Given the UK’s long history of innovation in textile technology, UK companies and research teams were always going to be at the forefront of advanced flexible materials development.
As most of these organisations were SMEs it made sense to create a means to help them punch above their weight both individually and collectively. Demand grew for a membership organisation to act as an information and networking hub, as a global promoter of UK expertise, and as a provider of support resources in key areas such as funding, training and R&D project advice.
NW Texnet was formed in 1999 to do all those things. It was incorporated in 2001 and is now recognised throughout the world as the lead body for the UK advanced flexible textiles industry.
As the advanced flexible textiles market grew, there was logic in growing closer to the British Textile Machinery Association (BTMA). In 2019 NW Texnet formally became part of the BTMA group, retaining its name but with the resources of both organisations shared to the greater advantage of all members.