Trendbook Technical Textiles 2020/2021: The T...
Trendbook Technical Textiles 2020/2021

The Textile World 2030

Claudia van Bonn
Claudia van Bonn

The publication of our 6th Trendbook Technical Textiles falls in the midst of this challenging time for all of us, this time entitled “The Textile World 2030”. After the discussion about climate change, environmental protection and various forms of sustainable management became louder and more intense last year, we aligned the contents of the book with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN. 17 targets were formulated with 107 substantive objectives and 62 implementation measures: from the eradication of global hunger to the strengthening of sustainable consumption and production, and programs for environmental protection. The goals are universal and apply equally to all countries, but the economies and their core industries must face up to the changes with very heterogeneous tools.

The 4 main themes chosen by us are: Decent Work & Economic Growth (SDG 8), Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure (SDG 9), Sustainable Consumption & Production (SDG 12) and Climate Action (SDG 13). Each SDG was examined from the aspects directly relevant to the industry: technology, demographics, indicators and investors & markets. We have compiled comprehensive analyses and assessments by experts who describe and explain the megatrend in question. Textile technologists then discuss specific application examples for fibers, nonwovens, finishing and technical textiles with you. Furthermore, as far as was possible, the influence of the pandemic on the individual development areas was reflected.

SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth – The chapter on Sustainable Development Goal 8 begins with considerations on fair supply chains, sustainable economic growth and the question of why environmental and social standards are still needed in the times of the corona virus. What is the situation in German industry and what consequences does the pandemic have for the manufacturing industry in low-wage countries such as India, Bangladesh or Cambodia?

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure – Building a resilient infrastructure, promoting broad-based and sustainable industrialization and supporting innovation – this is what Sustainable Development Goal 9 is all about. Technological progress forms the basis for achieving environmental goals, as does improving resource and energy efficiency. Without technology and innovation there will be no industrialization, and without industrialization there will be no development. More investment in high-tech products must be made to increase efficiency, states the UN. The second chapter spans the spectrum from innovation management and the restructuring of supply chains and processes to digitalization and artificial intelligence.

SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption/Sustainable Production – means the promotion of resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, greener and more humane workplaces, and a better quality of life for all. The aim is to realize development plans, reduce future economic, ecological and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty. Promoting resource efficiency also includes rethinking waste disposal – and this should already occur in the development phase.

SDG 13: Climate Action – Today, climate change affects every country on every continent. It has a negative impact on national economies and the lives of individuals, for which people, communities and countries are already paying and will continue to pay for in future. Whether the corona period has had or will have a positive impact on climate change through less traffic on the roads and in the air, paralyzed industrial production and lockdown measures, cannot be assessed at present without a valid basis of figures. However, there is agreement that rapid implementation of climate protection measures has even gained in importance as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the Facts & Figures section, a comprehensive survey was carried out to create a European market overview with detailed company data from the Fibers/Chemicals/Textile Auxiliaries, Textile Machinery and Technical Textiles segments. From production sites and employment figures to product range and application areas, information is available at a glance. You can deepen your knowledge of individual companies and learn more about their individual success stories in the compiled multi-page company profiles.

The cube on the cover symbolizes the dependence of the individual goals on each other. It makes it clear how many different possible combinations and interdependencies there are, and how long one or the other solution will take. At the same time, it challenges us to grapple and solve problems – not least through its innovations in the field of technical textiles.

And this is where you can have a trial read.

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