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Global technical textiles business update, October 2017

Global technical textiles business update, October 2017

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 from the following innovative companies, other organisations and research centres: Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), Asahi Kasei, BASF, Clariant, Deakin University, Fothergill Group, FRP Advisory, Fuji Pigment, Gurit, Hexcel, Huntsman, Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) at RWTH Aachen University, Invista, the James Dewhurst Group, Lectra, LeMond Composites, Lenzing, Lohmann Technologies UK, Microtek Laboratories, Mogul Nonwovens, Nippon Paper Industries, Oerlikon, Oji Holdings, PHP Fibers, Rieter Group, Schweiter Technologies, Sioen Industries, Structil, TBA Textiles, Web Industries and ZF TRW.


  • SUMMARY
  • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
    • BASF HAS SOLD ITS MICRONAL PHASE-CHANGE MATERIALS BUSINESS TO MICROTEK LABORATORIES
    • CHEMICAL GIANTS CLARIANT AND HUNTSMAN ARE TO MERGE
    • COATED TECHNICAL TEXTILES AND INDUSTRIAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING PRODUCER SIOEN INDUSTRIES HAS ACQUIRED THE JAMES DEWHURST GROUP, A TECHNICAL TEXTILES COMPANY
    • COMPOSITE MATERIALS AND STRUCTURAL PARTS MANUFACTURER HEXCEL HAS ACQUIRED STRUCTIL, A PRODUCER AND SUPPLIER OF HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPOSITES
    • FRP ADVISORY HAS SOLD THE BUSINESS AND ASSETS OF TBA TEXTILES TO FOTHERGILL GROUP
    • RIETER HAS BOUGHT THE SSM TEXTILE MACHINERY DIVISION
  • BUSINESS NEWS
    • ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL FABRICS OF AMERICA (AFFOA) HAS INTRODUCED ITS FIRST SMART FABRICS AND TEXTILE PRODUCTS AND HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED ITS HEADQUARTERS
    • A NUMBER OF JAPANESE ORGANISATIONS ARE PREPARING FOR RAPID COMMERCIALISATION OF CELLULOSE NANOFIBRES
    • GURIT HAS WON A CONTRACT TO PRODUCE CARBON FIBRE CAR BODY PANELS
    • LECTRA HAS SUPPLIED ZF TRW WITH EQUIPMENT FOR CUTTING AIRBAG FABRIC
    • OERLIKON HAS PRESENTED A NEW TAKE-UP WINDER TO THE INSTITUT FÜR TEXTILTECHNIK (ITA)
  • INVESTMENTS
    • INVISTA IS TO INCREASE ITS CAPACITY FOR PRODUCING POLYAMIDE 6.6 FIBRE IN THE USA
    • LENZING PLANS TO PRODUCE LYOCELL IN THAILAND
    • LOHMANN TECHNOLOGIES UK HAS INVESTED IN AN INFRA-RED HEATING SYSTEM FOR LAMINATING ADHESIVE TAPES
    • MOGUL NONWOVENS HAS EXPANDED INTO THE USA
    • PHP FIBERS IS TO OPEN AN AIRBAG PLANT IN GERMANY
    • WEB INDUSTRIES HAS OPENED A THERMOPLASTICS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE TO EXPAND ITS CAPABILITIES IN THE FIELD OF COMPOSITES
      • Cutting and kitting
      • Thermoplastics
  • JOINT VENTURES
    • DEAKIN UNIVERSITY AND LEMOND COMPOSITES HAVE JOINED FORCES IN A BID TO CUT THE COST OF MANUFACTURING CARBON FIBRE DRAMATICALLY
  • MARKETS
    • THE TEXTILE AUXILIARIES MARKET IS PROJECTED TO BE WORTH US$12.4 BN BY 2026

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