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1 The Current Position of Technical Textiles in the UK Chris Byrne CB Innovation & Materials KTN 2 Agenda What can statistics and market research data tell us about the past, present and future of UK technical
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1 The Current Position of Technical Textiles in the UK Chris Byrne CB Innovation & Materials KTN 2 Agenda What can statistics and market research data tell us about the past, present and future of UK technical textiles? How has the climate for innovation changed over the past three decades? Where do future opportunities and growth prospects lie for UK industry? What will be the drivers of innovation? Time for a change in terminology? 3 Scope technical textiles Textile materials and products manufactured primarily for their technical performance properties rather than for their aesthetic or decorative characteristics Textile Terms & Definitions, The Textile Institute... but many shortcomings as a definition Few reliable statistics Commissioned by DTI (and updated for MatKTN) to prepare an overview of UK TT Developed and researched DRA TT model 4 DRA Model UK TT Consumption million (Actual , Forecast ) UK growth turns to decline 5 '000 1,600,000 1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000, , , , , UK Apparent Consumption & Mfrs. Sales of Technical & Industrial Textiles (excl. canvas goods) DRA estimate of UK TT consumption Net UK Supply UK Mfrs Sales million UK mfg. decline continues latest figures to 2007 and beyond? 1,500 UK Mfr Sales of All Technical/Industrial Textiles 6 1,300 1, 7 UK in 4 th place, pursued by Spain Ranking EU Country Total technical textile sales (million euros) Percentage of total output (%) Germany 3, Italy 3, France 2, UK 1, Spain 1, Belgium Poland Finland Portugal Czech Republic The Netherlands Austria Norway Denmark Sweden PRODCOM Others TOTAL 15, EU Technical Textiles Output Growth Country % growth over 5 years Czech Republic +121 % Poland +40.0% Belgium +35.3% Germany +6.3% Italy -3.4% Spain -7.9% France -21.5% Portugal -24.3% UK -32.9% PRODCOM Several sectors collapsed after ... while growth continued in others 10 11 Growth Decline HT filament weaving Glass, carbon weaving Nonwovens Narrow wovens Paperfelt making Canvas goods Coated fabrics Sewing thread Cotton wool 12 The climate for innovation How has it changed over the past 3 decades, especially after 2000? What are likely to be the drivers of innovation for the coming decade? 13 Contrasting decades 1980s Innovation in materials 1990s Innovation in products 2000s Innovation in supply chains 2010s Innovation in processes and applications? 1980 s 14 Innovation in materials Aramids HMPE Polyolefins Microfibres High temperature, high tenacity, high performance s Innovation in products Economic downturn at beginning of 1990s Especial impact on auto sector Focus on established markets, applications Better, cheaper, greater economies of scale Techtextil categories established International shop window for end-uses s Innovation in supply chains Progressive shift of manufacturing to lower cost areas Eastern Europe, Asia Globalisation of products and processes Standardisation Management systems NPD, sourcing s Innovation in novel processes and applications? Processes 3D weaving, plasma, digital, nano Applications Composites, electronics, consumer products Technology transfer Other advanced material sectors Convergence with consumer markets 18 Technology Advanced Materials Performance Technical Consumer Industrial Function 19 Key challenges for the coming decade Advanced mfg. Multi-functionality Sustainability Re-engineering Energy Lightweighting Low carbon footprint Biomimetics 20 Innovation challenges Set by Materials KTN / Technology Strategy Board Renewable energy Sustainability High value manufacturing Road mapping and dissemination events to be delivered through 21 Renewable energy Supply chain mapping of composite reinforcements Anticipated growth in wind, wave and tidal Solar capture photovoltaics Key to growth in personal electronics Energy from textile and mixed plastics waste Manufacturing and end-user 22 Sustainability Transport textiles Medical textiles Performance clothing Green construction Embedded sensors Remanufacture of textile waste 23 High value manufacturing Regenerative medical textiles Antimicrobials Defence and security Natural fibres traditional and novel 24 Technical textiles Technical textiles - the new commodities? Increasingly dominated by China, India and others Time to re-think terminologies? 25 Beyond Techtextil Agrotech Buildtech Clothtech Geotech Hometech Indutech? Medtech Mobiltech Oekotech Packtech Protech Sportech 26 Thank you Chris Byrne
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