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In a fortnight the textiles and composites industries will converge in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for Techtextil North America (TTNA) and JEC Americas.

According to JEC, the US composite materials industry grew by 5.6% in 2015 and reached a value of US$23.64 billion overall (including the final parts). The industry association predicts that this growth will continue and the US composites market will be worth $24.91 billion in 2016.

Innovations in textiles technology have played a key role in driving the composites industry forward. A recent case in point: a hybrid woven fabric that is highly permeable, making it suitable for use with the resin-transfer moulding (RTM) processes used by carmakers such as BMW for the high-volume manufacture of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts.

As such, our sister site (Technical-Textiles.Net) will be in attendance at Atlanta, and we'll also bring the most important developments from the co-located shows here at Performance-Materials.Net.

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