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Technical textiles is the emerging area for investment in India. The potential of technical textile in India is still untapped. Technical textiles represents a multi-disciplinary field with numerous end use applications. The production of different items of technical textile industry has been slowly but steadily increasing in the country. However there is lack of information regarding the status of the technical textile industry . The awareness on technical textiles among prospective entrepreneurs and consumers is very less. Hence entrepreneurs require details like market size , domestic and global scenario of technical textiles, details of govt schemes, list of existing technical textile manufacturers, importers and exporters , details of technical textile machinery manufacturers, etc. There is a need for an exclusive website for technical textiles. 

This website endeavours to provide all the above information at one place.. This website apart from providing above details will also link all the stake holders at one place and also provide link to all Centres of Excellence of technical textiles and will be one stop shop for accessing information on technical textiles.
Agrotech segment

Agrotech includes technical textile products used in agriculture, horticulture (incl. floriculture), fisheries and forestry. Applications for technical textiles in agriculture include all activities concerned with the growing and harvesting of crops and animals.
The technical textile products covered under Agrotech are given below:-
  • Shade-nets
  • Mulch-mats
  • Crop-covers
  • Anti-hail nets and bird protection nets
  • Fishing nets
Technical textiles consumption under Agrotech in India is estimated at around Rs 487 crore. Fishing nets constitute over 90% of the Agrotech technical textiles usage valued at Rs 442 crore in 2007-08 and are expected to grow at 5 % year on year for the next five years.

Utility: Agrotextiles are beneficial in terms of increase in yield, lesser crop diseases, soil borne pathogens control, water saving, weed control, etc. It improves the quality of the crops. The growth of the plants is accelerated and they are protected from adverse weather conditions and vermin.
View Market Size Chart for Agrotech

Buildtech segment 


Buildtech segment comprises of textiles or composite materials used in the construction of permanent and temporary buildings as well as structures. Textiles are used in construction for concrete reinforcement, façade foundations systems, interior construction, insulations, proofing materials, air conditioning, noise prevention, protection, visual protection, protection against the sun building safety
The products covered under Buildtech are given below:-
  • Architectural membranes
  • Hoardings & signages
  • Cotton canvas tarpaulins
  • HDPE tarpaulins
  • Awnings & canopies
  • Scaffolding nets
  • Floor & wall coverings
Domestic consumption of Buildtech segment has been estimated at Rs 1,726 crore. Consumption of HDPE tarpaulins is estimated at Rs 650 crore, accounting for around 40% of the total segment.

Utility: Buildtech products offer characteristics such as lightness, strength and resilience as well as resistance to many factors such as defamation, creep, degradation by chemicals and pollutants in the air, rain or other construction material as well as the effects of sunlight & acid is much useful in construction of permanent and temporary buildings as well as structures.
View Market Size Chart for Buildtech

Clothtech segment 

Clothtech segment of technical textiles mainly comprises of textile components used for specific functional applications in garments and shoes. These components are largely hidden e.g. interlinings in shirts, sewing threads, shoe laces, labels, hook and loop fasteners (Velcro), etc. Fabrics like umbrella cloth are also classified under the Clothtech segment.
The technical textile products covered under Clothtech are as given below:-
  • Shoe laces
  • Interlinings
  • Zip fasteners
  • Elastic narrow fabrics (Tapes)
  • Velcro
  • Labels
  • Umbrella cloth
  • Sewing threads
Technical textiles consumption under Clothtech is estimated at Rs 6,570 crore. Sewing threads alone account for around 60% of the technical textiles consumption under Clothtech followed by labels with around 19% share. Interlining accounts for around 8% share, whereas elastic narrow fabric tapes have a share of almost 6%. Usage of technical textiles in shoe laces and zip fasteners is around 5% of the total segmental usage. Velcro and umbrella cloth account for the remaining (around 2%) of the total usage in Clothtech. With the growth in the footwear industry, the growth in the consumption of shoe laces is also expected to be higher than the overall growth of Clothtech segment.

