Smart Fabric Market By Fabric Type (Passive Smart Fabrics, Active Fabrics, Ultra-smart Fabrics), By Functionality (Sensing, Energy Harvesting, Luminescence & Aesthetics, Thermoelectricity, Others), By Application (Protection & Military, Fashion & Entertainment, Sports & Fitness, Medical, Transportation, Architecture) - Growth, Future Prospects, and Competitive Analysis, 2019 - 2027

To improve productivity, industries are adopting smart fabric.

The fabrics that have digital and electronic components embedded in them are referred to as "e-textiles," "electronic textiles," or "smart fabrics." These fabrics have the ability to recognize and sense stimuli from their surroundings, adapt, and respond to those stimuli in a pre-programmed way. Their capability to grow, correspond, transform, and even conduct energy makes them different from normal textiles, thus adding worth to the wearer. With the technological advancement in the electronics industry, such as nanotechnology, the smart fabric market is a budding one, created as a result of the tininess of electronics and the drop in the costs of electronics as well as manufacturing charges for both semiconductors and textiles.

As a result of the first implementation of smart textiles as an electronic device, the growing use of electronic devices in everyday life is driving the global market for smart fabrics. With the integration of electronic components in smart textiles, they are used in various applications such as health management, actuation, response, and communication. These textiles help to control muscle vibrations, regulate body temperatures, and protect from environmental hazards such as radiation.

On the other hand, the major restraint for the smart textile market is the high cost of production. Smart textiles require high-end materials and are highly sophisticated, so a perfect cost-price balance is not achieved by manufacturers. The market is hindered due to the cost of electronic devices and components, which further increases the prices of smart textiles.The global smart fabric market was worth US$ 876.3 million in 2018 and is expected to reach US$ 7,425.5 million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 26.8% between 2019 and 2027.

Market Snapshot

The "Passive" segment dominating the market

Passive smart fabrics captured the majority of the global market in 2018. Passive smart fabrics are wearable clothes that can detect the user's movement and the environment around them. This segment led the market in 2018 due to low product prices compared to the other two sub-segments and fewer complex functionalities than other variants. However, active and ultra-smart fabrics have the ability to sense, react, and adapt their behavior to given circumstances. With the advancement in AI and nanotechnology, both of these segments are expected to witness the highest CAGR over the forecast period on account of their ability to effectively deal with life-threatening circumstances, such as accidents or battlefield situations, or to maintain high levels of comfort even during extreme environmental changes.

Regional Analysis

North America dominating the global market by region

North America is expected to hold the largest share of the global market by 2025 and is also projected to be the fastest-growing regional market. This can be attributed to the increasing product demand in the transportation and healthcare industries in North America. Asia-Pacific is also anticipated to witness steady growth in the years to come. Along with it, the presence of major companies such as Nike and Adidas has further contributed to the regional growth of the market.

The availability of low-cost raw materials and labor in Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and India, has transformed them into manufacturing hubs for such technology. This has led to a decline in the overall production of smart fabrics in the European region. However, the increasing number of R&D activities for such intelligent fabrics sponsored within the EU's FP6 and FP7 programs is revitalizing the industry in European countries.

Technological advancement is keeping the market competitive.

The global smart fabric market is competitive. Prominent players operating in the smart fabric market are adopting strategies such as partnerships with other companies and the acquisition of smaller players to increase their production capacity and geographical reach. Following is the list of players included in the published reports.

List of Companies Covered:

  • AIQ Smart Clothing, Inc.
  • Adidas AG
  • NIKE Inc.
  • ThermoSoft International Corporation
  • Kolon Industries Inc.
  • Interactive Wear AG
  • Ohmatex
  • Schoeller Textil AG
  • Sensoria Inc.
  • OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics Inc.
  • Others

Key Industry Development:

In September 2019, Levi announced new jackets with Google's Project Jacquard technology, which turns a portion of the fabric on the sleeve into a touch-sensitive remote control for phones. Both versions are less expensive and much more like the original versions of Levi's jackets. 

Historical & Forecast Period

The research report presents the analysis of each segment from 2017 to 2027, considering 2018 as the base year for the research. Compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for each respective segment calculated for the forecast period from 2019 to 2027.

Market Segmentation

The current report also comprehends qualitative market valuation factors such as key market drivers, market trends, restraints, and opportunities that give a better market understanding of the global smart fabric market. Additionally, the global report also comprises a graphical representation of a competitive landscape based on their market initiatives and strategies, product portfolio, and business strengths.

Key questions are answered in this report.

  • What was the market size of the smart fabric market in 2018, and what is the forecast up to 2027?
  • What are the key factors driving the global smart fabric market?
  • What are the key market trends and high-growth opportunities observed in the smart fabric market?
  • Which is the largest regional market for smart fabric?
  • Which segment will grow at a faster pace? Why?
  • Which region will drive the market's growth? Why?
  • Which players are leading the smart fabric market?
  • What are the key strategies adopted by the leading players operating in the market?

Frequently Asked Questions:

The market for Smart Fabric Market is expected to reach US$ 7,425.5 million by 2027.

The Smart Fabric Market is expected to see significant CAGR growth over the coming years, at 26.8%.

The report is forecasted from 2019-2027.

The base year of this report is 2018.

AIQ Smart Clothing, Adidas AG, ThermoSoft International Corporation, Kolon Industries Inc., Interactive Wear AG are some of the major players in the global market.

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Published Date:  Apr 2020
Category:  Semiconductor & Electronics
Report ID:   60253
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