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Smart Fabrics Market by Type (Passive, Active, Ultra-smart), Function (Sensing, Energy Harvesting, Luminescence & Aesthetics, Thermo-electricity), Industry (Healthcare, Sports & Fitness, Fashion, Military, Automotive), & Geography – Global Forecast to 2021

  • The global smart textile industry was estimated to be USD XX million in 2016 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than XX% from 2017 to 20214. This is attributed to the growing usage of smart textile in sports & fitness and medical applications, primarily due to its water and stain resistance, UV protection, and anti-bacterial properties, helping users stay protected.

    The protection and military application of smart textiles is expected to remain the largest market segment over the next eight years. The demand in sports and fitness applications is anticipated to witness a significant growth since these fabrics increase the comfort level of the user and eliminate the use of bulky equipment such as chest straps. Medical applications accounted for over 7% (in terms of revenue) of the total market in 2016; the segment is expected to grow faster than the global average in the coming years. This is anticipated to be driven by the need for enhancement in administering nursing care, drug delivery, and other procedures.

    Smart fabric helps measure physiological parameters such as temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, among others. Furthermore, this product is also used by those suffering from late-stage dementia as it can help refresh their sense of self. The materials used comprise Phase Changing Materials (PCM), nano fibers, conductive polymers, and so on while primary components include sensors and actuators. Problems concerning power supply are expected to drive the need for energy harvesting in the near future.

    North America dominated the industry and accounted for over XX% (in terms of revenue) of the global share in 2016. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing regional market with an estimated CAGR of over XX% from 2017 to 2021. Standardization is anticipated to be critical for the industry to make the transition from specialized products to commercialization.

    Industry stakeholders include a number of entities, such as manufacturers of textiles and electronic components as well as Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators. Research and development activities as well as funding by government organizations are expected to help the market players achieve product development and innovation.

    Smart Fabrics market Scope:

    By Function:

    • Sensing
    • Energy Harvesting
    • Luminescence & Aesthetics
    • Thermo-electricity
    • Others

    By Type:

    • Passive Smart
    • Active Smart
    • Ultra-smart

    By End-user industry:

    • Military and Protection
    • Architecture
    • Healthcare
    • Sports and fitness
    • Fashion and entertainment
    • Automotive
    • Others

    By Region:

    • Americas
    • Europe
    • Asia-Pacific
    • RoW

  • Table of Contents





    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Drivers

    4.3 Restraints

    1. Technology Overview

    5.1 Technology Snapshot

    5.2 Market Segmentation
               5.2.1 Smart Fabrics Market, By Function
               5.2.2 Smart Fabrics Market, By Type
               5.2.3 Smart Fabrics Market, By End-User Industry
               5.2.4 Smart Fabrics Market, By Geography
        5.3 Market Evolution
        5.4 Market Dynamics
               5.4.1 Drivers
               5.4.2 Restraints
               5.4.3 Opportunities
               5.4.4 Challenges

      6 Industry Analysis
        6.1 Introduction
        6.2 Supply Chain Analysis
        6.3 Industry Trends
        6.4 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
               6.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
               6.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
               6.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
               6.4.4 Threat of Substitutes
               6.4.5 Degree of Competition

    7 Smart Fabrics Market, By Type
        7.1 Introduction
        7.2 Passive Smart Fabrics  
        7.3 Active Smart Fabrics  
        7.4 Ultra Smart Fabrics  

    8 Smart Fabrics Market, By Function
        8.1 Introduction
        8.2 Sensing
        8.3 Energy Harvesting
        8.4 Luminescence & Aesthetics
        8.5 Thermo-Electricity
        8.6 Others

    9 Smart Fabrics Market, By End-User Industry
        9.1 Introduction
        9.2 Military and Protection
        9.3 Architecture
        9.4 Healthcare
        9.5 Sports and Fitness
        9.6 Fashion and Entertainment
        9.7 Automotive
        9.8 Others

