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technical textiles & nonwoven association
The Industry

About the Industry

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.


Definition of Technical Textiles
These materials are designed to have high level physical, mechanical, thermal and/or chemical properties for use in specific applications within industrial sectors such as earthworks, construction, civil engineering, transport, defense, medical and healthcare.
Definition of Nonwoven Fabrics
Nonwoven fabrics are broadly defined as sheet or web structures bonded together by entangling fibre or filaments (and by perforating films) mechanically, thermally, or chemically. They are flat, porous sheets that are made directly from separate fibers or from molten plastic or plastic film. They are not made by weaving or knitting and do not require converting the fibres to yarn.
Definition of Smart Textiles
These textiles can sense and react to environmental conditions and external stimuli. Embedded sensors in the textile are sensitive to various parameters such as temperature, strain, chemical, biological and other substances.
Examples of Markets
Agriculture; Building and construction Clothing; Environment; Geological; Household; Industrial; Medical and Hygiene; Transport; Packaging; Protection; Sports.