Editorial: New Technologies for Smart fabric and Intelligent
Textile Products: Dye-Sensitised Solar Cells and Plastic
|published in Issue 68, 1st quarter
of this issue of Technical Textile Markets is the report 'smart
fabrics and Intelligent Textiles in the UK: Seven Companies at the
Forefront of Innovation
which starts on page 11.
The smart fabrics
and intelligent textile sector is growing rapidly, albeit from a
low base. Furthermore, it is notable that a number of UK-based companies
are global leaders in their respective technologies.
of the products and applications of smart fabrics and intelligent
textiles would not be possible without innovations in associated
Two examples of
such associated sectors are the manufacture of solar cells to provide
power, and the production of low cost portable reading devices.
in these two sectors do not employ textile materials in their production
and therefore lie outside the scope of the report.
However, it is
interesting to note that a number of products in these sectors are
being developed and manufactured using innovative textile manufacturing
believe that innovative textile manufacturing technologies have
large potential. They also claim that the technologies could form
the basis of entire new industries which could greatly improve conventional
manufacturing techniques, processes and materials.
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