Global technical textiles business update, March 2021

Global technical textiles business update, March 2021

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, other organisations and research centres: AirPop, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP), Andritz Group, Applied Graphene Materials (AGM), Applied Nanoscience, Archroma, Ascend Performance Materials (Ascend), Berry Global (Berry), CelluAir, CHT Group, DiloGroup, Euro Wipes, Fibroline, Gobarr Kimya Ticaret ve Pazarlama (Gobarr), HanesBrands, Hof University of Applied Sciences, Hollingsworth & Vose, Huntsman Corporation, Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University, Karl Mayer Group (Karl Mayer), Kyung-In Synthetic Corporation (KISCO), Lenzing Group (Lenzing), LiveDo Corporation, LM Industries, Nanollose, NatureWorks, Nippon Shokubai, Pulcra Chemicals, Procter & Gamble (P&G), the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW), Rudolf Group, Sandler, Sateri, Senbis Polymer Innovations, Sezginler Tekstil, SICAM, Sigmatex, Tanatex Chemicals, Teknoweb Materials (TKW Materials), the Textiles Services Association (TSA), The S Group, and Total Care System.


SUMMARY
ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
Andritz Group is to buy LM Industries
BUSINESS NEWS
A nonwovens production plant belonging to Berry Global (Berry) has been awarded ISCC
PLUS sustainability and traceability certification
A two-ply single-use surgical face mask developed by HanesBrands in collaboration with three partners has been authorised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
AirPop face masks have been certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI)
Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is producing face masks for its customers
Karl Mayer Group has consolidated its US operations
Lenzing has become a founding partner of the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI)
Reinforcement fabrics manufacturer Sigmatex is to consolidate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic
Sandler has donated a professorship to Hof University of Applied Sciences’ Nonwoven
Development Center (VEZ) in Germany
Seven chemical companies have formed an alliance called Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI) with the aim of improving sustainability in the textile and leather industries
The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) has unveiled a standard for spacer fabrics
INVESTMENTS
Applied Nanoscience is to produce its antimicrobial silver nanoparticle-based formulation in the USA
Cellulosic fibre producer Sateri has opened a new research and development innovation centre in China
Hollingsworth & Vose is to increase its capacity for producing its Technostat electret filtration media
Knitted fabric finisher Sezginler Tekstil has invested in four TexCoat G4 non-contact sprayfinishing systems
Nanollose has invested in CelluAir, a developer of a nanocellulose-based filter material
NatureWorks is to expand its capacity for producing Ingeo biopolymer
Senbis Polymer Innovations will use two pilot extrusion lines for the development and production of fibres and yarns
JOINT VENTURES
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) will target the Turkish coatings and polymers sector after signing a partnership agreement with a Turkish coatings supplier
Ascend Performance Materials (Ascend) is to commercialise its antimicrobial polyamide fabrics through a partnership with The S Group
DiloGroup and SICAM are to supply complete hydroentanglement lines
Euro Wipes has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Fibroline relating to the manufacture of products made from nonwovens impregnated with dry powders using electrical fields
Teknoweb Materials (TKW Materials) has acquired a licence from Procter & Gamble (P&G) to sell a technology called Phantom which can be used in the manufacture of wipes and absorbent cores for hygiene products
Three Japanese companies are collaborating in the development of technologies for recycling superabsorbent polymers from used disposable diapers
Two textile and clothing associations are to form a partnership in order to promote the benefits of reusable gowns for use in medical settings
MARKETS
The value of the market for medical nonwovens will grow by 5.9% per annum between 2019 and 2025
The COVID-19 pandemic is fuelling demand for nonwoven wipes
Demand for low cost surgical masks continues to grow owing to the COVID-19 pandemic

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