Synthetic Polymer Leads the Technical Textile Market

The “Technical Textile Market Size, Market Share, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts, 2021 to 2029” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The global technical textile market is expected to grow at CAGR of 8.0 % within the forecast period of 2021 to 2029.

This research report presents the analysis of each segment from 2019 to 2029 considering 2020 as the base year for the research. Compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for each respective segment is calculated for the forecast period from 2021 to 2029.

The demand for textile is increasing as per the needs & its application. Consumers are expecting better quality of textiles along with their sustainable property. These textiles are known for their superior characteristics over their traditional equivalents and are utilized for specific functionalities. Characteristics and features such as superior technical performance, higher strength and versatility make them desirable for numerous commercial use, domestic use and industrial use.

A major advance in textiles technology was the invention of polyamide, more commonly known as nylon. This synthetic material can be pulled into very thin strands when heated and spun just like natural textiles, and is now used extensively as a fabric in clothing. The technical textiles have high quality over other textiles.

The industry grows significantly as there is wide range of application in the industry. Major brands in textile industry have emerged cause of technical textile & have gained growth in revenue over time. The trend in textile industry leads the technical textile to new highs ensuring wide application & sales. The technical industry is expected to grow over time.

Synthetic Polymer Market Expected to Grow Significantly in the Future

Nowadays, natural fibres are used to replace synthetic fibres because of environmental concern as reinforced material in polymer composites for engineering materials. Synthetic polymer plays a vital role in textile industry as it has dynamic properties & is also known as sustainable material. Synthetic fibre-reinforced polymer composites provide high-strength & stiffness materials that are widely accepted as aerospace components and automotive industries.

Synthetic polymers are made from raw materials such as petroleum, based on chemicals or petrochemicals. The application of synthetic polymer is used in bullet proof vests, heat resistant garments, high performance sporting goods, heavy-lifting lines, tow cables and so on. The synthetic polymer accounted for 60% of the market in 2019 and will grow significantly in future. Synthetic fibre followed by natural fibre, regenerated fibre & other fibres are used in various regions across globe.

Technology & Innovation Drives the Market

Technology & innovations leads the technical textile in wide range of application in constructions, medical, sports, industries, agriculture, mobile, automobile & apparel industries. The technology has made the technical material durable & sustainable. The global growth rate of technical textiles is about 4% per year greater than the growth of home and apparel textiles, which are growing at a rate of 1% per year.

Currently, technical textile materials are most widely used in filters, clothing, furniture, hygiene, medical and construction products. Knitting, weaving, braiding, non-woven & tufting are the techniques used in production of technical textile. Other than these, Thermo-forming, 3D (Three Dimensional) weaving, 3D knitting, fabrics produced using nanotechnology, heat-set synthetics, finishing treatments (coating and lamination), handmade elements such as stitch/applique are some of the process used in wide range of application in the industry.

Technical Textile Market Revives During Pandemic

Pandemic affected the demand & manufacturing of technical textile, a there was extreme need for healthcare apparels along with mask on large scale. The demand & supply lowered in some industries & reached its peak in the medical sector. The chemicals required for production of technical textile were also affected. Post easing of lockdowns, led to increase in sales. The sales of textile have increased through online platforms & over the counter.

 

Besafe Masks Provide Complete Protection Even Against Mutations of Covid-19

Besafe masks, developed by Güney Biomedical, provide full protection even against the mutations of Covid-19 with a 99.8% BFE (Bacteria Filtration Strength) value. Besafe masks, which are newly developed and launched with the slogan ‘‘Effective protection with a single mask instead of 2 masks’’, can especially provide such protection.

Masks are the most important protector in the coronavirus pandemic period that caused 150 million people to get sick and more than 3 million people to die, thus affecting the whole world since December 2019. However, in order for the masks to be genuinely protective against the virus, they must be produced under appropriate conditions, have a minimum of 3 layers, and use Meltblown (filter fabric) fabric in the intermediate layer. Especially in the early days of the pandemic, many companies in Turkey and in the world started to produce masks due to the global shortage in them. However, not every mask meets the necessary requirements.

In order for a mask to be named ‘surgical mask’, it must pass several tests. One of them is the Bacteria Filtration Strength (BFE) value. The BFE value must be 95% and above. Since the protection of the masks that cannot achieve this value is not sufficient, they do not have a surgical mask feature.

Besafe masks with high protection characteristics

Besafe masks developed by Güney Biomedical provide full protection even against the mutations of Covid-19 with a BFE value of 99.8%. Besafe masks, which are newly developed and launched with the slogan ‘‘Effective protection with a single mask instead of 2 masks’’, are the first and only in their respective field.

