Global Textile Machinery Market

The global market is forecast to reach US$20.75B in 2015.


Where will manufacturing growth come from?


"The technical textiles sector is one of the fastest growing economic areas worldwide," said Michael Jaenecke, brand manager, Techtextil. "No other sector produces so many innovations and new developments in such a short time’.


According to a 2010 report from Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe Baden Württemberg (, technical textiles have been successful in large part because of woven, knitted and nonwoven fabric innovations — and particularly those fabrics in combination with one another — as approximately 70 percent of all technical textiles are based on the material qualities. The diversified research being conducted also is a driving force for technical textiles innovations, as it promotes their discovery and implementation. In Germany – in this field, the world’s leading nation alongside the USA – the share of technical textiles in total textiles sales currently amounts to approx. 52 percent. In addition to being one of the most innovative industries in the world, the technical textiles sector ranks among the five high-tech sectors with the greatest development potential, according to industry analysts. The global technical textiles market has a current value of approximately $127 billion, with Asia ranking first in textile consumption, accounting for 8.5 million metric tons, followed by the United States with 5.8 million metric tons and Europe with 4.8 million metric tons. Twenty-two percent of technical textiles are manufactured for Mobiltech applications; 18 percent for Indutech; 10 percent for Buildtech; and 10 percent for Protech.

Growth and Innovation


"The technical textiles sector is one of the fastest growing economic areas worldwide," said Michael Jaenecke, brand manager, Techtextil. "No other sector produces so many innovations and new developments in such a short time’.

Nanofibres are getting bigger!

Recent projections:


US$80.7 million in 2009


US$443 million in 2015


US$2 billion in 2020.



Brian J. McCarthy

Sector Leader - Technical Textiles

Materials KTN

The global position - textiles and clothing!


The year 2009 saw the World Textile and Clothing sectors shrink by some 14.8% to US$527 billion (textiles US$211 billion and clothing US$316 billion) – the first reduction since 2001 and the worst contraction for 20 years (World Trade Organisation). Imports from Asia to Europe declined by some 16% yet the EU27 posted a deficit of some US$67.13 billion. The countries generating the greatest surpluses in textiles and clothing include China, India, Turkey, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The world’s biggest textile exporter in 2009 was the EU27 – which was also the world’s biggest importer. Over 49% of world clothing production was imported into the EU. The UK has the third largest deficit in textiles and clothing – the deficit fell by 9.9% in 2009 and stands at US$18.49 billion (we are a net exporter of textiles but a major importer/retailer of clothing). To put this in perspective, the UK Fashion industry is worth some £21 billion per annum.

World fibre production in 2009 fell by 0.7% to 63.9 million tonnes with China being by far the major synthetic fibre producer.

Next Generation Technical Textile Products and Post ITMA Review

A two-day conference on the 30th Nov and 1st Dec 2011 at the Manchester Conference Centre in partnership with the Textile Institute.


fo further information - ring 0161-306-8500


Brian J. McCarthy

Sector Leader - Technical Textiles

New Technical Textiles Report Uploaded

New report available at /c/document_library/get_file?uuid=06eb8e11-db1f-4c08-a234-f48bf7e64f3c&groupId=88603



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Brian J. McCarthy

Tel: 0161 306 8500

Protective Polymer Technical Textiles 2011

The initial call for papers for the above Conference is about to go out.


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For further details, ring Brian McCarthy - Sector Leader, Technical Textiles on +44-161-306-8500

Markets for nanocomposites


Global revenues for polymeric nanocomposites were approximately US$223.15 million in 2009. A diverse range of markets are being impacted by polymer nanocomposites such as aerospace and aviation, automotive, food, pharmaceutical and electronics packaging, electrical and electronic goods, sporting goods and medicine. Clay nanocomposites have the largest market share with revenues of approximately $89.65million in 2009, with main application markets in packaging, flame retardants and aerospace and aviation (including military applications).  


The largest application market for nanocomposites in 2009 were plastics and packaging ($49.5million), aerospace and aviation ($45.4million, including military) and automotive ($28.35). By 2017 annual global revenues are projected to be approximately US$1040.5million. The market for clay nanocomposites will continue to grow in the packaging sector. Packaging will remain the largest market for polymer nanocomposites ($253million), followed by aerospace and aviation ($163.5million), automotive ($110million), energy ($101million, representing the largest growth area) and electronics and semiconductors ($89million).

