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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 111:
August 2018

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Editorial: Ecological headaches for the nonwovens and synthetic fibre industries (8 pages)
Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, August 2018 (14 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: part 3—ten smaller producers, August 2018 (31 pages)
Automotive airbags and seat belts: a US$39 bn market with room for growth (21 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, August 2018 (21 pages)
Statistics: trends in demand for carbon fibre and carbon fibre composites, 2018 (8 pages)

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Editorial: Ecological headaches for the nonwovens and synthetic fibre industries

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2018 has been a challenging year for makers of products based on synthetic fibres as a mountain of negative publicity has been generated by the issues of microplastics in the oceans, fatbergs and plastic waste. As a result, manufacturers of products based on synthetic fibres are under pressure to significantly improve the environmental sustainability of their output. Producers of disposable wipes—which have been found to account for 93% of the materials involved in fatbergs—are working to develop flushable versions. Producers of single-use plastic packaging, meanwhile, are being encouraged to develop products which are reusable, recyclable or compostable. Pressure to improve environmental sustainability presents significant opportunities for innovation, and it is expected that new processes and new fibres such as polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and polybutylene succinate (PBS) will gain prominence within the wipes industry. Another fibre which is expected to gain prominence is that of polylactic acid (PLA)—which can be used in the manufacture of wipes and is being used increasingly in the manufacture of teabags. In this report, Robin Anson highlights some of the key challenges faced by producers of synthetic fibres, nonwovens and other technical textile products with particular reference to the issue of identifying suitable alternatives to synthetic fibres. Topics discussed include: microplastics in the oceans; plastic waste and single-use plastics; fatbergs; and growth in the flushable wipes market.

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Technical Textile Markets provides intelligence, analysis and insight on the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries.
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Each issue contains data and expert analysis on key industry topics, including: automotive technical textiles; biopolymers; chemical protective textiles; circularity; composites; e-textiles; environmental sustainability; filter media; flame resistant fabrics; glass fibre; graphene; Industry 4.0; insulation; medical textiles; military textiles; nonwoven specialities; personal protective equipment (PPE); synthetic fibre; and wearable technology.

A single issue of Technical Textile Markets includes:

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    a report on the latest product developments and innovations

    a profile of the world's top producers of nonwovens

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    a round-up of the latest business news

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