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Trends and Developments in Chemicals for the Technical Textile Industry
published in Issue 64, 1st quarter 2006
A major driving force behind the dynamism in technical textiles is innovation, and a key source of this is chemistry. Advances in chemistry are also being made in collaboration with other scientific disciplines. Biotechnology, for example, is helping to meet growing demand for multifunctionality, more effective medical products, environmental compliance and renewable raw materials. Chemists are responding to market pressures for higher performance technical textiles in sectors such as medical and personal care, agriculture, automotive, aerospace and protective apparel. New chemical technologies are also helping to maintain growth in nonwovens and compliance with legislation on health, safety and environmental issues.
Some of the major advances in chemicals for technical textiles have been in polymers. In particular, fibres based on biopolymers offer strong growth potential while intelligent or smart polymers based on conductive plastics are being introduced to give fibres inherent semiconductor capabilities. New coatings, laminates and binder systems are also providing higher added value products. Laminates, particularly those with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), are opening up opportunities for exploiting the properties of different materials in one structure. In nanotechnology innovations are being made in the creation of nonwoven substrates from nanofibres whose surfaces are modified by using chemical or physical techniques. Micro-encapsulation is being used increasingly for the controlled release of substances in fibres and fabrics. New chemical treatments also include plasma technology. Use of the latter eliminates the need for solvents, which are subject to stricter emissions regulations. The reduced use of solvents has also made the curing of textiles using ultra-violet radiation more viable.
Technical Textile Markets provides intelligence, analysis and insight on the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries.
What's in it? 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:
an editorial think-piece on a topical issue from an industry expert a report on the latest product developments and innovations a profile of the world's top producers of nonwovens a main feature on a new or established market a round-up of the latest business newsstatistical data and analysis of fibre and fabric production in a key geographical market
An annual subscription to Technical Textile Markets is a cost-effective way to keep informed about trends and developments in the global man-made fibre, nonwoven and technical textile industries. Subscriptions are available in printed and/or digital formats. Printed and digital subscribers receive each issue in printed format in addition to a digital PDF file, which is available immediately on publication. Subscribers also receive a complementary digital subscription to Technical Textiles Business Update, delivered directly by email once a month. This free supplement contains essential information on business news and the latest product developments.
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