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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
We've recently introduced a new search function on the site. You can find it here: Search
That's great, but want to know how it works and how to get the best from it? Read on.....
There are a few different ways that you might reach the search page:
For some of those the search may be prepopulated with filters and keywords, but all of the below still applies.
There are 3 main sections on the search page:
The filters at the left of the search give you quick access to narrow the search results down using a predefined set of criteria.
Next to the filters is a number which indicates the count of articles that match that particular filter in the current search. If you selected one of the filter criteria these numbers will recalculate based on the new number of matching articles in the filtered selection. These counts can provide good context to the search.
Some of the filters have a ‘+ view more’ link just below them. If there are more filter options than can be comfortably displayed on the screen by default then this link will show and you can select if to show more filter options in that section.
Below is a little more detail on each of the filter types:
The industry sectors used in the ‘Sectors’ filter operated on a hierarchical basis. That is there are top and then sub level sectors. To allow for this in the filter panel there are ‘+’ and ‘-‘ icons used to expand/contract the top/sub levels of the hierarchy.
To search using a keyword or phrase you can enter content into either the search bar in the header of the site or if you are on the actual search page you can enter a value into the search bar there too:
The search on WTiN.com uses a search index (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/search/) that can be queried in a number of different ways. You can use combinations of words, phrases and syntax to build searches that do more than simply return content where the words entered are contained in the corpus of articles. The below table outlines the various options:
|AND operator (the default)||smart textile innovation||Any content that contains the words ‘smart’, ‘textile’ and ‘innovation’ in any order/location.|
|OR operator||smart OR textile OR innovation||Any content that contains the words ‘smart’ OR ‘textile’ OR ‘innovation’ in any order/location.|
|Whole phrases||“smart textile innovation”||Any content that contains the specific phrase ‘smart textile innovation’.|
|Fuzzy searches||innovat~4||To do a fuzzy search, append the tilde ~ symbol at the end of a single word with an optional parameter, a value between 0 and 2, that specifies the edit distance. innovat~4 would return matches for innovator, innovate or innovation.|
|Proximity searches||“product innovation”~5||Proximity searches are used to find terms that are near each other in a document. Insert a tilde "~" symbol at the end of a phrase followed by the number of words that create the proximity boundary. “product innovation”~5 will find the terms product and innovation within 5 words of each other.|
|Wildcard searches||perform? or perform*||You can use generally recognized syntax for multiple (*) or single (?) character wildcard searches. Note the search supports the use of these symbols with a single term, and not a phrase. This is similar to a fuzzy search. perform? (single wildcard) Will return matches for ‘performs’ whereas perform* will return matches for ‘performance’, ‘performing’ etc.|
|Combinations 1||acquisition AND "digital print"~5||Will return content with the word ‘acquisition’ and where ‘digital’ and ‘print’ are within 5 words of each other.|
Key tip: If you want to search for a whole word or phrase then enclose it inside quotation marks. For example, “smart textile applications” will search for that specific term and not content containing the words ‘smart’, ‘textile’ and ‘applications’ in any order, which would be the result if quote marks were not used.
The search results can be ordered in 3 different ways. The first 2; 'newest first' and 'oldest first' are obvious in their function and operate on the published date of the content.
The third option is 'relevance'. A relevance search only applies when a keyword or phrase search is used (see above). This type of sorting will take the search word/phrase entered into the search, analyse content across the whole site and return that which is most relevant first. The basis for calculating a relevance score and therefore ordering is TF-IDF or term frequency-inverse document frequency. Broadly the method calculates how frequently the term occurs in a document.
Remember that you can use all of the above (filters, keywords/phrases and ordering) in combination to build a search just as you want it. For example, if you enter a search word or phrase and see the results you can then filter these results further using the filter panel to the left.
If you want to reset the search at any point simply click the 'Reset' button.
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