Following its takeover by DB Investor and the relaunch of its traditional brand last autumn, polyester fibre manufacturer Trevira GmbH is on-course in its goal to become a pure supplier of specialty products.

The year's end saw Trevira move ahead with a clear 17 per cent rise in turnover to 419 million euros, and similar growth in turnover is planned for 2001 as well. The company hopes to combat the forecast leap in raw material prices through a comprehensive programme of cost cutting.

The first three months of 2001 have confirmed the company's expectations. Even with increases in the level of prices and raw material costs, it says, turnover and profits show a marked rise over 2000 - and are a direct result of higher sales volumes.