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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 59:
3rd-4th quarters 2004

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Editorial: 2004: Another Record Year for Man-Made Fibres
Profile of Autoliv: Leader in Automotive Occupant Restraint Equipment (21 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- 20 medium sized producers, 1st quarter 2005 (52 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- ten smaller producers, 4th quarter 2004 (24 pages)
Innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery, 3rd-4th quarter 2004 (34 pages)
Worldwide and Regional Trends in Natural and Man-Made Fibre Production (42 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in Western Europe, 3rd-4th quarter 2004 (5 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in the USA, 3rd-4th quarter 2004 (10 pages)
Technical Textiles Business Update (19 pages)

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Worldwide and Regional Trends in Natural and Man-Made Fibre Production
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Global fibre output rose by 2.7% in 2003, according to Saurer Group. This rise was slower than the 4.9% increase recorded for 2002 but was in line with average growth rates for the 1990s. Man-made fibre output rose by 4.9% and its share of the total rose from 54.5% to 55.8%. But supplies of the main natural fibres, cotton, wool and silk, fell by 0.1% to 22.6 mn tons—only 35.9% of total fibre output.

Chinese man-made fibre output rose by a dramatic 18.2% to 11.7 mn tons—representing one-third of world man-made fibre output. Output in Japan and South Korea continued to fall, although the drop in Japan was less severe than in 2002. US output levelled off at 3.8 mn tons after a recovery in 2002. Other regions showed little change.

Output of man-made filament rose by 5.3% to 18.9 mn tons, which was faster than the 1.4% rise in staple fibres (natural and man-made). Overall, polyester (filament and staple) achieved the fastest growth as output rose by 7.2% to 22.26 mn tons—63% of the man-made fibre total. Asia accounted for the bulk of the growth and 83% of world output in 2003. Polyamide fibre was almost unchanged at 3.93 mn tons as declines in Europe and the Americas were offset by small rises in Asia. Polypropylene fibre grew by only 0.7% to 2.99 mn tons, and all growth was confined to filament. Acrylic fell by 1.9% to 2.68 mn tons after an above average 6.9% rise in 2002.

Among cellulosics, almost all types enjoyed an upturn in 2003, in contrast to previous years. Total output rose by 5.6% to 2.92 mn tons, growth being shared by cellulosic filament yarn and staple fibre. Lyocell fibre also responded to increased demand.

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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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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 don’t 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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