Preferred crystal orientations and their statistical distribution - the polycrystalline "texture" - are of scientific interest in a wide range of industrial applications. The aim of this text is to monitor the progress made in this field in the past few years. Texture analysis has exp anded beyond the domain of cubic metals and alloys to encompass nearly all crystalline, and even partially crystalline materials, including natural and man-made ones such as geological samples, minerals, ceramics, polymers, composites, low-symmetry materials, thin films and layers. The main objectives of texture analysis are to obtain a better understanding and control of the properties of anisotropic materials (as related to bulk, grain or grain boundary structures), recrystallization and grain growth, deformation textures, and correlations between internal stress, composition and texture. This volume covers 96 selected papers which look at texture research and control, and it is a survey of the current stste of texture analysis.