Australia’s TTNA is one of seven nonwoven industry bodies from the Asia Pacific region brought together by the China Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) to form the Asia Pacific Nonwovens Federation.
Founding members, Mr Li Lingshen President of CNITA, Mr David Rousse, President of INDA and Ms Kerryn Caulfield, Executive Manager of the TTNA met at the recent China Nonwoven and industrial textiles associations in Indonesia, India, Korea and Japan are intending to join the Federation which has a mission to serve the sector through the exchange of information, establishment of standards and support of the growth of cross market opportunities.
After a decade of rapid growth and investment, China is now the world’s largest producer of nonwovens, accounting for 40% of global production. China is also the world’s largest exporting country as well as the largest consumer market for non-woven fabrics. The largest application for China nonwovens is medical and hygiene (28%), followed by building and geotextiles (16%) which is being fuelled by China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Packaging, filtration and separation, agriculture and transport applications are each running at around 10%.
“I am grateful to the CNITA and INDA for initiating the Federation and including Australian interests,” says Kerryn Caulfield of Australia’s TTNA. “We look forward to capitalising on the synergies between our countries and to furthering the development of international interests with fellow Federation members.”
Thanks to the efforts of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA), the Technical Textiles & Nonwoven Association (a client of Apical International), Deakin University and its Institute for Frontier Materials, the Silk Road is coming to Australia in November 2015!
The Australian composites industry trade mission to Malaysia is timely given the country’s focus on realising the Eleventh Malaysia Plan, 2016-2020, and the importance placed on innovation and technology – a nice synergy for Australia’s composites sector and its ability to offer innovative solutions.
The power of proximity to Asia and a lower Australian dollar will no doubt stimulate export opportunities for Australian products and services and a new generation of exporters, says Kerryn Caulfield, Composites Australia Executive Officer.