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A Technical textile is a textile product manufactured for non-aesthatic purposes, where function is the primary criterion. They are high performance textiles that require special functionality. It is a large and growing sector and supports a vast array of other industries.

The market of technical textiles is significant and expanding as the products are being put to an ever-increasing number of end uses in various industries such as agriculture, clothing, construction, health care, transportation, packaging, sports, environmental protection, protective wear, and many more. Nowadays the most widely technical textile materials are used in filter clothing, furniture, hygiene medicals and construction material.

Over all, global growth rates of technical textiles are about 4% per year greater than the growth of home and apparel textiles, which are growing at a rate of 1% per year.

The global market for technical textiles was estimated to have a volume of 16.7mn. tonnes with a value of US$ 92.88 billions in the year 2000 and is expected to grow to a volume of 23.77mn. tonnes with a value of US$ 127 billion by the year 2010. In developed nations technical textiles holds a share of more than 40% of the total textile manufacturing activity.


India is transforming into a developed nation, huge emphasis is being laid down in adopting latest technologies and procedures in various fields. Therefore the market for technical textiles is very positive and poised for a stupendous growth. The technical textile industry in India has grown 275% during 2001- 2008 and today there are about 1500 technical textiles units in the country. Considering that India has a large pool of skilled and scientific/technical manpower, it can play a major role in shaping the future of this industry. Development of new fibers and technologies has led to the creation of new applications of technical textiles, which is bound to enlarge the market size and offer opportunities for high growth.

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