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Viscose Staple Fiber Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Type (High Wet Modulus Fiber, Strong Fiber, Modified Fiber, and Others), By Application (Woven, Non-Woven, and Specialty), By End-Use Industry (Textile Apparels, Healthcare, Automotive, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: April 29, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI105431

 

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The viscose staple fiber market size was valued at USD 16.96 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow from USD 21.91 billion in 2024 to USD 42.31 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 8.6% during the forecast period.


A form of cellulose fiber is produced by regenerating natural materials, such as cotton linter or wood pulp and is known as Viscose Staple Fiber (VSF). The softness, drapeability, and absorbency of these fibers make them a popular material in clothes, home textiles, and other consumer goods. The automotive industry uses fabrics and textiles in various applications including carpets, interior trim & headliners, textile reinforcement in composite parts, and exterior textile parts. Such widespread applications of these fibers and increasing preference for sustainable products are expected to propel the viscose staple fiber market growth.


The COVID-19 pandemic reduced the demand for formal or other types of clothing due to the adoption of a work-from-home culture. During this period, many consumers reduced their spending on non-essential products, such as fashion apparel. Additionally, the demand for VSFs declined due to supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic, simultaneously affecting the production cost and leading to raw material shortages.


Viscose Staple Fiber Market Trends


Adoption of Recycling and Circularity in Fashion Industry to Create New Growth Opportunities for Market


The shift of the fashion industry toward a circular economy by adopting a closed-loop production process to recycle materials and reduce waste is expected to boost the market growth. VSFs can be recycled and reused for the production of new fabrics, hence it is an ideal choice for closed-loop production.


The fashion industry’s circular economy is focusing on using recycled viscose for closed-loop production. Recycled viscose can be manufactured by cutting down old fabrics and spinning the fibers into fresh yarns. This process creates a sustainable source of raw materials for viscose production and reduces the industry’s environmental impact.


The dire need for environmentally friendly and sustainable products will propel the demand for circular fashion. The demand for sustainable fibers, including viscose staple fibers, is expected to increase drastically owing to rising consumer awareness about the environmental impact of clothes. Several manufacturers and recyclers are forming partnerships to incorporate recycled feedstock. Collaborative efforts from all stakeholders in the fashion industry are expected to create new opportunities for the market. Moreover, the shift toward circularity will accelerate the development of innovative technologies for recycling and production. This will create opportunities for the market players to develop sustainable production methods.


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Viscose Staple Fiber Market Growth Factors


Increasing Product Demand from Fashion & Apparel Industry to Drive Market Growth


Viscose staple fiber is a highly versatile material that is widely adopted in the fashion & apparel industry. Increasing consumer preference toward sustainable materials has driven the demand for this fiber in the fashion & apparel sector. Viscose staple fiber is used as a substitute for cotton or polyester due to its favorable properties, such as good breathability, high moisture absorbency, and comfort.


The growing use of these fibers in the fashion and textile industries has made it an ideal choice among consumers due to the comfort and softness they offer. It is often used in suits, jackets, sportswear, and ties. The cost-effectiveness of these fibers makes it a suitable substitute for natural fibers, such as silk and cotton. These properties have increased the demand for viscose staple fibers among clothing manufacturers. The increasing preference for these fibers in the fashion industry is boosting their demand. These fibers are broadly available and produced in large quantities, making them an easy-to-source material for several end users.


Rising disposable income, changing buying practices of consumers, and shifting fashion trends are driving the expansion of the apparel industry. A range of high-quality textiles and garments are produced using VSFs. As a result, expansion of the apparel industry is expected to drive the demand for VSFs. Moreover, versatility, affordability, eco-friendliness, and growing awareness about sustainable fashion are the key factors increasing the fiber demand significantly in apparel & fashion industry.


Growing Product Adoption in the Healthcare Sector is Expected to Present Significant Growth Opportunities


Developing countries are improving health & hygiene standards, supporting the growth of medical textiles. Due to the exceptional properties of VSF, it has been termed to be suitable for medical textiles. Due to its higher moisture and liquid adsorption and lower impurity content, it has been receiving acceptance in healthcare textiles in recent years. It is majorly employed in making non-woven products in the medical industry for surgical and non-surgical applications.  Growing demand for non-woven products, such as baby diapers, hospital gauze, sanitary napkins, bandages, and others, is expected to boost the market growth. Moreover, a continuously developing value chain is anticipated to support growth as per the global trends in the Meditech industry.


RESTRAINING FACTORS


Environmental Issues Caused by VSF’s Production Process to Hamper Market Growth


Viscose staple fiber has gained significant traction as it is a sustainable alternative to polyester or cotton. Although this fiber is sourced from cellulose (wood pulp), the production process has several environmental issues, such as high energy consumption, water pollution, deforestation, and overuse of chemicals during production.


