Technical textiles are high performance textiles that are used due to their superior properties and functionality over regular textiles. The demand for these products has increased over the past few years due to the increasing application base in various end-user industries such as healthcare, agriculture, construction, clothing, packaging, sportswear and sports equipment, automotives, environmental protection and other such areas. The technical textiles market is believed to be one of the most innovative branches of industry across the world and has been reported to be among the top five technology intensive markets with a great potential for advancement.
Innovations through research and product development, enhanced product properties such as strength, toughness, weatherability and durability along with the growth and advancement of the global automotive industry are the major factors that have been driving the market for technical textiles. The major drawbacks faced by the market are higher cost of finished products affecting end user industry pricing characteristics and huge fragmentation of the existing market. By 2018, the market is expected to generate revenues of USD 160.38 billion and is expected to exhibit a high CAGR between 2012 and 2018.
Technical textiles are manufactured from yarn, fiber and filaments using various technologies such as thermoforming, three dimensional weaving, three dimensional knitting, nanotechnology, heat-set methods, finishing treatments, hand-made methods and others. Of these, thermoforming, three dimensional weaving and three dimensional knitting are the most widely used methods which have entered a reasonably mature stage in the market. Nanotechnology has a huge scope for expansion as there are potentially limitless opportunities in the field in terms of product development and innovation.
Based on the end user industry where technical textiles are used, the technical textiles market has been segmented into eleven categories such as Mobiltech, Indutech, Sportech, Buildtech, Hometech, Clothtech, Meditech, Agrotech, Protech, Packtech and others. The others category include Oekotech and Geotech, of which Geotech is an important segment that could show good growth in the near future. These categories cover the entire range of technical textiles that are manufactured in today’s market and present a bright future for technical textiles with constantly improving technology and products. Consumption of technical textiles varies with end user industries in the different regions of the world.
Asia Pacific dominated the market for technical textiles and is expected to be the major market during the forecast period. North America and Europe, the traditionally strong markets due to superiority in technology have already made way for Asia Pacific as the sheer volumes of consumption have enabled the region to overcome any barriers to the growth of the technical textile market. Asia Pacific accounted for over 45% of the global technical textiles market in 2011 and is expected to hold sway over the other regions in the near future.
Freudenberg & Co. KG, DuPont, Kimberly Clarke Corporation, Ahlstrom Corporation, Fiberweb PLC, Polymer Group Inc., Companhia Providência, Johns Manville and the TWE Group are some of the major manufacturers of technical textiles. These companies occupy approximately 70% of the total market share while other smaller companies account for the rest.
Innovations and product development, enhanced product properties such as strength and durability, growth and advancement of the global automotive industry are the major factors that have been driving the market for technical textiles. The major drawbacks faced by the market are higher cost of finished products affecting end user industry pricing characteristics and huge fragmentation of the existing market.
This report gives a detailed description of the global technical textiles market based on volume share (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) for the period 2012 to 2018. The report highlights the factors contributing towards the growth of the market and the restraints that impede the market. The report also includes a detailed section on raw material analysis related to technical textiles market. The report also explains the competitive landscape with company market shares of key market players. Detailed forecasts for the years 2012-2018 for technical textiles have been given separately, for better understanding of the market scenario.
The technical textiles market is described with respect to their various segments along with the opportunities that are expected in the coming six years. The report segments the technical textiles market on the basis of various technologies used in the manufacturing process, end user industry segments and key regions along with detailed segmentation and analysis within the regions. The report also strives to compile together a macroscopic view of the complete demand and supply characteristics of technical textiles by providing historical data from 2009 and a forecast of market segmentation until 2018 along with detailed analyses of revenues and volumes
Based on the end user industry where technical textiles are used, the market has been segmented into eleven categories such as Mobiltech, Indutech, Sportech, Buildtech, Hometech, Clothtech, Meditech, Agrotech, Protech, Packtech and others. These categories cover the entire range of technical textiles that are manufactured in today’s market and present a bright future with constantly improving technology and products.
Additionally, based on the technology employed technical textiles market has been segmented into eight categories such as Thermo-forming, Three Dimensional Weaving, Three Dimensional Knitting, Fabrics Produced Using Nanotechnology, Heat-set Synthetics, Finishing Treatments (such as Water-resistant Coatings & Holographic Laminates), Hand-made elements (such as Stitch or Applique) and others.
For a more comprehensive view of the market, a value chain analysis and Porter’s five forces model is provided to throw light on the specifics of the industry structure besides giving an overview of the degree of competitiveness. The report also includes detailed profiles of key players such as Freudenberg & Co. KG, DuPont, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ahlstrom Corporation and a number of other players including Fiberweb PLC, Polymer Group Inc., Companhia Providência, Johns Manville and the TWE Group. The detailed description of players includes parameters such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, SWOT analysis and recent developments of the company.
The in-depth research and high level analysis will allow technical textiles manufacturers, large retailers, lawmakers and research and development agencies to make informed decisions about technical textiles manufacturing, designing, marketing, growth strategies and gaining competitive advantage
The report segments the global technical textiles market as:
- Technical textiles market: Technology analysis
- Three Dimensional Weaving
- Three Dimensional Knitting
- Fabrics Produced Using Nanotechnology
- Heat-set Synthetics
- Finishing Treatments (such as Water-resistant Coatings & Holographic Laminates)
- Hand-made elements (such as Stitch or Applique)
- Technical textiles market: End user analysis
- Others (Oekotech and Geotech)
- Technical textiles market - Regional analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific