With so much competition in design and price within the apparel and textile sector, manufacturers are always looking for an edge. One way in which they can steal a march on competitors is with fibre innovation. And with new technology allowing the incorporation of increasingly complex arrays of chemicals and particles, even on a nanoscale, the opportunities to develop a revolutionary new fibre or mix of fibres are perhaps greater today than ever before. Here just-style takes a global look at some of the top centres of fibre research.