The Materials Community - Technical Textiles Group

helping the textile community make the right connections


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The term 'technical textiles' was coined in the 1980s to describe the growing variety of products and manufacturing techniques being developed primarily for their technical properties and performance rather than their appearance or other aesthetic characteristics. It largely superseded an earlier term 'industrial textiles' which had become too restrictive in its meaning to describe the full complexity and richness of this fast growing area.

The world of technical textiles is closely interlinked with all other areas of the Materials Community of KTN Limited - especially materials and design.  Technical fibres are made from and are used in conjunction with a wide range of materials including polymers, metals, ceramics, coatings, membranes and composites.  Their use penetrates every area of industry, transport, healthcare, sport and leisure as well as packaging, performance clothing, household and contract textiles, furnishings, plus a wide range of protective applications.

This group aims to provide one-stop access to a wide range of information, technology and management resources, including breaking news andthe latest events.   Above all, we seek to provide information and services that match as closely as possible your individual user profile, interests and requirements.


Many Technical Textile reports are now available. Click here to view the reports page

Featured Events

Tue 01 Jul 2014

NanoEx3 2014

All Day

Be part of a new International conference and exhibition focusing on the opportunities and challenges to the market uptake of nano materials! Recent advances have made it possible to use...

From Materials

Latest news

The Sphereprint: An approach to quantifying the conformability of flexible materials

The Sphereprint is introduced as a means to characterize hemispherical conformability, even...

Environmentally friendly functional clothing

Water-repellent treatments for garments almost always involve the use of environmentally...

Textiles to Landfill in the US

According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the U.S. generates an average of 25 billion...

News from across our network

Technology inspired competiton briefing event

The Technology Strategy Board, Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are to invest up to £2.75m in collaborative feasibility studies to stimulate...

New funding opportunity and activity in graphene

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has recently announced a new funding competition for feasibility studies to accelerate commercial applications in graphene.  This compeition...

UK rail seeks innovative solutions

Representatives from outside the rail supply chain are invited to come along on 14 May, and find out how their technologies could address the wheel/track interface and assist trains in braking...

A little about Technical Textiles

Sector group focussing on technical textiles