This report is an industry aligned technology roadmap of the TCF Nonwoven Textiles field. It provides detail to help ensure the industry has the technical capability to be globally competitive.
Enterprise Connect commissioned CSIRO through its SME Engagement Centre to develop a Technology Roadmap for the nonwovens manufacturing industry. Initially the request was to develop a Technology Roadmap for the whole TCF Industries sector but feedback from the TCF Innovation Council was that the sector was too diverse for one Technology Roadmap to encompass all the relevant issues. Subsequent discussions with Enterprise Connect led to the decision to develop a Roadmap for the nonwovens manufacturing sector as a pilot activity. It is hoped the methodology developed can be easily used in the future for other components of the TCF Industries and a series of Roadmaps can be developed to cover the whole TCF sector.
As many industries have developed Technology Roadmaps the coordinators of this Roadmapping activity sought advice on methodologies and structures which were considered best practice. The Alumina Industry Roadmap was almost universally nominated as an excellent example of an industry Technology Roadmap. It was therefore decided that The Australian Nonwovens Manufacturing Technology Roadmap would use a similar methodology and structure.
Although companies must be market driven, technology is crucial to the nonwovens manufacturing industry being able to compete in the global marketplace. A Technology Roadmap is therefore an important element in planning the future of this industry. With the sponsorship of Enterprise Connect, this project sought to create an industry aligned Technology Roadmap to help ensure the industry has the technical capability to be globally competitive. This Roadmap compliments the TCF Innovation Council’s Strategic Roadmap and Capability Map.