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Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 2008
published in Issue 73, 2nd quarter 2008
The second quarter of 2008 was a busy period for the global technical textile sector. Synthetic turf supplier Edel Grass was taken over by TenCate and Oranjewoud while Dow Chemical acquired the intellectual property assets of Advanced Design Concepts (ADC). The Staple Fibers business unit of Xentrys has agreed to buy the polypropylene and polyethylene staple fibres business of Propilan in Spain, while Icelandic company Ossur has divested its advanced wound care product line to BSN Medical in Germany. But Avgol has decided not to buy Fiberweb because of difficulties in obtaining financing on reasonable terms.
New products include Ahlstrom’s Disruptor PAC nonwoven—made from alumina nanofibre under licence from Argonide—for use in water filtration. In business news, DSM has won claims against Armor USA after alleging that the latter infringed the Dyneema trademark by using the brand name Unima. Ahlstrom has changed the responsibilities of board members following the departure of its chief executive officer (CEO), Jukka Moisio. SCA has increased its focus on hygiene products to capitalise on growth opportunities in this sector. Techtextil North America (TTNA) will be staged annually and its venue will alternate between Atlanta, Georgia, and a site in the Western region of the USA. In investment news, Hyosung—the world’s second largest producer of elastane fibre after Invista—has started to make Creora elastane (spandex) fibre at its new factory in Cerkezkoy, Turkey. In China, Toray has begun to make spunbondmeltblown- spunbond (SMS) nonwovens at Toray Polytech Nantong (TPN)—a joint venture between Toray Saehan, Toray Industries and Toray Industries (China). Unilever Ventures is investing in ion-mask plasma-based technology, developed by P2i, which helps to create waterproof breathable surfaces. Fibertex has formed a joint venture with Innowo Print which will use a new technology to print directly on to nonwovens for diapers and feminine hygiene products. Markets for nonwovens and technical textiles in India are forecast to grow by 13.3% per annum during 2005-50, according to Texas Tech University. In China the demand for filters is forecast to rise by 14.4% a year up to 2011. Growth will be driven by expansion in motor vehicle production, manufacturing output, building construction, and urbanisation of the population. The Institute of Nanotechnology predicts that nano-based products and processes will be worth US$4.9 bn to the textile industry by 2015. Also, about 25% of textile products available in 2015 will incorporate some form of nanotechnology. Penetration will be greatest in hygiene—including household care, leisure and consumer goods, and healthcare.
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