The technical textile sector represents a significant proportion of world textile manufacturing and trade. Recent studies in this field have found that an estimated 40% of fibre consumption within developed countries is consumed in the manufacture of technical textiles.
Developments within the technical textiles sector have high added value, high technology and performance and a niche market orientation. In addition, technical textiles are utilised in a broad cross-section of industries and have both industrial and consumer applications.
However, Australian industry programs and government policies were geared towards fibres and textiles used for apparel. It was clear that the technical textiles sector needed strong representation to survive the changing trade environment.
Sector members formed the Technical Textiles and Nonwoven Association (TTNA) in 2000 as a representative national industry association. The executive appointed Apical International to manage and deliver on the aims of the association.
TTNA has represented the interests of the sector in countless government reviews and has become a mechanism to profile innovation, facilitate technology transfer and a forum for the dissemination of both Australian and international research, development and innovation in fibre and textile manufacturing, processes and education in Australia.