First, the ribbons and tyre cord fabric sector continued to slump. In 2017, the main business income in this area was reduced by 3.44%, and the cost was reduced by only 1.89%, resulting in a decrease in its gross profit margin by 1.41 percentage points. The total amount has been reduced by nearly 30%. Second, in 2017, the price fluctuations of major chemical fiber raw materials made it difficult for enterprises to transfer all price pressures to users in a short period of time, affecting the profitability of the company. Third, the industry’s investment has been active and production capacity has grown rapidly in recent years. It is difficult for the market to fully absorb the new capacity in the short term, which has led to fierce competition among companies in some areas and the sales price of products has been under greater pressure. According to the survey conducted by the association, it is difficult for companies to generally reflect the sales price of products in escalation with raw materials. Customs data also show that the export prices of most commodities have declined to varying degrees.


Of the five categories of products given by the National Bureau of Statistics, the other industrial textiles including filtration, geotechnical, protective, and automotive textiles exhibited the best development (see Table 3), and the total income from main operations and total profit are respectively RMB 44.262 billion and RMB 2.874 billion, with an increase of 13.35% and 22.28% respectively. The gross profit margin was 15.53%, an increase of 0.51 percentage point, and the profit rate was 6.49%, an increase of 0.47 percentage point, which was nearly 0.8 percentage point higher than the industry average, reflecting the good development potential and profitability. The development of enterprises in this area is in good condition. On the one hand, these products have high technological content and strong market competitiveness, playing an increasingly important role in all fields. On the other hand, these areas are facing markets of high-speed development including environmental protection, infrastructure construction, and transportation, etc., enjoying ample room for development.


Table 3  Economic Benefits of China’s Industrial Textile Industry in 2017



Industrial textiles


Ropes and cables

Ribbons and tyre cord fabric

Canvas and tarp

Other industrial textiles

Main Business Income

Billion RMB














Main Business Cost

Billion RMB














Gross Margin








± %







Total Profit

Billion RMB














Profit margin
















Source: National Bureau of Statistics


Rebounded imports and exports


With the technological advancement of China’s industrial textiles, the further promotion of the “Belt and Road” Initiative, and the economic recovery of major developed countries, the companies in the industry have made great progress in exploring the international markets. In 2017, the industrial textile industry exported 24.261 billion U.S. dollars, a year-on-year increase of 5.99%, reversing the situation in which exports have been growing at a low rate for many years or even declined. In the same period, the imported industrial textiles worth 7.054 billion U.S. dollars, a year-on-year increase of 12.18%. The economy is full of vitality and the demand for high-tech and high-quality products is still relatively strong.


  • The main export products

In 2017, the export value of major products maintained a varying degree of growth. The export value of industrial coated fabrics, wiping cloth, industrial fiberglass products, and tyre cord fabrics increased by more than 10%. Felt cloth, tents, ropes and cables, nonwoven protective clothing and airbags also enjoyed faster growth, but the packaging textiles decreased by 2.93%, and the medical dressings was basically the same as last year (as shown in Table 4).


Table 4  Main Export Products of China’s Industrial Textile Industry in 2017


Export Value (100 million USD)

Growth Rate of Export Value


Growth Rate of Export Volume


Price Changes (%)

Industrial textiles





Industrial coated fabric










Felt and tents





Synthetic leather and base cloth





Packaging textiles





Diapers and sanitary napkins





Ropes and cables





Wiping cloth





Industrial glass fiber products





Nonwoven protective clothing










Medical dressing





Tyre cord fabric






Source: General Administration of Customs


l The main export markets

Figure 1 shows that Asia is the largest export market of industrial textiles in China, accounting for 47.2% of annual exports, followed by North America and the European Union with a share of 16.9% and 15.7%, respectively. The share of Africa and Latin America is 6.6% and 6.9% respectively.


Source: General Administration of Customs


Figure 1  Main Export markets of China’s Industrial Textile Industry in 2017


The English corresponding to the Chinese Characters in the above figure


非洲: Africa

欧盟:European Union

非欧盟:Non-European Union

北美:North America

拉美:Latin America



The United States is still the largest country where Chinese industrial textiles are exported. Table 5 shows that in 2017, export value amounted to 3.74 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 7.09% year on year. Japan was the second largest one, but exports fell by 3.12%. In recent years, China’s exports of industrial textiles to Vietnam and India have grown relatively rapidly, which were respectively 1.35 billion U.S. dollars and 1.03 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, with respective growth rates of 13.1% and 15.23%. The top five countries in export value accounted for 37.8% of China’s total exports. In addition, China’s Hong Kong, Germany, Indonesia, Russia and the Philippines are also important markets. The export value of these 10 countries and regions accounted for 51% of the total.


Table 5  Main Export Markets of China’s Industrial Textile Industry in 2017


2017Value (USD)

Growth Rate (%)

The United States









South Korea






Source: General Administration of Customs


Coated fabrics, synthetic leather and its base cloth, and nonwovens are China’s major export products to India and Vietnam. Export value is relatively large, but in terms of export prices, Vietnam is higher than India. Vietnam and India are countries with rapid economic growth around China. The demand for various industrial textiles is relatively large. China’s industrial textile industry has strong advantages in equipment manufacturing, technological innovation, product quality, etc. It is superior to European and American countries and other developed countries in terms of price, and geographically adjacent to it, the overall advantages are very obvious. It is to continue to increase the development of these two markets.


l Imports


In 2017, China imported industrial textiles of 7.054 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 12.18% year on year. Among them, diapers and sanitary napkins saw the largest amount of imports, reaching 1.423 billion U.S. dollars. Imports of nonwovens, industrial coated fabrics, airbags, and industrial fiberglass products were also relatively high, at 883 million U.S. dollars and 768 million U.S. dollars, 638 million U.S. dollars, and 606 million U.S. dollars respectively. In addition to airbags, the imports of the other four categories of products were all increasing; however, the import prices of major products declined at different rates. Japan, China Taiwan, South Korea, the United States, and Germany are the main sources of imported industrial textiles in China, with imports accounting for 78.4% of the total.


Status Quo of Key Sectors


Medical and hygiene textiles


Medical and hygiene textiles are widely used in the industrial textiles industry. From the perspective of disposable sanitary products, the market for women’s sanitary napkins is relatively mature and has a high penetration rate. It also maintains a natural growth every year at about 5%, and the quality of products continues to grow toward high levels. Baby diapers are still a market with rapid growth at about 15%. The industry continues to innovate in surface materials, absorbent cores, product design, etc. The Chinese market has been able to lead the innovation and development of the global diaper industry; and adult incontinence products are still in the market cultivation period of very large potential, with an annual growth of more than 30%. However, to achieve a breakthrough needs a relatively long-term process based on joint efforts from the level of economic development, consumption habits, and related national policies. Wiping products (dry towels and wipes) is another high-growth market with a growth rate of more than 10%. In particular, as economic conditions improve and the pace of life accelerates, the scope of application and use of disposable wiping products will continue to expand. In 2017, the investment and production of spunlace nonwovens and spunbonded nonwovens for sanitary materials continued to grow at a high rate. China’s sanitary materials also actively explore overseas markets. In 2017, the export value of diapers and sanitary napkins reached 1.607 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 5.41% year on year, of which adult incontinence goods exports reached 240 million U.S. dollars.


