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Profile of Performance Fibers
published in Issue 65, 2nd quarter 2006
Performance Fibers is one of the world’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of high tenacity polyester and other man-made industrial fibres and fabrics for the automotive, cordage and industrial fabrics industries.
The company’s products are used in a broad range of consumer and industrial applications, including tyre and carcase reinforcements, seat belts, airbags, mooring ropes, and mechanical rubber goods such as conveyer belts and power transmission belts. The company has manufacturing facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.
Performance Fibers is owned by Sun Capital Partners. The latter bought the business in December 2004 from Honeywell International. The transfer represented something of a turnaround in the financial performance for Performance Fibers. Between 2003 and 2004 the company’s net revenues grew by 8.7%, from US$368 mn to an estimated US$400 mn. But things changed dramatically after the December 2004 acquisition, when Performance Fibers’ revenues surged by 50% to an estimated US$600 mn in 2005.
Performance Fibers has pursued an active acquisition strategy over the past two years in an effort to expand its line of products and consolidate its dominant presence in the market for industrial fibres. In 2005 it spent about 3% of total sales on research and development and this percentage is expected to increase to 5% in the near future. A highly active acquisition strategy and substantial investments in research and development demonstrate the company’s commitment to strengthening its position in the industrial fibres industry.
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.
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