Global technical textiles market will grow exponentially

The reports predict growth in almost every segment.

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Fatih Cengiarslan
Fatih Cengiarslan
After completing his Academic English education at the University of Western Australia, Fatih Cengiarslan returned to Turkey to study Online Journalism and Publication at Istanbul Aydin University, and took an eight months training on interactive media at the University of Technology in Lithuania - Kaunas. Cengiarslan then successfully completed the Faculty of Business Administration in Eskişehir Anadolu University. He started to work as a reporter in Referans Gazetesi after completing his internship at CNNTURK. 2 years later he established his own media for the textile industry under the Textilegence brand. Currently, Fatih has been managing, Printing3D and NEFA PR Agency for 6 years.

Global technical textiles market will grow exponentially. Technical textiles have become an integral part of every phase of daily life, from construction to agriculture, from automotive to aircraft industry, and continue to grow rapidly into the market. Technical textile products are obtained with different production methods for the demands of strong strength, fire or water resistance, lightness, insulation, versatility and superior performance. Especially with the Covid-19 pandemic, the increasing demand for protective technical textiles raised the growth expectations even higher. So what is the state of the industry in the global market? Where the growth is seen? What stands out in exports?

According to the report prepared by ResearchAndMarkets, the global technical textiles market is expected to reach 250.6 billion USD with an annual growth of 4.5% between 2020 and 2027. Although the demand for technical textile products that protect human health has recently increased due to the pandemic, there are other inclinations in the global trend. For example, with the increasing drought, farmers demand technical textiles that will increase agricultural productivity. Another prominent application area is technical textiles for transportation vehicles. The demand for high-performance and energy-efficient fabrics for different applications is also increasing.

Global technical textiles market will grow exponentially

Thermoforming technology has started to be used more in the production of technical fabrics according to the report. This segment is estimated to reach 33.3 billion USD from 2020 to 2027 with an annual increase of 5.4%. The size of technical textiles used in agricultural production reached 4.5 billion USD in 2019. The technical textiles market in fashion, clothing and home textiles is expected to increase by 54.3 between 2020 and 2027. In these and similar reports, we can clearly see that 3D knitting, net weaving and thermoform technologies will take a greater share in technical textiles as a new generation production method.

The technical textiles market in the Asia Pacific region recorded a volume of 81.2 billion USD in 2019. Considering the residential, commercial and industrial sector expansion in this region, the growth is expected to continue exponentially. The size of the technical textiles market in China, the leading manufacturer of the global market, was calculated as 29.8 billion USD in 2019. With the advantages of low cost and labour, growth is expected to be around 66.3 per year for the next 7 years. According to another report, Germany is the largest technical textiles market in the European region with a 50% share.

Technical textiles exports increased by 28.4% in 10 years

In the Global Technical Textile Foreign Trade 2019 Assessment, which was created by the Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters’ Association (ITHIB) based on the data of 2019, the dimension of trade in this segment is revealed. Accordingly, global technical textile exports decreased by 3.1% in 2019 and reached a value of 107.1 billion USD. On the other hand, it is noted that the sector has achieved an export increase of 28.4% in the last 10 years. China is the biggest seller in technical textiles exports. China took a 25.5% share in global technical textiles exports, achieving an export value of $ 27.3 billion. China is followed by Germany with a share of 8.4%, the USA with 8% and Italy with a share of 3.9%. While Vietnam had the highest increase in technical textile exports with 20.9% last year, Mexico experienced the hardest decrease with 11.9%.

Turkey was ranked as the 19th biggest supplier of technical textiles with 1.6% share in exports of technical textiles in 2019. Turkey’s exports in 2019 decreased by 1.7% compared to the previous year fell to 1.7 billion USD. 50.4% of the total technical textile exports of Turkey was carried out to EU countries. Here, Germany ranks first with an 8.1% share and 140 million USD in imports.

Nonwoven products have a 15% share in exports

Compared to 2015, there was an increase in almost all of the sub-product groups in the global technical textiles exports of 2019. However, when compared to 2018, a fluctuating picture with increases and decreases appears. Nonwoven exports, which have a share of 15%, constituted the most important sub segment. Nonwoven exports decreased by 51.6 to 16.4 billion USD compared to the previous year.

In second place is the export of plastic impregnated, plastered, coated or plastic laminated fabrics with a share of 12.4%. In 2019, the exports of this product group decreased by 4.6% compared to the previous year, reaching the level of 13.2 billion.

The export share of ready-made clothing among technical textiles was determined as 11.6%. In 2019, the exports of this product group increased by 9.5% to 12.4 billion USD. Glass fibre and products made from it had a share of 11.5%, while the share of airbags was 10.9%.

Global technical textiles market will grow exponentially
Global technical textiles market will grow exponentially

The US is the biggest buyer of technical textiles

Global technical textiles imports have steadily increased by 34.8% in the last 10 years. Global technical textiles imports, which stood at 75 billion USD in 2010, reached 102 billion USD in 2019. However, compared to 2018, it is seen that there is a 2% decrease.

The USA constituted the largest market in imports with 13.9%. It was followed by Germany with 7.4%, China with 5% and Japan with 4.5%. Turkey was ranked number 22 and 1.2% respectively. Technical textiles in Turkey’s imports in 2019 compared to the previous year was 3.9 percent to 1.3 billion USD. China comes first with 22% share in Turkey’s imports.

In the last 10 years, the EU’s technical textiles imports increased by 49.3% to 10 billion Euros. China, India, Turkey and Egypt stand out as the most important suppliers to EU.

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