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Industrial applications for nonwovens continue to grow in importance

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More than half of the total sales value of nonwovens in 2015 will be accounted for by those used for industrial applications, according to the latest study.

The Future of Nonwovens for Industrial Applications to 2020, published on 16 November 2015 by Smithers Apex of Leatherhead, UK, says that worldwide the value of industrial nonwovens in 2015 will be US$19.7 billion. With a projected average annual growth rate of 6.9% a year from now, this value will have risen to US$27.5 billion by 2020.

Drivers for this sector of the industry include:

  • The desire to lower the basis weights of fabrics. Innovative manufacturers are finding ways to maintain or even improve the technical properties of their nonwovens and nonwovens-based products while simultaneously reducing their consumption of raw materials and so keeping the costs to a minimum;
  • The search for sustainable production methods;
  • Rising costs for raw materials and the potential for restrictions on supplies of the same;
  • The underlying fragility of the global economy and the likelihood that consumer spending power could be reduced significantly as a result.

In turn, these trends have prompted manufacturers to make a spate of recent investments and machinery builders to develop tailored equipment, much of which was on display in Milan during the recent ITMA 2015.

In the last five years, for instance, major builders of machinery for airlaid, needlepunched and carded nonwovens have all improved their throughputs by increasing commercial running speeds, and trials at ever higher speeds continue. At the same time, designs for machines for spunlaid and hydroentangled fabrics have focused on reducing waste.

The editors responsible for this website have been reporting on these trends for many years and, for a wealth of background information, recommend that readers follow the links in this opinion piece, try browsing the site or click on any tag “Performance Nonwovens” at the bottom of a relevant article. In addition, we are currently making plans for the third Nonwovens for High-performance Applications symposium and regular visiotrs to this site will be the first to hear more about this.

Textile Coating and Laminating Conference - Conference Programme announced

The next International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating will be held on 16-17 March 2016 at the Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic.
Next year’s event will include presentations covering the key economic and technology trends, including the state of the industry, techniques and materials, technology for growth, and new opportunities. Speakers from senior positions in some of the most influential companies in this sector from around the world will gather in Prague to present to delegates.

Early-bird registration is now open, click here for special rates on delegate registration.

The Conference Programme has been announced, please see below for programme highlights.  Updates and additions will be posted on the conference website

Keynote presentation: Sustainable lamination - Michael Kamm, Chief Executive Officer, Sympatex Holding GmbH (Germany)

Coating and lamination technology - a guide to where we are going - Barry Goodwin, Managing Director, Amba Projex Ltd (UK)
How to exploit the Indian market's potential - K.S. Sundararaman, Executive Director, Shiva TexYarn Ltd (India)
Antimicrobials with built-in marker technology - Heinz Studer, Sales Manager, Sanitized AG (Switzerland)
Advances in on-line measurement and control for optimizing coating and converting applications - Chris McGowan, Director of Systems Sales, NDC Technologies Ltd (UK)
Environmentally friendly manufacturing of window light-management materials - Frans Goossens, Marketing and Sales Director, Fait Plast SpA (Italy)
Multifunctional coating and laminating machines - advantages of diversity - Clemens Disch, Area Sales Manager, Werner Mathis AG (Switzerland)
Flame retardants in coating and laminating - speaker to be advised
Polyurethane technologies for high quality coatings - Frederik GoethalsCentexbel (Belgium)
Technical properties of cellulose powder-coated textiles - Gizem ManasogluUludag University, Department of Textile Engineering (Turkey)
Hyperbaric dry finishing technology for sustainability combined with high-performance - Gary S. Selwyn, President, Green Theme Technologies (USA)
Novel short chain (carbon C6) fluoroproducts with improved properties - Fikri Alemdaroglu, Business Manager Surface Modification, Daikin Chemical Europe GmbH (Germany)
Development of solvent free textile coatings - Gert Raeymackers, Operations Director, Vetex BV (Belgium)
Hot-melt adhesives - a perfect combination for laminating - Guido Schürmann, Market Manager Coating & Laminating and Product Assembly EMEA, ITW Dynatec GmbH (Germany)
Cross laminated oriented nonwovens for coating and laminating - an update - Arkadiusz Borowiec, Area Sales Manager, JX Nippon ANCI SAS (France)
Advances in breathable membranes - speaker to be advised
Responsive coatings - Brecht Demedts, Researcher Textile functionalisation and surface modification, Centexbel (Belgium)
Hydrophobic textiles in hospital design – a study on the cleaning and disinfection possibilities of coated textiles in hospital interior design - Jeppe Emil Mogensen. VIA University College (Denmark)
Advantages and drawbacks using nanomaterials in coatings - Aleksandra Lobnik, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor (Slovenia)
Integration of electronic functionalities into textiles by lamination technology - Margreet de Kok, Senior Researcher, Holst Centre (Netherlands)
Digital printing and coating - opportunities with commercial graphics - Bryan Rose, Vice President & General Manager, New Business Development, Cooley Group Inc (USA)

Each session of presentations will be followed by an intensive discussion workshop centred on a key topic of concern to industry.

(Programme subject to change. International Newsletters Ltd reserves the right to make amendments and additions as necessary).

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  


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