Country increases its viscose rayon capacity

Indonesia’s viscose rayon fiber capacity increased from 8.7% of total world production in 2004 to 11% of total world production in 2018. Since cotton is difficult to produce, the country has turned to viscose rayon fibers. Mixed with polyester as men’s clothing, viscose fibers are highly absorbent, with soft hand feel, have bright colors, and are resistant to resin processing.

Asia Pacific Rayon, which began operations earlier this year in Indonesia with a production capacity of 2,40,000 tonnes of viscose rayon fiber per year, is the first integrated producer of viscose rayon fibers in Asia with traceable raw material sources. 

Indonesia is set to become one of the top five textile and textile product producers in the world by 2030. Of the use of raw materials, the industry uses 51% synthetic fiber, such as polyester and nylon, 37% cotton fiber, and 12% rayon. But the industry still faces obstacles in reaching its full competitive potential, as nearly all cotton must be imported. In contrast, 80% of synthetic fiber and 85% of rayon is domestically produced, with these numbers expected to increase further. The aim is to increase the sector’s share in Indonesia’s total exports to 1.6%.


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