The development of the medical textile industry is relatively stable, and the degree of concentration of the industry is relatively high. The export proportion of the industry is relatively large. In 2017, China exported 893 million U.S. dollars worth of disposable nonwoven protective clothing, an increase of 8.77% year on year. The export of medical dressings such as gauze and bandages totaled 769 million U.S. dollars, a year-on-year increase of 0.61%. Due to the factors of China’s medical insurance policy and product certification system, the proportion of disposable medical textiles used in hospitals in China is not high, and the products are mainly produced in the form of OEMs for exports.


According to the association’s research on key enterprises in the field, the company’s main business income and total profit respectively increased by 15.55% and 16.23% in 2017, and the profit rate was basically the same as that of the same period of last year.


Geotextiles and construction textiles


The market for geotextiles and construction textiles is closely related to the country’s infrastructure construction. In 2017, the investment in fixed assets of the railway industry in China completed 801 billion RMB, with 35 new projects and 356 billion RMB new investment. The accumulated investment in highway construction reached 2116.25 billion RMB, a year-on-year increase of 17.7%, and the implementation of water conservancy investment was 717.6 billion RMB, creating a new record high. The country’s huge investment in fixed assets and the advancement of the “Belt and Road Initiative” have contributed greatly to the development of China’s geotextiles and construction textiles industry.


Although the overall development of the industry is relatively good, due to the impact of the national environmental protection policy, the production of small enterprises within the industry is affected. In the long run, with the adjustment of national engineering bidding policies and improvement of engineering projects on geotechnical materials performance indicators, small companies with weak product development and poor quality control capabilities will suffer more upgrading pressures.


Transport textiles


Transport textiles are a relatively fast growing field in industrial textiles. First of all, the auto industry still maintained a certain growth. In 2017, China’s auto production was 29,015,400, an increase of 3.19% year on year, of which the growth rate of SUVs and commercial vehicles was 13.81% and 13.95% respectively, and the output of new energy vehicles was increased by 53%. China has become the world’s largest car producer. Secondly, textile materials have strong advantages over traditional materials in terms of weight, sound insulation, comfort performance, and environmental performance, showing an obvious trend to replace traditional materials. Thirdly, the application of new textile materials in vehicles is expanding. For example, microfiber materials are being more widely used in automobile seats, door panels, etc. High-performance fiber composite materials are gradually used in new energy vehicles. As technology matures and costs are reduced, the use of fiber composites in automobiles will become more widespread. In addition to automobiles, the application of textile materials in high-speed rail and aircraft is also expanding, including not only traditional seat fabrics but also new honeycomb materials, door panel materials, and filter materials.


It is more difficult for transport textile companies to enter the supply chain of auto companies and the cycle is longer. Therefore, the size of companies in the industry is generally large and the degree of industrial concentration is high. However, with the development of domestic auto companies, there are also some smaller supporting companies in the industry. According to the statistics of the association, in 2017, the main business income of the backbone enterprises increased by 8.75%, and the total profit was basically the same as last year.


Filtration and separation textiles


In 2017, China intensified efforts to improve the atmospheric environment, seeing significantly improved air quality, in which the filtration and separation textile companies have played an important role, and the industry has ushered in a rare opportunity for development. In 2017, the emission standards for air pollutants in the industrial sector were revised again, and a new round of environmental improvement reform of enterprises was emerging. The emission concentration of soot and dust less than 10 mg/Nm3 has gradually become normal.


Bag type dust removal has the characteristics of efficient purification of fine particles, wide range of processing air volume, and small influence of dust properties. Bag filter has become the mainstream dust removal equipment, and its industrial application is very extensive. The application ratio has been rising year by year. The reality shows that bag filter has gradually become the mainstream equipment for the efficient purification of particulate matter. Bag type dust removal has become the main force in China to achieve ultra-low emissions and upgrade the standard. In terms of water filtration, benefiting from the increase in environmental protection requirements, woven filter fabrics also developed rapidly in 2017, and the export value reached 129 million U.S. dollars. According to the survey conducted by the association, the main business income and total profit of backbone enterprises in 2017 increased by 21.97% and 13.95% respectively, and the profit rate was about 10%.


Filtration and separation textiles are industrial consumables. National environmental protection requirements will maintain relatively high standards. It is expected that the industry will continue to maintain a rapid growth. China has established a complete industrial chain from high-performance fibers to engineering services in this field, and it is highly competitive. However, market competition is not standardized. In particular, a large amount of accounts receivable has had an adverse effect on the development of the industry.


Structural reinforcement textiles


At present, China has become the world’s largest and fastest growing market for wind power generation, and offshore wind power has achieved rapid development. According to statistics, in 2017, China added 15.3 million kilowatts of grid-connected wind power, and cumulative grid-connected installed capacity reached 164 million kilowatts, accounting for 9.2% of total installed power generation capacity. Due to changes in policy, the newly installed capacity of wind power in China has continued to decline since 2015, but due to the increase in average stand-alone power, the use of glass fiber and carbon fiber still maintains a relatively high level.


With the technological advancement of domestic carbon fiber, China’s carbon fiber composite material industry has also achieved rapid development. However, compared with developed countries, applications are mainly concentrated in the field of sports and leisure products, and are now gradually being applied to transport, while being applied in aviation very little. According to customs data, in 2017, China exported 1,984 tons of carbon fiber and products, and the export value was 74.92 million U.S. dollars, an increase of 7.96% and 21.13% respectively over the same period of last year, while the value of imports during the same period reached 435 million U.S. dollars, an increase of 4.15% year on year.


Protective and safety textiles


The market for protective and safety textiles in China is very large. Front-line workers in the fields of fire protection, petroleum and petrochemicals, coal, steel and metallurgy all need high-quality products to ensure occupational safety. With the deepening of the people-oriented concept and the improvement of related safety production regulations as well as the development of the national emergency industry and the promotion of military-civilian integration strategy, the development of the security field has received more and more attention; however, compared with medical textiles, filtration and separation of textiles and other rapidly developing areas, this sector shows a slower pace.


On the one hand, it is related to the technology and products within the industry. China has made great breakthroughs in the development of various types of flame-retardant, cut-resistant, anti-static special fibers and fabrics, but subject to standards, testing and certification, the high-end market in this area, such as some protection products for special conditions, still needs to purchase from multinationals. Compared with the giants such as DuPont, 3M, and Honeywell, China’s enterprises are small in scale and have weak innovation capabilities. The gap between basic R&D and product development is relatively large. On the other hand, standards in the area of security protection are lagging behind, and procurement policies with low bid prices have also limited the application of new products and technologies to a certain extent, and cannot effectively protect workers.


According to the survey conducted by the association, in 2017, the main business income and total profit of key enterprises increased by 6.42% and 13.90% respectively.


