High demand for protech in emerging markets in Asia have increased biz for flame retardants
Trevira GmbH is an innovative European manufacturer of high-value branded polyester fibres and filament yarns for the home textiles, automotive and apparel industries as well as for hygiene and technical applications. Two production sites and a Marketing and Sales office with a total of approx. 1,140 employees are located in Germany. In 2012, sales amounted to around 232 million Euros. The company is a subsidiary of Trevira Holdings GmbH, a joint venture of Indorama Ventures PCL and Sinterama S.p.A. Mr Hartmann Huth, VP Business Unit Staple Fibres at Trevira, has been working in the Sales team of Trevira from the start of his career for almost 30 years now. He has been responsible for staple fibres and had held the position of Head of Marketing and Sales before he became Chairman of the Business Unit Staple Fibres in 2011.
Man-made fibres have the advantage that they can be designed according to their purpose, without having to apply chemical treatments to the yarns or fabrics at later stages. Examples for this include inherently flame retardant polyester products, hybrid fibres and yarns with low melt components, which permit the thermal stiffening of textiles. Fibres made from biopolymers like PLA reflect a growing interest in manufacturers, including in the hygiene sector. This is due to increasing global consumer demand for sustainable products made from renewable resources.
Bicomponent fibres consist of two components, i.e. two different types of polyester or a polyester/polyethylene system. These components are spun together into filaments or fibres, either in a core/sheath or side-by-side alignment. The fibres or filaments are used mainly for thermal bonding of nonwoven materials, i.e. for hygiene products, but also for filtration, insulation and other specialised applications.
The automotive segment remains a strategic core business of Trevira. We expect a globalised business in the future here, since there is a rising demand for automotive interiors outside Europe. As far as the technical aspects are concerned, we see a trend towards reduced weights. Less weight means lower fuel consumption – here again we have an environmental issue. However, the lower weights have to be achieved with the same coverage and elasticity, as well as increased demands regarding the look of the materials. This includes, for example, spun-dyed yarn qualities. We can say that the demands of the OEMs result in increasingly ambitious yarn developments. Over the past years, we have increased our range of “inherently coloured” yarns significantly, and we shall extend this portfolio further.
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