Europe PE prices languish as crude prices reach highest point since 2014 – Polyethylene (PE) prices are languishing at low levels in global terms, as crude prices reach their highest point since November 2014 – Europe PE prices crude oil prices

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Europe PE prices languish as crude prices reach highest point since 2014

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LONDON (ICIS)–Polyethylene (PE) prices are languishing at low levels in global terms, as crude prices reach their highest point since November 2014.

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May PE prices for contracted volumes are stable to slightly higher, and but low density polyethylene (LDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) C4 (butene based) LLDPE spot prices have been low and static for several weeks, while there has been some firming in some high density polyethylene (HDPE) markets.

Sources have been saying for several months now that European prices need to rise, or Asian ones fall, for the balance to be redressed, but there has been little change, and the gap between PE and ethylenehas been shrinking.

This reduction in the spread between monomer and polymer has not been too serious for integrated PE producers up to this point, as cracker margins have been strong. But the sharp rise in crude oil prices, coupled with the recent weakening of the euro against the dollar, has meant a severe drop in cracker margins.

 Europe PE prices crude oil prices Naphtha-based cracker margins were at their lowest point in 2018 last week, and continued strength upstream will probably have further impact this week.

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Against this backdrop, producers are beginning to show some concern, but so far there has been little sign of cracker cutbacks.

One HDPE producer said it had cut non-contracted production as net spot prices were barely at monomer contract levels, but on the whole, there was not much evidence of production cutbacks.

PE buying sources have been aware of ample supply, particularly in LDPE and LLDPE markets, and have often questioned whether production will be cut back.

Others were wondering if supply was as long as many seem to think, however.

“There are very few imports,” said a producer, “and we haven’t seen much American product yet.”

Imports were expected to remain reduced, with the euro weak, and spot prices so low in Europe, and with Europe a net importer of some PE grades, this could affect availability in the coming weeks.

C4 LLDPE is Europe’s largest imported PE grade, and some sources were no longer sure there was that much material around.

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One trader said fresh offers were far too high to work into Europe, and that current stocks were depleting fast.

With crude oil at its highest level since 2014, sources were wondering how the situation in Europe would pan out.

Some opined that cutting back production was the only way forward.

PE is used in packaging, the manufacture of household goods, and also in the agricultural industry.

Focus article by Linda Naylor

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By Linda Naylor
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Lenzing starts production of its EcoVero fibres in China – Austrian cellulose fibre producer Lenzing Group announced in a press release on Tuesday that it is introducing the eco-responsible process for the production of its Lenzing branded viscose fibers also at its Chinese location Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF) – Lenzing production EcoVero fibres China

 Lenzing production EcoVero fibres ChinaAustrian cellulose fibre producer Lenzing Group announced in a press release on Tuesday that it is introducing the eco-responsible process for the production of its Lenzing branded viscose fibers also at its Chinese location Lenzing Nanjing Fibers (LNF).

“Thanks to this special manufacturing system, we are supporting the trend in the fashion industry towards greater transparency. It is becoming increasingly important to know where the products come from and which path they have covered. By now, Lenzing Nanjing Fibers is one of only two locations worldwide to produce Lenzing EcoVero fibers and this is something we are particularly proud of,” commented Hu Jian, senior vice president North Asia of the Lenzing Group, in the press release.

Lenzing is reacting to the strong demand for eco-responsible products, spurred on by consumers’ growing environmental awareness, more recently in the fashion and textile industry. Add to that the fact that textile consumption is expected to double by 2025, and the industry is anxiously looking for more sustainable solutions with low environmental impact.

Lenzing first launched its branded viscose fibers in autumn 2017. EcoVero is made using sustainable wood from controlled sources that are either FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) certified in Europe, instead of bamboo or eucalyptus, which is commonly used in normal viscose production. More than 60 percent of the trees used to produce EcoVero fibers come from Austria and Bavaria to ensure lower emissions.

Lenzing starts production of its EcoVero fibres in ChinaProduction through Lenzing’s new, innovative environmental process, which is now available at the company’s location in Nanjing, China, means significantly lower emissions and less than 50 percent energy and water usage than when producing conventional viscose. Nearly all the chemicals used during the production of EcoVero are recovered and reused. In addition, pulp bleaching is 100 percent chlorine-free.

