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Global technical textiles business update, September 2016

Global technical textiles business update, September 2016

This report provides a round-up of recent corporate developments in the global technical textiles sector, including: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; business news; closures; financial news; investments; joint ventures; and markets. The report contains news from the following innovative companies and organisations: Arville, Aspen Aerogels, BASF, Electronics for Imaging (EFI), Epson Italia, the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), FiberVisions, Fratelli Robustelli, Grand View Research, JNC, Johns Manville, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Lenzing Group, Mogul, Olbo & Mehler Tex (OMT), Optitex, Pegas Nonwovens, Sandler, SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget), Suominen Corporation, Synteen & Lückenhaus (SL), The Freedonia Group, the US Army, and the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI). "


  • SUMMARY
  • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
    • Electronics for Imaging has acquired the apparel industry software developer Optitex
    • Epson Italia is to acquire Fratelli Robustelli, a manufacturer of digital printers for textiles
    • Technical textile companies Olbo & Mehler and Synteen & Lückenhaus are to merge their business operations
  • BUSINESS NEWS
    • Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has received a contract from the US Department of Defense to develop high performance fibres for use in apparel for protecting soldiers
    • Most wet wipes are compliant with guidelines relating to flushability labelling, according to a survey
    • The United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) has endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement
  • CLOSURES
    • SCA has closed its tissue production plant in Spain
  • FINANCIAL NEWS
    • Lenzing increased its earnings in the first quarter of 2016
    • New organisational structure
    • Capital expenditure
    • Outlook for 2016
  • INVESTMENTS
    • Arville has completed a £1 mn upgrade at one of its coating plants
    • Johns Manville is to invest in glass fibre nonwovens in Wertheim, Germany
    • Mogul is investing in hydroentanglement technology in Turkey and the USA
    • Pegas has opted to locate a new production line in the Czech Republic
    • Sandler has opened its fifth production line in Schwarzenbach/Saale, Germany
    • Suominen is adding new production capabilities at its wet-laid nonwovens plant in Bethune, South Carolina, USA
  • JOINT VENTURES
    • Aspen Aerogels and BASF are to develop next-generation aerogel materials
    • JNC and FiberVisions are to invest in a new bicomponent fibre line in China
  • MARKETS
    • The global market for automotive textiles will grow by 3.2% a year between 2015 and 2024
    • US demand for coated fabrics is set to exceed 540 mn m2 in 2020

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