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India and China Further Incorporate Lycocell, Cellulosic Fibers into Nonwovens

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The Digital Journal, Toronto, Canada, began its article this past week explaining how India and China are currently the two major exporters of textiles in the Asia Pacific market. The usage of lyocell (rayon) when melt blown as well as carefully manipulating it’s cellulose structures into a continuous building block is becoming a more common practice for making pulp-fiber based nonwoven producers, signaling a potential breakthrough on the horizon for wood products to expand into a variety of new and useful consumer goods. In addition to this, the Asia Pacific market for lyocell and cellulosic nonwoven fiber is expected to register some of the highest growth rates over the upcoming forecast period. 

In photo: Rolls of bleached nonwovens likely processed from lyocell and/or rayon are melt blown into a desired texture or through refining cellulose to a point it gains both strength along with displaying unique smoothness and strength in solid sheet form.

The report summarized by the Digital Journal presents the growth of the technical textiles market as the key driving force behind the development of the global lyocell and cellulosic nonwoven fiber market, whereas the ample availability of cheaper alternatives is considered the main restraint against a major take-off in market growth and further investment, at least in the near term. However, rising focus of market players on developing highly advanced medical and healthcare products as well as the rising demand for eco-friendly fibers are helping to not only create but lock-in an opportunity-rich niche marketplace for these more biodegradable and sustainable products to thrive.


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