In terms of transparency, a special manufacturing system enables Lenzing EcoVero branded viscose fibers to be identified in the final product, even after long textile processing and conversion steps through the value chain. Thus, retailers and brands are assured that they are incorporating Lenzing EcoVero eco-responsible viscose in their products. “Lenzing EvoVero fibers are the answer to a burning issue in the fashion industry, namely to robustly identify eco-responsible fibers from the producer to the consumer. With Lenzing EcoVero fibers, one thing is clear: If Lenzing is on the outside, Lenzing is also on the inside”, added Hu Jian.

Lenzing voluntarily enforces strict environmental standards during its viscose production and has invested millions of euros over the years to achieve an eco-responsible production process. Both the Lenzing site as well as the production location in Nanjing comply with the stringent guidelines of the EU Ecolabel. The label of environmental excellence is only awarded to products and services that have a significantly lower environmental impact throughout their lifecycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal.

In the future, the aim of the Lenzing Group is to remain focused on specialty fibers and to expand the production of its EcoVero fibres. In line with the corporate strategy sCore TEN, the Lenzing Group follows the goal to raise the share of specialty fibers in revenue to 50 percent by 2020 – from currently 42 percent.

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Toyoda Gosei acquires Chinese firm – Toyoda Gosei Co. is expanding its production for weatherstrips in China with the acquisition of Tianjin Star Light Rubber & Plastic Co. – Toyoda Gosei Chinese firm

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Tianjin Star Light’s only manufacturing facility is bsased in Tianjin, China. The firm was acquired by Toyoda Gosei.

KIYOSU, Japan—Toyoda Gosei Co. is expanding its production for weatherstrips in China with the acquisition of Tianjin Star Light Rubber & Plastic Co.

Financial details were not disclosed. The firm will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyoda Gosei when the deal closes. TG said in an email this is projected to occur at the end of April.

“Toyoda Gosei decided to fully acquire Tianjin Star Light Rubber & Plastic Co. to strengthen our competitiveness and grow the business at Tianjin Star Light and our Chinese operations,” a company spokeswoman said in an email. “TG is now enabled to make its own decisions, facilitate the introduction of technology from Japan, and effectively utilize the resources of Tianjin Star Light.”

Toyoda Gosei described China as a “key market with promising growth for automobile production.” The spokeswoman said Tianjin Star Light’s products will be produced for the domestic Chinese market.

Tianjin Star Light was jointly owned with Kinugawa Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. and Starlight Rubber & Plastic Development. The firm employs 994 people with about $75 million in sales for 2017.

Its only manufacturing facility—located in Tianjin, China—spans about 462,800 square feet. It produces EPDM weatherstrips for opening trims/doors and thermoplastic vulcanizate weatherstrips for glass run systems to local original equipment manufacturers on a Tier 1 basis.

Tianjin Star Light’s main customers include Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor, Changan Ford and Great Wall Motor.

“Toyoda Gosei has a large share of weatherstrips products globally,” the spokeswoman said. “As the number of automobiles increases, our weatherstrips business grows accordingly.”

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Artic Biomaterials clinches the prestigious “Bio-based Material of the Year” Innovation Award for its PLA reinforced with Glass Fibre – Artic Biomaterials Biobased PLA reinforced Glass Fibre

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Artic Biomaterials Biobased PLA reinforced Glass Fibre Arctic Biomaterials Oy (Finland) clinches the prestigious Bio-based Material of the Year” Innovation Award for its PLA reinforced with glass fibre that erodes back to harmless minerals in the composting environment.

Arctic Biomaterials Oy was declared the winner of the “Bio-based Material of the Year” Innovation Award at the “11th International Conference on Bio-based Materials”, 15-16 May 2018 in Cologne, Germany (www.bio-based-conference.com) after being voted by the attendees.

The Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year” is awarded every year to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding suitable applications and materials for bio-based products.

Based on the entries received, a jury will nominate the outstanding “Top 6” applicants for presentation at the conference. The applicants give a short presentation of their innovation in the Annual International Conference. Following the presentations, the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented the awards.

ArcBioxTM BGF30-B1, a Polylactic Acid (PLA), has used LFT (long fibre) technology with the reinforcement of glass fibres. According to the new innovation, bio-based plastics can now be used in technically demanding durable applications with still having the option of compostability at the end of life.

