Worth Reading: Issue 122 of Technical Textile Markets has now been published and contains the following reports:

Editorial: No end to turbulence in sight for the technical textiles industry Buy this report now
Technical textiles manufacturers are facing unprecedented pressures in 2022. Most of these became evident during 2020 and 2021—due largely, but not entirely, to the COVID-19 pandemic—and since then they have been exacerbated. Among the pressures are the introduction of the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and crippling supply chain issues. In addition, there have been sharp rises in the costs of logistics and transportation—whether by ship, road or air. Aligned with these have been continuing rises in the costs of energy and prices of raw materials for making synthetic fibres derived from oil. In response, several industry leaders have been obliged to implement cost control measures while others have acted to pass on their own price increases and introduced across-the-board prices hikes. In this report, Robin Anson examines the lasting implications of the pressures facing the technical textiles industry and the responses of four of the industry’s leaders, namely Autoliv, BASF, Indorama Mobility Group, and IVL Hygiene Group.

Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, April 2022 Buy this report now
This report provides information on the latest developments in airbags, automotive components, carbon fibres, cellulosic fibres, face masks, hygiene products, nonwovens, protective fabrics, performance fibres and yarns, raw materials for nonwovens, and smart textiles. The report includes information and analysis relating to the following innovative companies and other organisations: Autoneum, Ezzigroup, Heathcoat Fabrics, HeiQ, Infinited Fiber Company, Institute of Chemical Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore), Nordic Bioproducts Group, Ontex, Piana Technology, Stora Enso, Suominen, Teijin Aramid, Toyoda Gosei, and the University of Calgary (UCalgary).

The world nonwovens industry: part 2—20 medium sized producers, April 2022 Buy this report now
In this report, the second in a series of three in which the world’s top 40 nonwovens producers are profiled, Karen Bitz provides the latest information and analysis of the investments and strategies of 20 medium sized producers—namely Asahi Kasei, Avgol, Dalian Ruiguang Nonwoven Group, Fibertex Nonwovens, Fibertex Personal Care, Gülsan Holding, Hassan Group, Hollingsworth & Vose, Jacob Holm Industries, Jofo Group, Mitsui Chemicals, Nan Liu Enterprise, PFNonwovens, Sandler, Shalag Nonwovens, Spuntech Industries, Suominen Nonwovens, TWE Group, Union Industries and Zhejiang Kingsafe Nonwovens. Some consolidation has taken place among the 20 medium sized producers since March 2021 while some producers have reorganised their business structure, some have been focusing on expanding their businesses, and others have invested in new lines in a number of countries—including Belgium, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.

Profiles of five major automotive technical textiles manufacturers Buy this report now
Technical textiles are employed in a wide range of applications in the automotive market and their use is increasing as a result of higher demand for increased comfort, improved safety and, most importantly, a reduction in weight in order to achieve higher fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. However, in 2020 the automotive industry was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the industry was further impacted from the middle of 2021 by supply chain issues, increased freight and transportation costs, higher energy prices, and shortages of supercapacitors. All of these led to significantly extended delivery times and higher prices throughout the supply chain. This report includes an overview of the automotive technical textiles market and the challenges and opportunities it faces. Also, it features profiles of five supplier companies, namely Adler Pelzer Group (APG), Autoliv, Cap Seine, ELeather, and Global Safety Textiles (GST)—all of which are looking in 2022 to get back to the performances they enjoyed in 2019.

Global technical textiles business update, April 2022 Buy this report now
This report provides a round-up of recent corporate developments in the global technical textiles sector, including: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; business news; investments; joint ventures; and markets. The report contains news relating to the following innovative companies and other organisations: Ahlstrom-Munksjӧ, Albany International, Andritz Group, Archroma, Autoliv, AquaCast Liner, Bast Fibre Technologies (BFT), Biosphere Corporation, CEMATEX, Coats, Essity, Faser Veredlung Tӧnisvorst (FVT), Fitesa, Fraunhofer ITWM, Freudenberg Performance Materials, IMCD, INDA, Indorama Ventures (IVL), Innovatec, Itema Group, Kelheim Fibres, Lamiflex, Lumberton Cellulose, Natureworks, Piaggio Group, Polychem Handelsges, Reifenhäuser Reicofil, Safran Aircraft Engines, Solvay, Teijin Group, Teijin Limited, Trillium, Trützschler, Vestas, Weitmann & Konrad (Weko), Welspun Advanced Materials, and Zoltek.

Statistics: trends in production of fibre reinforced composite materials in Europe, 2022 Buy this report now
This report includes statistical data and analysis of fibre reinforced composite materials production in Europe, and it provides breakdowns in terms of segment and application, namely: aerospace; automotive; construction and infrastructure; electrics and electronics; and sport and leisure. Also, it provides an outlook for the future. European production of glass fibre reinforced plastics fell in 2020 to its lowest level since 2013, which has been attributed primarily to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The largest segment was that of short fibre reinforced thermoplastics and long fibre reinforced thermosets, followed by non-crimp fabrics, glass mat reinforced thermoplastics (GMT), long fibre reinforced thermoplastics (LFT), and carbon fibre reinforced plastics. The European composites industry is expected to recover from the decline in 2020 and grow over the long term as new opportunities arise in existing markets and new markets, and as research into further applications bears fruit. However, some sectors will recover faster than others. The construction industry, for instance, is likely to have fully recovered in 2021, whereas the aerospace industry is unlikely to recover before 2024.

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