The Fibres & Yarns channel provides a viewpoint on both natural and manmade fibres and yarns, as seen through the eyes of manufacturers, growers, processors and spinners, with a mix of technical articles, analysis and product innovation news.
The Knitting & Weaving channel offers analysis and manufacturing technology updates for the global fabric manufacturing industries and their supply-chain partners.
By Jessica Owen
By Fiona Haran
The Effects channel comprises news, analysis and technical information on the important realms of dyeing, finishing, printing (both screen and digital) and coating.
By Otis Robinson
By Jessica Owen
The Technical Textiles channel features news, market insight, analysis and product development updates from the fast-growing markets in technical textiles, covering all applications and end uses.
The Textile Economics channel is your instant window on the global raw materials prices, trade movements, resources and manufacturing costs that can affect the profitability of your textile products.
By Chris Wilcox
Our Insight channels take a look at global textile and apparel industry innovation, businesses, technology and markets, provided by WTiN’s in-house team of journalists. WTiN Insight is set apart from news content as it discerns the importance of changes and developments in the supply chain. Insight doesn’t only tell you ‘what’ has happened, it also covers impact, the bigger picture and the industry’s response to trends, events and more.
The Digital Textiles channel provides you with industry insight, market information, and the connections you need to examine and evaluate market trends in the roll-to-roll digital textile printing sector.
By Mutlu Chaouch Orozco
By Mutlu Chaouch Orozco & Stephanie Masuwa
By Stephanie Masuwa
The Performance Textiles channel provides market and technical intelligence that is essential to the sports and outdoor textiles industry.
The Protective Textiles channel is a source of market and technical intelligence in the field of protective textile technologies and applications, encompassing both industrial and military markets.
By Laura Solomon
By Laura Solomon
The Smart Textiles channel helps decision makers looking to break into the smart textiles market, as well as established companies in this sector, to gain a competitive advantage.
By Fiona Haran
By Dr Robabeh (Zohreh) Gharaei & Valentina Perzolla
The Textile 4.0 channel provides investors and decision makers in the textile and apparel value chain with in-depth analysis and insight into the digitalisation of manufacturing processes and smart business models.
By Sophie Darby
By Madelaine Cornforth
By Otis Robinson
Our Intelligence channels offer market intelligence, technical reports and deep-dive analysis of key industry motivators, technologies, materials and impactors. WTiN Intelligence provides detailed analysis of important high-growth areas of the textile and apparel industry. WTiN’s expert team of analysts and network of researchers go beyond the what and the why to look at what might come next, what businesses need to contend with in an evolving global supply chain, and how they can take advantage of the opportunities on the horizon.
Innovate Textile & Apparel (ITA) Europe is an annual event that brings together strategic decision-makers determined to implement digitalisation in the textile and apparel sector. ITA is more than a conference, but an experience that illuminates the emerging manufacturing technologies, material innovations and business models that are set to deliver the next wave of opportunity for the global textile and apparel manufacturing community. Over three days, ITA will host three complementary streams, offering vital insights into the most important areas of business and product strategy in textiles and apparel. These streams are: Textile 4.0, Re:Think Materials and Textile Business Futures. ITA’s future-focused agenda will spark new ideas to expertly inform your business decision-making.
Future Textile (FT) is focused on innovation in the fast-growing technical textiles sector, from fibre to finished product, covering all the applications and end uses across the world. As global demand for technical textiles rises, high-level executives and product designers increasingly turn to FT for the latest news, product launches, R&D projects, conference reports and market insight.
Nonwovens Report International (NRI) keeps you up-to-date with the latest developments across the nonwovens market. With its team of technical and industry experts, NRI makes use of its close ties with associations, research institutes and market-leading businesses to bring you international reporting that covers areas all over the world.
Previously known as IoTex, the newly relaunched Textile 4.0 journal delivers vital insights into the burgeoning transformation of the textile and apparel value chain. It covers a spectrum of content, from technologies enabling the personalisation trend to supply chain transparency, the latest in fabric gripping robotics, smart clothing and much more.
WTiN.com is evolving and it’s doing it quickly! WTiN has for many years delivered unmatched intelligence and insight into the global textile manufacturing industry. Increasingly we are delivering decision making intelligence and helping our customers choose a better and more informed direction for their businesses.
But what next? Step forward Technology, ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Machine Learning’!
We wanted to let you know how we at WTiN are harnessing technology to develop new features on wtin.com to help you discover new information that will truly help your business.
Interest? Of course, you are, read on!
Here at WTiN, we’ve been following this subject for some time; in fact, we’ve been using elements in our products for several years now, but with our new ‘Discovery’ suite of tools we are moving from using AI and ML behind the scenes to very much putting them in front of our customers through wtin.com. So, how are we are leveraging AI, ML and associated technologies right now and what are our future plans?
What are AI and ML and the difference between them? Coined in 1956 by John McCarthy, AI involves machines that can perform tasks that are characteristic of human intelligence. These include things like planning, understanding language, recognising objects and sounds, learning, and problem solving. There is (and will always be) a debate around whether AI is truly possible.
ML, on the other hand, is simply a mechanism for achieving AI. ML is:
“The ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.”
Usually, this involves ‘training’ algorithms using large quantities of historical and/or known data to enable prediction (with a certain level of probability) of a future outcome based on changing inputs. This sounds like a classic predictive model, but the difference with ML is that a system can continually update the model and ‘learn’ on the job. As two terms, AI and ML are not interchangeable.
For an information provider like WTiN the availability of these technologies allows the Discovery of information like never before.
Something we’re keen to stress is that we’re not looking to use new technologies just because we can. AI tools mixed with some of our own proprietary ML are and will add value to WTiN’s products:
How are we using them? We’re using several tools and processes. Here are just a few:
1. IBM Watson
This is one of the major tools in our arsenal, which is why you’ll see logos on WTiN.com and on WTiN email communication. We use IBM’s Watson natural language understanding service to process all of our content. Below is a video from IBM about the service that you might find interesting. It’s general and not specific to our industry, but it gives a flavour of how we use the service to extract metadata from our content. We then use this data to help build-out some of the services we’ve already talked about.
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