Several other bio-based polymers can also use the newly developed glass fibre. This composite material reduces the carbon footprint and use of non-renewable energy of a composite product considerably in comparison to fossil-based reinforced plastics. DIN CERTCO  has certified this reinforced PLA with seedling mark.

Arctic Biomaterials Oy produces biodegradable plastic solutions for the medical and technical industries. In the medical field, bioresorbable composite solutions offer increased strength. In the technical field, the company offers biodegradable composite solutions for demanding technical applications in an environmentally friendly manner.

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Paraxylene Market to Surpass USD 81.02 Billion | Booming at CAGR of 12.05% from 2018 to 2022 | Industry Growth, Size, TOP Trends, Share – Paraxylene Market USD 81.02 Billion

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Paraxylene Market to Surpass USD 81.02 Billion | Booming at CAGR of 12.05% from 2018 to 2022 | Industry Growth, Size, TOP Trends, Share

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Synopsis of Para xylene Market

Para xylene (PX) had witnessed a rapid growth demand from last few years due to steady demand from polyester manufactures. It is majorly used for producing PTA (Purified Terephthalic acid) and DMT (Dimethyl Terephthalate) which are used in production of polyester. In 2015, the polyesters demand reached around USD 50 million tons making it the most commonly used synthetic fiber across the globe. A small amount of Para xylene is also used as a solvent and in the production of herbicides and di-Para xylene. Rising demand for Para xylene from numerous end user industries including packaging, textiles and construction materials is significantly influencing the demand for Para xylene.Study Objectives of Para xylene Market:

  • To provide detailed analysis of the market structure along with forecast for the next 7 years of the various segments and sub-segments of the global para xylene market
  • To understand the supply and demand dynamics including supply and consumption concentration mapping
  • To provide region level market analysis and future outlook for North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of the World (ROW) and their countries
  • To evaluate historical market trends, patents and technologies, and current government regulatory requirements that are relevant to the market

Key Players

Key players of the global para xylene market are Honeywell UOP, BP, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., CNPC, S-Oil, Reliance Industries Ltd, Dragon, NPC Iran, FCFC, GS Caltex, KPPC, ONGC, Orpic, China National Offshore Oil Corporation. Reliance Industries contributes about 14% to the total Indian export it has presence in various sector. In India, Reliance is the largest producer of polyester fiber and yarn and the 5th largest producer of Para xylene
Intended Audience

  • High para xylene manufacturers
  • Traders and distributors of high para xylene
  • Application industries
  • Potential investors
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Nationalized laboratory

The global para xylene market is expected to grow at USD 81.02 billion by 2022 growing with the CAGR of 12.05% from 2016 to 2022. The source for producing para xylene is naphtha. Para xylene (PX), an aromatic hydrocarbon, is the source for the commercial production of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), which are further used to produce polyester. The para xylene production process includes the conversion of naphtha into BTX, a mixture of benzene, xylene, and toluene, and the separation of PX by fractional crystallization. PX is an important petrochemical as its end-product polyester is used for various industrial purposes, including textile manufacturing and packaging. It also finds usage as a solvent, along with being the raw material to manufacture Di-PX and herbicides.

Regional Analysis

Geographically, maximum consumer of para xylene market is in Asia-Pacific followed by Europe and all of them contributes greatly in the growth of the market. North-America are facing sluggish market growth rate. Growth of para xylene market is Asia Pacific is maximum due to the growing use of PARA xylene for various applications along with macroeconomic growth of textile and plastic industry in the region.
Increasing demand for polyester fiber in emerging markets of Brazil and India is anticipated to significantly influence the demand for the para xylene in the upcoming scenario. As per the Indian Chemical Industry Five Year Plan 2012-2017, the production of Para xylene is expected to reach 5.5 million tons in 2016 whereas the consumption rate is anticipated to stand at USD 4.9 million tons in 2016…

Honeywell UOP, has developed and successfully commercialized its latest breakthrough in Para xylene technology. Use of ADS-37TM adsorbent, UOP’s latest adsorbent for the ParexTM Process, while carrying out a high capacity revamp, can result in a capacity increase in the range of 10 to 30% compared with operation with previous generation. The improvements associated with ADS-37TM adsorbent and high capacity revamp can be implemented quickly and at relatively lower cost

Geographic Analysis 

The report about Global Para xylene Market by Market Research Future comprises of extensive primary research along with detail analysis of qualitative as well as quantitative aspects by various industry experts and key opinion leaders to gain a deeper insight of the market and industry performance. The report gives a clear picture of the current market scenario which includes past and estimated future market size in terms of value and volume, technological advancement, macro economical and governing factors in the market. The report further provides detail information about strategies used by top key players in the industry. It also gives a broad study about different market segments and regions.