Enes Güney, Molecular Biologist and Responsible Director of Güney Biomedical, with whom we conducted an exclusive interview, answered our questions regarding the usage of the surgical masks, necessary requirements, and what should be considered in masks.

‘‘High Volume of Unregistered and Unlicensed Mask Production’’

We know that most of the masks sold under the name of ‘surgical masks’ in the market do not meet the criteria. What criteria must a mask meet to be considered a surgical mask?

First of all, surgical masks have the status of ‘medical device’ and are subject to the EN14683 standard as required by the legislation. Through these standards, it is aimed to prevent splashes and infection by protecting the mouth and nose during surgical operations. In addition, it is aimed to prevent the transmission of droplets and particles that are likely to be transmitted by air from the environment to a person or from one person to another by using a surgical mask. In order for a mask to be classified as a ‘surgical mask’, it must comply with EN 14683 criteria. The most important sub-criterion here is that the BFE (Bacteria Filtration Strength) value is 95% and above. In order to meet these standards, electrostatic meltblown fabric must be used in the middle layer of the mask. In other words, the inner and outer layers of the mask should be made of spounbond fabric and the middle should be made of meltblown (filter fabric) fabric. Unless meltblown fabric is used, these masks will not be protective since they do not have the filtering feature. Again, surgical masks must meet conditions such as breathability, prevention of splashing, and microbial cleaning. The size of the mask rubber and the size of the nose wire should also comply with the standards. The floor of the production facility should be an epoxy floor in order to prevent dust in the air. The employees working in this hygienic environment must wear gloves and masks.

With the pandemic outbreak in our country, the growing demand for masks has led to an increase in unlicensed and unregistered production. The unlicensed and unregistered masks have no chance of meeting the standards that I have mentioned above. Mask production is carried out to protect human health. The standards of the surgical mask are emphasized in all legislation and documents. For this reason, businesses that exploit human health need to be strictly supervised and authorities need to approach the issue with more sensitivity. As a society, our most important weapon against the virus is the mask. If this weapon does not meet the necessary conditions, it means that we have a weakness in protection against the virus.

‘‘A Surgical Mask Should Be Renewed every 3 to 4 Hours’’

The general population is using masks for more than 1 year. However, people still do not have the necessary awareness about the use of masks. Can you explain the correct use of the mask?

First off, when the masks are worn by putting the elastic bands behind the ears, they should cover the mouth and nose completely, and the wired part should be adjusted according to the nose. The maximum usage time of a surgical mask should be 3-4 hours. Then a new mask should be used. The old mask should be discarded. While the mask is in our mouth, we should not touch the fabric part of the mask with our hands. Otherwise, the microbes that have nested on that fabric part will be transmitted to our hands. If we forget or accidentally touch this area, we should wash our hands with soap and plenty of water immediately. If we do not have access to water and soap, we can use a high-grade cologne or disinfectant. Also, when we put on the mask, the pleat or shutter parts of the mask should be facing down. Thus, it will cover the face better and it will be more difficult for the microbes to settle there with the effect of gravity.

‘‘Masks Should Never Be Touched with Bare Hands During Production’’

Undoubtedly, hygiene is one of the most important criteria during mask production. What are the criteria that mask production facilities should have?

Hygiene conditions of mask production facilities should be kept at the maximum level since there is an assignment aimed at the protection of human health. The owners and employees of the mask production business should produce as if they and their family would wear each mask that comes out of the production facility. During the production and quality control phases, masks should never be touched with bare hands and nitrile-derived disposable gloves should be preferred.

The cleanliness of the production environment and the area where the raw materials are stored should be checked frequently and the environment should be disinfected and ventilated at regular intervals. All employees in production must undergo health checks at certain intervals.

‘‘Turkey Missed a Significant Opportunity Due to the Mandatory Grant Requirement’’

Turkey has achieved great success in the production of medical textile products during the pandemic period. What do you attribute this success to? What should be done to increase medical textile exports?

Turkey has a very important experience and culture in textile, and accordingly, it comes right after China in the field of nonwoven and technical textiles production. In fact, the production volume of Turkey was quite high for the country before the pandemic outbreak. With the pandemic, the supply and popularity of this sector have increased substantially. I attribute this success to Turkey’s culture and experience in this business, as well as its qualified workforce. Of course, the creation of a stable environment for investment is another cornerstone of this success.

