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Editor's highlights

In recent weeks, BMW has announced its intention to make extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in its next luxury car model, the 7 Series sedan. The growing use of carbon fibre in several high-volume industries (including automotive, building and construction, wind-power energy generation, and military and defence) has long been monitored by those sensing a potential opportunity to become or to extend their influence as manufacturers of carbon fibre.

Praedium's purchase of a majority share in Montefibre Hispania SA will lead to the re-opening of this 45.6-kt-a-year acrylic fibre plant, and later the new owner plans to convert part of it to making 3kt a year of carbon fibre.

The investments needed to increase capacity for the manufacture carbon fibre are huge, but there are a growing number of companies now willing to spend money on at least the next tentative steps towards doing so. In just the last few days: the Spanish investment company Praedium has taken control of Montefibre Hispania and announced it is looking for partners to build a production line for carbon fibre with a capacity of 3 kt a year; a private investor with a long history in carbon fibres, Jan Verdenhalven, and an investment company, WHEB Partners of London, UK, have jointly purchased Dolan GmbH, with a view to exploiting its acrylic fibres as carbon precursors.

To keep up to date with these developments, as well as browsing our archive to research the background to them, keep coming back to Technical Textiles.Net (and its sister site—Performance Materials.Net).

Other recent highlights include:

TenCate adapts military fabric for firefighters' turnout gear

Freudenberg adds surface textures to microfilament fabrics

Suominen's new wetlaid line in USA to focus on added-value products




Latest Conference Proceedings available to purchase now on CD-Rom

The presentations of proceedings from the Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications (March 2015) and the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (November 2014) are available to purchase on a CD-Rom as PDF files.

NHPA2015, the second Conference on High-performance Applications, concluded that significant growth is anticipated for high-performance nonwovens. NHPA2015 was held in Cannes, France 4-5 March 2015. The 19 presentations as given at the conference are now available on a CD-Rom in PDF format, plus the audio files of the discussion workshops. For more information on the papers and speakers click here

TCL2014, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, was held in the Novotel Montfleury in Cannes, France, 4-5 November 2014. More than 100 senior staff from around the world attended to hear two days of expert presentations and engage in workshops and discussions. The 21 presentations as given at the conference are now available on this CD-Rom in PDF format. For more information on the papers presented click here  


Latest Features

The extension of Techtextil to four days gives visitors more opportunities to see the plentiful innovations exhibited; Editor Nick Butler picks his highlights of those that involving developments with fabrics.

Underpinning much of the commercial innovation exhibited at Techtextil is an infrastructure that supports the industry: a flourishing research base; independent testing centres; international standards; the means to assure quality.

Techtextil has grown continuously during the lifetime of this magazine, as has the importance of high-performance applications for nonwovens. Another record-breaking exhibition provides plenty of evidence to support both these statements.

Despite the next ITMA being just a few months away, the importance of technical textiles manufacturers as a market for machinery builders is shown by the number of them attending Techtextil in Frankfurt, writes Editor Nick Butler.