Utility: Clothtech Products are important part of the garment that ensures accurate fit and optimum wearer comfort. It Stretchability, Shrink resistance, Durability to regular wash & soft feel properties to the Garments.
View Market Size Chart for Clothtech

Geotech segment


Geotech segment comprises of technical textile products used in Geotechnical applications pertaining to soil, rock, earth etc. This category of products is generally referred to as Geotextiles and specifically refers to permeable fabric or synthetic material, woven or non-woven, which can be used with geotechnical engineering material. The principal functions performed by Geotextiles are confinement /separation, reinforcement, filtration and drainage, and protection. Application areas include Civil Engineering (roads and pavements, slope stabilization and embankment protection, tunnels, rail-track bed stabilization, ground stabilization and drainage etc), Marine Engineering (Soil Erosion control and embankment protection, breakwaters) and Environmental Engineering (landfills and waste management). Other specialized Geotech products comprise.
  • Geogrids (synthetic filaments and tapes etc formed into a very open, grid like configuration having large apertures)
  • Geonets (extruded ribs set in net like fashion with small apertures), Geomembranes (impermeable fabric as barrier)
  • Geocomposites (products using two or more Geotextiles e.g. Pre-fabricated Drains-PVD)
Current Geotextiles Market in India (Imports and domestic production) is around Rs 272 Crore, comprising imports of an estimated Rs 105 Crore and domestic production of around Rs 167 Crore. In terms of product category, the market includes Rs 241 Crore of synthetic woven/non-woven Geotextiles (85 Crore of woven and 67 Crore of Non-woven) as well as other products like Geogrids and Others (Geomembranes, Geonets and Geocomposites). Agro-based Geotextiles (made of Jute and Coir) are also developing and finding acceptance as a class of products. Market size for these products was around Rs 31 Crore.

Utility: Geo-textiles are used most commonly in the transportation market for construction of roadways because of their separation, reinforcement, and filtration functions. It increases the life of the road. It provides significant reduction in maintenance cost. Formation of potholes, cracking of the surface and undulations are pre-empted in the roads constructed using geotextiles and the riding quality is improved.. It provides increased ground stability by distributing and supporting loads. It also consumes less space in landfill projects.
View Market Size Chart for Geotech

Hometech segment 


Hometech Meditech of technical textiles comprises of the textile components used in the domestic environment-interior decoration and furniture, carpeting, protection against the sun, cushion materials, fireproofing, floor and wall coverings, textile reinforced structures/fittings, filter products for vacuum cleaners. They are made of both natural and synthetic fibres.
The technical textile products covered under Hometech are as given below:-
  • Fiberfil
  • Mattress and pillow components
  • Carpet backing cloth (Jute & Synthetic)
  • Stuff toys
  • Blinds
  • HVAC filters
  • Filter cloth for vacuum cleaners
  • Nonwoven wipes
  • Mosquito nets
Technical textiles consumption under Hometech is estimated at around Rs 3,200 crore in 2007-08. Fiberfil and pillow and mattress components together constitute over 50% of the technical textile usage under the Hometech segment followed by blinds with a share of around 20%, stuffed toys with a share of 13% and carpet backing cloth with around 9% share. The HVAC and vacuum filter fabrics and non woven wipes segments are very small and constitute less than 1% of the total Hometech segment consumption.

Utility: Theses products can create comfortable, practical, hygienic and beautiful solutions for modern living. Recent developments in the home furnishings industry include the creation of nonwovens that kill dust mites in bedding, repel dirt, and contain antimicrobial qualities.
View Market Size Chart for Hometech 

