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Global technical textiles business update, 1st quarter 2008
published in Issue 72, 1st quarter 2008
The first quarter of 2008 was a busy period for the global technical textile sector. A number of important acquisitions took place. Diolen Industrial Fibers was taken over by a Netherlands-based investment company, Traction Partners. Lenzing Plastics became the new owner of Dolan, and TenCate and Oranjewoud completed their acquisition of Edel Grass. Performance Fibers bought Invista’s North American tyre cord and industrial polyester filament businesses while Ter Group acquired Simon & Werner.
In business news, Ahlstrom has announced that its chief executive officer has resigned and that it will shed production capacity to improve its profitability. Freudenberg Nonwovens has announced that it will shut down two of its US production lines. DSM Dyneema has become a separate business group within DSM, while Lenzing and TenCate Protective Fabrics have won the right to supply the USA’s armed forces. NanoHorizons and Piedmont Chemical Industries have combined forces to develop and market antimicrobial and moisture management additives for textiles while Oerlikon Neumag has announced that it plans to expand its spunlaid pilot plant in Germany.
In investment news, Ahlstrom has announced a wave of new investments, Invista has revealed that it plans to build a development facility for polyamide research, Lenzing is investing heavily in cellulosic fibres, and Lurgi Zimmer plans to build a new polyamide plant in China. Meanwhile, a recent market forecast shows that fast growth is predicted for biodegradable polymers.
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.
Technical Textile Markets is available on subscription – either in printed format only, or in printed and electronic format. If you choose the printed only option, you will receive 4 printed publications a year. Each issue contains five research-based reports (see above) and an editorial.
Electronic supplement If you choose the printed and electronic option, you will receive an extra service. You will still receive each issue in printed format, delivered to you by traditional post.
In addition, you will be able to download PDF files containing the same information – but the PDF files will be available immediately on publication, so you don’t have to wait for the printing and mailing. You also have all the benefits of electronic files: instant access even when you are away from the office; convenient storage in your PC or laptop; portability; electronic search facility; and copy/paste facility.
You will also receive a monthly update of business news, called "Technical Textiles Business Update" delivered to you by email, free of charge.
Technical textiles are used in a wide range of end-use applications and markets, including agricultural; automotive; building/ construction/ engineering; medical and hygiene; packaging; protective clothing; sports and sportswear; and transport. A subscription to Technical Textile Markets will support your decision making, and provide the information you need to expand into new markets.