New Recron FS Textile Consultant Looking Toward $3.6 Billion World Market

September 20, 2018

Textile Consultant Reinhard Backhausen, left, and Rakesh Bali of Reliance during Mood+Indigo.
Textile Consultant Reinhard Backhausen, left, and Rakesh Bali of Reliance during Mood+Indigo.


BRUSSELS — Textile consultant Reinhard Backhausen has joined Reliance Industries to promote its Recron FS brand of flame-retardant polyester, hoping to grab a share of the flame-resistant fabrics market, estimated at $3.6 billion worldwide in 2015.

“This product has enormous potential,” Backhausen, who is based in Vienna, said in an interview during the Mood+Indigo tradeshow last week. “[Reliance] is one of the biggest polyester manufacturers in the world.”

Backhausen used words like “new-age fiber” and “fiber of the future” to describe Recron FS, which premiered last year at Mood. Recron FS supporters want to compete with another well-known product, Trevira CS, created more than 30 years ago as the first inherently flame-retardant branded fiber/yarn.

Trevira CS is owned by two companies: Indorama Ventures, based in Thailand, and Sinterama, in Italy.

During this year’s Mood, Teksko Textiles of Turkey showed the first multicolored jacquard fabric using Trevira CS, according to Teksko Sales Representative Baris Turkoz, adding it will sell for about $20. The new Rainbow collection is being targeted to the luxury market in Europe, primarily the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany.

Rakesh Bali, senior vice president of marketing of Reliance, said Recron FS passes some of the most stringent safety standards, such the Oekotex Standard 100 certification, proving safe even for baby products. He added it fulfills other safety requirements, making it suitable for the United States and European Union.

Bali added that the “market is finally big.”

The world market for flame resistant fabrics was estimated to be $3.6 billion in 2015, and expected to increase to $6.5 billion in 2024, according to a Transparency Market Research 2016 report. The report stated Europe ruled the world's flame-resistant fabrics market in 2015.

In addition, the world production of polyester, including the recycling portion, was 76.6 million tons in 2016, according to Plastics Insight. The polyester fiber market is expected to increase to more than $110 billion in 2019.

The leading companies for this material in the global market are Reliance Industries, Indorama Ventures, William Barnet and Son, Green Fiber International, Sarla Performance Fibers, Polyfibre Industries, Toray Industries, Stein Fibers, Diyou Fibre, Silon s.r.o, Swicofil AG, and others, according to Plastics Insight.

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