Technical textiles and nonwoven fibres are widely regarded as the most thriving and fastest changing sector of the global textile industry.
Today, technical and nonwoven textiles and fibres are high-technology and high value-adding manufacturing processes. This is in contrast to popular perception of the broader textiles, clothing and footwear industries.
Innovation in new materials, processes and applications is expanding non-traditional end-uses for both new and existing textile products. These materials play a much more important role than is commonly acknowledged and often go unnoticed as they are produced for functional properties rather than aesthetic or decorative characteristics. They are frequently used in a range of downstream applications in manufacturing and service industries, therefore not highly visible at the retail or consumer level.