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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 77:
2nd quarter 2009

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Editorial: The 2010 Polyolefin Gold Rush Could Benefit Technical Textile Producers (4 pages)
Coated Industrial Textiles: Coating Technologies and Profiles of Three Specialist Producers (24 pages)
Technical Textiles in the Czech Republic: Profiles of a Cluster and Six Major Players (16 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 2009 (29 pages)
Statistics: fibre consumption and production in Asia, 2nd quarter 2009 (17 pages)

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Coated Industrial Textiles: Coating Technologies and Profiles of Three Specialist Producers
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Coated fabrics are employed in a wide variety of applications, ranging from protective clothing to architectural materials. Established technologies involve the application of elastomers and silicones, polyurethane (PU), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) to textiles using processes such as direct coating, transfer coating, online coating, extrusion coating and calendering. However, recent advances have included plasma coating, nanocoating and inkjet deposition, with the aim of improving functionality, reducing costs and improving the level of environmental friendliness of manufacturing operations.

Plasma coating was originally developed for use in military clothing, in order to protect the wearer from chemical agents. Today it is used mainly for liquid repellency in applications such as performance footwear. However, recent research has gone into finding ways of using the technique to reduce the amount of functional additive required for the production of nonwovens for the hygiene industry.

Nanocoating involves the application of nano-sized particles on to a substrate in order to provide specific specialist performance properties. Coatings which incorporate nanotechnology are usually used for medical applications, mainly those involving antiviral and biocidal requirements.

Inkjet deposition involves the application of chemical coatings to a substrate using the same technology which is used for digital inkjet printing. Although the use of this technique in technical textiles is still in its infancy, its benefits are deemed to be substantial, especially by the participants of Digitex—an R&D project involving TenCate and 15 other companies which has been partly funded by the EU.

Specific developments in coated fabrics include: textiles with dirt repellency and self-cleaning attributes; textiles which change colour in response to changes of temperature or when they come into contact with acid; shear thickening fluid which stiffens to provide body armour; rubber-like fabrics which are impermeable to toxic chemicals; stain resistant fabrics; and waterproof fabrics.

Table of Contents
Coated Industrial Textiles: Coating Technologies and Profiles of Three Specialist Producers
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Development of Textile Coating Technology
  • Key Industrial Textile Coatings
  • Industrial Textile Coating Processes
  • Key Emerging Areas of Technological Development in Textile Coating
  • Recent Developments in Industrial Textile Coatings
  • Profile of ContiTech Elastomer Coatings
  • Profile of Gamma Holding
  • Profile of Sioen Industries
  • Conclusion

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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.
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.
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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.

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