It seems everyone is embracing technology these days. Fitness bands monitor steps taken, calories consumed and even sleep patterns. We consult our smartphones for everything from restaurant suggestions to the latest news reports to connecting with our friends via social media.
Why should the textile industry be any different? Innovation and production in the technical textiles industry is on the rise.
What is a technical textile?
Technical textiles are products manufactured primarily for their technical performance and functional properties over aesthetic or decorative characteristics. They are also referred to as industrial, performance, functional, hi-tech, engineering and even invisible textiles.
What industries need technical textiles?
Technical textiles are found in applications for the following industries:
- Road construction (geotextiles)
- Agriculture (agrotextiles)
- Clothing (for example, firefighters, astronauts, police officers)
What does the nonwovens industry have to do with technical textiles?
Many properties of technical textiles can be engineered by using nonwoven textiles, including: insulation, filtration, conductivity, thermal resistance, elasticity and more.
How big is the technical textiles market?
In 2010, the market was estimated at $127 billion with 23.7 million tons of textiles produced. However, the technical textiles market is widely considered to be fast-growing with an annual growth rate estimated at 4%. The market in India alone is estimated to grow to $32 billion by 2023.
Technical textiles are here to stay. The nonwovens industry is poised to take the market to a new level. If you have product ideas, please consult your nonwoven manufacturer about how to best engineer nonwoven fabrics to meet your end-use needs.
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