Global smart fabrics and interactive textiles market is expected to display enormous growth in the forthcoming years. Interactive textiles and smart fabrics are those fabrics or textiles that can act in response to exterior environmental spurs, such as temperature change, moisture, magnetism, pressure, and another stimulus. Numerous textiles can be entrenched with digital components like silver, to improve the required functionalities. The soaring performance and cost-efficacy of interactive textiles and smart fabrics have allowed them to substitute conventional materials and become accepted among various end-users. Smart Fabrics and interactive textile are fabric merchandise possessing the capability to sense and act in response to an exact environment or spur such as light or heat. Interactive textiles and Smart fabrics are also known as smart textiles and offer additional functionality and applicability as compared to conventional ones. Smart textiles or fabrics can also be utilized in monitoring, protection, entertainment, and medical applications and can be utilized in the technical textiles market and fashion & clothing segments.
The expansion of the worldwide smart fabrics and interactive textiles market is expected to be challenged over the forecast period owing to the soaring cost of smart textile goods. Moreover, reasons such as growing research & development activities for novel smart textile products & advancements in technology are expected to drive the worldwide market for smart fabrics and interactive textiles over the forecast period. Major developments in fibre technologies & material science comprising, conductive thrust-sensing fabrics, nanofibers, and other crossbreed fabrics; expansion of more and more diminutive electronic parts, growing utilization of electronic textiles in the novel cohort of wearable smart products, and hastily expanding functionality represent significant growth drivers over the forecast period.
The industry is expected to benefit enormously from technology advancements related to the incorporation of electronic equipment into textiles & fabrics at the thread level coupled with functionality and performance improvements in incorporated switches, textile sensors and interconnect. Additionally, growing penetration of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) capable laptops and smartphones, which assists in connecting sensor-based fabric to other technologies? For instance, smart fabrics to the Internet are also fuelling growth in the market.
The global smart fabrics and interactive textiles market are segregated on the basis of region and application. On the basis of application, the worldwide smart fabric, and interactive textiles market is categorized into medical, industrial, and healthcare, military & defence, retail & consumer, transportation and others. The worldwide smart fabrics and interactive textiles market are expected to lead to the transportation section. Novel applications comprising measuring heart rate, heating of seats, smart seat belts and steering wheel functioning holds enormous potential in the automotive industry. The industrial section is expected to grow rapidly over the forecast period owing to increasing demand for smart fabrics & interactive textiles. Growing adoption of smart fabrics and interactive textiles in numerous end-use industries such as sports & fitness, military and medical & healthcare, amongst others, is expected to be the noteworthy expansion driver over the forecast period.
Transportation sector represents the biggest end-use industry for interactive textiles and smart fabrics. Military clothing is one more main end-use industry for smart fabrics sustained by the growing focus on the incorporation of wearable technology that can decrease weight from batteries and cabling used for electronic equipment in military uniforms. The demand for real-time Information Technology in dangerous scenarios and severe conditions is offering momentum to the growth of wearable technologies for defence functionality. In the healthcare section, the requirement for interactive textiles and smart fabrics is determined largely by the increasing demand to improve nursing care, drug delivery and managing the medical process. In fitness and sports segment, increasing demand for products which are capable of recuperating sporty performance in fields which are extreme sports, running and skiing is likely to promote market expansion over the forecast period.
On the basis of the region, the smart fabrics and interactive textiles market can be segregated into Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East & Africa. Europe is expected to dominate the market in terms of revenue over the forecast period owing to the significant presence of end use industries ranging from healthcare, military & defence. The European Union is also granting funds heavily to smart fabrics and interactive textile market which is also fuelling the growth of this market in Europe. Europe is followed by North America owing to increasing utilization of smart fabrics and textiles by the variety of industries over the forecast period, in terms of revenue generation. Asia Pacific is expected to grow rapidly over the forecast period owing to the existence of huge scale fabrics and textile industries coupled with thriving healthcare and medical industry.
Some of the key players in the smart fabrics and interactive textiles market are E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Intelligent Clothing Ltd, International Fashion Machines Inc, Wear AG, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Milliken & Company, Outlast Technologies LLC, Royal Philips Electronics N.V, Textronics Inc and Marktek Inc.
Geographically, this report is segmented into several key Regions, with production, consumption, revenue (million USD), market share and growth rate of Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles in these regions, from 2013 to 2025 (forecast), covering
• North America
• Southeast Asia
Global Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles market competition by top manufacturers, with production, price, revenue (value) and market share for each manufacturer; the top players including
• Fibretronic Limited
• Heapsylon LLC
• Intelligent Clothing Ltd.
• Interactive Wear AG
• Koninklijke Ten Cate Nv
• Milliken & Company
• Performance Fibers, Inc.
• Schoeller Textil AG
• Textronics, Inc.
• Toray Industries Inc.
On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
• Passive Smart Fabrics and Textiles
• Active Smart Fabrics and Textiles
• Ultra-Smart Fabrics and Textiles
On the basis of the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate for each application, including
• Military Uses
• Civil Uses
• Healthcare Uses
Research Support Specialist, USA