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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 56:
1st quarter 2004

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Editorial: Technical Textile Investors Follow the Automotive Industry to Central Europe
High Visibility Apparel: Technology for Safety, Comfort and Style (26 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- ten smaller producers, 1st quarter 2004
Global market for smart fabrics and interactive textiles, 1st quarter 2004 (17 pages)
Nonwovens in China: Profiles of Eight Leading Manufacturers (19 pages)

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Editorial: Technical Textile Investors Follow the Automotive Industry to Central Europe
published in Issue 56, 1st quarter 2004  


On May 1, 2004, ten more countries joined the European Union. Two of the ten were Cyprus and Malta. The other eight were all former Eastern Bloc countries, namely Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

15 years ago it would have been hard to imagine that these nations would, by 2004, become members of one of the world’s most desirable and exclusive economic clubs. Indeed, the three Baltic States—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—were still part of the former Soviet Union until 1991. However, all eight have made enormous strides since the early 1990s, both politically and economically.

Central and Eastern Europe as a whole has become a magnet for investors—notably those looking to invest in the automotive industry. And because the automotive sector is a major user of technical textiles, the latter is benefiting from the wave of investment in the region.

In some countries growth in the automotive industry’s development is dramatic. In Slovakia alone it is predicted that the country will be manufacturing over 800,000 cars by 2007. In a country with a population of only 5.4 mn, this is equivalent to 144 cars for every 1,000 of its inhabitants—a ratio which is said to be the highest in the world.

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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.
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.
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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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