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Global technical textiles business update, August 2018

Global technical textiles business update, August 2018

This report provides a round-up of recent corporate developments in the global technical textile sector, including: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; business news; investments; and joint ventures. The report contains news relating to the following innovative companies, events, other organisations and research centres: AC-Automation, Avgol Industries, Bonbouton, DSM Dyneema, DuPont Safety & Construction, EconCore, FiberVisions, First Quality Enterprises, FMS Enterprises Migun (FMS), Future Aerospace, Hexcel, Indorama Ventures (IVL), Lenzing Group, Metyx Group, Norafin Americas, Oerlikon, Pental, R2G, Saltex, Teijin Limited, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI), The University of Sheffield, Toray Industries, W L Gore & Associates and Zoltek.


  • SUMMARY
  • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
    • OERLIKON HAS INVESTED IN PLANT AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY BY ACQUIRING AC-AUTOMATION
    • PETROCHEMICALS PRODUCER INDORAMA VENTURES IS TO ACQUIRE A MAJORITY STAKE IN THE NONWOVENS PRODUCER AVGOL INDUSTRIES
    • R2G, THE OWNER OF PEGAS, IS TO ACQUIRE FIRST QUALITY ENTERPRISES' NONWOVENS BUSINESSES IN CHINA AND THE USA
  • BUSINESS NEWS
    • A UNIQUE HIGH PRESSURE RESIN TRANSFER MOULDING (HP-RTM) CENTRE HAS BEEN OPENED IN THE UK
    • DSM DYNEEMA HAS SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDED A PATENT INFRINGEMENT CASE
    • ECONCORE HAS INSTALLED A PILOT LINE FOR PRODUCING EXTRUDED THERMOPLASTIC HONEYCOMB CORES
    • SMART TEXTILES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH WILL BE ENCOURAGED AT SALTEX IN SEPTEMBER 2018
    • THE WIPES MANUFACTURER PENTAL HAS BEEN FINED FOR FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT FLUSHABILITY
    • TORAY'S NEW PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LARGE CARBON FIBRE REINFORCED PLASTIC (CFRP) COMPONENTS WITHOUT AN AUTOCLAVE COULD CUT
  • INVESTMENTS
    • COMPOSITES REINFORCEMENTS SPECIALIST METYX, BASED IN TURKEY, IS TO ACQUIRE A MANUFACTURING FACILITY FOR A NEW TECHNICAL TEXTILES DIVISION IN THE USA
    • DUPONT IS TO INVEST US$400 MN IN THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SPUNBONDED NONWOVENS
    • FIBERVISIONS IS TO INVEST IN POLYOLEFIN BICOMPONENT FIBRE CAPACITY
    • LENZING IS TO INVEST IN NEW CAPACITY FOR MAKING TENCEL LUXE FILAMENT YARN
    • NORAFIN AMERICAS HAS OPENED A NEW HYDROENTANGLEMENT LINE IN THE USA
    • TEIJIN HAS BEGUN CONSTRUCTION OF A CARBON FIBRE PRODUCTION FACILITY IN THE USA
    • THE NONWOVENS INNOVATION & RESEARCH INSTITUTE HAS INVESTED IN NEW EQUIPMENT AND A NEW FACILITY
    • ZOLTEK IS TO INCREASE ITS CARBON FIBRE PRODUCTION CAPACITY IN ANTICIPATION OF RISING DEMAND
  • JOINT VENTURES
    • ADVANCED COMPOSITE MATERIALS PRODUCER HEXCEL HAS ESTABLISHED A MATERIALS TESTING PARTNERSHIP IN CHINA
    • W L GORE AND BONBOUTON PLAN TO COLLABORATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMART FABRICS FOR HEALTH CARE APPLICATIONS

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