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Today’s polyester a far cry from the past

Fiber continues to gain in popularity at expense of nylon

by Matthew Spieler

Since the economy started to go downhill and then into recession, polyester has been steadily gaining market share, going from 21% in 2006, the carpet industry’s high-water mark in terms of sales, to 24% last year—33% if triexta, a sub-class or cousin of polyester, is included in the mix.

A major part of this growth can be attributed to the rising cost of oil, especially when it soared to over $100 a barrel, as nylon is more dependent on petroleum than polyester. Continue reading Today’s polyester a far cry from the past