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China has two-thirds of global fibre production

The vice-president of China’s National Textile and Apparel Council, Xu Yingxin, has said the textile industry is still one of the pillars of the Chinese economy and provides employment to more than 20 million people there.

Speaking at the Intertextile Shanghai exhibition at the end of September, Mr Xu said that, in 2018, China’s total mill fibre consumption reached 54.6 million tonnes and fibre production exceeded 50 million tonnes, accounting for more than two-thirds of global fibre production. 

China’s textile and apparel exports in 2018 had a value of more than $275 billion and accounted for more than 30% of the sector’s total exports globally. The figure for 2018 was 3.5% higher than 2017’s.