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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 57:
2nd quarter 2004

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Editorial: Fibre and Technical Textile Companies Set Their Sights on Central and Eastern Europe
Innovative Products Based on High-Tech Textiles
The world nonwovens industry: part 1 -- the leading ten producers, 2nd quarter 2004 (59 pages)
Fibres and Fabrics for Advanced Sailcloth (19 pages)
Profile of Gamma Holding (22 pages)

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The world nonwovens industry: part 1 -- the leading ten producers, 2nd quarter 2004
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Global sales of nonwoven roll goods grew by about 5% to US$14 in 2003 as the global economy recovered. Sales of the leading ten companies, which ranged from US$185 mn to US$1.4 bn in 2003, accounted collectively for approximately US$7 bn—50% of the total.

Five of the world’s top ten producers—Kimberly-Clark, BBA Fiberweb, PGI Nonwovens, Ahlstrom and Colbond—managed increase their sales in 2003 in terms of US dollars while the other five more or less maintained them.

Freudenberg remained the number one player as internal growth offset losses incurred through the sale of non-core businesses. Sales of roll goods by DuPont Nonwovens, at number two, remained static over the last year although the company’s focus on brands, technology and added value kept sales up. Also, the company’s restructuring plan is considered to be a positive move. Kimberly-Clark continued to increase its sales as a result of market recovery and geographical expansion. BBA Fiberweb enjoyed significant growth in revenue, reflecting acquisitions and the development of new technologies. Sales also rose at PGI as the company continued to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with growth especially strong in Latin America. Investment in new capacity boosted sales volumes at Ahlstrom, while Colbond generated higher sales as a number of recent innovations started to pay off. Japan Vilene, meanwhile, continued to struggle—despite the recovery of the Japanese economy—although it enjoyed strong growth in sales for nonwovens for electrical materials.

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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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