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Technical Textile Markets
Issue 90:
3rd quarter 2012

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Editorial: Europe's Man-Made Fibre Producers Under Pressure
Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, 3rd quarter 2012 (11 pages)
The world nonwovens industry: the leading ten producers, part 1 of 3, 2012-13 (74 pages)
Automotive Fabrics: Expanding Opportunities in the Vehicles of Tomorrow (20 pages)
Global technical textiles business update, 3rd quarter 2012 (19 pages)
Statistics: Nonwoven Fabric Production in Asia (18 pages)

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Editorial: Europe's Man-Made Fibre Producers Under Pressure

published in Issue 90, 3rd quarter 2012  

The EU is a major producer of man-made fibres -- and a large proportion of its production is aimed at the technical textile market. However, the industry is under pressure on several fronts and has to contend with a number of challenges, including: high energy costs; high labour costs; high social charges and taxes; a domestic market which is open to imports from lower cost producers in Asia; and increasingly stringent legislation, particularly relating to the environment. In this report, Robin Anson examines how the European man-made fibre industry can respond to these challenges but questions whether the position of medium-size man-made fibre companies in high cost European areas can continue to be tenable in the face of these mounting pressures. The report also features a profile of Germany-based Kelheim Fibres, one such company which appears to have found a winning formula amidst these growing challenges.

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