    10 Regional Analysis
         10.1 Introduction
         10.2 Americas
         10.3 Europe
         10.4 APAC

         10.5 RoW

    11 Competitive Landscape
         11.1 Overview
         11.2 Key Players in the Smart Fabrics Market, 2017
         11.3 Competitive Situation and Trends
                 11.3.1 New Product Launches
                 11.3.2 Agreements, Partnerships, and Expansions
                 11.3.3 Acquisitions

    1. Competitive Intelligence – Company Profiles

         12.1 Introduction
         12.2 AIQ Smart Clothing Inc.
                 12.2.1 Business Overview
                 12.2.2 Products Offered
                 12.2.3 Recent Developments
         12.3 Clothing Plus Ltd.
                 12.3.1 Business Overview
                 12.3.2 Products Offered
                 12.3.3 Recent Developments
         12.4 E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
                 12.4.1 Business Overview
                 12.4.2 Products Offered
                 12.4.3 Recent Developments
         12.5 Gentherm Incorporated
                 12.5.1 Business Overview
                 12.5.2 Products Offered
                 12.5.3 Recent Developments
         12.6 Google Inc.
                 12.6.1 Business Overview
                 12.6.2 Products Offered
                 12.6.3 Recent Developments
         12.7 Interactive Wear AG
                 12.7.1 Business Overview
                 12.7.2 Products Offered
                 12.7.3 Recent Developments
         12.8 Outlast Technologies LLC
                 12.8.1 Business Overview
                 12.8.2 Products Offered
                 12.8.3 Recent Developments
         12.9 Schoeller Technologies AG
                 12.9.1 Business Overview
                 12.9.2 Products Offered
                 12.9.3 Recent Developments
         12.10 Sensoria, Inc.
                 12.10.1 Business Overview
                 12.10.2 Products Offered
                 12.10.3 Recent Developments
         12.11 Textronics, Inc.
                 12.11.1 Business Overview
                 12.11.2 Products Offered
                 12.11.3 Recent Developments

  • The overall market for smart textiles is expected to reach USD XX Billion by 2021, at a CAGR of XX% between 2016 and 2021. This market is primarily driven by the uptrend in wearable electronics industry, increasing demand for sophisticated gadgets, miniaturization of electronic components, and a rapid growth of low-cost smart wireless sensor networks.

    The smart textiles market for the military and defense application was the largest in 2014. Textile-based materials equipped with nanotechnology and electronics have a key role in the development of technologically advanced military uniforms and materials. Active and intelligent textiles, integrated with electronics, have the capacity of improving soldiers’ performance by sensing, adapting themselves to the preset state, and responding to a situational need allowing the fighting soldiers to continue their mission. Smart technologies aim to help armed forces perform everything they need to do with a less number of devices and load. Smart textiles provide uniforms with a single, central power source. This allows soldiers to carry one battery instead of many and cut the number of cables required for their kit.

    The smart textiles market based on different functions is segmented into sensing, energy harvesting, luminescence & aesthetics, thermo-electricity, and others. Out of all these functions, sensing is the largest segment for which smart textiles are used. Textile sensors form huge and significant sub-segment of smart textiles. This is because the sensing ability is the most essential characteristic of any smart textile product. Smart textiles have applications in medical, sports, personal protective equipment, geo-protection, military, and aerospace sectors, where sensing and monitoring are already used and would only be made more efficient if integrated with textiles. Thus, sensing functions have grown rapidly in the smart textile market and the same trend is expected to continue during the forecast period.

    In 2014, the Americas accounted for the largest share of the smart textiles market due to several factors. One of the most important factors is technological innovations and advancements, which led to the introduction of new products. The increasing demand from consumer electronics and medical sectors has led to the growth of the smart textiles market in the Americas. Other factors promoting the growth of the market are increasing incidences of chronic diseases, diabetes patients, ease of use, and easy interpretation of medical devices.

    Some of the key players in this industry include Google Inc. (U.S.), Intelligent Clothing Ltd. (U.K.), International Fashion Machines, Inc. (U.S.), Interactive Wear AG (Germany), Schoeller Textiles AG (Switzerland), Textronics, Inc. (U.S.), Vista Medical Ltd. (Canada), Textronics, Inc. (U.S.), Gentherm Incorporated (U.S.), and Sensoria Inc. (U.S.)

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