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Flax Fiber in the World

World Fiber Production

Production of flax fiber is between 500,000 and 700,000 tonnes worldwide. Most fiber flax is grown in China, Belarus, Belgium, Egypt, France, Russia, Netherlands and the Ukraine. Oilseed flax (also known as linseed) is produced for the oil extracted from its seeds and is mainly grown in Canada, India, Argentina and the USA.

Market Opportunities

Although flax has been used in clothing and textiles for thousands of years, you might be surprised at the many products flax fiber is used in.


Texworld USA 2013
July 16-18, 2013
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York City, USA

TITAS 2013
Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show
October 15-17, 2013
Taipei World Trade Center
Taiwan, China

Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013
October 23-25, 2013
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, USA

India Composites Show 2013
Consumption of Composite & Advanced Material Products
October 24-26, 2013
Pragati Maidan Exhibition Center
New Dehli, India


International Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants

Flax Institute of the United States

United States Department of Agriculture - Ag Research Services