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The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- ten smaller producers, 1st quarter 2004
published in Issue 56, 1st quarter 2004
Smaller producers of nonwoven roll goods—those which rank from 31st to 40th among the world’s leading companies—account for little more than 5% of global nonwovens turnover. Individually, their sales range from US$47 mn to US$72 mn. Nonetheless, despite their small size, they play a major role in shaping the global business.
The list of smaller producers includes a range of long established players as well as new ones. For example, Danish company Jacob Holm Industries, which ties in 33rd place with new entrant Pegas Nonwovens, was formed as recently as 1995. In contrast, Italian company Orlandi, at number 31, was established as a manufacturer of knitting yarns as long ago as 1933.
Among the top 40, a Taiwanese company, KNH, ranks 39th while a Brazilian company, Companhia Providência, stands at number 38. The presence of these two companies reflects the nonwovens industry’s international growth.
Growth is also being boosted by internationalisation activities. German company Textilgruppe Hof (number 32) is increasing its exports to Eastern Europe as a result of rising demand in these markets. Other important areas for growth are investments in new technologies and other product markets. Italian company Tenotex (number 37) has invested for the first time in spunlace technology, while Precision Custom Coatings (number 36) is expanding its product portfolio at its plant in the USA.
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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