The most important threat impeding the market’s growth is deforestation as the fiber is produced from wood pulp sourced from natural forests rather than sustainably harvested trees, thereby restricting the market’s growth. Harvesting trees and plants, such as sugar cane, bamboo, beech, pine, and eucalyptus leads to deforestation, which hampers the local ecosystem, biodiversity, and climate. Furthermore, the production of VSF is energy-intensive as it involves processes, such as spinning, weaving, filaments (spinneret), and knitting. The fossil fuels used in energy generation contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.


To overcome these environmental issues, various manufacturing companies are developing sustainable networks, such as sourcing wood pulp from a certified supplier, creating a less water & energy-intensive production process, and utilizing renewable energy.


Viscose Staple Fiber Market Segmentation Analysis


By Type Analysis


Strong Fiber Led the Market in 2023 Due to Its Widely Usage Due to its Versatility


Based on type, the market is segmented into high wet modulus fiber, strong fiber, modified fiber, and others.


The strong fiber segment accounted for the largest market share in 2023 and is expected to remain the leading segment during the forecast period. Strong viscose fibers are generally used as an alternative to cotton fibers and have comparatively lower production cost. These fibers are highly preferred for manufacturing apparels and fabrics for medical, industrial, and domestic applications. As this fiber is made from organic materials, it is superior to synthetic fibers, including polyester. The rising demand for organic and sustainable materials will drive the segment’s growth.


The modified fiber segment is expected to record the fastest CAGR during the forecast period owing to the increasing demand for reinforced fabrics. Modified fibers are mostly used to improve the electrical, physical, and mechanical properties of various materials and composites.


The High Wet Modulus (HWM) viscose fiber is used in knitted outerwear and undergarments. The superior washing performance of HWM interlock fabrics makes it an attractive option over cotton. Viscose fibers are an excellent cost-effective substitute for cotton. Hence, they are highly used in the clothing industry.


By Application Analysis


Product Use Increased in Woven Applications Due to Its Cost-Effectiveness


In terms of application, the market is segmented into woven, non-woven, and specialty.


The woven segment dominated the viscose staple fiber market share in 2023. Woven fabrics are generally cost-effective, lighter, and sturdier than non-woven and knitted fabrics. The growing demand for reliable, high-performance, and durable fabrics from various industries will drive the preference for woven fabrics.


Bonding fibers manufacture non-woven fabrics through different methods, such as heat treatment, chemical or mechanical adhesion, or sometimes both. Non-woven fabrics have comparatively higher resilience, bacterial protection capabilities, and washability. Moreover, these fabrics can be modified to improve certain features including thermal & electrical insulation, liquid repellency, impact resistance, and flame retardancy.


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By End-Use Industry Analysis


Textile Apparels Emerged as Major End-Users Due to Rising Product Adoption in Fashion Industry


On the basis of end-use industry, the market is segmented into textile apparels, healthcare, automotive, and others.


The textile apparels segment accounted for the largest market share in 2023. Viscose Staple Fibers (VSF) are widely used to manufacture apparel and textiles. The fabrics produced using VSFs are soft, comfortable, highly absorbent, wrinkle-free, and cost-effective. In the healthcare industry, these fibers are used to produce medical textiles. They are preferred in absorbent pads and other materials used in surgical applications owing to their high absorbency, softness, and safe nature.


Automotive textiles are non-apparel textiles widely used in transportation systems and vehicles, such as cars, buses, trains, marine vehicles, and airplanes. With the rising automotive production and industrialization, the quantity of textiles used in automobiles is increasing.


The fibers are used in the production of automotive textiles that are utilized in transportation systems and vehicles, such as cars, airplanes, trains, buses, and marine vehicles. The rising automotive production and rapid industrialization are expected to drive the adoption of textiles in automobiles, further supporting the demand for this fiber.


REGIONAL INSIGHTS


Asia Pacific Viscose Staple Fiber Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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The market size in Asia Pacific was valued at USD 12.88 billion in 2023. Countries, such as China and India have a large manufacturing base for viscose fibers. The rapid expansion of industries in these developing countries will drive the market’s growth in Asia Pacific. Furthermore, increasing demand for textiles from various end-use industries will boost the demand for viscose staple fibers in the region.


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The market in North America is expected to register significant growth during the forecast period due to the rising product demand from automotive and textile applications. The increasing need for essential goods, including clothes and hygiene products, and initiatives by the regional governments to support the adoption of sustainability are key factors leading the market’s growth. The market’s expansion in the U.S. and Canada is associated with the rising demand for automotive textiles.


In Europe, Germany accounted for the largest market share in 2023. Germany is the most technologically advanced market for automobiles. The increasing expenditure capacity of consumers will cause a considerable expansion of the country's automotive industry and will positively influence the market growth. Countries, including the U.K., France, and Italy, have a major influence on the demand for these fibers in Europe. The U.K. and France have strong textile manufacturing plants. The fashion industry in Europe has great competition. Cities, such as Paris, London, and Milan are considered the region’s fashion hubs. The aforementioned factors are expected to drive the product demand in Europe.


