The global clothing fibers market size was valued at USD 190.59 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7% from 2020 to 2027. Rising demand for functional fabrics for manufacturing high-performance sportswear and outdoor wear is expected to drive the market over the forecast period. Accelerating the growth of the fashion and clothing industry across major economies, including India, China, India, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, and some countries from the Middle East, is likely to support the market growth in the estimated time. Moreover, a growing fashion statement in women’s applications of the clothing fibers in the construction applications is likely to provide growth opportunities for the market. In the U.S., the market for clothing fibers is anticipated to expand at a revenue-based CAGR of 2.4% from 2020 to 2027. The fashion apparel market in the U.S. is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forecast period and is projected to reach USD 400 billion by 2025, according to SelectUSA, which is anticipated to support the growth of the market.
The rise in the adoption of synthetic fiber clothing on account of comfort and easy cleaning has positively influenced the clothing and apparel market growth across the globe. Moreover, the lightweight characteristics of these clothing have penetrated its utilization in making sportswear and activewear, which is further likely to support market growth.
Growing fashion trends across the globe have led to high demand for fibers and fabrics made from several sources, such as natural fibers, cotton fibers, and synthetic. Wide usage of sportswear and activewear, coupled with the growing demand for multi-specialty clothes, is expected to have a positive impact on market growth.
Reliance Industries exhibits high integrated value chain operations in the Indian market ranging from crude oil recovery and polyester production to retail channel distribution of apparel. In 2017, the company launched a polyester brand ReLAN and is looking forward to collaborating with national and international apparel brands to expand its presence in the country’s rapidly booming apparel market and in the international market.
In 2019, the synthetic fibers segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 59.3% and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. Synthetic fibers majorly used for clothing include polyester, nylon, and rayon. Polyester is the most widely used synthetic clothing fiber across the globe. These fibers are majorly used for producing shirts, pants, jackets, dresses, undergarments, and socks.
Cotton is one of the widely used natural clothing fibers across the globe owing to its wide commercial availability. It is a soft and fluffy staple fiber derived from the protective casing known as boll that surrounds the cotton seeds. Cotton is highly breathable, offers static resistance, and can withstand high heat, and thus finds a wide scope for applications in clothing and apparel.
Animal-based fibers are majorly used for clothing applications, such as wool, silk, and leather. Wool fiber is derived from the fleece of various animals, including sheep, camels, and goats. It is one of the coveted and expensive fabrics owing to its comfort, softness, durability, and luxurious appeal. The hair of animals is harvested, which is further spun into yarn.
Other clothing fibers include hemp, linen, and banana fiber. Hemp fibers are obtained from the stalks of the Cannabis sativa plant to make hemp fabric. It is the most commonly used in clothing, such as shirts, hoodies, dresses, socks, and other apparel. The clothing made using hemp fibers is absorbent, lightweight, and offers high tensile strength compared to cotton.
The men’s wear segment for clothing fibers accounted for the largest revenue share of 37.0% in 2019 on account of high demand for fashion apparel and office clothing. Rising fashion consciousness among millennial men, coupled with increasing exposure to e-commerce, is likely to drive the demand for men’s apparel over the coming years, thus influencing the growth of the market.
The men’s apparel industry primarily comprises formal wear, casual wear, activewear, and outerwear. Moreover, celebrity endorsements, coupled with the adoption of the luxury lifestyle by the millennial population, are expected to drive the demand for high-end luxury apparel, and thus is likely to support the demand for fibers.
Evolving fashion trends, coupled with high spending power among the women population and increasing number of working women, are expected to drive the demand for women’s wear over the coming years. Moreover, the growing influence of social media and celebrities is compelling apparel manufacturers to introduce new styles and designs.
Increasing awareness among parents regarding the safety and comfort of their children is expected to drive the demand for kid's wear over the coming years, thereby positively impacting the overall market growth. Parents are focusing not only on the convenience and comfort of kid's apparel but also on the style according to the latest fashion trends in the market.
Asia Pacific dominated the global market in 2019 with a revenue share of more than 43.0% and is expected to witness significant growth in the projected time. Increasing demand for clothing and apparel products from the growing population in the region, coupled with the adoption of western fashion trends, is expected to increase the demand for clothing fibers in the estimated period.
The garment and apparel industry in China is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forecast period on account of increasing demand from the growing population. The rising per capita income of the middle-class population in the country, changing lifestyle, and evolving preferences for luxury brands and comfortable clothing are the primary factors driving the demand for fashion apparel and clothing in the country.
North American apparel is highly influenced by continuous innovations in clothing trends. Moreover, celebrity endorsements, social media, and fashion magazines are other factors complementing the growth of the clothing and apparel industry in the region. In addition, an affluent population with high purchasing power in countries, such as the U.S. and Canada, is expected to drive the demand for high-end luxury clothing, which, in turn, is likely to drive the demand for clothing fibers over the coming years.
Europe is a key apparel market with the presence of some of the major apparel companies in the world. Some of the biggest apparel markets in Europe include Germany, France, Spain, the U.K., Italy, and the Netherlands. Although Europe is a major apparel market, most of the apparel consumed is imported from countries in the Asia Pacific and North America.
Key players in the market adopt several conventional strategies, including collaborations, expanding production capacities, and regional expansion. The market for clothing fibers is mature, and thus witnesses the presence of global players operating in the market for more than a decade. The market is highly fragmented owing to the presence of a large set of players, including small and medium enterprises as well as traditional companies. However, the traditional global players exhibit a strong foothold in the market owing to high product penetration, extensive production capacities, and global reach. Some of the prominent players in the clothing fibers market include:
Eastman Chemical Company
Toray Industries, Inc.
Asahi Kasei Corporation
The Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Reliance Industries Limited
Market size value in 2020
USD 196.30 billion
Revenue forecast in 2027
USD 254.75 billion
CAGR of 3.7% from 2020 to 2027 (Revenue-based)
Market demand in 2020
Volume forecast in 2027
CAGR of 3.6% from 2020 to 2027
Base year for estimation
2016 - 2018
2020 - 2027
Volume in kilotons, revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027
Volume forecast, revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Product, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; MEA
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Spain; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Brazil; South Africa; Morocco
Key companies profiled
Eastman Chemical Company; Teijin Ltd.; Toray Industries, Inc.; Asahi Kasei Corporation; The Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Co. Ltd.; Reliance Industries Limited
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This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global clothing fibers market report on the basis of product, end-use, and region:
Product Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)
End-use Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)
Middle East & Africa (MEA)
b. The global clothing fibers was estimated at USD 190.59 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 196.30 billion in 2020.
b. The global clothing fibers market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.7% from 2020 to 2027 to reach USD 254.75 billion in 2027.
b. Asia Pacific dominated the clothing fibers market with the highest share of 43.2% in 2019. This is attributable to the growing demand for clothing and apparel products in China, India, South Korea, and Japan.
b. Some key players operating in the clothing fibers market include Eastman Chemical Company, Teijin Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc., Asahi Kasei Corporation, The Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Reliance Industries Limited among others.
b. Key factors driving the clothing fibers market growth include growing demand for sportswear and advancements in fabric technology.
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