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Technical Textiles Market

Technical Textiles Market

Global Industry Analysis (2018 - 2021), Growth Trends, and Market Forecast (2022 - 2029)

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Technical Textiles, High Technology Sunrise Sector Which is Steadily Gaining Ground

Technical textiles are specially developed technical yarns used to support and strengthen the properties of the textile. The engineered products with certain functionalities, are manufactured using a combination of natural and man-made fibres. Technical textiles are a fast-growing, high value sub-segment that finds its usage in an array of sectors. The end use application of technical textiles is widespread and seen in non-conventional textile industries such as defense, agriculture, healthcare, automotive, aerospace, construction, and sports - to meet the stringent high-performance requirements specific to a particular use. They are also incorporated into industrial products such as abrasive substrates, conveyor belts, electrical components and cables, filters, flexible seals and diaphragms, machine clothing, acoustic and thermal insulation of domestic appliances.

The invention of specialty fibers, and their incorporation in almost all areas suggest the importance of technical textiles is only going to increase in the future. The growth in a number of preferred materials and innovation in abundance technical textile are on an upper trajectory.

Factors behind the growth -

  • The world is becoming wealthier, urbanizing at fast pace, the global population is increasing, the population is also aging, several large countries are building infrastructure, increasing number of surgical procedures, growing awareness among customers.
  • From Disposable to Reusable, and durable products - sustainability, recycle, reduce and reuse, are real. Add reinvent - given macro-trends globally, reinvention of existing products and processes is more real than ever.
  • Marketing front - increased need for market differentiation and product variants, SKU proliferation, heightened value proposition.
  • Technical front - high-speed textile printing, furniture applications, the new generation of Evolon, the Madeline fabric (from Freudenberg Performance Materials) and the new emerging fabric structures utilizing the winged fiber or fibrillated islands-in-the-sea demonstrated by The Nonwovens Institute, Raleigh, N.C., will be game-changers in this regard.
  • Innovation - structures with super moisture transport. Products such as Coolmax®, 4DG, and other structures use fiber shape as a means to create capillarity for rapid moisture transport. High Strength Micro and Nanofiber Structures - are used to stabilize structures such as roads and embankments.

Technical Textiles: The Future of Textiles

Many countries are positioning their industries to accommodate technical textiles in their product offerings. The cost of production, availability of raw materials and manpower etc. make them ideal location for its promotion/ growth.

For instance, India has New Textile Policy - 2020, for overall development of the sector.

  • To position the country as a global leader in technical textiles, a National Technical Textiles Mission with a total outlay of $ 194 Mn was committed. The country aims at an average growth rate of 15-20% to increase the domestic market size of technical textiles to $ 40-50 Bn by the year 2024.

Indutech, Mobiltech, Packtech, Buildtech and Hometech together account for 40% of the global market value.

Transforming Covid-19 Crisis to an Opportunity

With the Covid-19 pandemic, the increasing demand for protective technical textiles raised the growth expectations even higher. As the global manufacturing has come to a grinding halt and with the ban on export of critical medical equipment including N95 face masks and protective gears, technical textiles have become even more relevant across the globe. While countries are slowly taking cautious steps towards the “New Normal”, the surge in technical textiles demand and the requirement is not going to come down any time soon.

India, being the second largest exporter of technical textile products to the world, technical textiles have emerged as the heroes that boosted Indian economy. To meet the demand of the domestic market itself was a herculean task. India was entirely import-dependent for PPE kits. From manufacturing insignificant PPE kits in March 2020, it soon rose to manufacturing 0.25 Mn a day by May 2020. Thus, in the process becoming the second largest manufacturer after China. Today, India stands to produce around 0.45 Mn PPE kits and more than 15 Mn masks a day.

Growing Significance of Technical Textiles in Novel Applications

The hometech textiles segment accounted for the highest market share and is projected to witness significant growth during forecast period. The medtech textiles application is projected to witness fastest growth rate owing to its extensive usage in hygiene, personal care, surgical, and healthcare applications including baby diapers, sanitary napkins, and adult incontinence products. Rising birth rate, growing aging population, and rising awareness regarding menstrual hygiene in the developing economies is expected to drive the product demand for hygiene applications over the forecast period. Buildtech textiles, used in residential, commercial, and infrastructure construction projects too are foreseen to hold decent market growth.