Indutech segment

Indutech includes technical textile products used in the manufacturing sector. The technical textile products covered under Indutech are given below:-
  • Conveyor belts (TT component)
  • Drive belts (TT component)
  • Cigarette filter rods
  • Decatising cloth
  • Bolting cloth
  • AGM glass battery separators
  • Coated abrasives (TT component)
  • Ropes & cordages
  • Composites (technical textiles component)
  • Printed circuit boards (TT component)
  • Computer printer ribbon
  • Paper making fabrics
  • Filteration Products
Technical textiles consumption under Indutech in India is estimated at around Rs 2,326 crore. Printed circuit boards, AGM battery separators and other applications of fibre glass constitute around one-third of the technical textiles usage in Indutech valued at Rs 743 crore in 2007-08 and are expected to grow at over 17% year on year. Ropes and cordages account for around 30% share in the Indutech segment valued at Rs 669 crore in 2007-08. Computer printer ribbon, filtration products, conveyor belts & drive belts, cigarette filters are the other key products in the segment each accounting for around 8-10% of the segment. Overall, the domestic consumption of technical textiles under Indutech is expected to increase from around Rs 2,326 crore in 2007-08 to around Rs 4,090 crore by 2012-13 growing at a CAGR of around 12%. The total segment imports are Rs 859 crore and account for one third of the total domestic consumption. The exports are worth Rs 762 crore and account for around 35% of the total production.

Utility: With advanced Indutech products like Nonwoven nano fibre filtration media is now filling the micro-filtration performance gap that had existed in the past, offering benefits such as enhanced air quality, reduced energy cost, and longer service life.
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Meditech Meditech


Meditech products include textile materials used in hygiene, health and personal care as well as surgical applications. The Meditech products are available in woven, knitted and non-woven forms based on the area of application. Their use is based on a number of typical basic textile properties like softness and lightness, flexibility, absorption, filtering etc. Increasingly, synthetic fibre is being used in the production of these products.
The technical textile products covered under Meditech are as given below:-
  • Baby diapers
  • Incontinence diapers
  • Sanitary napkin
  • Surgical sutures
  • Disposables
  • Surgical dressing
  • Contact lens
  • Artificial implants
Technical textiles consumption under Meditech is estimated at Rs 1,514 crore. Surgical dressing alone accounts for over 50% of the total technical textile consumption across Meditech segment. Surgical sutures account for around 21% of the total Meditech consumption followed by contact lenses and artificial implants with shares of around 12% and 8% respectively in the total consumption.

Utility: Meditech products will prevent hospital acquired infection, cross-infection, and provide savings in overall healthcare costs due to reduced cross-infections. Improved Meditech products will provide comfort and quicker healing.
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Mobiltech segment


Mobiltech segment of technical textiles is used in the construction of automobiles, railways, ships, aircraft and space craft. The Mobiltech products can be broadly classified into two categories – Visible components and Concealed components. The visible components include seat upholstery, carpets, seat belts, headliners, airbags,etc. The concealed components include Noise Vibration and Harness (NVH) components, tyre cords, liners, etc.
The technical textile products covered under Mobiltech are as given below:-
  • Nylon tyre cord
  • Seat belt webbing
  • Airbags
  • Car body covers
  • Seat upholstery/fabric
  • Automotive carpets
  • Headliners
  • Insulation felts (NVH components)
  • Sunvisors / sunblinds
  • Helmets
  • Airline disposables
  • Webbings for aircrafts
  • Aircraft upholstery
  • Railways seating fabrics
Technical textiles consumption under Mobiltech is estimated at Rs 3,158 crore. Nylon tyre cord accounts for over 60% of the total technical textile consumption in the segment followed by seat upholstery / fabric with a share of around 13%. Insulation felts and helmets have a share of around 5-10% each in the total Mobiltech consumption.

Utility: It provides good performance and safety, reduce the weight of the car, enhance the comfort and aesthetics and provide advanced insulation, fire retardancy and resistance to water, fuels, extremes of temperature and abrasion.
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   Oekotech or Ecotech segment
Oekotech or Ecotech Packtech refers to use of technical textiles in Environmental Engineering. The primary segment in this is Landfill waste management which refers to the use of Geosynthetic products to secure landfills against leakage of municipal or hazardous waste. Other areas include secondary protection in Chemical/Oil Industries (ground covers and the like around process tanks for secondary containment should the tanks leak). A modern engineering landfill has the following components - a basal lining system to prevent the contamination of soil, and ground water by pollutants, a capping system to seal the waste when the capacity of the landfill is exhausted, an impervious sealing layer which prevents the entry of pollutants in the ground, a leachate collection system for the collection and transmission of leachates to a collection pit, a secondary leachate collection/leak detection system.

