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An international symposium held in October 2018 and a market report published the month before have helped to identify the disruptive technologies that insiders believe will have the greatest impact on the nonwovens industry in the decade to follow. Ahead of IDEA 2019 on 25–28 March, Nick Butler reports which technologies have been singled out so that readers can use the occasion of the exhibition in Miami, Florida, USA, to find out more about them.

Ahead of JEC World on 12–14 March 2019, Composites Editor James Bakewell takes a closer look at materials technology that will no doubt be prevalent on the stands in Paris, France, and could be key to the high-volume manufacture of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic  parts for the automotive industry—sheet moulding compound. 

Two UK-based partners have developed a binder-free method for adding highly functional particles to nonwoven fabrics. During the Nonwovens for High-performance Applications symposium, held in Cannes, France, on 10–11 October 2018, Nick Butler learned how they do this.

Already a significant market, the latest products for bedding will be this year’s focus at a major annual exhibition dedicated to textiles for the home. Adrian Wilson previews what exhibits visitors to Heimtextil (to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, on 8–11 January 2019) can find to enhance their sleep.

In an age where industrial, even cross-sector, collaboration is creating significant opportunities for businesses, Darren Mitchell, a specialist patent attorney for the law firm Potter Clarkson, offers advice to would-be participants on how to protect their assets and avoid subsequent court battles while negotiating partnership deals.

Gaining significant clues to the kinds of developments textile manufacturers can expect to see at next year’s ITMA, Adrian Wilson visited this year’s precursor event, ITMA Asia + CITME, and discovered enthusiasm among machine builders for a future based on automation and data exchange.

Major opportunities for textile manufacturers supplying reinforcements to the composites industry are anticipated, with those working in the markets for transportation standing to gain most, as Adrian Wilson learned during the recent Global Fibers Congress.

From camouflage for daytime and night-time operations in a variety of environments to flame-retardant materials, the latest developments in textiles and textile technologies remain key factors in providing protection and reasonable comfort for military personnel, reports Adrian Wilson.

Following a series of acquisitions over the past few years, Lydall has grown to be a leader in high-performance nonwovens and related materials, according to Adrian Wilson.

FilSpec, a spinner specializing in high-technology yarns wants to harness its propensity for innovation to expand into growth markets around the world, particularly Europe. Senior managers for the Canadian company revealed their plans to John McCurry.