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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 65:
2nd quarter 2006

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Editorial: Despite Difficulties, the Global Nonwovens Industry Continues to Expand
Profile of Performance Fibers (15 pages)
Superabsorbent Polymers: From Diapers to Crops of the Future (18 pages)
Profiles of Three Leading Indian Producers of Technical Textiles for the Automotive Sector (19 pages)
Superplanes: A Rapidly Growing Market for Carbon Fibre (14 pages)

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Editorial: Despite Difficulties, the Global Nonwovens Industry Continues to Expand
published in Issue 65, 2nd quarter 2006  


In its annual survey The Fiber Year 2005/06, the Swiss company Saurer Group reported that the nonwovens industry continued to grow throughout 2005. The expansion stemmed from a strong build-up of new capacity and continued penetration of new markets.

Billions of dollars have been invested in new capacity over the past few years and these lines have already gone on stream or are scheduled to start operating soon. Saurer Group is itself an important supplier of machinery for the nonwovens sector and therefore stands to benefit from such growth.

Not surprisingly, according to the survey, developing regions such as Latin America and Asia Pacific have been successful in attracting investment in production facilities. But growth is also evident in the nonwoven industries of developed regions such as North America and Western Europe.

Globally, production by the nonwovens segment reached 6.1 mn tons in 2005, which was 6.8% higher than in the previous year. Interestingly, this volume is about 1.3 mn tons higher than the figures normally quoted by nonwovens associations. The explanation lies in the fact that the Saurer Group data include an additional 400,000 tons of production in China and 900,000 mn tons for other non-spun applications—including padding, stuffing and fibrefill for upholstery, apparel and toys.

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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.
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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.
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