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Fibres for Technical Textiles: Para-Aramids and High Performance Polyethylene
published in Issue 60, 1st quarter 2005
The demand for products containing para-aramid and high performance polyethylene (HPPE) fibres is growing rapidly. Worldwide, growth in usage is estimated at around 10% per annum. In Asia it is growing by as much as 13% a year, and in China alone by 18% a year.
The main competitors in the market for para-aramid fibres are DuPont Kevlar and Teijin Twaron whereas Honeywell’s Spectra and DSM Dyneema compete in the market for HPPE fibres.
The initial development—and subsequent expansion—of these products has been driven to a great extent by their incorporation in ballistic protection materials which are used by the military and by law enforcement agencies worldwide. The first of the four fibres to be introduced for this purpose was Kevlar, in the early 1960s. However, one of the fastest growing fibre types is HPPE or high modulus polyethylene (HMPE)—which is made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) polymer. These fibres are used to protect personnel, as well as vehicles and cockpit doors. HPPE is also employed in a number of non-ballistic end use products.
All four rank among the most advanced and highest cost fibre brands for technical applications, and all are highly prized by their respective owners. Indeed, production expansions have been announced in each of the past five years. However, the four brands are still manufactured solely in the high wage regions of Europe, Japan and the USA, and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.
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.
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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.
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