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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 72:
1st quarter 2008

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Editorial: India: The Next Major Growth Market for Technical Textiles? (4 pages)
Profile of Elmarco: A Pioneer in Machines for Making Nanofibres (16 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- ten smaller producers, 1st quarter 2008 (23 pages)
Composites and Technical Fabrics: The Potential for Flax and Hemp (11 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 1st quarter 2008 (20 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption in South America, 1st quarter 2008 (12 pages)

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The world nonwovens industry: part 3 -- ten smaller producers, 1st quarter 2008
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Worldwide sales of nonwoven roll goods continued their mid-single digit growth in 2006 to surpass US$16 bn. Sales of the ten smaller producers profiled in this report—which rank from number 31 to number 40 among the world’s leading companies—ranged individually from US$71 mn to US$100 mn and together accounted for about 5% of the global total.

These producers include relatively new players as well as long established ones. Two Italian producers—Union Industries and Albis—were both established in the 1990s and focus mainly on the hygiene market. Rexcell, a newcomer to the top 40, became the first European maker of commercial air-laid nonwovens in 1982 when it established a small production line in Sweden. Unitika is the largest manufacturer of polyester spunbonds in Japan.

Internationalisation and investment are helping to drive industry growth. KNH has recently invested in a spunlace line in China, and this will be followed by a second spunlace line in 2008. Union Industries has recently added a Reicofil 4 SSS (spunbond/spunbond/spunbond) line, which has raised its annual capacity from 45,000 tons to 60,000 tons. Textilgruppe Hof, following recent investment, is now offering spunlaced nonwovens, branded Zetajet, which will be targeted at automotive, filtration and various speciality end uses. In Australia TenCate Geosynthetics (formerly Polyfelt) has increased its capacity at Geofabrics Australasia, a 50/50 joint venture with Kaymac Group.

Other drivers of growth are new technologies and product markets. SP2C and Easy Care interlining products from Textilgruppe Hof have coatings to enhance performance in fashion fabrics. The same company is offering a new generation of mouldable nonwovens for use in trunk applications and wheel arch covers, as well as a new technology to manufacture multi-axial fabrics for the composites industry. It has also developed non-flammable nonwovens for automotive applications. Precision Custom Coatings has diversified into OmniStretch hydroentangled liners for the automotive market. Kuraray has commercialised nonwovens made from Vectran, which uses liquid crystal polymer technology. Suominen has introduced a new eco-friendly wipe substrate called Biolace.

Table of Contents
The World Nonwovens Industry: Part 3—Ten Smaller Producers
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • TenCate Geosynthetics, Austria
  • Textilgruppe Hof, Germany
  • Union Industries, Italy
  • Albis, Italy
  • Suominen Nonwovens, Finland
  • Precision Custom Coatings, USA
  • Unitika, Japan
  • Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid, Sweden
  • Kuraray, Japan
  • KNH (Formerly Kang Na Hsiung), Taiwan
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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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    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.
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