“Technical textile Chemicals” is a revolution in the market for textile chemicals. This revolution could be attributed to rising technical refurbishments and innovation on the part of products over the last 10 years. The other driving factor toward technical textile chemicals market is extensive investment in R&D. Besides, altering lifestyles, rise in disposable income, tremendous increase in consumers’ buying power, and awakening regarding advantages of technical textiles are expected to contribute to the progress of technical textile chemicals market.
The coatings that are distinctly used in the technical textiles constitute thermoplastic polymers. They are the long chain linear molecules. A few of them do have ability of crosslinking. These polymers include PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), PVDC (Polyvinylidene Chloride), PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), rubber, SBR (Styrene-Butadiene rubber), nitrile rubber, butyl rubber, polychloroprene (neoprene), chlorosulphonated polyethylene (hypalon), silicone rubbers, and polyurethanes.
North America holds the largest share of the global technical textile chemicals market; thanks to loads of smart homes over here. Europe follows suit. The APAC, especially urban China and India are catching up. The rise in running income in the APAC is expected to place APAC on the topmost pedestal in the years to come. However, constraints like bio-based alternatives are likely to hinder the same market in the near future.
This highly fragmented market witnessed key players like Huntsman Corporation, kemira, Sumitomo Chemicals, Kiri Industries, The Dow Chemicals Company. The smart functions developed by these players include high-performance materials, protection materials by use of nanotechnology, specialty lamination and coating formulae, and not to forget the ink-jet printing processes.
Pidilite is one such player. Its brand “teknotex” includes dispersants, finishing agents, binders, cross linkers, and aids that are used in adhesives to laminate as well as coatings. They also have flame retardant binders that adhere to global FR standards with respect to automotive nonwovens.