When you think of textiles, not
many of us think of the technical factor.
Technical textile includes material
that is mainly used for its technical properties and superior performance. A
report by Transparency Market Research predicts that the demand for technical
textile will increase to US$ 160.38 billion by the end of 2018. The report also
says that technical textile will maintain a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
of 3.3 per cent in terms of volumes, taking the global demand to 30.71 million
tons by the end of 2018.
Pushing the development of
technical textile is the escalating demand for nonwovens. According to a new
study by Grand View Research, Inc, the global nonwoven fabric market is
expected to reach US$ 42.1 billion by 2020. The sector also owes its growth to
accelerated demand for technical textile in Asian giants like China and India.
The Chinese economy and the sheer bulk of the population are some of the
factors that have been supporting swift development of technical textile,
A success story
Even as the global consumption of
technical textile rises, it is eastern Asia that alone accounts for one-fifth
of total technical textile consumption. Globally, United States consumes 23 per
cent of total technical textile. A close second is Western Europe at 22 per
cent. China gobbles up 13 per cent.
According to China Nonwovens and
Industrial Textile Association, domestic consumption of technical textile in
China is forecast to reach US$ 46.5 billion by the end of 2015. Technical
textile exports and imports are projected to stand at US$ 23.2 billion and US$
4.2 billion, respectively. The technical textile industries in China rely on
Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, United States of America and Germany for export of
plastic-coated fabric, nonwovens, industrial fibreglass products, medical and
health care textile.
The major technical textile
sectors in China include filtration and separation that is growing at an average
annual rate of 13 per cent followed by the civil engineering sector at 12.5 per
cent. The transportation, medical and healthcare sector are each growing at 12
per cent. Structural modification stands at 11 per cent.
Prompting the growth
The growing elderly population in
China aids vast demand for adult hygiene products and with China relaxing its
one-child policy, the baby boom is once again likely to result in high demand for
diapers, boosting the technical textile sector. Construction spending in China
is greater than ever, and this is also expected to have an encouraging
influence on the growth of the market.
China's automobile sector is on
top gear. The burgeoning automobile market in China has led to the rapid
increase in demand for airbags. In 2013, demand in the domestic market for
airbag fabric was 28.94 million meters. With laws taking safety issues
seriously, demand for automotive airbags will gradually rise and it is expected
to be 43.86 million meters by 2018.