WTIN argues that the technical textiles market is growing rapidly and is expected to hit $175 billion by 2020, almost doubling from $93 billion in 2000. It claims that the industry uses 25 million tonnes of fibres, accounting for a third of global production. Since 1960, the technical textiles market has increased five times faster than traditional textiles. The nonwovens and composite markets are also set to increase significantly.
WTIN recently announced its annual guide to the top 100 innovations in the technical textiles industry in 2012. The list includes:
Process for nonwovens as human tissue scaffolds: The Institute for Technical Textiles at RWTH Aachen
Synthetic trachea for transplant: Harvard Bioscience and Nanofiber Solutions
Zelrix transdermal patch: NuPathe
See list at this link: http://tinyurl.com/ae9n34c