Polyester was once celebrated as the fabric of the future, touted for its colorfast, wrinkle-resistant, cost-efficient production and affordability. Women were its main buyers at that time due to its durability and low maintenance requirements. But as more details about its potentially harmful side effects have surfaced in recent decades, many opinions about polyester have changed drastically; no longer is it seen as something only housewives or fashionistas wear but rather it keeps athletes cool on ski slopes or gym floors; although that does not mean its existence will cease, but rather that its evolution into something revolutionary could change the way we dress and live today.
Polyester's history is one of both success and failure, innovation and backsliding, and an increasingly unfavorable relationship between consumers and its makers. First introduced as an iron-free fabric in 1951, polyester quickly gained widespread appeal as an essential staple of American fashion before falling from favor over time. Nonetheless, this fiber continued to hold great promise until eventually, its popularity declined rapidly over time.
Polyester's demise wasn't due to public sentiment; rather, its manufacturing process took an unfavorable turn in the early 1980s. While initially created through scientific research and marketed to reflect that fact, in its latter days polyester started piling up and snagging from sweat as its fibers started pilling into piles that wouldn't breathe - leading polls to reveal most Americans would opt not to wear it at all.
Xingfa had to adapt how they produced polyester to remain competitive in an entirely different market segment. No longer could it simply be about producing something comfortable and long-wearing; now performance-based polyester was required and appealed to a different type of consumer.
Today there are various kinds of polyester yarn, with PET (polyethylene terephthalate) being the most prevalent variant. PET is produced by reacting ethylene glycol with dimethyl terephthalate to produce monofilament or multifilament yarns or used to texturize other yarns; its deniers range from shimmery lightness to high tenacity durability.
The biggest threat facing the polyester market is price volatility in raw material prices driven by crude oil prices. Nonetheless, thanks to online shopping platforms and rising fashion demand, global consumption should increase soon enough. Furthermore, usage of partially oriented yarn in textured yarns continues to drive market growth.