Global technical textiles business update, August 2019

Global technical textiles business update, August 2019

This report provides a round-up of recent corporate developments in the global technical textiles sector, including: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; business news; events; investments; and joint ventures. The report contains news relating to the following innovative companies, other organisations and research centres: Alexium International (Alexium), Archroma, Axiom Materials, Babcock International, BAE Systems, Beaulieu Fibres International, Carbios, ELG Carbon Fibre, Freudenberg & Vilene Nonwovens, G2O Water Technologies (G2O), Garmin, Haydale, Hexcel, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), IBM, ICL, Itema, Karl Mayer, Kordsa, Lenzing, Metyx Group, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsufuji, the National Composites Centre (NCC), NXTNano, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers, Optima 3D, SGL Carbon, Trützschler Nonwovens & Man-Made Fibers, the University of Edinburgh (UoE) and Victrex.


  • SUMMARY
  • ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
    • MITSUBISHI CORPORATION HAS ACQUIRED A STAKE IN ELG CARBON FIBRE
    • REINFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST KORDSA HAS ACQUIRED THE ADVANCED COMPOSITES PRODUCER AXIOM MATERIALS
  • BUSINESS NEWS
    • A PROCESS FOR SEPARATING AND RECOVERING COTTON AND POLYESTER FIBRES FROM TEXTILE WASTE IS RUNNING COMMERCIALLY IN HONG KONG
    • BEAULIEU FIBRES INTERNATIONAL'S FACILITY IN WIELSBEKE, BELGIUM, HAS BEEN AWARDED HIGHLY PROTECTED RISK STATUS
    • CARBIOS HAS PRODUCED POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET) BOTTLES FROM 100% RECYCLED PURIFIED TEREPHTHALIC ACID (RPTA)
    • GRAPHENE NANOPLATELETS SUPPLIER HAYDALE HAS JOINED A CONSORTIUM WHICH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO DEVELOP FUNCTIONALISED INKS
    • HEXCEL HAS PRODUCED AN AUTOMOTIVE TRANSMISSION CROSS-MEMBER USING A ZERO-WASTE PROCESS
    • ITEMA IS TO FOCUS ON LOOMS FOR MAKING TECHNICAL TEXTILES
    • KARL MAYER HAS BECOME A MANUFACTURER OF SYSTEMS FOR MAKING PACKAGING SACKS AND SHADING NETS BY TAKING OVER THE FILM SLITTING AND DRAWING MACHINERY BUSINESS OF BS GRUPPE
    • LENZING IS TO MAKE ITS FIBRES TRACEABLE USING BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY
    • OERLIKON MANMADE FIBERS HAS JOINED AN INDUSTRY 4.0 ALLIANCE
  • EVENTS
    • THE DORNBIRN GLOBAL FIBER CONGRESS (DORNBIRN-GFC) WILL PROMOTE START-UP COMPANIES
    • DEVELOPMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY FOR THE FIBRE AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES WILL BE PRESENTED BY OVER 100 SPEAKERS AT THE DORNBIRN GLOBAL FIBER CONGRESS (DORNBIRN-GFC)
  • INVESTMENTS
    • ARCHROMA HAS OPENED A CENTRE IN GERMANY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF DYES AND AUXILIARIES
    • FREUDENBERG & VILENE NONWOVENS HAS INVESTED IN A NEW PRODUCTION LINE IN CHINA
    • G2O WATER TECHNOLOGIES IS PREPARING TO LAUNCH ITS GRAPHENE TECHNOLOGY FOR WATER FILTRATION
    • KORDSA HAS INVESTED US$18 MN IN A NEW LINE FOR MAKING POLYESTER YARN AT ITS PLANT IN ÝZMIT, TURKEY
    • METYX GROUP IS TO INVEST IN THE PRODUCTION OF REINFORCEMENT FABRICS IN THE USA
    • NXTNANO HAS STARTED TO INSTALL A THIRD LINE FOR PRODUCING NANOFIBRES
    • OPTIMA 3D HAS OPENED A FACILITY FOR MANUFACTURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) WEAVING EQUIPMENT
    • THE NATIONAL COMPOSITES CENTRE IN THE UK HAS INVESTED IN A LARGE-SCALE RESIN INFUSION MACHINE FOR MAKING LARGE COMPOSITE COMPONENTS
    • TRÜTZSCHLER NONWOVENS & MAN-MADE FIBERS HAS OPENED A NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
    • VICTREX HAS INVESTED IN A LICENCE TO USE NEW MOULD HEATING TECHNOLOGY
  • JOINT VENTURES
    • ALEXIUM AIMS TO SECURE GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION FOR ITS ALEXIFLAM NF FLAME RETARDANT TREATMENT FOR COTTON AND CELLULOSE-BASED TEXTILES
    • IBM HAS FORMED PARTNERSHIPS TO DEVELOP WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES
    • THE NATIONAL COMPOSITES CENTRE (NCC) HAS FORMED A PARTNERSHIP WITH SGL CARBON AND CEMENTED ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH BAE SYSTEMS
    • THE WORLD'S FIRST CENTRE FOR CARRYING OUT LARGE-SCALE FATIGUE TESTING OF COMPOSITE TIDAL TURBINE BLADES WILL BE BUILT IN THE UK

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