The UK Textile Industry - Official Figures

Latest official ONS Annual Business Inquiry data provides the latest financial information which is for 2008. This confirms the position of the Northwest as the lead Region in the combined manufacture of Textiles; Wearing Apparel; and Leather and Related Products. The Northwest achieved a total turnover figure of £1,976 million (or nearly £2 billion) out of a UK figure of £8,763 million (nearly £8.8 billion). This Northwest turnover represented 22.5% of the UK and was ahead of all other regions with East Midlands in second place on £1,631 million (£1.6 billion). In terms of Textiles Manufacture only the Northwest dominance is clearly shown with a total turnover of £1,552 million or 28.8% of the UK figure of £5,380 million. In this Sector Yorkshire &the Humber is in second position with a turnover of £962 million. In terms of Manufacture of Wearing Apparel the Northwest, with a £311 million turnover is in third place to East Midlands with£705 million, and London on £424 million. The UK total was £2,524 million. A feature of Apparel production in the Northwest, however, is the existence of a number of specialist manufacturers. These figures for Textiles/Textile Products et al are useful but they are not able to take in a variety of activities that bestride sector definitions including the dynamic field of Advanced Flexible Materials.

Opportunities in Technical Textiles

Event at Heriot-Watt University on the 18th March 2011.


For more information ring Brian McCarthy - 0161 306 8500

Managing New Challenges - Cleaning and Disinfection Conference

 To be held at Campden BRI - 9th and 10th December 2010.


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Good news from Manchester Evening News

Textile entrepreneur Bill Collins has bought a Bury-based dyeing and finishing business out of administration, saving 20 jobs and adding £1.6m to his group's turnover.

Blacksheep Textiles, based on Bolton Road, Hawkshaw, went into administration in September.

More than 80 per cent of its revenues come from Mr Collins' Thornber Home & Leisure business, which is based in Clitheroe.

He formed the company in the summer with two minority investors to effect a buyout of James Thornber, a £5m-turnover, family-owned fabric manufacturer in the town where he was commercial manager.

The business weaves fabrics for upholstery, curtains, blinds and other furnishings.

It operates in the domestic and contract markets. Mr Collins said he plans to spend £1m on equipment to upgrade Blacksheep's operations over the next 18 months. 

M&S Labels

Marks & Spencer is to use around two million recycled drinks bottles to make over 300 million clothing care labels a year.  The new labels will start to appear in M&S clothing in stores early next year. 

New Presentation on Antimicrobials in Textiles

 Technical Textiles Sector Leader, Brian McCarthy gave a presentation at the Textile Institute's "Managing Innovation in Textiles" event held in Manchester in June this year.

Brian's presentation can be downloaded by members of the Materials KTN and Technical Textiles sector by clicking on the link below.


The other presentations and proceedings of the event can be obtained from the Textile Institute

Bioplastics for Packaging

 Global bioplastic packaging consumption is projected to reach 125,000 tonnes in 2010 with a projected market value of $454 million.


Source: PIRA International

Silk and Gold

 Silk and gold, usually a pairing for the runways of Milan, are now the main ingredients for a new kind of implantable biosensor. Researchers at Tufts University have crafted a small antenna from liquid silk and micropatterned gold. The antenna is designed to spot specific proteins and chemicals in the body, and alert doctors wirelessly to signs of disease. Scientists say the implant could someday help patients with diabetes track their glucose levels without having to test themselves daily.

Silky sensor: A biosensor made from silk and gold can pick up tiny signals from proteins and chemicals in the body. Researchers patterned gold over a silk film and wrapped it into a capsule shape to form a small antenna. 
Credit: Hu "Tiger" Tao

According to Fiorenzo Omenetto, professor of biomedical engineering at Tufts University, silk is a natural platform for medical implants--it's biocompatible, and while it's delicate and pliable, it's also tougher than Kevlar. Implanted in the body, silk can conform to any tissue surface, and, unlike conventional polymer-based implants, it could stay in place over a long period of time without adverse effects. Omenetto has previously taken advantage of these properties to mold silk into tiny chips and flexible meshes, pairing the material with transistors to track molecules, and with electrodes to monitor brain activity.


From MIT Technology Review

Technical textiles in India

 Recently, the Indian Union Minister of Textiles, Dayanidhi Maran consented to most of the demands put forward by the sector experts in connection with the revised Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) which operates in India. India holds immense potential to be a major player in the technical textile sector. As such, the proposed 25 percent capital subsidy and five percent interest subsidy granted to the converter industries may the face of the textile sector.

Apparel Imports into the EU

 Imports of apparels in to EU fall in value by 3.8 percent to Euro 57.28 million (US $79.59 billion) in 2009. 



Cool Body Armour

Outlast Technologies, the temperature regulating technology innovators, have announced that the newest generation of its Outlast Adaptive Comfort solution is now available in select NIJ .06-certified ballistic systems sold by Point Blank Body Armour and Protective Apparel Corporation of America. The enhanced fabric technology with thermo-regulating properties gives wearers comfort benefits within their concealable carriers, enabling them to perform optimally even under the most extreme climate conditions. 

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