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Flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel: balancing protection, comfort and durability
published in Issue 199, September 2019
Flame resistant fabrics play a crucial role in providing protection from hazards such as heat, flames, electric arcs and molten metal. As such, they are widely used in the manufacture of protective apparel for personnel working in a number of industries, as well as for firefighters and military personnel. Manufacturers of flame resistant fabrics have a broad range of flame retardant finishes and inherently flame resistant fibres from which to choose when developing their products. Also, the range of flame resistant fabrics available is extremely diverse and includes denim style fabrics, fleece fabrics, heavy duty fabrics, knitted fabrics and lightweight shirt fabrics. Manufacturers of flame resistant fabrics are continuing to innovate, and there is a trend towards the development of flame resistant fabrics which incorporate additional properties such as breathability and moisture management in order to improve comfort. Overall, global demand for flame resistant fabrics is forecast to grow at a healthy pace in the coming years, reflecting the implementation of stricter safety standards and a spur in infrastructure projects in developing markets. However, the market faces some challenges -- notably those associated with environmental sustainability. This report provides a wealth of information on recent developments in the market for flame resistant fabrics, and discusses the opportunities and challenges facing the market. Topics explored in the report include: markets for flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel; the flammability of different fibres; factors affecting the flammability of apparel; measuring flame resistance; testing the flammability of fabrics designed for use in the manufacture of consumer products; different types of flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel; flammability regulations; standards for flame resistant personal protective apparel; key producers of flame retardant finishes and additives and their products; and key producers of flame resistant fibres, yarns and fabrics and their products. Also, the report provides an outlook for the future.
Six times a year, Textile Outlook International provides up to 200 pages of expert comment and analysis. A subscription provides an overview of the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. It is essential reading for senior executives in the fibre, textile and apparel industries and for anyone who is not involved in the industry, but needs to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues.
Reports in Textile Outlook International include:
country profiles providing a comprehensive guide to the textile and clothing industries in a range of countries and regions. The reports include an economic and political profile together with a comprehensive overview of the main issues, plus an outlook for the future.
company profiles giving you the opportunity to learn from strategies employed by others. Companies profiled recently include retailers, manufacturers, innovators and sourcing companies involved in textiles and apparel as well as smaller companies which illustrate the opportunities for firms which are interested in selected sourcing locations.
trends in world textile and apparel trade and production taking into account current issues facing the industry such as global fibre prices; competition from China and other low cost countries; the elimination of quotas and imposition of selective new ones; relocation of production operations; the impact of economic factors affecting trade; international trade agreements; trade promotion agreements (TPAs); and much more.
trends in EU and US imports of textiles and clothing providing comprehensive statistical data and analysis of the top ten supplying countries to the EU and US markets. These reports are updated each year and contain value and volume data as well as average prices and analyses of trends for up to 15 product categories.
innovations, technological developments, business development opportunities, individual sector analysis and political implications which affect players in the global fibre, textile and apparel industries. Some of the topics which have been covered in recent reports include: new innovations in the textile and clothing industry, such as environmentally friendly textiles, plant based fibres, and developments in textile colorants; innovations in textile machinery; and overviews of the European swimwear, hosiery and lingerie markets.
So whether you are involved in fibres, textiles or clothing in manufacturing, spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, import/export, retailing or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance, a subscription to Textile Outlook International will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
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