Smart Fabrics Market, By Type (Passive, Active, Ultra Smart), By Functionality (Sensing, Energy Harv

Published Date: June 2019 | Report Code : MT2059127


The global smart fabrics market is projected to reach USD 16.80 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 43.2% during the forecast period.

Smart Fabrics Market

Smart Fabrics Market

Smart textiles are fabrics that are manufactured and designed to integrate technologies that offer the user with increased functionality. These fabrics have different prospective applications, such as the capacity to interact with other devices, to conduct energy, to transform into other materials, and to safeguard the wearer from environmental risks. Smart fabrics operations include personal health management through validation, integration, and use of smart clothing and other networked mobile devices. The operations also include initiatives that aim to integrate sensors/actuators, energy sources, clothing processing and communication to allow personal applications such as safety, security, emergency, and health care. For instance, the collaboration of Google and jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. for smart fabrics in apparel witnessed the launch of Project Jacquard, to incorporate touch-sensitive yarns into clothing. The high cost related to the manufacturing of smart fabric, which eventually increases the cost of the final end-user product, is one of the major factors expected to restrain the growth of the smart fabrics market over the forecast period. However, the trend of using miniaturized electronics in the fabrics and the growing demand for smart wearable and the increasing adoption of these smart wearable devices across various end-user industries is the major factor driving the growth of the smart fabrics market.

Smart Fabrics Market

Smart Fabrics Market

Based on the functionality, the smart fabrics market has been segmented into sensing, energy harvesting, luminescence &aesthetics, thermoelectricity, and others. The sensing functionality segment is expected to account for a significant share of the global smart fabrics market. This is mainly attributed to the ability of sensing, which is the most essential attribute of any smart garment. Furthermore, sensing and monitoring have been in use in various applications including medical, sports & fitness, and military & defense for a long time.

Based on the application, the sports & fitness segment is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. The application of smart fabrics in the sports and fitness industry has an overlap with the healthcare industry, as both the industries measure similar features, though the sports and fitness industry is not required to go through regulatory issues since the products are not categorized as medical products. Wearable technology has always been concerned with computer academia and industry. This is leading to their quick development and higher penetration in the smart fabrics market, by applications of smart fabrics in t-shirts, bodies, shoes, jackets, sports bras, and other sportswear. For instance, Nike and Google together launched a new gym shoe that can track real-time footprints of a user from Google Earth. Wearing this pair of shoes can check movement routes at any time, and gather massive motion data which can be used for analysis.

North America is expected to hold a prominent share in the smart fabrics market, with the United States accounting for the major share in the region. According to the Consumer Technology Association, in 2018, around 46.1 million wearable devices were forecasted to be shipped in the United States. Thus, increasing the adoption of wearable electronics devices is expected to open new avenues for the smart fabrics market in the region as they offer significant enhancements to human comfort, health, and well-being. International technology giants, such as Google and Microsoft have increased their investments into wearable technology, extending into the fashion design field. For instance, Microsoft has been working on a smart scarf that will notify users of various things by vibrating and heating up. The scarf can ideally be used to soothe those with disorders, such as autism that have trouble maintaining control of their feelings.

Key Factors Impacting the Growth of Smart Fabrics Market:

  • The trend of using miniaturized electronics in the fabrics.
  • The increased cost of the final end-user product.
  • Growing demand for smart wearable.
  • Continuous R&D and technological developments in the smart fabrics market.

Key Developments in the Smart Fabrics Market:

  • In June 2018, Schoeller Textiles AG (Switzerland) marked a significant innovation in the market by launching new products in the SCOTT RC footwear collection. The Schoeller dynamic fabric is used for the first time in a shoe that offers a unique combination of comfort and durability - two indispensable elements in the ultra-racing.
  • In July 2018, OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics (US) expanded its product portfolio of narrow-woven, high-performance textiles, which is qualified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), testing to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.

Smart Fabrics Market

Smart Fabrics Market

What Does This Report Provide?

This report provides a detailed understanding of the smart fabrics market from qualitative and quantitative perspectives during the forecast period. The report also provides dynamic indicators with potential impact on the market during the forecast period and an in-depth analysis of the leading companies operating in the market.

Market Segmentation:

By Type:

  • Active
  • Passive
  • Ultra Smart

By Functionality:

  • Sensing
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Luminescence & Aesthetics
  • Thermoelectricity
  • Others

By Application:

  • Fashion & Entertainment
  • Sports & Fitness
  • Medical
  • Transportation
  • Protection & Military
  • Architecture

By Region:

  • North America
    • By Country (US, Canada, Mexico)
    • By Type
    • By Functionality
    • By Application
  • Western Europe:
    • By Country (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Rest of Western Europe)
    • By Type
    • By Functionality
    • By Application
  • Eastern Europe:
    • By Country (Russia, Turkey, Rest of Eastern Europe)
    • By Type
    • By Functionality
    • By Application
  • Asia Pacific
    • By Country (China, Japan, India, Rest of Asia Pacific)
    • By Type
    • By Functionality
    • By Application
  • Middle East:
    • By Country (UAE, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Rest of Middle East)
    • By Type
    • By Functionality
    • By Application
  • Rest of the World
    • By Region (South America, Africa)
    • By Type
    • By Functionality
    • By Application

Companies Covered: Major Companies profiled in the report which are key players in the global smart fabrics market areAdidas AG, AiQ Smart Clothing Inc., Clothing+ (Jabil Circuit Inc.), EXO2, Gentherm Inc., Mide Technology Corporation, Nike Inc., OhmatexApS, Sensing Tex S.L., Thermosoft International Corporation, Auxetix, Eleksen, Fibretronic Limited, and Peratech Ltd.

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