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  • William C. (Bill) Smith Industrial Textile Associates

    Greer, SC 29650, USA

    www.intexa.com

    June 5,, 2009SPESA2009 Orlando1

    Technical Textiles 2009

    State of the Industry

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    What are technical/industrial textiles?

    A casual definition: "if we don’t wear it as clothing

    (apparel), if we don’t use it to decorate our homes

    (home furnishings), then it is industrial."

    While that may be a bit imprecise, and there is

    much overlap, it is functional enough to show

    perspective. And it is not too far removed from the

    "actual" definition -- as best we have been able to

    define it.

    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    Textile Institute (Manchester, UK) says:

    Industrial Textiles are: "1) Textile materials and

    products intended for end uses other than clothing,

    household furnishing, and floor covering, where the

    fabric or fibrous component is selected principally,

    but not exclusively, for its performance and

    properties as opposed to aesthetic or decorative

    characteristics, and

    2) A category of technical textiles used either as part

    of an industrial process or incorporated into final

    products."

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    Textile Institute (Manchester, UK) also says:

    Technical Textiles are: "Technical materials and

    products manufactured primarily for their technical

    performance and functional properties rather than

    their aesthetic or decorative characteristics, a non-

    exhaustive list of end uses include: aerospace,

    industrial, marine, medical, military, safety, transport

    textiles, and geotextiles."

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    Textile Institute (Manchester, UK) also says:

    Technical Textiles are: "Technical materials and products manufactured

    primarily for their technical performance and functional properties rather than

    their aesthetic or decorative characteristics, a non-exhaustive list of end uses

    include: aerospace, industrial, marine, medical, military, safety, transport

    textiles, and geotextiles.“

    Sounds a lot like the definition of industrial textiles.

    A lot like the “casual” definition as well. Confusing?

    The industry is difficult to define as there are a lot of

    overlapping areas and collected data does not

    always agree as to what is counted where.

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

  • Categories of Technical Textiles

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    1. Agrotech - Fabrics used in agricultural, farming,

    landscaping applications

    2. Buildtech - Materials used in construction, civil engineering,

    temporary buildings, etc.

    3. Clothtech -- Technical components of clothing, shoes, etc.

    4. Geotech -- Geotextiles and geosynthetics -- materials for

    soil control, road reinforcement, landfill liners, etc.

    5. Hometech -- Technical components of home furnishings

    6. Indutech -- "Industrial" items not categorized elsewhere:

    filtration, mechanical rubber goods, sound absorption, etc.

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    7. Medtech – Textiles for medical, hygiene, rescue use

    8. Mobiltech - Automobile, truck, trains, buses, aerospace

    9. Oekotech - Environmental fabrics; can be from many

    other segments, such as filtration, erosion fencing,

    and landfill lining.

    10. Packtech -- Materials for packaging (i.e. lumber wrap),

    protective covering systems, sacks, bulk storage bags

    11. Protech -- Protection of persons or property -- firemen's,

    chemical hazmat garments, clean room garments.

    12. Sportech -- Sports and leisure active wear, outdoors

    and sports equipment, sports shoes.

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    It depends on what you count –not every study agrees.

    Pounds of fiber?

    Square yards of fabric?

    Dollars – production, retail?

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    Approximately 25% of all fiber consumed in US for TT

    About 24 million tons of fiber worldwide

    Roughly $120 billion worldwide

    About $31 billion sales in US

    CAGR 3.8%

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    So – Is Dilbert Right?

    Numbers are great to have – and necessary to put things into perspective.

    It depends on what/how you count!

  • Market shares, by segment (% total TT fiber usage)

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    Source: David Rigby Associates, Manchester, UK; World Market Forecasts to 2010

    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

    Shown to provide perspective

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    The state of the industry?

    It's down – by some estimates 20-40%,

    depending on what industry you consider –

    and what segment.

    The TT industry reaches into every facet of

    our economy, and follows it’s up and down.

    So, what is happening?

    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

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    Technical Textile 2009 – State of the Industry

    A giant lack of confidence!

    People are scared, so they put off

    buying cars, houses, big ticket

    appliances, eating out, taking trips,

    even getting their hair cut, and

    it impacts the TT industry!

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    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

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    Technical textiles get into many areas of products of our every day life. Most we never see or know.

    Using Automotive as an illustration, one can see the myriad of places where TT are used.

    While this is one example, one industry, similar things could be developed for most any of the markets in our previous pie chart.

    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

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    The NA automotive industry represents the largest market for technical textiles, in dollars – and by some estimates, the market accounts for about 23% of all technical textiles worldwide.

    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

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    The NA automotive industry represents the largest market for technical textiles, in dollars – and by some estimates, the market accounts for about 23% of all technical textiles worldwide.

    Global consumption of technical textile

    and nonwovens in mobiltech – textiles

    used in transportation - is/was forecast

    to reach 3.34 million tons by 2010.

    BUT – now it will obviously take a while

    longer!

    Technical Textiles 2009 – State of the Industry

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    Automotive Textile Applications & Content

    Cabin Air

    Filters Dash Insulation

    Seat Bolster

    Upholstery Carpet

    Backing

    Floor Mats

    Wheel House

    Insulation

    Muffler

    Wraps

    Package Tray

    Facings

    Seat Back

    UpholsterySunroof

    Facing

    Headliner

    Facing Headliner Scrim

    Backing

    Sun Visor Facing

    and padding

    Air Intake Filter

    Sound Proofing

    Battery Separators

    Door Insulation

    Trunk

    Liner

    Rear Shelf

    Insulation

    Door Upholstery

    Tire Reinforcement

    Airbags

    Seating

    Belts and Hoses

    Carpets

    Seatbelts

    Electronic and structural

    Composites

    Oil and transmission Filters

    Eco-friendly dash composites

    Gas tank filters

    Technical Textile 2009 – State of the Industry

    Adapted from Freundenberg Vitek:2008

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    Automotive Textile Application Categories

     Facing

     Seat Back/Bolster

     Seating

     Headliner

     Carpet

     Trunk

     Door panel

     Package Tray

     Cargo facing

     Load Floor cover

     Pillar cover

     Structural

     Carpeting

     Carpet backing

     Headliner Substrate

     Door panel

     Air bag

     Wheel House

     Trunk Trim

     Tires

     Seatbelts

     Composites (structural and elect