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U.S. Textile Industry Calls for China 301 Tariffs on Textile & Apparel End Products – National Council of Textile Organizations CEO testifies at USTR hearing on proposed Section 301 tariffs on goods from China – National Council of Textile Organizations CEO testifies at USTR hearing on proposed Section 301 tariffs on goods from China – USA Textile Industry China Tariffs Textile & Apparel

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U.S. Textile Industry Calls for China 301 Tariffs on Textile & Apparel End Products

USA Textile Industry China Tariffs Textile & ApparelNational Council of Textile Organizations CEO testifies at USTR hearing on proposed Section 301 tariffs on goods from China

 Source: National Council of Textile Organizations
National Council of Textile Organizations President & CEO Auggie Tantillo

Washington, DC, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President & CEO Auggie Tantillo testified as a witness at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) public hearing on proposed China 301 tariffs in Washington, DC on May 17.

“The U.S. textile industry strongly supports the Trump administration’s Section 301 case to sanction China’s rampant intellectual property rights (IPR) theft,” said NCTO President & CEO Auggie Tantillo.

“The U.S. textile industry urges the Trump administration to include textile and apparel end products in any Section 301 retaliatory tariff action against China,” Tantillo added as he noted that China’s predatory, illegal trade actions, including IPR theft, have contributed to the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs, including hundreds of thousands in textiles.

“China’s domination of global textile markets has clearly been aided by its rampant theft of U.S. textile intellectual property.  From the violation of patents on high performance fibers, yarns and fabrics to the infringement of copyrighted designs on textile home furnishings, China has gained pricing advantages through blatantly illegal activities.  Putting 301 tariffs on Chinese textile and apparel exports would send a long overdue signal that these predatory actions will no longer be tolerated,” Tantillo finished.

In addition to Tantillo’s hearing testimony (see below), NCTO and the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) submitted a joint 24-page statement for the record as part of USTR’s public comment process on the China 301 tariff issue that closed on May 11.

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers.

  • U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 550,500 in 2017.
  • The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $77.9 billion in 2017.
  • U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $28.6 billion in 2017.
  • Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.4 billion in 2016, the last year for which data is available.

Witness Statement

Auggie Tantillo, President & CEO, National Council of Textile Organizations

USTR China 301 Intellectual Property Rights Hearing

My name is Auggie Tantillo, and I am the President & CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO).  I am grateful for this opportunity to testify today.

NCTO represents the full spectrum of the U.S. textile sector, from fiber through finished sewn products, and we strongly support the President’s initiation of a Section 301 case to address China’s persistent and severely damaging intellectual property (IP) theft.  With that said, the U.S. textile industry is deeply disappointed that the retaliation list does not contain a single textile or apparel product.

This is a glaring omission because China has used a system of predatory trade practices, including brazen theft of U.S. textile materials, technology, and innovation, to dominate global markets.  Today, China holds nearly 40 percent of the world’s total trade in this sector.  Since 1997, China’s textile and apparel exports to the United States have increased by a stunning 1,400 percent, helping to fuel the more than $44 billion U.S. trade deficit with China in our sector last year.

Intellectual property rights (IPR) theft has helped enable China’s global ascendancy in the textile sector, and U.S. textile and apparel manufacturers have been acutely victimized by China’s intellectual property violations.  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data substantiates this point, demonstrating:

  • In FY 2016 and 2017, wearing apparel and accessories accounted for the single largest segment of DHS IPR seizures, at 20% and 15% respectively.
  • The total value of wearing apparel and accessories seizures was nearly $200 million over the past two fiscal years.