Unfortunately, the fact that there is a mandatory grant requirement for the export of medical devices and personal protective equipment, which harms the manufacturer’s competitiveness in the global market. While the contribution of the export of the textile products to our current national account deficit as a country is obvious, Turkey missed a very significant export opportunity because of the mandatory grant requirement for medical textile exports. In order to facilitate the competition conditions of our producers, the grant requirement must be removed as soon as possible. Later, medical textile manufacturers can come together with exporters’ associations to conduct an international PR study. In this way, the popularity and appeal of the quality of Turkish products in the global market will be increased.

As Güney Biomedical, you have the production of surgical masks, N95, FFP2, masks that provide effective protection against mutations of Covid-19. Can you please provide us information regarding your product portfolio and the features of your products?

At Güney Biomedical, we primarily manufacture surgical masks that comply with the ‘‘Type II R’’ standard, which provides the highest standard in surgical masks. We produce these masks in both adult and child sizes.

In addition, we offer our customers a mask that provides full protection against mutations of Covid-19, contains thick filter fabric, and demonstrates double-mask protection.

Apart from that, we manufacture FFP2/N95 type masks that meet the EN149 criteria in 5 layers. These mask models provide both bacteria and particle filtration values above 95%.

Additionally, we can offer a wide variety of color options according to the demands of our customers.

Güney Biomedical possesses both EU and US Certifications

Güney Biomedical manufactures in accordance with European Union standards. Could you please provide information regarding the certificates your company has?

First of all, we provide EN14683 criteria for our 3-layer surgical masks under our CE certificate.

Our company obtained the Type II R qualification report from Ekoteks Laboratories accredited by UAF in Turkey and the Type II R qualification from the Nando-listed Belgium-Centexbel Textile R&D Center approved by the European Commission.

In line with the demands from the United States, we have also received our FDA approval for 2020 and 2021.

In addition, our company currently fulfills the ISO13485 Medical Devices Quality Management System Qualifications along with the ISO9001 Quality Management System.

Finally, I would like to add that we continue all our activities under the Ministry of Health as an Authorized Medical Device Sales Center.

Could you please tell us about Güney Biomedical’s export markets?

Our main export markets are currently France, Germany, Greece, the USA, and Canada. Apart from these, we have also worked in countries such as UAE, Libya, Sweden, and England. In these countries, we aim to increase our marketing investments even more in the future.

‘‘We Have Investment Plans for UK and Germany’’

As Güney Biomedical, you have opened a dealership in the USA. Do you have plans to expand and establish other franchises?

As we know, one of the places hit the most by the devastating coronavirus pandemic is the American continent, including Brazil, the USA, and Canada. In parallel with this, the demands for Medical Devices and Personal Protective Equipment in those countries increased. In order to meet these demands, we are in an active position in the market under the name of ‘‘Guney North America’’ company in Missouri, which is geographically centrally located in the USA.

At the same time, our representative company ‘‘Aama Medical Products’’, which is located in Sweden and covering Scandinavian countries, continues its activities at full speed.

Apart from that, we have future plans to restructure in the UK and Germany in line with the demands in the market.

Interview: Z. Seda Demirdelen, Dilek Hayırlı

Capture Coating Effectively Kills Covid-19 Indoors

The availability of Capture Coating, developed by Curran Biotech, based in Houston, Texas, is being rushed to distributors and retailers across the globe. It is already being used in eleven states across the USA and expects this to be expanded to 25 with the next few weeks. Capture Coating permanently bonds to the porous materials within a filter, stopping viruses, bacteria and fungi dead, while not impacting airflow or breathability.

 

With the emergence of the worldwide pandemic, a new approach to protecting buildings and inside air from the transmission of contagions has been required, and the hydrophobic nanocoating was developed to combat the airborne nature of the coronavirus.

Standard air filters are rated using the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) system – with MERV8 typical for public buildings. With the Curran Biotech Capture Coating, these filters outperform much higher rated filters in terms of viral protection, without impacting airflow (static air pressure).

“Rather than just using a form of detergent to kill the virus in real time – with no real long-lasting benefits – we approached the problem of protecting buildings from airborne transmission in a different way,” says Curran CEO Eileen Mellon. “We have developed a nanoscale coating that can wrap itself around the individual fibres of HVAC air filtration media, rendering them superhydrophobic without affecting critical HVAC operational parameters.”

Curran Biotech treated filters operate normally with regard to dust and other dry particulates but reject aqueous/liquid-phase contaminants. Because the coronavirus in its most infectious state is surrounded by an aqueous liquid-phase environment, Capture Coating physically stops the virus at the surface of the air filter.

