Non conventional advanced technical textiles are high added value products and represent, at the moment, a limited portion of technical textiles sector. However, they are expected to grow steadily in the forthcoming future, progressively gaining a larger share in terms of both volume and value, in a large variety of sectors including medical textiles and sports/ outdoors textiles.


The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies was established in April 2005 as a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts. It has produced the first publicly available on-line inventory of nanotechnology-based consumer products. As of August 25, 2009, the nanotechnology consumer products inventory contains 1015 products or product lines. The inventory has grown by nearly 379 % (from 212 to 1015 products) since it was released in March 2006. Products have been grouped according to relevant main categories that are loosely based on publicly available consumer product classification systems. The largest main category is Health & Fitness, with a total of 605 products, followed by Home & Garden (152), Food & Beverage (98), Automotive (68), Electronics & Computer (57), etc.

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This article was originally published in the New Cloth Market magazine, January, 2012.