Latin America is expected to grow significantly due to the rising demand for fabrics for various end-use applications and rapid industrialization. Growing demand for fabrics from domestic and industrial sectors is driving the regional market’s growth. Various initiatives implemented by the governments to increase production activities are expected to boost the market growth in the region. For instance, in February 2021, Paraguay’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce made an investment of USD 1.1 million in the industrial sector to promote the clothing, textiles, and footwear industries, among other areas linked to assembly procedures.


In the Middle East and Africa, growing population and rising purchasing power are the major factors driving the product’s demand from the textile industry.


List of Key Companies in Viscose Staple Fiber Market


Business Expansion Strategies Implemented by Companies to Gain Strong Competitive Edge


Sateri, Lenzing Group, Kelheim Fibers GmbH, and Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co., Ltd. are some of the key producers operating in the market. The major players are involved in product innovation, capacity improvement, acquisitions, and collaborations to expand their product range. They are also focusing on incorporating novel technologies to improve efficiency and curb wastewater production during the production process.


For instance, Grasim Industries Limited announced that the company’s Nagda unit would be the first production unit to achieve zero liquid discharge in the MMCF industry. Grasim will incorporate novel technologies, such as membrane processes to recycle and clean wastewater. Furthermore, in the wake of utilizing renewable energy, companies, such as LENZING Group are switching to the utilization of green electricity at its Chinese subsidiary Lenzing Nanjing Fibers and Indonesian subsidiary PT. South Pacific Viscose (SPV). The electricity at these plants is generated solely from renewable sources. Both of the sites are engaged in the production of branded specialty viscose fibers.


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KEY INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS:



  • May 2023 - Kelheim Fibres GmbH and Santoni Spa joined forces to develop a sustainable and advanced menstrual underwear from superior-quality performance viscose fiber and advanced machine technology. The product comprises a softer outer layer and an inlay part made from superior wood-based fibers.

  • November 2022 - The LENZING Group completed a milestone of 300,000 tons of LENZING ECOVERO branded fibers production with the target to double the production capacity by 2023 due to rising demand.

  • March 2022 - Birla Cellulose and Renewcell, a textile-to-textile recycling innovator, signed a letter of intent to engage in a long-term commercial collaboration. The agreement confirmed the supply of high-quality Liva Reviva textile fibers made using Circulose, Renewcell’s 100% recycled textile raw material.

  • July 2021 - Sateri continued its partnership with Infinited Fiber Company - a textile fiber technology group – and invested USD 35.7 million for the same. The collaboration was formed due to Sateri’s commitment toward circular, closed-loop, and climate-positive cellulosic fibers.

  • May 2021- Sateri announced an agreement to acquire the viscose fiber business of Funing Aoyang Technology Co., Ltd. The acquisition was part of the company’s growth strategy to increase its market footprint. The acquisition will increase Sateri’s production capacity to more than 1.8 million tons.

  • September 2020- Sateri collaborated with DuPont to develop a new fabric known as StretchCosy. The new fabric is a blend of Sateri’s EcoCosy and DuPont’s Sorona well suited for sportswear and fashion.


REPORT COVERAGE


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The research report provides detailed market analysis and focuses on crucial aspects, such as leading companies, types, applications, end-user industries, and products. Also, it provides quantitative data regarding volume & value, market analysis, research methodology for market data, insights into the market trends, vital industry developments, and competitive landscape. In addition to the above-mentioned factors, the report encompasses various factors that have contributed to the market's growth in recent years.


Report Scope & Segmentation



















































ATTRIBUTE



DETAILS



Study Period



2019-2032



Base Year



2023



Estimated Year



2024



Forecast Period



2024-2032



Historical Period



2019-2022



Growth Rate



CAGR of 8.6% during 2024-2032



Unit



Value (USD Billion)



Segmentation



By Type



  • High Wet Modulus Fiber

  • Strong Fiber

  • Modified Fiber

  • Others



By Application



  • Woven

  • Non-Woven

  • Specialty



By End-Use Industry



  • Textile Apparels

  • Healthcare

  • Automotive

  • Others



By Geography



  • North America (By Type, By Application, By End-Use Industry, By Country)


    • U.S.

    • Canada


  • Europe (By Type, By Application, By End-Use Industry, By Country)


    • Germany

    • U.K.

    • France

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe


  • Asia Pacific (By Type, By Application, By End-Use Industry, By Country)


    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • South Korea

    • Rest of Asia Pacific


  • Latin America (By Type, By Application, By End-Use Industry, By Country)


    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Rest of Latin America


  • Middle East & Africa (By Type, By Application, By End-Use Industry, By Country)


    • GCC

    • South Africa

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa







Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the market size was valued at USD 16.96 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 42.31 billion by 2032.

In 2023, the market value stood at USD 16.96 billion.

Recording a CAGR of 8.6%, the market will exhibit rapid growth during the forecast period of 2024-2032.

By end-use industry, the textile apparels segment was the leading segment in the market.

Increasing demand for viscose staple fibers in the fashion & apparel industry will boost the market’s growth.

China held the highest share of the market in 2023.

Sateri, Lenzing Group, Kelheim Fibers GmbH, and Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co., Ltd. are the leading players in the market.

Recycling and circularity in the fashion industry will create new opportunities for the market.

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