US synthetic fibre production reached a peak in 1988-89 and then declined with the current recession. Cellulosic production slumped between 1981-91 in the face of competition from synthetic fibres. Courtaulds' new Tencel rayon plant will be onstream later in 1992, but BASF are leaving the rayon business. Polyester production remained slow between 1981-91; there was a moderate increase in nylon production levels, while olefin production more than doubled. Of the 2,971m lb of fibre consumed for industrial production in 1990, 1,300m lb was synthetic yarn, and most of the rest synthetic staple. The main markets for synthetic staple are fibrefill, stuffing and flock, and for synthetic yarn the largest application is in tyres and also increasingly in medical uses. Statistics of US fibre production between 1981-91 are presented.
Anon., Tech. Text. Mark., no. 10, July 1992, pp 95-99
The BASF Lowland rayon plant mentioned here was eventually bought by Lenzing.