China's output of acrylic fibre reached 508,400 tons in the first 11 months of 2001, up 8.4 per cent on the year ago period, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Friday.

Other NBS figures revealed Chinese firms made 5.6 million tons of polyester fibre in that period - up 22.8 per cent over the same period last year. Of that, polyester staple fibre amounted to 2.2m tons and polyester filament fibre 3.3m tons.

China also produced a total of 7.4m tons of chemical fibre in the first 11 months of 2001, up 18.5 per cent over the year prior. That total included 553,200 tons of viscose fibre, up 12 per cent year on year; and 6.8m tons of synthetic fibre, an increase of 19.4 per cent.