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Technical Textiles

Textiles are everywhere in modern society. Technical Textiles are defined as materials and products manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties rather than their aesthetic or decorative characteristics.

Technical textiles are the basis of many applications across a very broad range of industry sectors, including:

  • Technical protective textiles to improve worker safety in the workplace.
  • Agrotextiles used in agriculture include all activities concerned with the growing and harvesting of crops and animals
  • Textiles used in construction for decoration and structural applications
  • Technical textiles for clothing applications
  • Geotextiles defined as all woven, nonwoven and knitted textile materials used mainly by the civil engineering industry
  • Home textiles used in a domestic environment include interior decorations and furniture, carpeting, protection against the sun, cushion materials, fireproofing, floor and wall coverings, and textile reinforced structures/fittings.
  • Industrial textiles are used for chemical and electrical applications and textiles related to mechanical engineering.
  • Medical textiles include all the medical fabrics that are used in health and hygiene applications in both consumer and medical markets.
  • Textiles for transport These textiles are used in the construction of automobiles, railways, ships, aircraft and spacecraft.
  • Eco textiles in environmental protection applications
  • Sports textiles, are used mainly for making sports wear including sports shoes and other sports accessories.

With technical textiles it will be possible offer innovative solutions for global problems, such as pollution, health issues, transports, protection, communication, and so on.

Our Technical Textiles Expert

Veronica Sanchez-Romaguera

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Funding Opportunities

KTN-iX challenge: Upcycling Protective Plastics from Offshore Wind Farms

The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Ørsted to help them reach out to potential innovators that might have solutions involving the upcycling of Transition Piece (TP) covers. The TP cover is a robust, watertight cover that protects the internal working space during the construction phase of an offshore wind turbine.

Opens: 12/07/2021 Closes: 15/10/2021

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Circular economy for SMEs: innovating with the NICER programme

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches.

Opens: 11/10/2021 Closes: 08/12/2021

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Addressing the Challenge of Microfibres - from source of production to environmental contamination

The Microplastics Network and UK Circular Plastics Network are pleased to host this online event bringing together the key players working to address the microfibre issue across industry, academia and policy to discuss the current research, challenges and solutions.

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04.05.2021

Manufacturing and Materials Funding Round-Up

Find out about the latest funding calls which are relevant to the Manufacturing and Materials sectors. Last updated September 2021.

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10.09.2021

Save the Date for Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2022: 3rd – 5th October 2022

KTN is delighted to announce that Materials Research Exchange will be back in 2022 at the Business Design Centre in London.

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