“2020 has forced us to rethink things,” says Becky Scott, Curran’s chief marketing officer. “Being able to participate in life – to breathe without worry – is normal, right? We can’t always be outside. We’ve developed an innovative nanocoating that makes your regular air filters work better – it stops the virus – without impacting breathability.”

Brückner Signed Contract for a Major Project with Dinarsu

Brückner, with a 70-year history of textile finishing, is known worldwide as a technology partner for all companies working in the drying, coating and finishing of web-shaped materials.

The variety of materials to be processed with Brückner technologies, from clothing fabrics to nonwovens to carpets, glass or coatings, has never been limited.

Brückner can offer new concepts in the field of continuous dyeing. Brückner, which also has new solutions in the field of multi-layer stenters, has invested a lot in the denim industry and has also increased its personnel. The German market leader offers integrated finishing systems for pigment dyeing, synthetic resin finishing and coating.

Verena Ruckh, Head of the Advertising and Marketing Department of Brückner

We interviewed Verena Ruckh, Head of the Advertising and Marketing Department of Brückner, for the ‘German Special Section’ of our Tekstil Teknoloji magazine. Saying that, “Turkey is one of our most important market for many years” Ruckh, continued as follows; “We signed a contract for a big project with the world-famous carpet manufacturer Dinarsu.”

How was 2019 for your company and what are the company’s plans for 2020? What are your expansion plans?

2019 was a year of division for us. The first half of the year was much quieter than the years before. Due to the global economic situation, many customers were cautious about new investments. The most constant thing at that time was uncertainty, which made a proper planning almost impossible for us. We were hoping for the ITMA in Barcelona in June. And the fair really gave us a boost again. Many visitors came with new and specific projects, others wanted to modernize or upgrade existing machines and everybody was of course interested in our innovations and highlights. In the meantime, we are back on course for further growth and are looking confidently into the year 2020.

Two years ago, our new production plant in Tittmoning in southern Germany was inaugurated. Here we have the possibility to build very heavy and also much larger machine components than before. The expanded space allows us to build machines for research and development purposes or to test customer systems before they leave our factory. In addition we are able to react much more flexible to the increasingly special customer requirements and this often gives us a considerable competitive advantage.

How important is the Turkish market to your company and how much business is carried out here?

Turkey has been one of our most important markets for many years. With our long-standing agency Inter Tekstil in Istanbul, we feel very well represented here and we also have a local team of installers and a large spare parts warehouse. So we are always on the spot when a customer needs support or a wear part needs to be replaced quickly. The year 2020 has just begun and we have already sold some machines to Turkey. Among others we finalized a contract for a major project with the world-renowned carpet manufacturer Dinarsu. Established in 1955 in Istanbul, DINARSU is today the number one company in the Turkish carpet industry. With targeted investments and a wide range of products the company takes solid steps towards being a world brand. DINARSU is the first tufting carpet manufacturer in Turkey holding CE certificate and the first and only manufacturer to offer a picture quality production with a 400 dpi resolution. The German machine manufacturer BRÜCKNER has already delivered some lines to DINARSU in the past years. Recently a further major order for several lines for the latex back coating of tufted carpets was finalized. The delivery of the first line is planned for summer 2020, others will follow at the end of the year and at the beginning of 2021.

What trends are you currently seeing in the textile machinery industry?

After the global economy weakened considerably last year, we are currently seeing an upward trend in the textile industry. There will be a lot of movement in the future, especially in the area of technical textiles or even nonwovens, as new materials and technologies are constantly developed in this sector. The coating or functionalisation of textiles will also be a major topic in the future. The term Industry 4.0 is also on everyone’s lips at the moment. We have developed a lot of new features in this area and presented it for the first time at ITMA 2019. Worth mentioning here, among others, is a new user-friendly visualisation of our machines, intelligent assistance systems for monitoring maintenance intervals or a new simulation tool for energy-optimised production.

What industrial and economic challenges are currently impacting your company and how is your company responding to them?

There are several challenges to be overcome, the most recent one is of course the spread of the corona virus. It is no longer just an issue in China, but in the meantime for the entire global economy, because China is a large market for the global textile industry. Our flexibility when travelling is currently limited, trade fairs in Asia are postponed or cancelled and therefore discussions and business transactions are also postponed to an uncertain time.

Another challenge is the increasingly complexity of requirements of our customers. Almost every order is a very special one and an individual project that we cannot pull out of the drawer. Here it is necessary to work very closely with the customer and in the end to present a solution that is perfectly suited to his needs. Fortunately, we have a large number of long-standing employees who contribute technological know-how and decades of experience. We therefore feel well prepared for the future and are looking forward to the coming challenges.

Interview: Dilek HAYIRLI