Pakistan's consumption of synthetic fibres is expected to top 400 million tonnes this year as the local textile industry switches over to blended cotton yarn in order to meet the rising demand on the world market.

According to official figures that have just been released, the share of synthetic and artificial fibre in the textile manufacturing industry has increased to 30 per cent and could rise to 40 per cent over the next year.

Up to 400 textile mills consume around 10 million bales of locally produced lint cotton each year in addition to imported synthetic fibre from various countries.

Industry sources claim the local textile industry is planning to attune itself to the world demand after adding more value to the locally produced cotton yarn instead of exporting it in the raw form.

They claim that European consumers want blended fabrics because of their durability and lower price and that local companies and producers are progressively opting for new technologies to meet that demand.