Canadian technical textiles,
a world of opportunities

A Thriving Industry

Canadian companies in the technical textile industry have earned an outstanding reputation for their expertise along with the quality and performance of their products and services. The industry’s development is based on in-depth knowledge of industrial needs and processes, supported by extensive R&D activity. Its specialized products are fully integrated into the local supply chain and favourably positioned in international markets.

1 700 Companies

17 600 Jobs

2.07 Billions in exports


An Export Champion

Exports of technical textiles have been growing rapidly since 2010. Our companies’ success in diversifying export markets is a direct result of their products’ relevance and quality. Moreover, Canada’s signing of various free trade agreements is now integrated into the business plans of companies in the industry.

A Culture of Innovation

The industry is operating within a commercial environment that is favourable to R&D, thanks to the support of various Canadian government programs and strategic links with the university sector. This context promotes the development of innovative processes and products and accelerates their integration into the cutting-edge equipment and technology production chain.

Reliability and Quality at the Heart of Our DNA

The reputation of Canadian technical products is based on the reliability, quality and expertise of a highly skilled workforce capable of meeting the most specific needs. The flexibility of our companies enables them to readily adapt production to suit the most demanding requirements of the market or specific certifications. For example, many Canadian manufacturers and processors are proud holders of ISO 9001 certification.

Canadian technical textiles contributing
to all cutting-edge sectors


Agriculture and Fishery

Over time, technical textiles have been incorporated into various kinds of traditional equipment to make them more effective and lightweight. The fishing industry uses agrotextiles for nets, ropes and lines in order to increase their resistance. In agriculture and horticulture, they’re found in a wide range of applications to protect crops (from the climate, weeds, sunlight or animals), promote plant growth (controlling the ripening of crops or soil humidity), protect the harvest or form bales of hay.


Home Textiles 

Textiles have always been an important part of this market segment. And while the basic functions of these products remain the same (carpeting, screen, furnishing, mattress, bedding, drapery, cushion, etc.), the advent of technical textiles has greatly contributed to improving their durability and delivered many performance- and comfort-related advantages.



Technical textiles have found numerous applications in the construction industry. Their insulating and sometimes acoustic properties, lightness and durability allow them to be used in the construction of buildings, walls and roofing. They provide a superior alternative to traditional materials such as asbestos that pose health risks. They’re also used to protect and shelter workers while on job sites.


Packaging and Containment

Technical textiles are gradually revolutionizing the packaging sector by providing solutions that enable safer transportation and an ideal conservation environment for many products. Often more eco-friendly than traditional packaging products, these textiles are found in packaging for food (absorbent pads, mesh bags, bee-wraps, etc.) or products for agriculture, and their use is now widespread in the mail and parcel delivery sector (bags, pallet covers and other insulated packaging).


Ecological Protection Textiles

The environmental benefits related to the use of technical textiles may be integrated into all sectors of activity. In agriculture, for instance, they make it possible to decrease water loss during spraying and reduce the use of pesticides. Since they are usually more lightweight, they help to reduce the environmental footprint associated with transportation. In general, technical textiles offer applications and properties that deliver improved environmental performance.


Civil Engineering

The use of technical textiles for civil engineering projects is growing rapidly. No wonder, since the environmental and economic benefits associated with their use are unprecedented. They are involved in the creation of high-performance geotextiles, geogrids and geomembranes, which are used in road, bridge and railway construction, along with many other civil engineering projects.


Clothing Components

Technical textiles are used more and more in the clothing industry because they add value to finished products (uniforms, clothing, shoes and accessories). Stain and odour resistance, waterproofness, durability, lightness, breathability and elasticity are just some of the qualities they provide which are sought by today’s consumers.

Synthetic fibres are ideal, since in some cases their performance is superior to natural fibres. For example, the insulating properties of certain textiles enable better resistance to extreme temperatures.

Of course, without technical fibres, threads and fabrics, the creation of “smart” or “connected” clothing would be impossible.


Industrial Products and Components

The use of technical textiles for industrial purposes is extremely widespread. This type of textile may be found in many industrial products including filters, conveyor belts, abrasive strips, lining for printed circuits, and waterproof joints and membranes, to name a few.


Medical and Hygiene Textiles

A wide range of technical textiles are used in various medical and hygiene-related contexts. They’re often found in the form of surgical products, such as medical scrubs, privacy curtains, sterilization pouches, bandages, sutures and orthopedic pads and garments. They’re also used in the manufacturing of wipes, diapers and many hygiene and incontinence products for adults.


Protective and Safety Clothing or Textiles

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is clothing and accessories intended to protect people against the risks incurred in dangerous situations, such as wars (soldiers), riots (police) and fires (firefighters). In carrying out their duties, these people may encounter hazardous or harmful elements, materials or incidents. PPE products are often supported by testing standards or legislation relating to health, safety and hygiene. The technical properties of these garments and ancillary accessories (helmets, goggles, masks, etc.) may provide ballistic and chemical protection, resistance to heat/flames and cuts, and high visibility.


Sport and Leisure

In the context of sport, technical textiles are primarily used in the production of high-performance apparel, but they have a wide range of other applications. You’ll find technical textiles in various types of sporting gear, such as rackets, golf clubs and fishing rods. They also have a strong presence in equipment for outdoor activities (tents, backpacks, etc.). They’re being used more and more as a highly effective ground covering for soccer fields and other sports surfaces.


Transport Textiles

The automobile, civil and military aviation, rail and maritime transportation industries use technical textiles and fibres to manufacture carpeting, seats, tires, propellers, seatbelts, airbags and more. Many composite materials and components may be found in cockpits and engine compartments or in structural parts made of mineral or aramid fibres, whose resistance is markedly superior to steel.

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