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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 39:
4th quarter 1999

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Editorial: Technical Textile Producers Continue to Thrive in High Cost Countries
Profiles of DuPont and Unifi
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- 20 medium sized producers, 1st quarter 2000
Nonwovens Systems Compete for Market Share
Technical Textiles for Environmental Protection
Global News Round-Up
Statistics: US Fibre Consumption

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Nonwovens Systems Compete for Market Share
published in Issue 39, 4th quarter 1999  


Nonwovens technologies were originally employed to create products which competed with traditional textiles by offering superior price/performance ratios. Now, different nonwovens technologies are also competing increasingly with each other in markets which are not served by traditional textiles.

Needlepunching, one of the earliest of these nonwovens technologies, has developed rapidly over the past 30 years. Productivity, efficiency and versatility have been raised to extremely high levels. Also, the quality and reliability of needlepunched fabrics have increased to the point where these materials are now regarded as being acceptable for a variety of high performance roles in many industrial markets.

Needlepunching now performs an important role in a major proportion of dry-laid and spunbonded nonwovens operations. Also, needlepunched materials and composites are used internationally in virtually every major industry.

However, there is growing interest in the potential of two other, relatively new, nonwoven systems - hydroentanglement and vertical lapping. Both these systems are likely to pose a challenge to the dominance of needlepunching in a number of industrial market sectors.

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Four times a year, Technical Textile Markets provides an overview of the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for technical textiles, and is essential reading for senior executives in (or supplying) the man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile sectors as well as for those who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis, but who need an authoritative source which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies which are actively involved in this fast-growing sector.
Reports in Technical Textile Markets include:
company and country profiles giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others, in terms of production, sourcing, import/export, infrastructure and development, and plans for the future.
profiles of the world's top 40 producers of nonwovens updated each year with details of developments from each of the leading producers, including acquisitions, investments and divestments, and analyses of trends which the "rising stars" are using to their advantage.
statistical reports including consumption data, by fibre and end-use applications. Regular updates are published for fibre consumption in Japan, the rest of Asia, the USA, and Western Europe.
market sector information analyses of important commercial end-user applications, and profiles of both established and emerging markets which take into account such innovations and developments as nanotechnology and intelligent textiles.
regular updates on innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery including developments in the following categories: fibres and yarns; technical textile fabrics for industrial applications; machinery; technical textiles for apparel; composites; other technical textile products; and technical textile treatments and finishes.
reports on new technological developments and other topical issues with clear, authoritative comments on their economic and commercial significance. The reports bring to your attention the key issues which you can use to develop your business, and provides contact details of useful organisations.
So whether you are involved in man-made fibres, nonwovens or technical textiles in manufacturing, converting, import/export, or end use or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance a subscription to Technical Textile Markets will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
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You will also receive a monthly update of business news, called "Technical Textiles Business Update" delivered to you by email, free of charge.

Technical textiles are used in a wide range of end-use applications and markets, including agricultural; automotive; building/ construction/ engineering; medical and hygiene; packaging; protective clothing; sports and sportswear; and transport. A subscription to Technical Textile Markets will support your decision making, and provide the information you need to expand into new markets.

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