Technical textiles and menswear exporters in EU-28 nations registered good performance in 2016, according to The European Apparel and Textile Confederation, Euratex. Technical textiles sector is a pillar of textile exports outside the EU with a 38 per cent share in 2016, while menswear exports accounted for 23 per cent of total clothing exports. Technical textiles exports outside the EU-28 once again increased year-on-year to almost 10 bn euro, an increase of 2.4 per cent in value. “With 20 per cent of technical textile purchases from the EU-28, the US was far and away the main client,” Euratex states in its Bulletin 2017, which provides an in-depth analysis of the EU textile and clothing external trade for 2015-2016.