Forecast of industry development in 2018


In 2018, China’s industrial textile industry is facing a more favorable environment. First of all, China’s economy and society will continue to maintain healthy and stable development. The GDP growth rate is expected to reach about 6.5%. The development environment faced by manufacturing enterprises is more optimized, for the state attaches importance to the development of the real economy, deepens the reform of the supply-side structure, vigorously reduces taxes and fees, and strongly encourages technological innovation. National income continues to grow, the gap between urban and rural areas is narrowed, and the integration of military and civilians is further advanced. The state will continue to increase investment in environmental protection, infrastructure construction and new energy sources, and the domestic demand market for major products of the industry will continue to maintain a rapid growth. The global economy continues to recover. The demand for industrial textiles in the developed markets of Europe and the United States continues to grow at a moderate pace. Countries and regions along the Belt and Road have a strong demand for the disposable sanitary materials, nonwovens, coated fabrics, geotextiles, and filter materials in China.


China’s industrial textiles not only have the largest scale in the world, but also have made tremendous progress in the training of professionals, special equipment and raw material guarantees. The gap between the developed countries in terms of technological innovation, new product development, refined management, and product quality has been gradually scaled down, achieving many achievements in smart manufacturing and green manufacturing. The strength of backbone enterprises has grown, with products not only meeting domestic needs, but also having strong competitiveness in the world.


In 2018, China’s industrial textile industry will develop steadily. The growth rate of production and sales will be slightly higher than that of 2017. Exports will continue to maintain a high growth rate, and profitability will be improved. The growth rate of investment in fixed assets may see somewhat dropping.

Status of China’s Industrial Textiles Industry in the First Three Quarters of 2017

Posted March 6, 2018


The present industrial textiles industry in China is centered on technical innovation and consumption upgrading, so as to intensify the strength in product development and innovation of technical processing equipment, enhance enterprise management, reduce cost and improve efficiency. 


After overcoming various adverse factors, the industry maintained stable growth in the first three quarters of 2017. According to the statistics of National Bureau of Statistics, the industrial added value of the above-designated enterprises in the industrial textiles industry in China had a growth of 3.9% in the first three quarters in 2017, in which, the main business income had an increase of 7.12%; the profit had a declining of 1.59%; the fixed investment had a year-on-year growth of 25.54%; the import and export of the industry had increase of 3.26% and 11.82% respectively.


Steady growth of the output of main products


According to the data of National Bureau of Statistics, the outputs of the non-woven fabrics and cord fabrics in the above-designated enterprises in China were 3.3468 million tons and 0.6498 million tons respectively, with the year-on-year growths of 0.64% and 3.47% respectively. 


It is worth keeping an eye on that: in recent years, the output of non-woven fabrics in China has witnessed fast growth. As the continuous increasing of cardinal number, the growth speed is slowing down gradually. However, the export amount of the non-woven fabrics keeps in growing. The customs data displays that the export amount of the non-woven fabrics had a growing speed of 6.15% in the first three quarters. 


The export volume of other main products also grew steadily. The export volume of coated fabrics grew by 6.52%; the wiping cloth grew by 11.72%; the felt and tent grew by 17.78%; the diaper and sanitary towel grew by 13.43%; the air bag restraint system grew by 7.3%. 


However, the export volume of some traditional products had declining in different degrees. For example, the textile products for packaging declined by 7.3%; the export quantity of the ordinary tape products declined by 6.28%. As a whole, the demand of China’s industrial textiles still kept on increasing steadily. However, the adjustment of demand structure enables the declining of the output of some products.


Recovery of industrial investment


The investment in industrial textiles industry presents a certain periodicity. The fixed-asset investment of the industry in the first three quarters of 2017 was 61.489 billion, which has extended the rising tendency since 2017. The year-on-year growth is 24.54%. The investment growth space further unfolds. The growing speed of industrial investment has stabilized from the declining channel of the recent years and recovered gradually.


The recovery of the investment acceleration in the industry in 2017 is because of the periodical regulation of the investment on the one hand. It indicates that the industry has basically consumed the increasing capacity of the previous years and has entered a new round of investment climax. On the other hand, the stable and rising macro-economic environment has also enabled the capital market to have better expectation to the industrial prospect.


Observing from different fields, non-woven fabrics are still the investment hot points of the industry. The investment amount of the first three quarters reached RMB27.948 billion, with a year-on-year growth of 29.27%. The investment in rope, cable and cord still maintained the vigorous momentum of the first half year, with a year-on-year growth of 57.31%. The investment in sail and canvas increased 17.96%. However, the investment in spinning band and cord fabrics continued to decline, with a year-on-year declining of 18.12%.


While the industrial investment continues to rise, the average asset-liability ratio of the industry declined by 0.93%; the interest expense increased by 4.32%.


The growth speed of the economic benefit indexes slows down


According to the data of National Bureau of Statistics, the main business income of the above-designated enterprises in the industry was RMB237.999 billion in the first three quarters, with a year-on-year growth of 7.12%; the total profit was RMB 12.972 billion, with a year-on-year declining of 1.59%. The average profit ratio of the industry was 5.45%, with a year-on-year declining of 0.48%; the loss scale of the industry was 9.63%. The loss amount of the unprofitable enterprises was RMB 385 million, with a year-on-year growth of 31.66%.


The main business income and total profit of the industrial textiles industry in 2011 had a growth of about 30%. In 2012 - 2015, the growth speed of the main business income maintained at a stable level after experiencing a period of declining. However, the growth speed of the total profit has not went out of the declining period. In addition, from the beginning of 2017, it has been lower than the growth speed of income. The slackening of profit acceleration is firstly because of the great fluctuation in raw material price, which has caused the rise of sales cost of the product, as well as the fierce market competition, which has caused the declining of the sales price of the product; secondly, the administration cost and sales cost of the enterprises had excessively rapid growth; thirdly, the continuous appreciation of RMB in the first half year has caused the exchange loss of export enterprises, thus enabling the financial cost to have fast increase.


From the perspective of different industries, the main business income and total profit of non-woven fabrics had a growth of 6.01% and 0.21% respectively; the profit rate was 5.64%; the loss amount of the unprofitable enterprises increased 32.04%.


The growth speed of the total profit for non-woven fabrics declined; profiting ability declined. It was mainly because the fast-growing capacity of the non-woven fabrics industry enabled the competition in the industry to become increasingly fierce in the recent years, thus having a certain suppression to the market price. The sales price of the product has always been in the declining tendency. Both the main business income and profit growth of the industry are bearing a certain pressure. Meanwhile, the price fluctuations of polyester staple fiber, rayon staple and other main raw materials also increased the cost pressure of the non-woven fabrics products.


The main business income and total profit of the rope, cord and cable industry have increased 6.4% and 2.33% respectively. Although its occupation in the whole industry is not high, its profit margin reaches 6.14%. As the industry intensifies the development strength of the products with high-technology contents, the application scope of rope, cord and cable will continue to expand. The industry will continue to maintain the growth.


The textile band and cord fabric industries has continued the low circumstance since 2017. Except the main business income increases by 4.11%, the total profit declines by 30.30%, the loss amount increases by 56.22%. The profit margin is 3.98%, which has declined by 1.97%. The declined profit of the textile bands and cord fabrics is mainly caused by the dramatic fluctuation in polyamide and raw materials. For example, the price of caprolactam has risen from 10,000 RMB/ton in last November to 19,000 RMB /ton last March and then fell back to 13,000 RMB/ton.


The main business income and total profit of the sail and canvas industry have a growth of 9.43% and 4.47% respectively. The profit margin is 5.35%. The industry continues the sound development tendency of the first half year. The business condition is stable and rising.


Double increase of import and export


In the first three quarters of 2017, the import and export of the industrial textiles industry in China extended the sound tendency of the first half year and realized double increase of import and export again. The customs data displays that: the export of the industry in the first three quarters was USD 17.935 billion; the import was USD 5.26 billion, with a year-on-year growth of 3.26% and 11.82% respectively. The growing amplitude of the import and export has slowed down compared with the first quarter and the first half year.


Main exported products


In the products with export amount over USD1 billion, only non-woven fabrics, leather base cloth as well as the textiles for packaging have declining export amount. Except these two categories, the textiles for communication medias have an export amount growth of 11.8%; the industrial coated fabrics have an export growth of 8.05%; the export amounts of the rest products are all about 5%. 


From the perspective of export volume, only cotton rope (cable) band type textiles and textiles for packaging have declined export quantity. However, the textiles for medical treatment and public health, sail and canvas textiles as well as the wiping cloths have rapid growth in export quantity, with a year-on-year growth of 10.49%, 13.05% and 11.72% respectively. It indicates that the international market still has strong demand to the Chinese commodities. 


In the main export products, the prices of coated fabrics, packaging textiles and textiles for communication medias basically maintain stable. The growth amplitudes of the export prices of the textiles for medical treatment and public health, sail and canvas textiles and non-woven fabrics all exceed 6%.


Main export markets


In the first three quarters of 2017, the export amount of Chinese industrial textiles industry to EU and North America continued to maintain the sound growth tendency of the first half year, with a respective growth of 12.03% and 10.1%. The export amount to Asia has declined 1.2%.


From the perspective of countries and regions, the export amount of the top 10 countries and regions in export amount occupies over 50% in the industrial output in China. In these ten countries and regions, the United States is still the first biggest overseas market of the industrial textiles in China, with an export growth of 10.38%. The export amounts to Japan and Vietnam still ranks the second and third places. Thereinto, the accumulated export amount to Japan has exceeded USD 1billion. Meanwhile, the growth speeds of exporting to the two countries have both slowed down, with a respective year-on-year declining of 4.22% and 2.28%. In other main markets, except the small-amplitude declining in exporting to Chinese Hong Kong, the exports to Korea, India, Germany, England, Russia and Indonesia have amplifications of different degrees.




In the first three quarters in 2017, the import amount of the industrial textiles in China was USD 5.26 billion, with a year-on-year growth of 11.82%. From the perspective of varieties, the import amount of baby diaper and sanitary towel was USD 1.07 billion, which could be ranked as the industrial textile with the biggest import amount in China. Compared with the previous year, the import amount has increased by 16.73%. As the implementation of the “second-child policy”, the growing tendency will continue to extend. 


The non-woven fabrics and industrial coated textiles had the import amounts of respectively USD 650 million and USD 589 million, with the year-on-year growth of 5.82% and -0.75% each. The import amount of airbag was USD 485 million, with a year-on-year growth of 2.29%. In the same period, the safety belt for vehicles had a dramatic increase of 42.89% in import amount. The dramatic growth in importing textiles of communication medias is closely related to the demand of the vehicle market in China last year. The year-on-year growths of automobile production and sales in the first three quarters both exceeded by 13%.


Observing from the import source, Japan is the biggest import destination for China, followed by Chinese Taiwan, South Korea, the United States and Germany. The import amount of the above five countries and regions occupies over 70% of the total import amount in China, in which, the import amount of Japan occupies 36.52% of the total import amount.




Despite the complicated domestic and international environments, the industrial textiles in China still maintained stable operation in the first three quarters. The main economic indexes had stable growth and the economic benefit maintained a good level. However, the growth speeds of manufacturing, income and profit all presented reductions of different amplitudes. The growth of the industry is confronting great challenges. It is worth paying attention that:


With the continuous temperature rise of the industrial investment, it is required to pay attention to risk prevention and control in making investment. At present, in the condition of the slow economic operation of the industrial textiles industry, the investment in the industry still maintains a sound development tendency. This reflects that the investors are still confident with the prospect of the industry from one hand. However, from the other hand, investment will have risk. It is required for the enterprise decision-makers to strength their research and judgment on the relevant market in selecting the investment direction. 


In recent years, the industrial textiles had quick development; the industrial capacity had fast growth. However, there are still problems, such as insufficient technological innovation ability of the enterprises, low proportion of high-technological products, short of production-demand connection and so on. The gradual declining of the profiting acceleration in the industry indicates that the market competition of the industry is already rather fierce. If the enterprises cannot put endeavors in improving product quality, new product research and development, promoting added value of the products, they will confront more operation pressures in the future and their investment activities might suffer from losses. Therefore, we believe that the selection of the investment is vital in order to strengthen the prevention of the investment risk in the industry. The blind scale expansion or scale up can only intensify the surplus of the industrial capacity and market competition. 


President Xi Jinping has pointed out in the report for the 19th National Congress: The economy in China has been transformed from high-speed growing stage into the high-quality development stage. The enterprise can only have advantages in the market competition through paying attention to product innovation, keeping on promoting the technological content and added value of the products, so as to promote the healthy and ordered development of the industry at the same time.


It is required to cultivate new growth points and form new dynamic forces centered on the six key development fields. In the “13th Five-Year Program” period the fields are: 

•  Industrial textiles for strategic new materials,

•  Industrial textiles for environmental protection,

•  Industrial textiles for medical treatment and health care industry,

•  Industrial textiles for emergency and public safety,

•  Industrial textiles for infrastructure construction supporting,

•  Industrial textiles for “military and civilian integration” 

Confronting the fierce market competition of the industry, the enterprises must embrace the great strategic deployment of the country, aim at the relevant products and items in the six key development fields as the development direction, look for the corresponding industries for emphasized development according to the natural resources where the enterprises located and their own basic strengths, so as to cultivate new growth points and form the new dynamic forces of the economic development.


Observing from the entire year, the industrial textiles industry will continue to extend the tendency of the first three quarters. Both the production and main business income will go on maintaining stable growth; the fixed-asset investment will maintain middle and high-speed growth; the export is going to be stable and rising.

New FR Cellulose Fiber - SOL FR® with FR and Anti-Bacterial Function

Making a Revolutionary Innovation


by Zhao Zihan

January 18, 2017


China, as we all know, is a textile power, accounting for more than half of the world’s fiber processing capacity, but still following behind some other countries in many high-tech breakthroughs in the technical difficulties, especially in fiber materials and equipment manufacturing. However, with the deepening transformation and upgrading of the industry in recent years, many technical problems have been resolved. For example, in the field of flame-retardant textiles, Beijing SOL Flame-retardant Fiber Limited (SOL for short) developed a new flame-resistant cellulose fiber - SOL FR® over more than ten years of research.


SOL FR® - Defines the flame-resistant application boundary with technology

The flame resistant textiles has become a major social concern of all walks of life , while the life and property safety as well as environmental protection is receiving much concern. Today, the FR fiber material is not only applied to such personal protection areas as the military, fire-fighting, and industrial protective clothing, but also largely used in the civilian market such as home textiles and clothing for special groups. For example, in some developed countries, there are strict flame-resistant laws and regulations on the soft furnishings such as mattresses, sofas, and carpets, as well as the components inside the vehicles such as the built-in cushions and backrest, and the infant clothing.


FR regenerated cellulose fiber, as one of the many flame-resistant fiber materials, has been playing an irreplaceable role in flame-resistance textiles' field thanks to its good flame-resistance performance as well as such characteristics as great wear comfort, natural soft touch and excellent moisture absorption and perspiration of the fabric.



However, the FR cellulose fiber worldwide is mainly phosphorus-based and silicon-based. The former enjoys good FR performance, but will release a large amount of smoke and cause great damage to the environment; the latter is well known for sound FR performance and environmental protection, but will suffer a serious decrease of FR performance against washing with low strength, and cannot be woven into fabric.


SOL FR® is a new inherent cellulose-based FR fiber. It is produced through spinning and solidifying after a grafting reaction between cellulose solution and new silicon-nitrogen flame retardants. Thanks to excellent thermal protection performance and small heat shrinkage coefficient of SOL FR®, the fabric can still maintain its original shape burned at a high temperature of 1100ºC, playing a role as a barrier. SOL FR® is characterized with excellent flame-resistant and thermal protection performances, no melting and dripping, small smoke emission, non-toxic & non-polluting smoke and great wear comfort. In addition, it will not pollute the environment after degradation. It can be widely used in fire-fighting, military and special protective clothing industry, as well as the garments for infants and young children and the elderly, home textiles, and the interior furnishings of transportation vehicles.



Flame-resistant + antibacterium, combined functions reveal the technical strength


SOL FR®, the main product from Beijing SOL Flame-retardant Fiber Limited, is endowed with another new function: antibacterium. Recently, the newly developed products have passed the authoritative test, which proved that a new series of SOL FR® products are of excellent antibacterial function.


It is said that the fiber with antibacterial properties can be widely used in personal protection, home textiles, underwear, medical textiles, sweatshirts and so on, especially garments for the elderly, pregnant women and infants. The clothing made from antibacterial fiber are able to resist the adhesion of bacteria in clothing so as to protect people from the intrusion of bacteria. Antibacterium is either inherent or through post-treatment, and the current international inherent antibacterial fibers are mainly chitosan fiber, seaweed fiber, and polyimide, while the post-treatment antibacterial fibers mainly include silver antibacterial fibers and copper antibacterial fibers.


The inherent antibacterium refers to the antibacterial radicals of the fiber molecular radicals, so that such kind of fibers is antibacterial permanently. Silver fiber is a high-tech product with a layer of pure silver permanently bonded to the surface of the fiber through special technologies. Copper fiber is a new type of acrylic fiber grafted with organic copper chain and high hydrophilic radicals respectively on the side chain of acrylic polymer by graft copolymerization in the stage of the primary pulp polymerization, followed by wet spinning technology.


Similar but different from other inherent antibacterial fiber in antimicrobial principles, the  antibacterial property of SOL FR® is long-acting based on ensuring the flame resistant performance. The antibacterial TiO2 and organic nitrogen compounds are added to the flame retardants: anatase TiO2 is photocatalytic antibacterial agent with antibacterial effect rising from catalytic activation mechanism: the metal elements absorb the environment energy (such as UV), activating the oxygen in air or water to generate hydroxyl radicals or reactive oxygen ions which then react with the protein, unsaturated fatty acids, and glycosides in bacterial cells, destructing its normal structure to death or loss of reproductive capacity. The antibacterial mechanism of organic nitrogen compounds: combining with bacterial or fungal cell membrane anion or reacting with the sulfydryl to destruct the synthesis system of protein and cell membrane, thereby inhibiting the reproduction of bacteria or mould, playing bactericidal, antibacterial, mould-proof and other effects.


The antibacterial function of SOL FR® has also won approval of the academician Jiang Shicheng and other experts in the appraisal meeting organized by China National Textile and Apparel Council. So far, SOL has successfully developed ecological, environmentally friendly cellulose -based series fiber products, namely, inherent FR fiber, inherent far-infrared emission fiber, inherent antibacterial fiber, inherent antibacterial and far-IR fiber and fiber with inherent FR, far-IR emission and anti-bacterial function all in one products.  


SOL FR® Main featuresFR series):


  • High flame resistant performance: Limit oxygen index LOI ≥ 32%;
  • Barrier effect: The fabric's original shape can be maintained though the cellulose are burn out after burning in 1100, forming a shielding layer;
  • Low smoking and non-toxic smoke: Combustion does not produce toxic gases and smoke;
  • Environmental protection performances: The waste is naturally degradable, harmless to the environment;
  • Inherent flame resistant: Laundering durability, and washing will not affect the flame resistance performance; reusable.

2016 China Textile Innovation Conference Explores the Roads to a Textile Power

by Zhao Zihan

December 19, 2016


2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards aTextile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes.

Sun Ruizhe

Sun Ruizhe, President of China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), made a keynote speech themed on “To construct a new future for China’s textile and apparel industry”, pointing out that currently, the global economic development is suffering increasing uncontrollable and unknown factors, while the “Black Swan Event” occurs frequently in various fields. In face of such a challenging environment, China is still the most important growth engine for the world development. In spite of the flat growth rate and various challenges, China’s textile industry still maintains a stable position in national economy, and enjoys growing shares in global textile and garment trade. The industry new economy has presented great vitality.

During the 13th Five-Year Program period, based on the new position of the industry, China’s textile industry is transferring from traditional industry to scientific & technological industry, green industry, and fashion industry. Meanwhile, the framework of the new three industrial sectors in terms of fashion, science & technology, and manufacturing is increasingly clear.


Sun Ruizhe proposed that in the new historical period, under the magnificent goal of building a textile power, we need to achieve innovative development based on technological innovation, refined development with the direction of intelligent manufacturing, inclusive development with social responsibility as the focus, fashion development with cultural self-confidence as the goal, integrated development with industry and financial integration as the starting point, and linkage development with system construction as the core, so as to build a new future for the industry.

Development Trend and Orientation of China’s Textile Industry During the 13th Five-Year Program Period

Chen Dapeng

According to Chen Dapeng, Vice President of CNTAC and Executive Vice President of China National Garment Association, the 13th Five-Year Program has opened a new development for China’s garment industry. “This is a golden period of China’s garment industry, when the background, characteristics, and development concept are completely different from the past, but the industry will be fully re-oriented to the advantages of restructuring and upgrading accompanied with increasingly enhanced technological creativity, cultural creativity, and service creativity. In addition, the brand building, cultural construction and fashion right to speak will also see an overall increase, promoting the whole industry towards a medium- to high-end development.”

Li Lingshen

Li Lingshen, Vice President of CNTAC & President of China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association, gave a detailed introduction to the breakthroughs and outstanding contributions that China’s technical textiles industry had made in the development of new products during the 12th Five-Year Program period, and conducted an elaboration on innovation-driven development of the industry in such fields as the strategic new materials, environmental protection, health, emergency and public safety, infrastructure construction and military-civilian integration.

Yang Zhaohua

Yang Zhaohua, Vice President of CNTAC & Executive Vice President of China Home Textile Association, made a speech focusing on the transformed new home textiles in the 13th Five-Year Program period, which should be centered on consumers and enhance the supply-front structural reform for an all-rounded promotion of brand strategy. “Over the past two years, China’s home textile industry maintained a continuously stable growth. Looking forward to the coming 2017, the industry is required to focus on the development program for the industry during the 13th Five-Year Program period in order to promote home textile industry to achieve new transformation, new development and new results.”

Awards Ceremony


One important section of the conference is the award ceremony to the enterprises, including 2016 China National Textile and Apparel Council Sustainable Textile Product Development -- Excellent Efficiency Award, 2016 China National Textile and Apparel Council Product Development Contribution Award / Product Development Promotion Award, and China National Textile and Apparel Council Product Development Outstanding Contribution Award during the 12th Five-Year Program Period.


Innovation forums


Another highlight of the conference was two innovation forums, respectively focusing on “product competitiveness and sustainable innovation” and “scientific and technological progress and fashion economy”.

Fiber Composites Growth (2016-2020)

Part 2

by ZHAO Hong and Flora ZHAO from CHINA TEXTILE


Posted July 12, 2016


II. International trade


The lethargic symptoms in global market gave way to a vitality in China’s domestic demand during the 12th Five-Year Program period (2011-2015) that witnessed a decreasing export share from 47.3 percent in 2010 to 41.8 percent in 2014, approaching progressively to 30 percent in its target share as laid down in the industry development plan that emphasizes more domestic contribution to the industrial growth, showing that the share of domestic sales was obviously increasing to respond to consumption growth in China.



Year                                              2010             2011           2012           2013           2014


Export volume (10,000 tons)         121              122              121             119             129

Year-on-year growth change       23.47%          0.83%        -0.82%       -1.57%           8.36%

Share of export, (%)                    47.3             43.7             42.0            41.8              41.8


Import volume (10,000 tons)          25.7              21.1             20.4             23.3             24.5

Year-on-year growth change        35.26%         -17.9%         -3.32%        14.22%          5.11%

Apparent consumption (China)

  (10,000 tons)                                161                178              187              189              203

YoY  growth change                       27.5%           10.8%          5.2%            1.0%            7.5%



The data in 2015 also saw an export slide-down in both volume and value with 1.249 million tons for 2.05 billion U.S. Dollars, registering a drop by 3.2 percent and 0.7 percent respectively, but the highlight is the averaged price that reads 1640.86 dollars/ton, up by 2.6 percent, realizing 1.163 billion dollars in trade surplus, up by 6.4 percent, showing optimistic trend of an optimized product structure in export to reduce outbound shipment of low-end products. To be more exact, the coarse yarn export dropped by 4.1 percent in volume while the fine-denier yarn was shipped out at averaged price higher than that in the same period the year before. To keep that momentum, Chinese investment in more sophisticated product operations overseas has been increasing on new market fronts, like Chongqing Polycomp International Corporation (CPIC) that has furnace process operations in Bahrain and Brazil by virtue of acquisition and share holding, and China Jushi Co., Ltd. that is stepping up process of setting up glass fiber production facilities in Egypt and U.S.A. besides its 14 existing establishments (sales office and production bases) in South Africa, France, Italy, Canada, Spain, India and Singapore etc. in an effort to substitute "going-global" investment for home-grown export in a new international vision.



III. Development of fiber-reinforced composites


The dynamic growth in Chinese economy has contributed a lot to the domestic demand for glass fiber and its composites, in spite of the speed gear-down to 6.9 percent in GDP last year that saw even slower rate than that in 2008,2009 and 2010 with 9.6%,9.2% and 10.4% respectively during the three years of global financial crisis. The technology in pultrusion, fiber winding and modeling processes has made much headway, which increases productivity to challenge rising labor cost in the fiber-reinforced composites industry.


The windmills, railway transportation, urban infrastructure and environmental construction have boosted market demand for an ever-rising production of composite materials. To be more exact, the fiber-reinforced plastics(FRP) products turned out 4,567,100 tons in 2015, 5.36 percent in year-on-year growth, which can break down into 2,803,100 tons of thermoset products and 1,764,000 tons of thermoplastic products, up 3.06 percent and 9.023 percent respectively.


Thermoplastic v.s. thermoset products in production share (2015)

(Thermoplastic products account for 39% while the thermoset 61%)

Production of thermoplastic and thermoset products (2010-2015)     

Unit: in 10,000 tons


Year                                       2010         2011         2012        2013         2014        2015

Thermoset                               238           263          270           273           272          280

Thermoplastic                            91           118          130           137           161          176

Total                                         329           381          400           410           433          456

Growth rate                              21.8%      15.8%          5%           2.5%       5.6%        5.3%

The table shows thermoset products outnumber thermoplastics in size and scale, but the rapid growth in automobile industry, high-speed train, electric and electronic industry give impetus to the rising demand for the thermoplastic composites that are advantageous in short time for modeling and in impact-resisting performance and well accepted by the market which has,in turn, driven the production and market share on consecutive growth in years. Of the total thermoplastic composites production, the engineering plastics has 1,464,000 tons, up 8.44 percent over the year before,still starring the product-lines.


1. Products by pultrusion process


The production of the products based on the pultrusion technology increased from 200,000 tons in 2010 to 305,600 tons in 2015 with the main product lines in power transmission tower poles & brackets, cable bridges & racks, wire conduits and other electricity insulators, in addition to the building materials in bridge and tunnel construction. In recent years, researchers and manufacturers hinge on  PU-pultrusion products as the polyurethane resin pultrusion process has the advantage in short fashioning time and higher productivity, free of styrene volatilization, and these products can be found in PU window frames, railway sleepers, ladders and roof plates in factory buildings.


2. Products by resin-steeped filament winding process


The filament winding process is still protagonist in composites output that saw 715,000 tons of the products in 2015, with various applications to water pipes in supply and sewage system, storage tanks in petrochemical and food industries, high-pressure pipes, thionizer (desulfurizing tower ), and air tubes etc.. The new application can also be found in the double-walled oil tanks which has such advantages as long service life, good erosion resistance, light weight and maintenance-free function, what is more, the double-wall structure allows for an inserted monitoring device to keep watch on oil leakage to prevent accident. Some big enterprises have made breakthroughs in technical advancement in manufacturing large storage tanks and vessels, some of which are sized in over 5000 cubic meters in volume by adopting the filament winding process.

3. Products by pressing process


There are 416,000 tons of composite materials in annual production by pressing technology with majority of the products applied to SMC/BMC mold-pressed automobile parts & assembles, power switch gear, electric meter box, insulating fixtures, artificial marbles in architecture etc.. Apart from those applications, the recent years witnessed an outstanding demand for pressed plates and boards,and for the plywood board or sandwiched panels in particular, which have enjoyed rapid growth in railway transportation, commercial cars and buses, shipping vessels, sports facilities, thanks to the structural and functional property and light weight with high tenacity.

4. Products by liquid composite molding (LCM) process


LCM technology injects liquid-state polymers into a closed die cavity or moulding chamber prefabricated of fiber-based structure, the liquid polymer flows to shape inside the moulding chamber. In 2015, China had 372,300 tons of the fiber-reinforced composites in annual production by this process with the products mainly used in the wings of windmill(wind blades),driven by the new installations of wind power at the record high to reach 30.50 million kilowatts, representing 48.4 percent of the world new wind power installed last year. In fact, China accounted for 33.6 percent of the world share by its total installed wind power capacity for 145.1 million kilowatts as of 2015. The rapid growth for wind power market gives impetus to more composites production for this product line that has very demanding standards for product performance, structure, process and technological indexes. Zhongfu Lianzhong Composites Group-Wind Blades plant has adopted manufacturing executive system(MES)to digitalize its production management, making sure that process is optimized with the fully-fashioned technology to provide large and high-performance, high-modulus fiber reinforced composites for wind power market.



China’s Wind Power Growth(2001-2015) both in new and aggregated installations

Source: CWEA (note: blue bar for new installation,red bar for the aggregate) Unit:10,000 kilowatts

The liquid composite molding technology is cost efficient, process flexible, making it possible to produce large and complex composites. The process flexibility allows for inserting grids and cores during the fully-fashioned production that gradually meets the needs of the various kinds of large-sized synthetic structures well accepted in shipping, automobile and railway transportation industries. 


China is now challenging the tough and pungent issues of air pollution to actively cope with the global climate change, the clean energy is elbowing its way in the right direction for replacing the fossil fuels in phases, which is already underscored as national fundamentals in strategic blueprint. The next five years is of paramount importance for the technical textile companies to be hard-charging, get-ahead and innovative in stepping up the production of the large, intelligent and light-weighted composites and the fiber-reinforced composites along with wind power development.

Fiber Composites Growth (2016-2020)

Part 1

by ZHAO Hong and Flora ZHAO from CHINA TEXTILE


Posted May 16, 2016


China has an ambitious plan to advance into a higher level of modernity in the country which is officially described as “a moderately prosperous society in all respects” by 2020, the end of its new five-year program for national economic and social development (2016-2020). As a pillar sector of its national economy, the textile industry is also believed to grow into a new world power explicitly set forth in the big-to-strong shift program in the sectoral five-year blueprint, including technical textile growth.


Although there are clouds of doubt, questioning the Chinese dream of becoming a strong textile country particularly in the technical textile regime, its scheme in category-specific development in the years to come is out of question, worthy of the notice either for strategic significance in global vision or in business opportunities at corporate level. With this, we present the 13th Five-Year Program for Fiber Composites Industry Development in China.


I. Retrospect (2011-2015)


China walked confidently into the new five-year period for the 12th half a decade program (2011-2015) for national economic and social development after it had successfully trekked across the swamp of economic slowdown on global basis. According to the summary report released in the first quarter of this year to review the past five-year achievements made in textile industry, the total fiber processing volume accounts for 50 percent in the world share, and its export growth in the last five years registered 9.7 percent annually with the market share by 37.4 percent in dollar terms in 2014, despite a fall by 4.8 percent in 2015. Structurally, the textile industry in China has continuously been reshaped for optimal development in a well-balanced way in the big three applications,say, apparel, home-textiles and technical textiles with the latter having been increased from 20 percent in 2010 to 24.6 percent in 2014 in the total share of fiber consumption.


Glass fiber has been an important player in technical textiles application even though it is not included as part of our textile industry in China for the simple reason that the glass fiber industry has traditionally been classified into building materials sector belonging to the ex-Ministry of Construction which has been reformed into Ministry of Housing and Ruban-Rural Development (MOHURD) now, but we have always regarded it as an integral part of our technical textile industry with growing interest in its development and economic performance.


 Table I            Glass Fiber Production (2010-2014)

Year                                         2010      2011       2012        2013       2014      2015


GF production (10,000 tons)   256           279        288           285        308        23


Year-on-year change,%          24.88       8.98        3.23          -1.0        8.07      4.87

Filament (tank furnace process

In 10,000 tons )                          217        244         252          262        285     304.5           


Production share by           

Tank furnace process,%         84.77      87.45    87.50       91.93       92.63    94.27


From this table, we can see that the process has continuously been optimized with the production of glass fiber largely from the tank furnace process by 94.27 percent share, outnumbering the old-mode remelt (marble melt) line for a meager output of 185,000 tons reduced by 18.5 percent in year-on-year growth as against 2014 with 5.73 percent in cake-share.

Glass fiber production rate 2001-2015.

In 2015, the data from 1197 glass fiber and its composites companies showed main business income for 261.72 billion yuan (about 41 billion dollars), up by 10.1 percent with 18.3 billion yuan as profits that also curved up 10.2 percent, a marvelous achievement at the time when the whole building materials industry was in doldrums.


The investment in the fixed assets arrived at 44.122 billion yuan, up by 23 percent over the comparable period, showing the enterprises’ confidence in monetary input to optimize production process and shape product portfolios to stand up to the rising cost and environmental pressure. The technological renovation has made it true that some companies put robots onto the streamline in shop-floor management with automation process control that shapes for the future, featuring a smart run in new operations.


(to be continued)



The 2015 Economic Operation Analysis on the Technical Textile Industry

February 24, 2016


Contributors: Echo Xu, ZHAO Hong, Flora Zhao and Y.C.


The economy in China, in spite of the big downward pressure and its growth slow-down, turned out a steady increase in general. The technical textile industry overcame various unfavorable factors and speeded up the pace of transformation and upgrading, improving operation efficiency, increasing investment in technological innovation, actively developing new products in a wider spectrum of applications and markets by delicate management. Therefore, the general operation presented a slowing growth, stable operation and good benefit situation. 


According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the main business revenue and profit of the enterprises above the designated size in technical textile industry was up 6.51% and 14.44% respectively. The industrial added value and profitability was up 12.4% and 5.9% respectively during the past eleven months. The export was basically leveled off but increased slightly compared with last year. According to the survey of 140 enterprises by the association, the industrial business index of the whole year’s operation was 72.3, which was highly satisfied by entrepreneurs.


