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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 65:
2nd quarter 2006

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Editorial: Despite Difficulties, the Global Nonwovens Industry Continues to Expand
Profile of Performance Fibers (15 pages)
Superabsorbent Polymers: From Diapers to Crops of the Future (18 pages)
Profiles of Three Leading Indian Producers of Technical Textiles for the Automotive Sector (19 pages)
Superplanes: A Rapidly Growing Market for Carbon Fibre (14 pages)

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Editorial: Despite Difficulties, the Global Nonwovens Industry Continues to Expand

published in Issue 65, 2nd quarter 2006  

In its annual survey The Fiber Year 2005/06, the Swiss company Saurer Group reported that the nonwovens industry continued to grow throughout 2005. The expansion stemmed from a strong build-up of new capacity and continued penetration of new markets.

Billions of dollars have been invested in new capacity over the past few years and these lines have already gone on stream or are scheduled to start operating soon. Saurer Group is itself an important supplier of machinery for the nonwovens sector and therefore stands to benefit from such growth.

Not surprisingly, according to the survey, developing regions such as Latin America and Asia Pacific have been successful in attracting investment in production facilities. But growth is also evident in the nonwoven industries of developed regions such as North America and Western Europe.

Globally, production by the nonwovens segment reached 6.1 mn tons in 2005, which was 6.8% higher than in the previous year. Interestingly, this volume is about 1.3 mn tons higher than the figures normally quoted by nonwovens associations. The explanation lies in the fact that the Saurer Group data include an additional 400,000 tons of production in China and 900,000 mn tons for other non-spun applications—including padding, stuffing and fibrefill for upholstery, apparel and toys.

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