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“Fabrics with lots of potential”

Germany is leading the way in the sector of technical textiles. Highly innovative niche players, 16 textile research institutes and the world’s central trade fair hub of Frankfurt am Main with the leading tradeshow Techtextil are boosting the market. And the potential is far from exhausted. New developments like smart factories or industry 4.0 applications are providing a further innovation boost.

May 2018

Technical textiles are a sector with enormous potential. The market is growing rapidly and, thanks to the permanent development of new applications and production procedures, the segment is an innovative niche in Germany, which is often underestimated. That is the core statement of the article entitled “Stoffe mit viel Potenzial” (Fabrics with lots of potential), which was published a few days ago in German industry magazine “Maschinenmarkt”.

And Germany is at the forefront – a fact that can be attributed to its many niche players, the high innovation speed, a well-developed research network of 16 textile research institutes and the world’s central trade fair hub of Frankfurt am Main with the Techtextil trade fair, the next edition of which will be taking place in May 2019. According to the authors, the significance of technical textiles for the German textile industry is immense: “The development and production of technical textiles is one of the main reasons why Germany can hold its own as a production location for the textile industry.”

Growth is being driven primarily by the nonwovens segment. According to Commerzbank’s industry report on technical textiles, there is expected to be moderate growth here in the future as well. For technical textiles, the annual figure should be around 2%.

There is huge potential in new areas of use. As well as the more established ones – whether automotive construction (mobiltech), the sector of industrial filtrations (indutech) or the sports industry (sporttech) – a lot of new materials are also being developed, to replace reinforcement steel mesh for example. Other interesting fields of research include bionics, in which the mechanisms of nature are imitated, and energy engineering for textile fabrics, which can generate electricity. And not forgetting the topic of Industry 4.0: the Future-Tex research project by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Deutsche Bank, for example, supports the digital transformation of a traditional textile industry into a sustainable industry player – with technical textiles as its foundation. Through the development of smart factories, for example, the aim is for the textile industry to turn into one of the most modern value-generating networks for the production of technical textiles, nonwovens and composites.

Read the full article (in German):

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