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Narrow Woven Fabrics in Technical Textiles to 2010
published in Issue 63, 4th quarter 2005
Narrow fabrics are defined as those which are less than 52 cm in width. As such, they are employed in a wide range of end uses. Applications range from delicate decorative ribbons on Swiss chocolate boxes and theatrical costume embellishments to the heavily-reinforced harnesses used to raise heavy machinery. They also include clothing labels, handles and straps for bags and luggage, car seatbelts, and industrial machine belting.
Narrow fabrics perform a number of specific functions. Some are decorativesuch as ribbons and bows. Others are informative, as in the case of labels. However, many are functional, including a broad range of webs and straps with specialist performance functions. As far as technical textiles are concerned, David Rigby Associates (DRA) has identified 14 specific areas in which narrow fabrics are widely used. Collectively, these areas were estimated to have had a combined value of US$2.4 bn in 2005, and were projected to grow by 3.6% a year between 2005 and 2010.
Many narrow fabrics are manufactured on specially designed weaving or needling systems, while others are produced using knitting, braiding or embroidering technologies. Some of the machines in use today were developed a long time ago and are used erratically to turn out small runs of specific items. Modern machinery builders include Jakob Müller, which is acknowledged to be the global specialist in off-the-shelf multiple-use narrow fabric production machines. As well as building machines, the company has a dedicated Narrow Fabrics Institute at its headquarters in Frick, Switzerland, and has held five specific narrow fabrics conferences around the world to date, the last being in Singapore in October 2005.
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.
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