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[ MARKETS ] ADVANCED TEXTILES

 BMW's future interactive
car interior (2020) is designed
with BYBORRE textiles
featuring the i Interaction
EASE cabin, which uses smart
surfaces that transform into
three modes of experience:
exploration, entertainment and
ease. Photo: BYBORRE.

Lighter, cleaner,
quieter
Electric and solar vehicles
will drive the transportation
industry's future.

Marie O'Mahony and Debra Cobb
contributed content to this article.

R

ECENT REPORTS ILLUMINATE KEY FACTORS THAT
will influence the automotive textiles segment in the future.
Most notably, the automotive lightweight material market is
expected to reach $247 billion by 2026, according to Global Market
Insights Inc. This is good news for the textile industry, which is well
placed to deliver on this demand.
Manufacturers see opportunity for innovation and expanding
value-added product offerings in existing lines, which translates to
market growth. The outcome is a move to combine functionalities
such as sensing, solar and digital media, integrating them with
materials-including textiles-that carry their own performance
and aesthetic characteristics.

Lightweight and quiet
Nonwovens are playing an increasingly important role in
automotive components as the evolution of electric vehicles (EVs)
and hybrid vehicles creates an imperative for transportation textiles
that are lighter, quieter, stronger, cleaner and easier to recycle.
With charging stations often hard to find in the U.S., enabling
EVs to travel longer distances per charge is a must. Replacing
injection-molded plastics with needlepunch and nonwoven
composites can reduce the weight of standard automotive
components by as much as 50 percent.
" For fuel efficiency, most vehicles on the roads today have
aeroshields, " says Gale Shipley, automotive sales manager for

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