At this year’s home textiles fair, Trevira devoted six ‘decoration islands’ to mobility, a theme that for some years now has been a megatrend in society and is being driven further today by growing globalisation.
“In many respects mobility forms the basis of our lives and economic activity. This means there is also a search for suitable materials that can stand up to the varying demands and forms that this trend takes. Safety and comfort, together with design and performance, flexibility too, constitute only some the features sought after,” says the company.
The company also released its performance report that says that by and large business for Trevira proceeded satisfactorily in 2016. In some segments, however, business was difficult, particularly in specialties, with the result that it will not quite be possible to achieve the above-average performance recorded in 2015.
Business in flame retardant fibres and yarns was to a large extent stable. Strong demand continues for fibres and yarns with a low-melt component, for use in products for interior solar shading or for textiles with sound absorption effect.
There are also signs of greater potential for growth in the development of new FR bico-fibres catering for the acoustic panel sector. Likewise, spun-dyed colours are still arousing great interest and this in a wide variety of applications. In fibres, spun-dyed products for the industrial sector registered growth, and the Business Unit Filament extends its range of colours in flame retardants, mainly aimed at the decorative fabrics market.
In the office sector, coarse air- textured yarns with wool characteristics are enjoying strong demand. Together with yarn partners, the available portfolio of melange and fancy yarns has been extended, this in response to the current trend for fabrics with natural looks. In terms of volume, there is a slight positive development in Trevira CS Bioactive business.
Despite exposure to considerable price pressure, especially in the hotel sector, the high- end Trevira CS market again witnessed new collections in 2016, mainly incorporated into this sector. Positive signs are evident, especially in the German hotel market.
Pushing ahead with globalising the Trevira CS brand, Trevira is taking further steps to open up the brand policy for Asiatic manufacturers. These will in future be able to supply Trevira CS fabrics in all regions outside Europe. (KD)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India
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