The U.S. textile industry is vulnerable to IPR theft as the global leader in research and development and leading innovator of next generation fibers, yarns, and fabrics with cutting-edge characteristics and end-uses.  Further, proprietary technologies in the textile sector are difficult to develop but often relatively easy to copy and/or reverse engineer.  The following are some specific examples of China’s abuses in this area:

High Performance Textiles are products with extraordinary performance capabilities, such as textiles with high elasticity, extreme wear and abrasion resistance, and enhanced breathability and moisture-wicking capabilities.

A U.S. manufacturer and holder of various patents on fabrics of a highly complex construction has seen its products continually attacked by China.  The performance capabilities of these patented fabrics are so sophisticated that they are used in the U.S. military’s Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System.

One patent covers a composite fabric that is designed to rapidly remove moisture from the skin. This product has an outer layer fabric made of highly absorbent materials, and a second, inner layer fabric formed with both vertical and horizontal channels, constructed from yarns with a plurality of fibers.  The two fabrics are knitted concurrently so that the layers are separate yet integrated one with the other.

Despite being solely responsible for these inventions and holding the patents for these products, the U.S. manufacturer finds itself competing against its own fabrics in activewear markets at home and abroad.  The company has identified garments imported by numerous major U.S. brands that violate their patents.  In each of these instances, the infringing fabric was made in China.

Home Furnishings are the textile products we use daily in our homes such as carpets, towels, comforters, drapery, and upholstered furniture.

U.S. home textile companies report that it is normally less than six months between the display of a new design and facing competition from copies of that proprietary textile design by Chinese manufacturers.  When these companies have successfully adjudicated copyright infringement cases in China, penalty judgements are routinely well below the actual level of damages sustained.  The ability to enforce rulings and collect penalties is frustratingly slow and, in some cases, nonexistent as guilty parties often reorganize as new companies to avoid the legal repercussions.

New Materials is one of the ten R&D priority technology domains designated in the Made in China 2025 national plan, under which textiles is listed as an “advanced basic material.”

Advanced textile materials are a strong growth area in terms of domestic investment, output, and employment.  Innovations in this field have allowed the introduction of textile products in diverse markets such as medical, telecommunications, aerospace, construction, and environmental remediation.

A U.S. company produces an advanced textile structure for the telecommunications sector that they manufacture in China for sale in Asian markets.  While the product required significant effort to develop and optimize, it is relatively simple to manufacture.  The U.S. company obtained numerous patents including invention patents and utility models in China.  Nonetheless, several Chinese companies knocked off this product in multiple provinces.

The company successfully sued their competitors for patent infringement and have defended attempts to have their primary patents invalidated.  Again, damage awards were low and collection was difficult.  At least one Chinese company simply opened another infringing company after the first was enjoined.

Consumer Impact Analysis

Beyond the question of IPR, another key metric in the construction of the retaliation list was a ranking of products “according to the likely impact on U.S. consumers.”  We do not believe that textile and apparel products should be disqualified based on consumer concerns.

Their inclusion would only impair U.S. consumers if there were no viable alternatives for the same goods.  In the U.S. market, textile and apparel products are globally and abundantly sourced.  The U.S. Department of Commerce lists 98 different countries in their monthly textile and apparel “Major Shippers” report.  Last year, the United States imported over $73 billion in textile and apparel goods from sources other than China.  Many of these imports were duty-free from our free trade agreement (FTA) partners.  Aside from China, sixteen different countries shipped at least $1 billion worth of textile and apparel products to the United States in 2017.

To argue that American consumers would be deprived of choice or forced to pay significantly more ignores today’s abundant and diverse textile and apparel global sourcing structure.

Further, it is a tactical mistake to exempt strategically important industries in China from the retaliation list.  The textile and apparel sector is a critical aspect of China’s national economy due to the extraordinary number of workers employed in it.  According to reports, the textile and apparel sector is the single largest provider of industrial employment in China, with approximately 24,000 enterprises, over 10 million direct jobs, and millions of additional jobs in support industries.

To resolve China’s rampant IPR abuses, any retaliation list will need to include pillar sectors of their economy.  Threatening China’s illegal stranglehold on hundreds of billions of dollars of exports in the textile sector will create legitimate concerns as to China’s ability to maintain their astonishing employment levels in this sector.

