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Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 2015

  • October 2015
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  • Textiles Intelligence
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  • 20 pages

This report provides a round-up of recent corporate developments in the global technical textiles sector, including: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; business news; financial news; investments; and joint ventures. The report contains news from the following innovative companies, individuals and organisations: Airbus, Avintiv, BMW, Cubic Tech Corporation, Dolan, DSM Dyneema, European Carbon Fiber (ECF), FibeRio Technology Corporation, Freudenberg & Vilene Nonwovens, Hexcel, Jan Verdenhalven, Johns Manville, Kelheim Fibres, Kimberly-Clark, Lenzing Group, National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University, Safran, Sensient Technologies Corporation, SGL Group, Suominen, Teijin Limited, TenCate, Toho Tenax, VF Corporation, WHEB Partners of London, and Xennia Technology.

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Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 2015
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SUMMARY
ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
DSM has acquired Cubic Tech, showing an intent to widen its portfolio and enter new
markets
Lenzing has sold Dolan and its stake in European Carbon Fiber
TenCate has divested its digital ink specialist Xennia Technology
BUSINESS NEWS
Teijin Limited has consolidated its automotive carbon fibre reinforced plastics business
The Obama administration is planning to create a technical textile manufacturing institute in
the USA at a cost of US$150 mn
FINANCIAL NEWS
Kimberly-Clark has announced its results for the first quarter of 2015
Lenzing Group increased its earnings in 2014 and the first quarter of 2015
2014
First quarter 2015
INVESTMENTS
Freudenberg and Vilene Nonwovens is to invest in a new production line in China
Hexcel is to build a new carbon fibre plant in France, and will expand capacities at nearby
weaving and prepreg facilities
Johns Manville is to expand its glass fibre operations to meet the needs of the engineering
thermoplastics industry
North Carolina State University Nonwovens Institute is to expand with the addition of a
spunmelt research facility
Avintiv is to expand the manufacturing capabilities at its plant in Mexico
Suominen will install a new wet-laid nonwovens production line at its plant in Bethune,
South Carolina, USA
JOINT VENTURES
FibeRio has formed a partnership with VF Corporation to develop nanofibre enhanced
performance apparel fabrics
SGL Group's carbon fibre materials are being used in the new BMW 7 Series

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