An Overview

Technical Textile are welfare textiles used for their diverse and multifunctional properties. Technical textiles offer several advantages in their functional aspects for improving health and safety, cost effectiveness, and durability and strength of textile material. These performance-enhancement products are applicable in the protective clothing, agriculture, medical, infrastructure development, automotive, aerospace, sports, and packaging sectors.

While the global market size of the technical textiles sector was estimated to be US$ 104,000 million in 2010, this sector is still in nascent stages in India. Based on past trends of growth and estimated end user segment growth, the Working Group on Technical Textiles for 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) projected the market size to reach US$ 28,727 millionby 2016-17 at a year-on-year growth rate of 20% during 12th FYP.

Based on their functional requirements and end-use applications, the diverse range of technical textiles can be grouped into 12 categories, as shown in the figure below:

  • Agrotech
    Horticulture + landscape gardening, agriculture + forestry, animal keeping
  • Buildtech
    Membrane, lconstruction, temporary constructions, interior fittings, earth, water+traffic construction, agricultural building
  • Clothtech
    Garments, shoes
  • Geotech
    Underground, road, dam + waste-dump construction
  • Hometech
    Furniture, upholstery + interior furnishing, rugs, floor coverings
  • Indutech
    Filtration, cleaning, mechanical engineering, chemical industry
  • Medtech
    Hygiene, medicine
  • Mobiltech
    Cars, ships, aircraft, trains, space travel
  • Oekotech
    Environmental protection, recycling, waste disposal
  • Packtech
    Packaging, protective-cover systems, sacks, big bags, container systems
  • Protech
    Person and property protection
  • Sporttech
    Sport and leisure, active wear, outdoor, sport articles + equipment, sports shoe