Cotton Fiber in the Era of the Domination of Polyester Fiber:

The New Consumer Generation and the Market Race

Abstract

Cotton is still the most used fiber among all natural fibers. However, cotton has faced a significant challenge from polyester fibers even in textile products that have traditionally been solely dominated by cotton, including denim and underwear. In 2002, polyester demand passed that of cotton for the first time in history, and has continued to grow at a significantly faster rate than all other fiber types. The problem with the high production and consumption of polyester fiber versus cotton fiber is certainly not a result of shortage in cotton production but rather due to the increasing interest by the consumers around the world in polyester products. This article provides comparative analysis between the two fibers in terms of production, demand, and price. Specific subjects discussed are:

1.     Understanding generation gap in terms of consumer’s preference

2.     The Price Structure of Cotton Fiber versus Polyester Fiber

3.     The Price Game Between Cotton Fiber and Polyester Fiber

4.     Selection of Cotton Fiber with respect to two cost/performance aspects:

 

a.      The Relative Contributions of Cotton Fiber Properties with respect to the Performance of Different Spinning Systems and Yarn Quality

b.     The Relative Contributions of Cotton Fiber Properties w.r.t. Spinning Endsdown

Cotton Fiber in the Era of the Domination of Polyester Fiber: The New Consumer

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