Inorganic fibres, their manufacture and properties: metal fibres - iire drawing techniques. Melt forming techniques. Carbon fibres - manufacture processes. Post-treatments of carbon fibres. Boron fibres - use of other core materials. Improvements in the CVD process and related apparatus. Polycrystalline refractory oxide fibres - manufacture processes. Composition, properties and applications. Polycrystalline refractory carbide, nitride and boride fibres - chemical vapor deposition. Other fibres - review. New types of fibres developed since 1970. Monocrystalline fibres: growth techniques - growth from the vapor phase. Growth from solutions. Growth from gels. Other techniques. Inorganic fibres composite materials: metal matrix composites - the metal fibre-metal matrix systems. The carbon-, boron-, carbide-, boride-fibre-metal matrix system. Ceramic or glass matrix composites - metal-ceramic systems. Ceramic-ceramic systems. General methods for the manufacture of composite materials - methods based on the combination of preformed fibres with matrix material. Methods involving the in situ generation of fibres. List of cited patents. List of patentees. Subject index.