Textile Machinery

Additionally, we oppose inclusion of textile machinery on the retaliation list as virtually no textile machinery is manufactured in the United States.  China’s explosive growth in the U.S. textile and apparel market also devastated the U.S. textile machinery industry, leaving domestic textile companies almost totally dependent on imports to equip their factories.  The failure to remove textile machinery from the list will result in:

  • Increased production costs for U.S. textile manufacturers, exacerbating the already significant and often illegally-attained price advantages that China holds;
  • Jobs losses in the U.S. textile production chain and supplier industries; and
  • Increased prices for U.S. exports of textile goods to our Western Hemisphere apparel partners.

Conclusion & Recommendation

In summary, the U.S. textile industry strongly recommends that the Trump administration add to the retaliation list:

  • Finished apparel items that track closely with product being sourced from U.S. FTA partners;
  • Textile-based home furnishings; and
  • Advanced textiles, defined as textile inputs or finished products designed to meet rigorous safety and/or unique high-performance criteria.

We also recommend that all textile machinery items be removed from the retaliation list.

Adopting these recommendations would provide a modest level of relief to an industry severely undermined by China’s persistent theft of our intellectual property.  On the other hand, failure to include textile and apparel products would condone China’s illegal activity in this strategically important sector.

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Techtextil Once Again On Course For Growth – The prospects for exhibitors and visitors at Techtextil 2019 are good: some twelve months before the start of the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens (14 to 17 May 2019), – Techtextil Course Growth

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Techtextil Once Again On Course For Growth

 Techtextil Course Growth    FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — The prospects for exhibitors and visitors at Techtextil 2019 are good: some twelve months before the start of the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens (14 to 17 May 2019), the number of registrations is already significantly higher than the figure for a comparable stage in the run-up to the last show.

“Every two years, Techtextil in Frankfurt becomes the focal point of all the pioneering thinkers, manufacturers and users in the field of high-tech textile products. Our trade mark is the sheer variety of textile solutions that find uses way beyond sector boundaries. The outstanding figures for registrations underscores the value that the international community places on Techtextil,” says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles and Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.

Currently, exhibitors from 44 different countries have opted to take part in Techtextil. Twelve countries have already registered joint / national stands: Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and USA. The manufacturers represent the entire spectrum of technical textiles and nonwovens. There is particularly strong representation in fields relating to fibre-based products for industry, architecture and construction, apparel, vehicles and transport, medicine, sport and hazard protection. Exhibitors already include, amongst others, AG Cilander, Freudenberg, Hyosung, Ibena Textilwerke, Kordsa, Lenzing, Olbo & Mehler Tex, Porcher, Peppermint Holding, PHP Fibres, Sandler, Sattler Pro-Tex, Schoeller, Sioen and Tenowo.

Visitors will also be offered a broad product range in the field of textile machinery, where all international market leaders such as Dilo, Groz-Beckert, Huntsman, Karl Mayer, Lindauer Dornier, Monforts and Trützschler, will be present. Additionally, the joint stands organised by the professional associations ACIMIT (Italy) and the BTMA (Great Britain), will again be showcasing an extensive spectrum of technologies, processes and accessories.

Held in parallel to Techtextil, Texprocess, the leading trade fair for the processing of technical textiles and apparel fabrics, will provide in-depth insights into all stages of textile processing. Texprocess, too, continues to grow and also reports outstanding registration figures. Techtextil 2017 was visited by 33,670 trade visitors from 104 countries. In addition, at least another 7,091 such visitors came across from the concurrently held Texprocess.

Changed Exhibition Centre Layout

Because of the building work being undertaken at Messe Frankfurt’s Trade Fair and Exhibition Centre, there will be a slight change to the exhibition layout of Techtextil and Texprocess. Related to this is the fact that there will, for the first time, be a shared hall that includes Techtextil exhibitors with a focus on functional apparel fabrics and exhibitors at Texprocess involved in fabric treatment and finishing. This hall will also house the ‘Digital Textile Micro Factory’, which will showcase a completely integrated and networked production line for apparel, as well as – for the first time – for technical textiles in other applications, too. In this hall, then, visitors will have an insight into the entire production process, from material to finished product.

It is still possible to register for Techtextil and Texprocess.

Source: Messe Frankfurt

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