2011 stands for more yarn, fabrics and textile machinery

2011 stands for more yarn, fabrics and textile machinery

According statistics of ITMF International Textile Manufacturers Federation (CH) the output of global yarn and fabrics increased in the fourth quarter of 2011 and textile machinery global shipments reached new record levels

Yarn and Fabrics

Again Asia and specifically China were responsible for the increase of global yarn production in the last quarter of 2011, as against North and South America were the output was lower. The global fabric production increased in Europe and Asia but declined in North and South America. Global yarn stocks were slightly higher due to higher stocks in Europe and South America whereas stocks in Asia fell. Fabric stocks were soaring in South America and to a lesser extend somewhat higher in North America and Asia and slightly lower in Europe. Yarn and fabric orders fell in the last quarter of 2011 in Brazil whereas Europe witnessed increasing orders in the last quarter, but lesser orders on an annual basis and this goes also for fabric orders.

The estimates for global yarn and fabric production in the first quarter of 2012 against the same quarter of 2011 are down. Yarn production in Asia and particularly China fell but there are increases in North and South America whereas Europe remains unchanged. Global fabric production was up in Europe (+9.0 %) and Asia (+1.9 %) but down in South (-18.2 %) and North America (-8.3 %) and against the fourth quarter of 2011 the global fabric production decreased by 1.8 % and all regions had lower figures South America -7.5 %, North America -2.2 %, Europe -1.9% and Asia -1.3 %. Yarn inventories increased in the first quarter 2012 against the fourth quarter 2011 by 0.7 % and fabric inventories rose by 1.5 % and on an annual basis + 16.1 %. For more details please refer to the ITMF website.

Textile Machinery shipments in 2011

In comparison to 2010, global shipments of new spinning machinery and short staple spindles increased by 15 %, long staple spindles shipments were 35 % and OE rotors by 27 % higher whereas new draw texturing spindles were up 42 %. In the weaving sector the deliveries of shuttle-less looms increased by 44 % and new electronic flat knitting machines were up by 37 %, whereas new large circular knitting machines fell by 16 %. These are the findings by the 34th annual ITMF Textile Machinery Shipment Statistics (ITMSS) and covers six types of textile machinery, besides the before mentioned it entails also flat knitting and finishing machinery. The statistics were elaborated in close cooperation with 118 textile machinery manufacturers.

The main customers for spinning machinery

Short staple spindles

There were 14.33 million (+15.0 %) new short staple spindles shipped, the highest number ever registered and 94 % or 13.46 million went to Asia thereof 8.9 million or 62 % to China, followed by India with 2.49 million or 17 % of the Asian share and Bangladesh ordered 639000 new short staple spindles or an Asian share of 4.5 %, then Turkey 628000 or 4.4 % and Indonesia 517000 or 3.6 %.

Long staple spindles

There were 113500 wool spindles (+35 %) delivered and thereof Europe was the main destination of 53750 spindles or 47 %, followed by Asia with 49000 or 43 %, the Americas absorbed 8750 spindles or 7.7 % and to Africa went 2000 spindles or 1.8 %. The single biggest investors in wool spindles were Turkey with 32500, China 23400, Iran 14300, UAE 9000 and Italy 8000.

OE Rotors

There were 572500 OE rotors shipped (+ 27 %) a new record level and thereof 463250 new rotors or 81 % went to Asia and thereof 68% or 388250 were ordered from China, followed by India with 37750 or 6.6 %, then Turkey with 32250 rotors or 6.2 %, Uzbekistan with 10250 or 1.8 %, Brazil with 30250 rotors or 5.3 % and the USA with 12250 OE rotors or 2.1 % of global shipments.

Texturing machinery

Single heater draw-texturing spindles for polyamide filaments fell from 13200 in 2010 to 1824 in 2011 or by 86 % and only Taiwan and China (together 1536) and Vietnam (288) were installing this type of texturing machinery.

By contrast double heater draw texturing spindles for polyester filament shipments increased by 45 % or from 568250 to 826500 a new milestone and again China was the biggest buyer with 624500 spindles or a 76 % share, followed by India with 90000 or a 11.0 % share, then Turkey with 20000 or 2.4 % share, Japan 19750 or 2.4 % share and Taiwan with 7500 or 0.9 % share.

Weaving machinery

Shuttless looms

44% more shuttless looms or totally 153750 (107000) machines were delivered and most successful were water jet looms, in 2010 these types were skyrocketing and jumped by 537 % to 73250 and in 2011 they increased again by 54 % to 113000. The global shipment of shuttless looms went to Asia (96 % or 148500) and thereof 128100 or 83 % went to China, followed by India with 9100 looms or 6 %, Indonesia with 2900 or 1.9 % and Korea with 2500 looms or 1.6 %.

Rapier, projectile and air jet looms

The segment of rapier/projectile looms increased from 16000 to 17750 in 2011 or +20 %. Air-jet looms rose from 17750 to 21500 or by 21 %.

Circular and flat knitting machinery

Large circular knitting machines

Large circular knitting machines dropped 2011 by 16 % to 28900 (34500) but it was still the third highest number of such machines ever shipped. The bulk went to Asia with 26400 machines or a share of 91 % and thereof 21200 machines went to China (global market share 73 %), followed by India with 1500 machines and 5.2 % share, Bangladesh 1050 machines or a share of 3.6 % and 900 to Turkey representing as share of 3.1 %.

Electronic flat knitting machines

This segment increased by 37 % to 70000 machines and 93 % thereof or 65250 went to Asia and thereof 78 % or 54800 machines went to China and 5.8 % or 4100 went to Europe (including Turkey). Other customer countries were Bangladesh with 6.4 % or 4475 machines, Hong Kong with 4.2 % or 2930 machines, Turkey with 3.1 % share or 2150 machines and Italy with a share of 1.6 % or 1120 machines.

Finishing machinery

Continuous wovens and knits

The following types of machinery were sold 2012 globally: mercerizing 23, dyeing 12, bleaching 25, bleaching 29, stenters 64 (wovens) and 68 (knits) and washing machines (knits) 8.


As we all know, the outlook for 2012 is cautiously optimistic but most of the textile machinery companies expect slightly increasing, but also decreasing or stagnant figures, all depends on where there headquarters and production sites are located and what type of machinery they are manufacturing. Since Asia is for most machinery types the biggest market area, ITMA Asia and CITME (June 12 – 16 in Shanghai, China), the Asian edition of ITMA will give some indications on how the textile machinery business is performing there and how the regional customers are prepared to invest in new textile machinery. TextileFuture has repeatedly reported on economic developments in various Asian countries, on Europe and the Americas to give you a global perspective, and we join with other augurs, and are prudent in our estimates as long as the debt crisis is not under total control and new impulses for global growth can be seen.


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