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Technical Textiles Business Update
Issue 171: March 2020

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Product Overview   

Technical Textiles Business Update is an executive briefing, supplied in electronic format. Each month, we include details of the latest developments and business news in the technical textiles and nonwovens sector.

What's in it?
"Technical Textiles Business Update" includes information on developments in the international apparel sector, such as developments in:

  • additives for nonwovens
  • composites
  • conductive textiles
  • fabrics for paper machines
  • load securing systems
  • medical textiles
  • nonwovens for hygiene applications
  • performance fibres and fabrics
  • three-dimensional (3D) printing


It also contains news of such companies and organisations as Adesso Advanced Materials, Ahlstrom, AMSilk, Andritz Küsters, Beaulieu Fibres, Clariant, Directa Plus, DSM Dyneema, DuPont, Freudenberg Performance Materials, GE Aviation, Huntsman Textile Effects, Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA), Kelheim Fibres, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Lenzing Group, Metyx Composites, Mimaki, Mitsubishi Rayon, Nano Dimension Technologies, Norafin, Osmotek, Oxeon, Pegas, Reifenhäuser Group, SCA, Scott Bader, SGL, Spidey Tek, Suominen, TBA Protective Technologies, Technical Absorbents, Teijin, TenCate, and Xerium Technologies.

Like all Textiles Intelligence publications, "Technical Textiles Business Update" is a reliable source of independently sourced business information, and it does not carry advertising.

Table of Contents

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS AND INNOVATIONS in:
  • 4M Carbon Fiber has developed a carbon fibre which is stronger than carbon fibres manufactured using conventional processes
  • Beaulieu Fibres International has developed a new fibre called Meraspring for use in the manufacture of nonwoven products
  • Shima Seiki has developed a prototype flat knitting machine which could be used to manufacture three-dimensional (3D) carbon fibre preforms
  • Freudenberg Performance Materials has developed a nonwoven crimping material for use in the manufacture of footwear

 
BUSINESS UPDATE
  • Gurit has divested its automotive business
  • Karl Mayer Group is to acquire Stoll Group
  • Trade fairs Index20 and JEC World have been postponed amid concerns over COVID-19
  • Two TMAS machinery companies have teamed up with Juki Corporation to accelerate the production of filter bags
  • Montefibre Carbon will invest Euro16.2 mn in the establishment of a line for producing polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor and the construction of a carbonisation line in Spain
  • Quantum Materials is bringing forward a US$3.5 mn investment aimed at expanding US production of technical textiles