  • Concerns about our ability to feed everyone as the world’s population continues to expand are creating opportunities for agrotextiles.
  • HeiQ’s unveiled in August 2020, that was little more than an idea at the end of 2019, a new anti-viral textile treatment for commercialization.
  • To reduce the risks of infection by airborne pathogens, three German companies (led by Dastex) are developing a ventilation system to remove and filter potentially harmful air from enclosed public spaces.
  • Responsive fabrics, smart fabrics and interactive textiles (SFIT), infrared-emitting textiles that can help achieve everything from health monitoring to energy harvesting.
  • Embedding CBD oil into textiles for a number of purported health benefits.
  • Intelligent Fiber - MIT is pioneering research advances that will enable the embedding of hundreds of thousands of chips within fibers that ultimately can become a computing environment itself.
  • Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) is commercializing a variety of smart textile products – those that incorporate electronics or other actuation mechanisms into traditional fiber technology (proprietary E-WEBBINGS e-textile product base as the foundation layer to which electronic intercommunicative technology is integrated directly).
  • Designtex has launched four fabrics that look and feel like silk and velvet, but they’re tough enough to be used in any environment.
  • EcoGuard from Precision Textiles is a Biodegradable fabric for disposable PPE.
  • AR Tech blankets are used to line the inside of the nose cone, referred to as the PayLoad Fairing (PLF), of a space launch vehicle.

Fashion, Industrial Growth, Infrastructure Investment Push Technical Textiles Requirement Upside

  • Technological upgradation such as Internet of things (IoT), Novel fabrics, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR) and Sustainability are changing the way we experience fashion - changing the way people shop, through social media apps and retail shops. Brands are adapting to changes in order to get their products in front of their customer.

A report - Textiles 2025 - from ‘The Fiber Year GmbH’, the demand projection for 2025 at global stage accounts for 120.5 million tons. According to EDANA, nonwovens will expand at an annual average rate of 4.8%, reaching a volume of at least 18.7 million tons by 2023.

Currently, the U.S. and EU enjoy a huge consumption base, but by 2030 situation would be different. The combined size of apparel market in China and India will become far bigger. In India, textile industry accounts for more than 20% of industrial production. The shift from becoming world's largest textile manufacturer and supplier to becoming world's biggest consumer of textile has just started in Asia. The luxury brands have already started tapping into the Asian market, as domestic demand in the Asian sub-continent has been escalating gradually. This is likely to boost investments into textile sector and thus, benefit the overall demand for technical textiles in the region.

  • Industrial trends - Additive manufacturing (3D printing), automation, distributed manufacturing, mass customization, commodification of production.
  • Globally, the need for infrastructure investment, is forecast to reach $94 trillion by 2040. France, Japan, United States, India and China are all investing heavily in their infrastructure.

India to capitalize the $1.4 Trn Infrastructure Fund: The projects include energy, road, railway, urban development, irrigation and health sectors, where technical textiles (such as high-performance fibers, nylon 68 fibers, glass & carbon fibers, glass geo grids, high module polypropylene, polyethylene) can be used extensively.

Competitive Landscape

Asahi Kasei Corp., Berry Global Group Inc., DuPont, Elevate Textiles Inc., Freudenberg Group, Huntsman International LLC, Kimberly-Clark Koninklijke Ten Cate B.V., Low & Bonar, Milliken & Co., Mitsui Chemicals Inc., and Toyobo Co. Ltd.

Market players adopt organic and inorganic methods for entering into new markets, and for a dominant market share. Freudenberg & Co. KG acquired 100% shares of Filc, which develops laminated materials and needle punch nonwoven textiles with a focus on construction and automotive industries. The company also took over 100% shares of Low & Bonar PLC.

Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Technical Textiles Market

  • Technical Textiles Market by Product/Technology/Grade, Application/End-user, and Region
  • Executive Summary (Opportunity Analysis and Key Trends)
  • Historical Market Size and Estimates, Value and Volume, 2018 - 2021
  • Volume Consumption at Regional and Country Level, 2022 - 2029
  • Market Dynamics and Economic Overview
  • Market Size in Value and Volume, Growth Rates, and Forecast Figures, 2022 - 2029
  • Competitive Intelligence with Financials, Key Developments, and Portfolio of Leading Companies 
  • Regional and Product/Grade/Application/End-user Price Trends Analysis
  • Production Output Analysis (Major Producing Regions)
  • Value Chain and Five Force’s Analysis
  • Regional/Sub-region/Country Market Size and Trend Analysis
  • Company Market Share Analysis and Key Player Profiles

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