The Textile Institute defines technical textiles as the 'textile materials and products manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties rather than their aesthetic or decorative characteristics '.
Technical Textiles has never been a single consistent industrial sector and market segment as it is continuously developing in different directions with varying speed and varying degree of success. The development of emerging geographical markets in China(Chinese textile) and other global industrial regions actively contributes in influencing the rapid growth of technical textile manufacturing in this century.
The term 'Industrial textile(link) was widely used for years to refer to any sort of textile product other than apparels, household or furnishing products. With the increasing textile application in the diverging fields of medicine, hygiene, sports, transport, agriculture and other non industrial purposes. Industrial textiles are categorized as a sub group of technical textiles and it specially comprises of those particular textile products which are utilized in the operational procedure of manufacturing.
Technical textiles are usually applied in the following 12 main areas
- Agrotech comprises of agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture and forestry
- Buildtech comprises of building and construction
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