Global High-Performance Textile Market 2021

Market Overview

The global high-performance textile market is expected to reach $26,081 million by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period of 2022-2031. The market growth is driven by the increasing demand for advanced textiles that offer a combination of quality, functionality, and physical properties for various high-tech applications. However, the high production cost and scarcity of skilled labor are challenges for the market.

The growth of the high-performance textile market is fueled by the demand in aerospace and defense, advancements in end-use industries, and increasing consumer awareness. High-performance textiles offer superior qualities and are replacing heavier traditional materials in defense and protective applications. However, the high production cost and lack of skilled labor are hindering market growth. Efforts are being made to reduce production costs through research and development activities.

Product Type

Market Report

No. of Pages


Release Date

October 2022

Base Year


Forecast Period


Market Size

USD 9.6 billion in 2020

Market Segments

End-Use Application, Fiber Type, Technology, Region



No. of Companies Mentioned


High-performance textiles find applications in aerospace and defense, energy, automotive and transportation, chemical, and medical industries. The aerospace and defense sector is the largest consumer of high-performance textiles, driving continuous product and technological advancements. Companies in this industry are focused on research and development to meet evolving requirements. Some companies, like Avient Corporation, are also working towards sustainability goals by introducing bio-based fibers.

The high-performance textile market is in a growth phase, with trends such as 3D technology, increasing demand for premium cars with safety features, new developments in protective clothing, and rising sustainability awareness providing growth opportunities. The shift towards high-performance textiles is driven by the demand for functionality, quality, durability, and advanced specialty materials. The aerospace and defense industry, particularly in North America and Europe, is leading this shift.

The COVID-19 pandemic had both positive and negative impacts on the high-performance textile market. Sectors providing essential goods, including medical textiles, experienced growth, while demand from industries like automotive and aerospace and defense was affected by the economic slowdown.

Drivers of demand for high-performance textiles include advancements in the sports industry, technological progress in manufacturing, and increasing demand in aerospace and defense. Challenges for the market include the scarcity of skilled labor and high production costs.

Market Segmentation

The market is segmented based on various factors, including end-use application, fiber type, technology, and region.

Segmentation by End-Use Application
Aerospace and Defense
Automotive and Transportation

Segmentation by Fiber Type
Aramid Fiber
Carbon Fiber
Glass Fiber
High Strength Polyethylene Fiber
Aromatic Polyester Fiber

Segmentation by Technology

Segmentation by Region
North America – U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Europe – Germany, France, U.K., Italy, and Rest-of-Europe
Asia-Pacific and Japan – Japan, India, South Korea, and Rest-of-Asia Pacific and Japan
Rest-of-the-World – Middle East and Africa, and South America

During the forecast period of 2022-2031, aerospace and defense is expected to be the largest application among various high-performance textile end-use applications. The increasing demand for high-performance textiles with specific functionalities in aircrafts, space shuttles, space suits, lunar and mars missions, and space transportation is driving the growth in this industry. The aerospace and defense sector requires continuous improvement and upgrading of products and technologies. Additionally, companies in this industry focus on research and development to meet changing requirements. High-performance textiles are used in complex applications in military aircrafts and helicopters, including protective suits, equipment, and armor. These textiles have excellent fire-resistant and flame-proof properties and are used in the production of stowage bags, ventilation reinforcements, thermal insulation layers, boarding gangways, seating reinforcements, blinds, and connectors. They are also used in troop seating, ejector seat covers, screens, breather mask reinforcements, anti-g trousers and suits, fuel cell reinforcements, flight suits, parachute release bags, aircraft flotation bags, and survival inflatables.

Aramid fiber accounted for 33.4% of the global high-performance textile market in 2021, making it one of the most sought-after fiber types. Aramid fibers are widely adopted in aerospace and military applications due to their high strength, low flammability, good resistance to abrasion, non-conductivity, and resistance to organic solvents. Aramid fibers, also known as aromatic polyamide, are high-performance fibers made of man-made compounds with stiff polymer chains connected by strong hydrogen bonds. They were the first organic fibers used as reinforcement in advanced composites because of their high tensile strength and modulus. Aramid fibers possess excellent mechanical attributes compared to steel and glass fibers, and they retain their heat and flame resistance properties at high temperatures.