Technical Textile Industry Performance in 2015


The demand was more complicated in ther technical textile industry due to the downward pressure on the economy. Specifically, the market demands from infrastructure construction, environmental protection, and life health continued to maintain a high growth, but there are fields showing a slow growth or even decline, for example, artificial leather cloth, transportation textile, tire cord fabrics, etc. According to the survey of the member enterprises by the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA), the industrial demand index and production index was 52.9 and 54.3 respectively, which were the lowest points in recent years, but still staying in the expansion range in 2015.


According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the non-woven production of the enterprises above the designated size in January-November was 4.034 million tons and was up 15.77% year on year, securing the most dynamic growth in technical textile industry in contrast to only 1.59 million tons in 2010. During the 12th Five-Year Program period (2011-2015), the production of the nonwoven was up 177% at accumulative growth rate with an average annual growth of 22.58%. In regional growth, Shangdong has surpassed Zhejiang and became the largest nonwoven production province, with the application mainly concentrated on civil engineering and architecture fields, accounting for 20% of the total production in our country and continuing to maintain a rapid growth rate of 32.66% in the past eleven months (Jan.-Nov. 2015). In some areas like Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Hubei, etc. the nonwoven production has maintained around 10% of the growth. 


The tire-cord fabric production started to drop in the first half of 2014 and amounted to 717,000 tons in 2015 with a decrease by 6.56% year on year, but still enjoying the accumulative growth rate by 55.9% over 2010 with an annual growth of 5.59%.


Situation in Key Applications


Medical and Hygienic Textiles


The medical and hygienic textile is a field with large and robust market demand as it is closely related to life and health. The market potential is continuing to be released with the improvement of the income level and change of consumption ideas.


Regarding the medical dressing, operation cloth and disposable hygienic products, China has a very big production capacity and is also the world’s leading producer and exporter. The export medical and hygienic textiles was 3.19 billion dollars in 1-11, 2015, registering 1.35% in year-on-year growth. To be more exact, the export of sanitary pads and baby diaper was 1.43 billion dollars with an increase of 3.89%. The export of medical protective clothing made of nonwovens is 0.99 billion dollars with an increase of 4.27%. However, the export of gauze, bandage and other medical dressings is 0.77 billion dollars and decreased by 6.28%. 


The enterprises which produce the medical dressings and medical exposure suits have to turn to the overseas market as they have difficulty with hospital procurement system in China. Pengyang town (located in Xiantao city, Hubei province) is an important medical textile product cluster. In 2015, the main business income was 13.1 billion yuan and the export delivery value was 9.26 billion yuan with an increase of 9.14%, which accounted for 70.6% of the annual income.




Geotextiles are mainly used in all kinds of infrastructure engineering and environmental protection projects. In the first half year of 2015, large numbers of projects are at the stage of planning and designing with few projects that came into operation, therefore, the geo-textile industry is faced with some challenges. In the second half year of 2015, the orders increased dramatically and the operation system got its breath again with some growth thanks to constructing large numbers of railways and water conservancy projects. Lingcheng district (located in Dezhou city, Shandong province) is the main production base of geo-textiles with over 10 billion yuan of main business income in 2015 and 0.82 million tons of geo-materials. 


Textiles Used for Filtration and Separation


The whole society paid close attention to the quality of atmospheric environment and the country continued to increase atmospheric environmental regulation, which has provided good opportunity for air filtration industry, for many cities were blanketed by unremitting haze or smog on and off in the whole year of 2015. The filtrating effect of bag-type dust collecting technology has reached near zero emission with four years of average service life thanks to the development of high performance fiber and improvement of bag-type dust manufacturing technology. Moreover, the comprehensive recycling of used bags has achieved breakthroughs with more significant advantages of the bag-type dust collecting technology. 


In July 2015, Emission Standard of Air Pollutants for Cement Industry was put into effect. Massive funds were poured into the cement industry to transform the environmental protection equipment, the market in metallurgy and electric power industry increased constantly, which has driven the rapid development of industry. Fucheng street (located in Funing county, Jiangsu province) is a high temperature filter material industry base, producing 0.2 billion square meters of filter materials in 2015 with 13.64% main business income at growth rate. According to the statistics of the member enterprises in filtration field, the main business income and total profit was up 15.67% and 32.33% respectively, and the average profit margin was 7.4%.


Textiles Used for Vehicles


The year of 2015 witnessed 24,503,300 cars produced and 24,597,600 cars sold, hitting a new record high with an increase by 3.3% and 4.7% respectively, comparing the data in previous year; therefore,, the economic situation in general runs steadily at a growth speed. Meanwhile, the sales and production of cars were 4 and 2.2 percentage points lower than that of last year. The slowdown in car market has brought some pressure for vehicle textiles.


In the long run, the traditional car industry will increase at a medium-low speed, and lightweight and new energy are two important trends for future automobile industry. The textile composite materials were widely applied in automobiles with the quality of light weight, great strength and low cost. In the future, the textiles used for vehicles will have a larger growth space with the growing consumption of textile materials for per car.


Development Prediction in 2016


Year 2016 is the first year of the 13th Five-Year Program; the technical textile industry will be ushered into a new period of an important development opportunity on the grounds that:

  • Firstly, during the 12th Five-Year Program period, the technical textile industry developed rapidly with high-speed growth of industrial scale, continuous improvement of economic efficiency, remarkable results of technological progress and industrial transformation, rapid development of important sub-industries, constant expansion of application fields, all of these have laid a solid foundation for the development of industry in the 13th Five-Year Program period and made the industry development at a higher starting point. 
  • Secondly, technical textile has a high dependency on national economy. China has increased investment in infrastructure construction, environmental protection and medical healthcare along with the continuous development of society and economy as well as the thorough implementation of One Belt One Road Initiative. Therefore, the huge domestic market is still the greatest motivation for industrial development.
  • Thirdly, supply-front reform will provide a growth impetus to industrial transformation, speeding up the update of the advanced equipment and high-end capacity investment, accelerating technological transformation and new product development, promoting the industrial competitiveness, and better replacing import and participating in the international competition.

But the development of industry also faces some challenges:

  • Firstly, the market demand presented a slowdown or even a structural decline in some fields owing to the slowing economic speed in the New Normal period.
  • Secondly, the world economic situation is still complicated and the economic recovery is slow in Europe and Japan. The position of international market is becoming preponderant constantly in Chinese technical textile industry, especially as the high-end products in the backbone enterprises are exported at pro-rate growth.
  • Thirdly, the chronic downturn of the raw material market suppressed price of the finished products in the downward channel for a long time, which has brought big pressure on the growth of industry.

In 2016, the production, investment, and sales in Chinese technical textile industry will continue to increase at a high speed with good economic benefits and the export will grow at 5%, as estimated.




Coming Events

  • December 4-6:  Zone 7 Annual Conference, State College, Penn., USA
  • December 5-8: ITMACH India, Gandhinaga, India
  • December 11-12:  Digital Textile Printing Conference 4.0, Durham, N.C., USA
  • December 11-13:  18th Shanghai International Nonwovens Exhibition (SINCE 2019), Shanghai, China

Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.

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