Which Country Consumes the Most Raw Silk in the World?

Fibre Crops February 09, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global raw silk consumption amounted to 169 thousand tonnes in 2015, approximately equating the previous year level. Overall, the global raw silk consumption indicated a moderate growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, was relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +0.2%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when the output figure increased by +1% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global raw silk consumption attained its maximum volume of 170 thousand tonnes in 2012. From 2013 to 2015, the total raw silk consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Raw Silk Consuming Countries in the World

1. China (119K Tonnes)

2. India (28K Tonnes)

3. Viet Nam (7K Tonnes)

4. South Sudan (5K Tonnes)

5. Romania (3K Tonnes)

Global Raw Silk Consumption

With nearly 119 thousand tonnes, China became the world’s leading raw silk consuming country, comprising 71% of global consumption. The other major consumers were India (28 thousand tonnes) and Viet Nam (7 thousand tonnes), with a share of 16% and 4%, respectively. Moreover, raw silk consumption in China surpassed the figures recorded by India fourfold. They were followed by South Sudan with a 3% of global consumption share and Romania with a 2% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of raw silk consumption in China stood at +0.8%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: India (+0.7% per year) and Viet Nam (-5.8% per year).

The highest levels of raw silk per capita consumption was registered in Romania (0.16 kg/year), followed by China (0.08 kg/year), Viet Nam (0.07 kg/year), India (0.02 kg/year) and South Sudan (0.00 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of raw silk was estimated at 0.01 kg/year in 2015.

In Romania, per capita raw silk consumption has grown modestly (+0.5% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Romania per capita consumption reached 0.16 kg/year as compared with 0.15 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Raw Silk - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025