Global Smart Fabrics Market

Smart fabrics are fabrics that allow digital components such as small computers and electronics to be embedded in them. In Smart Fabrics, the emphasis is placed on the seamless integration of fabrics with electronic elements like microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators thereby providing added value to the wearer. Smart fabrics are made from materials like traditional cotton, polyester nylon, and advanced Kevlar with integrated functionalities. The growing interest of the consumers in smart fabrics has lead to the creation of exclusive designs that cater to the high-end fashion preferences in the market.


The end-users of these fabrics are the hospitals, sports training centers, soldiers, pilots, astronauts, fashion industry. They utilize these fabrics for monitoring health using vitals (such as heart rate, respiration rate, temperature, activity, posture), sports training data acquisition, monitoring personnel handling hazardous materials, tracking the location and health of soldiers in action, monitoring driver or pilots fatigue, innovative fashion (wearable tech).

Market Dynamics

Major factors driving the growth of global smart fabric market are booming wearable electronics market and miniaturization of electronics. Smart gadgets are driving demand for more sophisticated and smarter gadgets. Decreasing the cost of smart wireless sensor networks is also driving the market demand for these fabrics. Although lack of proper regulations and exhaustive standards have restrained the growth of the smart fabrics market, it is going to boom in the future on the back of its various uses.

Market Segmentation

The global smart fabric market is segmented on the basis of:

--> function into energy harvesting, sensing, thermo-electricity, luminescence & aesthetics
--> product type into active smart, passive smart and ultra-smart
--> end-user into military and protection, healthcare, sports and fitness, architecture, fashion, entertainment and automotive
--> region into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa

Regional/Geographic Analysis

North America is a leader in global smart fabrics market because of rapidly growing electronics market and the booming IT sector. Asia Pacific is the next important player in the global smart fabrics market mainly because of flourishing construction and healthcare industry. In Asia Pacific, India and China are the major contributors to the growth of global smart fabrics market. In Europe, automobiles segment is driving the growth of smart fabrics market.


Increasing use of electronic devices is driving the growth of Smart Fabrics market. The integration of electronic devices into fabrics suitable for normal use further contributes to the flourishing global smart fabrics market. The applications of smart fabrics in sensing, harvesting energy, and generating thermo-electricity are anticipated to bolster its growth in the near future. Although portable power supply, high cost, and expertise required to manufacture these fabrics are some factors constraining their growth, Smart Fabrics market will see a boom in the future with growth in technologies.

Key players

Some of the major players in the market include Adidas Group, Outlast Technologies, International Fashion Machines, Fibertronic, Eleksen Group, Milliken and Company, and Textronics Inc.

Report Contents:

> Global Market segments
> Global Market Drivers, Restraints and Opportunities
> Global Market Size & Forecast 2016 to 2022
> Supply & Demand Value Chain
> Global Market - Current Trends
> Competition & Major Companies
> Technology and R&D Status
> Porters Five Force Analysis
> Strategic and Critical Success Factor Analysis of Key players

Regional Analysis:

> North America

>> US and Canada

> Latin America

>> Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Rest of Latin America

> Western Europe

>> EU5 (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, U.K.)
>> Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden)
>> Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
>> Rest of Western Europe

> Eastern Europe

>> Russia
>> Poland
>> Rest of Eastern Europe

> Asia Pacific

>> China
>> India
>> Japan
>> Australia and New Zealand
>> Rest of Asia Pacific

> Middle East and Africa

>> GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Kuwait)
>> South Africa
>> North Africa
>> Rest of Middle East and Africa

This report is an elaborate aggregation of primary inputs from industry experts and participants across the supply chain. It provides details on Market Segmentation which is derived from several product mapping exercises, macroeconomic parameters and other qualitative and quantitative insights. The impact of all such factors is delivered across multiple market segments and geographies.

Report Highlights:

> Detailed Historical Overview (Market Origins, Product Launch Timeline, etc.)
> Consumer and Pricing Analysis
> Market Dynamics of the industry
> Market Segmentation
> Estimated Market Sizing in terms of volume and value
> Recent trends in market and impact
> Research Status and Technology Overview
> Extensive Industry Structure Coverage

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