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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.
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 ľ 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 ľ 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 ľ 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 ľ 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 ľ 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 ľ 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 ľ 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 ľ in manufacturing, converting, import/export, or end use ľ or if you are in education or consultancy or investment or finance ľ a subscription to Technical Textile Markets will tell you what you need to know about the key trends in the industry.
Technical Textile Markets is available on subscription ľ either in printed format only, or in printed and electronic format. If you choose the printed only option, you will receive 4 printed publications a year. Each issue contains five research-based reports (see above) and an editorial.
Electronic supplement If you choose the printed and electronic option, you will receive an extra service. You will still receive each issue in printed format, delivered to you by traditional post.
In addition, you will be able to download PDF files containing the same information ľ but the PDF files will be available immediately on publication, so you donĺt have to wait for the printing and mailing. You also have all the benefits of electronic files: instant access even when you are away from the office; convenient storage in your PC or laptop; portability; electronic search facility; and copy/paste facility.
You will also receive a monthly update of business news, called "Technical Textiles Business Update" delivered to you by email, free of charge.
Technical textiles are used in a wide range of end-use applications and markets, including agricultural; automotive; building/ construction/ engineering; medical and hygiene; packaging; protective clothing; sports and sportswear; and transport. A subscription to Technical Textile Markets will support your decision making, and provide the information you need to expand into new markets.
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