Technical Textiles come in many forms. When we say technical textiles we mean:
- Flame Retardant Yarns
- Flame Retardant Clothing
- Marine Fabrics
- Aircraft Fabrics
- Contract Fabrics
- Flame Retardant Finishing
Technical textiles and nonwovens are the most developing and promising sector in the global textile industry. The production and consumption of technical textiles and nonwovens has gained great economic value in the last decade.
The demand for technical textiles and nonwovens is directly related to overall economic developments and textile technology. The increase in GDP per capita in Turkey in recent years has fueled demand for technical textiles and nonwoven products such as feminine hygiene products, diapers, medical textiles and disposable products. In addition, rapid growth and the requirements in the automotive, construction, filtration, agriculture and chemical industries have stimulated demand for technical textiles and nonwovens.
Today, many sophisticated, functional, hightex, high performance textiles are produced in Turkey including waterproof, windproof, breathable , flame retardant, anti-bacterial fabrics and garments, tire cord fabrics, military and protective wear.
The production capacity in Turkey for nonwovens is over 110.000 metric tons per year. Istanbul, Bursa, Gaziantep, Kocaeli and TEkirdag are the major cities in the production of technical textiles and nonwovens.
During the past decade, an increasing number of Turkish companies have moved into technical textiles and nonwovens production because of the high vakue added of the products and less vulnerability to price changes. Both production volume and the variety of products are continuing to increase. There were 10 companies which dealt with technical textiles and nonwovens among Turkey’s 500 largest companies in 2004.
There are more than 150 companies manufacturing technical textiles and nonwovens in Turkey. More than 20 large companies produce nonwoven roll goods. Most large-scale Turkish nonwoven and technical textile companies are members of Europen Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA).