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Global technical textiles business update, 1st quarter 2009
published in Issue 76, 1st quarter 2009
The first quarter of 2009 was a busy period for the global technical textile sector. 3M completed its acquisition of the Futuro product line from Beiersdorf. Adidas acquired Textronics, a leader in the development of wearable textile sensors. Benninger sold its weaving preparation division to Karl Mayer, and DSM reached an agreement to sell its Solutech business to Lydall. Polyamide High Performance (PHP) acquired Diolen Industrial Fibers, and TenCate announced its intention to take a holding in the synthetic turf company TigerTurf.
In business news, a US court ruled in favour of Gurit and against Zoltek concerning a dispute over a 10-year carbon fibre supply agreement. DSM Dyneema won a patent battle in Europe with Teijin Aramid, and Fiberweb announced plant closures in France, Germany and Sweden. Meanwhile, Teijin reorganised its High Performance Fibers Business Group into two new groups.
In investment news, Bayer MaterialScience announced plans to construct the worlds biggest plant for producing carbon nanotubes, and Elmarco moved to a newly constructed research, development and production centre for nanofibre technology. But Teijin announced that it had delayed plans to build a new facility for producing Technora ultra-fine para-aramid powder because of the economic crisis. Meanwhile, Elmarco and Avgol will cooperate in the manufacture of nonwoven fabrics using a technique based on Nanospider technology.
In market news, the US advanced wound care market is forecast to be worth US$6.0 bn in 2013, according to a recent report from BCC research, while The Freedonia group has predicted that US demand for coated fabrics will reach 655 mn yd2in 2012 and US demand for geosynthetics will reach 905 mn yd2.
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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