Trevira: Declining sales in 2019

Declining sales in 2019


As the global economic conditions deteriorated in 2019, the manufacturer of polyester fibers Trevira GmbH, Bobingen/Germany, saw a decline in new orders in all segments of both business units (fibers and filaments). With total sales of approx. €208 million in 2019, this result was below expectations.

However, in spite of the difficult situation, 2019 was also a year in which Trevira was able to take important steps to set the course for the future: in April 2019, Trevira was able to put the new twin warping machine in Guben/Germany into operation and, in addition, new POY spinning machines were also started up. Funds were also invested in the fiber business in Bobingen/Germany. In November, Trevira’s 2nd in-house converting line was successfully launched. Moreover, in order to expand the bi-component fiber business, a new spinning plant is now also available.
Social demands for more sustainability concerning the use of plastic have led to rethinking among customers and consumers. Here, Trevira relies on various processes to recover reusable materials. In post-consumer recycling, filaments and fibers are produced from re-granulated PET bottles. Using an agglomeration facility, reusable materials can be recovered from production waste and processed further to create new high-quality products.
Overall, a continuing trend in favor of special fibers and a greater demand for PLA or bio-based fibers can be recorded. The demand for antimony-free raw materials in the fiber sector is also developing positively. In 2020, the polycondensation capacities in the Trevira plant in Bobingen will be fully utilized.
Also in 2020, the enhancement of synergy effects is expected, which result from the recent purchase of the Italian polyester filament manufacturer Sinterama SpA, Sandigliano, by Indorama Ventures PCL (IVL), Bangkok/Thailand, the owner of Trevira. Numerous new and further developments, particularly in the area of sustainable products and the Trevira CS product range, represent great potential.

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