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Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 2010
published in Issue 81, 2nd quarter 2010
Consumption of nonwovens in China has been forecast to rise by an average of 12% a year in volume terms between 2008 and 2013.
Derma Sciences has established an international subsidiary called Derma Sciences Europe. Zoltek Companies has set up a subsidiary, called Zoltek Automotive, to accelerate its development of lightweight carbon fibres for the automotive industry. The Hohenstein Institute has opened an office in the Dominican Republic.
Alexium is constructing a new surface treatment facility in Greer, South Carolina, USA, while Tredegar Film Products is building a new plant in India for the production of films for the hygiene market, and SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers is planning to build a carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Washington, USA.
In other developments, SwissTex Winterthur has acquired RITM, one of its former members. Advanced Fabric Technologies has secured the rights to Auxetixís Zetix fabric technologies for blast mitigation and ballistic protection in North America. Shanghai Shenjiu Textile Science and Technology (SSTS) and Fibretronic have entered into a Chinese distribution agreement worth US$500,000. Polymer Group Inc (PGI) has reported a decline in its sales from continuing operations in 2009/10 but its gross profits were up. SGLís sales were up in the first quarter of 2010 but its earnings were down. Rieter Textile Systems has reported lower sales for the whole of 2009 but the company is staying positive as orders taken in the second half of the year picked up significantly.
In other news, Fibertex is expanding its capacity in Asia by investing in a new nonwovens line at its plant in Malaysia. Daimler and Toray Industries are working together to mass produce automotive parts made from carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRPs). Roctest and TenCate Geosynthetics will jointly develop a unique monitor for geotextiles.
Meanwhile, Fiberweb and Chisso are conducting a feasibility study with a view to setting up a spunbond nonwovens joint venture company in China, while Devan Group has appointed a new management team as part of its plan to develop a specialised portfolio of chemical technologies for the global textile 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 Ė 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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company and country profiles Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė 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.
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