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Global technical textiles business update, 3rd quarter 2007
published in Issue 70, 3rd quarter 2007
The third quarter of 2007 was a busy period in global markets for technical textiles. In acquisition news, Comvita acquired Medihoney from Capilano for A$6 mn (US$4.9 mn). Lenzing Plastics has taken another step forward in its expansion by acquiring most of the assets of US monofilament plastics maker Glassmaster. Wellman has sold its European business Wellman International—which makes recycled polyester fibres.
In business news, Oerlikon Neumag has relocated its Neumag Denmark air-laid business from Denmark to its headquarters in Neumünster, Germany. Oerlikon Neumag has also signed a cooperation agreement with Elmarco in the field of ultra-lightweight nonwovens. PGI has enhanced its range of flame retardant fabrics, following the introduction of new federal bed safety standards in the USA. In September 2007 Teijin Twaron changed its name to Teijin Aramid.
In investment news, Bayer MaterialScience has opened a second facility for making its Baytubes brand of carbon nanotubes while Lenzing has inaugurated a viscose fibre plant in Nanjing, China. PGI has announced plans to install a state-of-the-art spunbond line in North America. Trevira—part of India’s Reliance Group—has been investing in the optimisation of filament yarn production at its site in Guben, Germany. The site manufactures flat and textured polyester filament yarns.
In joint venture news, Tel Rad Cuyo (TRC) and Freudenberg Telas Sin Tejer, both located in Argentina, have launched a new joint venture company for the manufacture of bicomponent fibres. In market news, it has been reported that sales of nanofibres rose to US$43.2 mn in 2006, from US$40.2 mn in 2005, and will reach about US$48.0 mn by the end of 2007.
In product news, Borealis has launched new grades of polyolefin polymers for performance fibres. Comvita has developed the first honey-based wound dressing to receive clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Daikin America and Dow Corning have teamed up to develop a new product, Unidyne TG-5521, which provides repellency and softness. Scientists from two universities are collaborating to develop the next generation of armoured vests for the police and armed forces. Waxman has launched a new range of fibrebased products called “So”.
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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