Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Textile trade conversion factors revised down for cotton

Textile trade conversion factors revised down for cotton

16
Oct '09
This month, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) begins publishing textile trade data using new conversion factors. Over the last 20 years, the efficiency of cotton use in yarn spinning has gradually increased, and recycling at various stages of textile production has grown in importance. Increased efficiency means that less raw cotton fiber is consumed to produce the same volume of textile products, and USDA has adjusted its cotton textile trade conversion factors down to account for the change.

The volume of fiber used to produce yarn is inevitably larger than the volume of yarn produced due to losses during cleaning, carding, and spinning. However, new technology means that, while at one time, about 10 percent of the cotton fiber used by spinning mills was not incorporated into any textile products, today that figure has fallen to 5 percent. The result is that, whereas 111 pounds of cotton fiber were previously required to produce 100 pounds of yarn, now only 105 pounds are required.

USDA also reviewed its estimates of the shares of various fibers incorporated in some products, and reduced the estimated share of cotton in a small number of products. As a result, the estimates for U.S. textile trade in terms of other fibers are now marginally higher.

USDA's estimated mill-use equivalence of the cotton fiber in U.S. textile trade is about 5 percent lower with the new conversion factors. In 2008, net textile imports in cotton fiber terms were estimated at 8.4 million pounds (17.6 million bales) using the old conversion factors, but the estimate is now 8.0 million pounds (16.6 million bales).

The largest change in trade for other fibers is in estimated imports of manmade fibers, up 0.3 percent, from 6.83 million pounds to 6.84 million. For all fibers, the decline in estimated trade is smaller than for cotton. USDA's estimated mill-use equivalence of all fibers in U.S. textile trade is 3 percent lower with the new conversion factors. In 2008, net textile imports in all fiber terms were estimated at 14.4 million pounds using the old conversion factors, but the estimate is now 14.1 million pounds. Cotton's share of U.S. textile trade is also smaller. In 2008, cotton's share of net textile imports is now estimated at 56.8 percent, compared with 58.2 percent using the old conversion factors.

Since the large majority of cotton products consumed in the United States are imported, the estimated end-use of cotton products by U.S. households in 2008 is also smaller, down 4.3 percent or 940,00 bales, to 20.9 million bales. Cotton's estimated share of all fibers in U.S. end-use is also lower with the new conversion factors, down from 42.2 percent to 41.2 percent.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 28th Oct 2020

Ascent to full recovery likely to be long, uncertain: IMF

The ascent to a full economic recovery will likely be long, uneven...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 28th Oct 2020

Pak trade bodies demand duty-free cotton yarn export

Pakistan's value-added textile exporters have urged the government to ...

Pic: Shutterstock

Retail | On 28th Oct 2020

C&A avoids over 116,000 metric tons of GHG emissions

During 2019, C&A avoided more than 116,000 metric tons of greenhouse...

Interviews View All

Textile industry, Head honchos

Textile industry
Head honchos

Quality should be the #1 priority

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Consumer sentiment will be conservative after lockdown

Software Firms, Head honchos

Software Firms
Head honchos

AI / robotics may challenge existing long value chains

Angelo Leung,

Angelo Leung

Guangdong Asiatex Textiles provides international and domestic apparel...

Saad Khaled Bari,

Saad Khaled Bari

Benetex Industries is a public ltd company established in year 1992 to...

Yash Jain & Sanjeev Jain,

Yash Jain & Sanjeev Jain

Divyam Export, launched about 30 years ago, exports to 15 countries,...

Johann-Philipp Dilo, Dilo Group

Johann-Philipp Dilo
Dilo Group

German company Dilo Group is one of the leading equipment suppliers of...

Tiasha Renganathan, Twinery Innovations by MAS

Tiasha Renganathan
Twinery Innovations by MAS

Twinery-Innovations by MAS is the innovation arm of Sri Lankan company MAS ...

Georg Reinhold, Trützschler  Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers

Georg Reinhold
Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers

Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers, a part of the Trützschler Group,...

Igor Chapurin, Chapurin

Igor Chapurin
Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Rajesh Pratap Singh, Rajesh Pratap Singh

Rajesh Pratap Singh
Rajesh Pratap Singh

<div>Ace fashion designer <b>Rajesh Pratap Singh</b> has used Tencel to...

Seema Agrawal, Artisan Saga

Seema Agrawal
Artisan Saga

Artisan Saga, founded by Kaushik Rajani and Seema Agrawal, is an online...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


October 2020

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Advanced Search