Global Smart Textiles Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Sep 2016
  • Pages: 64
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This market research report identifies Clothing+, Interactive Wear, Intelligent Clothing, Ohmatex, and Sensoria as the leading players in the global smart textiles market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by type (passive smart textile, active smart textile, and ultra-smart textile), by end user (military and protection, architecture, sports and fitness, transportation, fashion and entertainment, and medical), and by geography (APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW).

Overview of the smart textiles market

According to the market research analysts at Technavio, the global smart textiles market is expected to witness tremendous growth and will post a staggering CAGR of nearly 25% during the predicted period. With the miniaturization of electronic components and systems, the market for smart textiles is likely to have a positive outlook over the coming years. The core yarns of traditional textiles are integrated with electronic components to be used in several applications like monitoring vital signs in the medical sector, monitoring performance in the sports sector, and in transport, military, and other related sectors. Rapid technological developments in wireless and electronics sector have led to the miniaturization and integration of electronic components into conductive textiles, propelling this market’s growth prospects.

One of the recent trends gaining traction in the market is the increase in incorporation of the Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology. This technology is wireless personal area network technology designed with connectivity to mobile phones, low power consumption, and multi-vendor interoperability. Garments enabled with BLE technology can sense and monitor data via an internet connection. Moreover, BLE technology considerably reduces power consumption in comparison to other power sources.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global smart textiles market is highly fragmented due to the presence of several well-established vendors. The majority of vendors have an extensive geographical presence with a large number of manufacturing facilities. Few vendors in the market have strategies in place to strengthen their footholds in the market. With the increasing number of new entries and participants, the size of the market is increasing significantly. Vendors are also focusing on the development and introduction of innovative products in the market.

Key vendors in this market are -

  • Clothing+
  • Interactive Wear
  • Intelligent Clothing
  • Ohmatex
  • Sensoria

Other prominent vendors in the market include Infineon Technologies, Texas Instruments, Schoeller Textil, and International Fashion Machine.

Segmentation by type and analysis of the smart textile market

  • Passive smart textile
  • Active smart textile
  • Ultra-smart textile

The active smart textile segment is one of the fastest growing sectors in the smart textile market. These are second generation smart fabrics that have integrated sensors and actuators. The actuators are activated upon the detection of a signal from a central control unit. Active smart textiles are available in the form of heat evolving fabrics and electrically heated suits and have features like shape memory, water resistance, and heat storage, which will lead to its augmented adoption in the future.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the smart textile market

  • APAC
  • Europe
  • North America
  • ROW

In terms of geography, North America led the global smart textiles market and is likely to continue its dominance over the forecast period. The growth of this market in the region is attributed to the increasing demand from end-user segments like the military, sports, healthcare and fitness, and architecture. Also, the Department of Defense in the US has made substantial investments in the development of advanced functional fabrics incorporated with GPS and lightweight sensors, in conjunction with a consortium of 89 companies, researchers, universities, and start-ups.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the smart textiles market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global smart textiles market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global smart textiles market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global smart textiles market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global smart textiles market?
  • What are the trending factors influencing the market shares of APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW?
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global smart textiles market?

Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Market overview

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Overview
  • Supply chain analysis

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Global smart textiles market
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by type

  • Global smart textiles market by type

PART 07: Market segmentation by end-user

  • Global smart textiles market by end-users
  • Global smart textile military and protection market
  • Global smart textile architecture market
  • Global smart textile sports and fitness market
  • Global smart textile transportation market
  • Global smart textile fashion and entertainment market
  • Global smart textile medical market

PART 08: Geographical segmentation

  • Global smart textiles market by geography
  • Smart textiles market in North America
  • Smart textiles market in Europe
  • Smart textiles market in APAC
  • Smart textiles market in ROW

PART 09: Key leading countries

  • Outlook

PART 10: Market drivers

  • Accelerated demand from the sports sector
  • Growing demand from the healthcare sector
  • Miniaturization of electronic components

PART 11: Impact of drivers

PART 12: Market challenges

  • High production costs
  • Constraints in integrating electronic components into textiles

PART 13: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 14: Market trends

  • Increase in incorporation of BLE technology
  • Growing use of nanotechnology

PART 15: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Concentration of the global customer base
  • Competitive advantage
  • Buying criteria
  • Key vendors
  • Other prominent vendors
  • Clothing+
  • Interactive Wear
  • Intelligent Clothing
  • Ohmatex
  • Sensoria

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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