Indispensable Materials Part 14: How Synthetic Fibers are Changing Our World

What do t-shirts, fishing nets and seat belts have in common? The answer – they are all made of synthetic fiber.

Produced from chemicals, synthetic fibers are hair-like strands that can be spun into yarn and turned into fabrics. As products of the laboratory, scientists can manipulate synthetic fibers to achieve a wide range of properties that can’t be found in natural fibers. From our clothes to industrial equipment, synthetic fibers can be found in almost all aspects of our lives.

All signs show that synthetic fibers’ role in our everyday life will continue to grow. Analysts anticipate that global market for synthetic fiber will reach USD 88.5 billion by 2025, with polyester experiencing the fastest growth at CAGR of 5.4% from 2017 to 2025. With an expansive trading network, Samsung C&T’s Trading Group is a key player in the global synthetic fiber market.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about synthetic fibers.

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