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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 62:
3rd quarter 2005

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Editorial: China: A Growing Market for Western Technical Textiles?
Technical textile markets: developments in military clothing, 3rd quarter 2005 (19 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 1 -- the leading ten producers, 3rd quarter 2005 (64 pages)
Innovations in fibres, technical textiles, apparel and machinery, 3rd quarter 2005 (35 pages)
Profile of Radici Group: Vertical Integration is the Key (20 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 3rd quarter 2005 (14 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption for technical textiles in Western Europe, 3rd quarter 2005 (5 pages)

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The world nonwovens industry: part 1 -- the leading ten producers, 3rd quarter 2005

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Worldwide sales of nonwoven roll goods continued their mid-single digit growth in 2004, reaching nearly US$15 bn. Sales of the leading ten companies, which ranged from US$60 mn to US$1.4 bn, accounted collectively for about US$7.9 bn, or 53% of the total. Nine of the world’s top ten managed to increase their sales in US dollars. The exception was Freudenberg where sales were more or less static. Nonetheless, Freudenberg remained the number one player, helped by double digit sales growth in Latin America and a focus on MicronAir automotive interior filters. Sales at DuPont Nonwovens held up thanks to a focus on brands, technology and added value—especially in Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America and Asia. Investments in South Korea should also pay off. Kimberly-Clark will benefit from an improvement plan and a focus on high growth emerging markets in BRICIT (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Indonesia and Turkey) countries. BBA Fiberweb’s sales hit US$1 bn for the first time in 2004 although the parent company is looking for a buyer for the business. At PGI success with spunlaced nonwovens in North America and a new line in Mexico helped to boost sales and earnings. Expansion in China should also reap rewards. Investments have helped boost sales at Ahlstrom and a flatter organisational structure should make it more customer driven. Johns Manville has benefited from a boom in the global construction market and expansion in Central and Eastern Europe. At Colbond independence from Acordis has led to shorter decision times and greater flexibility and responsiveness. Further rewards should stem from innovations. Buckeye Technologies has maintained its strong market position through innovation and a focus on low cost operations. Sales in the wipes segment are at an alltime high. Japan Vilene was helped in 2004 by buoyant exports in North America and Asia and strong growth in sales of electrical materials for battery electrode separators.

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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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