The current market size of Oekotech segment is estimated at Rs 68 Crore. The market is expected to grow based on spends on municipal waste disposal in accordance with Municipal Solid Wastes (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000, as well as greater awareness and government activity on Hazardous Waste in accordance with Supreme Court Guidelines.

Technical textiles consumption under Agrotech in India is estimated at around Rs 487 crore. Fishing nets constitute over 90% of the Agrotech technical textiles usage valued at Rs 442 crore in 2007-08 and are expected to grow at 5 % year on year for the next five years.

Utility: The landfill is to bury the trash in such a way that it will be isolated from groundwater, will be kept dry and will not be in contact with air.

 Packtech Segment
Packtech includes several flexible packaging materials used for industrial, agricultural, consumer and other goods. It ranges from synthetic bags used for industrial packaging to jute sacks used for packing food grains.
The technical textile products covered under Packtech are as given below:-
  • Polyolefin woven sacks
  • FIBC
  • Leno bags
  • Wrapping fabric
  • Jute hessian and sacks (including Food grade jute bags)
  • Soft luggage products (TT component)
  • Tea-bags
Technical textiles consumption under Packtech is estimated at Rs 14,067 crore. Woven sacks (excluding FIBC) account for around 50% of the technical textiles consumption under Packtech followed by Jute hessian and sacks (including Food grade jute bags) with around 30% share.

Utility: It provides Innovative packing solutions such as oxygen scavenging, packaging for foodstuffs and anti-static packaging for computer equipment. With the advantage of moisture proof quality they are used for packing moisture sensitive goods.
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Protech Segment
Protech is an ensemble of textile products and related material used in the manufacture of various protective clothing for personnel working in hazardous environment. The protective clothing includes garments and related paraphernalia for protection from harmful chemical environment, extreme temperature environments, low visibility, ballistic protection, etc.
The technical textile products covered under Protech are as given below:-
  • Ballistic protective clothing – Bullet-proof jackets
  • Fire retardant apparels
  • Fire retardant fabrics (for furnishings)
  • Radiation protection textile/NBC suits
  • High visibility clothing/Foul weather clothing
  • Chemical protection clothing
  • Industrial gloves/Cut. Slash protection
  • High altitude clothing
Indian Defence Forces with a total strength of around 1.5 million individuals comprising the army, navy and air force, is one of the largest consumers of protective textiles. Approximately 25-30 % of the troops is involved in high risk, counters insurgency & special operations in super high attitude areas and requires protective clothing. In addition, around 1.2 million individuals are present in paramilitary forces and other security forces.

Utility: Protective Textiles are used for protection from harmful chemical environment, extreme temperature environments, low visibility, ballistic protection, etc.
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Sportech segment

Sportech segment comprises of technical textile products used in sports and leisure such as shoes, sports equipment, flying and sailing sports, climbing, angling, cycling, winter and summer sports and indoor sports.
The technical textile products covered under Sportech are as given below:-
  • Sports composites
  • Artificial turf
  • Parachute fabrics
  • Ballooning fabrics
  • Sail cloth
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sport nets
  • Sport shoes components
  • Tents
  • Swimwear
The technical textiles usage in the Sportech segment is valued at Rs 2,632 crore in 2007-08. Domestic consumption of sports footwear components is valued at Rs 2,250 crore, accounting for around 85% of the total segment consumption. It is expected to grow at around 11% y-o-y over the next five years. Sport composites include inflatable balls (footballs, volleyball, basketballs, etc), cricket protective equipments and boxing equipments.


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