In terms of technology, the knitting industry held a 48.7% share of the global high-performance textile market in 2021. Knitting is a widely used process for transforming thread or yarn into cloth or other fine crafts. It produces a two-dimensional cloth similar to weaving. Knitted textiles are ideal for sports apparel due to their open structure, which facilitates moisture transfer and provides better air retention, leading to increased heat resistance. Knitted fabrics are generally more stretchy than woven fabrics and are classified into two types: warp knitting and weft knitting.

In 2021, North America had the largest market share, but by 2031, China is expected to lead the market. The presence of major high-performance textile manufacturers in North America, such as Arville, Avient Corporation, BHER Products & Solutions, Beaver Manufacturing Company, CrossLink Composites, Inc., DuPont, Hexcel Corporation, OMNOVA Solutions Inc., Performance Textile, Saertex Mexico SA, and TEIJIN LIMITED, caters to the rising demand from aerospace and defense, energy, and automotive and transportation industries. The growth of production activities in aerospace and defense end-user applications is also a significant factor driving the high-performance textile market in the region.

Competitive Landscape

The selection of the featured companies was determined through the careful assessment of inputs provided by primary experts, along with an in-depth analysis of their company coverage, product portfolio, and market penetration.

Key companies profiled in this report include Arville, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Avient Corporation, Baltex, DuPont, Freudenberg Performance Materials, Hexcel Corporation, High Performance Textiles Pvt. Ltd., Huvis Corp., Kermel, Kolon Industries, Inc., Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Performance Textiles, Porcher Industries, Toray Industries, Inc., Cass Materials, Crosslink Composites, Inc., Fabiosys Innovations, High Performance Textiles GmbH, Spintex Engineering Ltd.

Recent Industry Developments

In April 2022, DuPont made an announcement regarding the utilization of renewable power in its plants for the development of its well-known brands, namely Kevlar, Nomex, and Tyvek. This strategic move exemplifies the company’s commitment to achieving its sustainability goals and integrating environmental stewardship as a fundamental aspect of its 2030 sustainability initiatives.

During March 2022, Freudenberg Performance Materials introduced its latest range of technical textile solutions under the brand name ‘Evolon RE.’ These sustainable variants of their high-performance microfilament textiles are suitable for diverse applications, including technical packaging and high-tech wiping. This launch demonstrates Freudenberg’s dedication to providing environmentally friendly alternatives in the industry.

In February 2022, Fabiosys Innovations successfully developed an affordable and highly efficient antiviral fabric utilizing Hi-PAT technology. Upon contact with pathogens, this fabric immediately exhibits its antiviral properties, effectively eliminating approximately 99.9% of them within thirty minutes. The fabric showcases exceptional efficacy against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Marketed under the brand name ‘Fabium,’ the company has become a pioneer in manufacturing and distributing this groundbreaking fabric.

In February 2021, Mitsui Chemicals unveiled plans to expand the production facilities for meltblown nonwovens at Sunrex Industry Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals Group. This expansion reflects Mitsui Chemicals’ focus on various industrial applications, including sanitary materials and disposable diaper applications. Consequently, the overall production capacity of Mitsui Chemicals Group for meltblown nonwovens is expected to witness a 30% increase following this expansion project.

Key Questions Answered

What are the significant factors and trends influencing the high-performance textile market?

How has the global consumption/production of high-performance textiles been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Which end-use applications are leading the rapid adoption of high-performance textiles?

What are the recent developments in different countries regarding the advancement of high-performance textiles?

Which governmental regulations/initiatives have contributed to the increased adoption of high-performance textiles?

What are some notable start-ups focusing on the development of high-performance textiles?

What are the buyer’s preferences and characteristics in each country or region pertaining to the high-performance textile market?

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