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West European Market for Technical Textiles in Automotive Applications
published in Issue 52, 1st quarter 2003
This report examines the market for technical textiles for five applications in the automotive industry: airbags, seat belts, carpets, seat upholstery and tyres. Although most market segments are mature, sales have been moving forward slowly in recent yearsboosted by the rapid development of the airbag market. Between 1998 and 2001 shipments grew by about 2% a year in volume to 252,800 tons.
Looking ahead, growth between 2001 and 2008 is expected to accelerate to 2.6% a year. Revenues, however, are set to grow by only 1.6% a year as textile suppliers are put under pressure from OEMs (original equipment manufacturers)the vehicle manufacturersto reduce prices. Such pressures are intensifying as OEMs cut costs and gain purchasing power through consolidation. Textile makers are also under pressure to use fibres which have been obtained from recycled materials, to produce textiles which are themselves easier to recycle, and to supply products which can make vehicles safer. In addition, they are under pressure to supply lighter weight products in order to aid fuel efficiency.
Technical textile producers and fibre manufacturers have been forced to cut prices and operate at reduced margins in order to remain competitive. Also, they have divested, cut jobs, merged, formed joint ventures or acquired other companies in order to focus on key business areas. In addition, to meet vehicle manufacturers demands, textile suppliers will need to invest in research and development during a period when margins will continue to remain under pressure.
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.
Technical Textile Markets is available on subscription either in printed format only, or in printed and electronic format. If you choose the printed only option, you will receive 4 printed publications a year. Each issue contains five research-based reports (see above) and an editorial.
Electronic supplement If you choose the printed and electronic option, you will receive an extra service. You will still receive each issue in printed format, delivered to you by traditional post.
In addition, you will be able to download PDF files containing the same information but the PDF files will be available immediately on publication, so you dont have to wait for the printing and mailing. You also have all the benefits of electronic files: instant access even when you are away from the office; convenient storage in your PC or laptop; portability; electronic search facility; and copy/paste facility.
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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