Smart Textile Market Share, Size Report | Analysis to 2022, 2027

Smart Textile Market to 2027 - Global Analysis and Forecast by Type (Active, Passive, Ultra-Smart); Function (Sensing, Energy harvesting, Luminescence & Aesthetics, Thermo-Electricity); Industry Vertical (Healthcare, Sports & Fitness, Fashion, Military, Automotive)

Publication Month : Jan 2020

  • Report Code : TIPEL00002272
  • Category : Electronics and Semiconductor
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 147
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[Research Report] The smart textile market was valued at US$ 1.59 billion in 2018 and is projected to reach US$ 13.63 billion by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 26.1% during 2019-2027.

Smart Textiles are designed and manufactured with the integration of smart technologies to offer fabric with different functionality. The smart textile market by type is segmented into passive, active, and ultra-smart textiles. These textiles are used across numerous applications and offer better communication with other devices, generate electricity, analyze and sense the stimuli, and protect the wearer from environmental hazards. Smart textiles and interactive fabrics are used for personal health management by integrating, validating, and use of smart clothing with the integration of sensors/ actuators, processing, energy sources, and communication used for personal applications such as emergency, protection/safety, and healthcare.

Further, the growth of the global market is also led by escalating spending by sectors, such as healthcare, sports & fitness and fashion industry sector. The global smart textile market is segmented in five major regions such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), the Middle East and Africa (MEA), and South America (SAM). Fast turnaround time, low operating cost, and easily accessible service points are increasing the adoption of smart textile considerably. Further, demand for smart textile is expanding at an impressive pace due to the increasing demand for the mining and oil and gas exploration activities. Europe is expected to hold the largest share of the global smart textile market by 2019, followed by North America and Asia Pacific.

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Market Insights–Smart Textile Market

Fashion Industry Is Further Going to Aid in The Smart Textile Market’s Growth

Designer brands and well-known clothing manufacturers are teaming up with major technological giants to create new wearable based on smart textiles. Research and development into clothes that illuminates or change colors in certain conditions, or a cloth displaying real-time text or emoticons associated with the user's mood or social activity is underway. New designers are now applying their creativity to take advantage of these possibilities to develop the fashion of the future that we might see very soon in fashion shows. Some of the use cases or pilot projects taken by major sports and fitness apparel manufacturers are as follows:-

  • Nike is cooperating with Google to launch gym shoes, which could track real-time footprints by use of Google Earth.
  • Moon Berlin, designer of luxury clothing, is currently exploring soft-circuits to enhance the visual style and use of smart fabrics.
  • Google has partnered with Levi’s in project Jacquard to create a collaborative innovation where both parties put in their expertise where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Aspinal of London has started to make handbags with built-in battery chargers.

The above initiatives and product development has paved way for the rise in demand for smart textiles which is expected to drive the market throughout the forecast period from 2019 – 2027.

Type Segment Insights

Based on type, the smart textile market is segmented into passive, active, and ultra-smart. These textiles are used across numerous applications and offer better communication with other devices, generate electricity, analyze and sense the stimuli, and protect the wearer from environmental hazards. Smart textiles and interactive fabrics are used for personal health management by integrating, validating, and use of smart clothing with the integration of sensors/ actuators, processing, energy sources, and communication used for personal applications such as emergency, protection/safety, and healthcare.

Function Segment Insights

Based on function, the smart textile market is bifurcated into sensing, energy harvesting, luminescence & aesthetics and thermo-electricity. Among the list of emerging technologies, including nanotechnology, IoT, and 3D printing, are the primary factor for the adoption of smart textiles across the globe. Perhaps one of the most remarkable ways the fashion and technology have been incorporated is the capability to turn a diverse set of data into enriching, engaging information. This enables retailers to foresee rapid changes in customer preference better, allowing them to simplify optimal price and promotion across a rising number of combinations available to retailers and their consumers.

Industry Vertical Insights

The smart textile market by industry vertical is further segmented into healthcare, sports & fitness, fashion, military, and automotive. The manufacturers are increasingly aiming on reducing the form factors to enable the integration of sensors efficiently with fabric and safeguard optimum wearability and comfort. Also, the mounting research and development activities across the smart textile market, in the emerging economies such as India and China is the major opportunities in the global smart textile market.

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Smart Textile Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 1.59 Billion in 2018
Market Size Value byUS$ 13.63 Billion by 2027
Growth rateCAGR of 26.1% from 2019-2027
Forecast Period2019-2027
Base Year2019
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The market players focus on new product innovations and developments by integrating advanced technologies and features in their products to compete with the competitors.

2019:Ohmatex is awarded a large space contract with The European Space Agency (ESA). Under the project name Garments for Advanced Insights (GAIN), ESA signed a contract for 1.04 Mn EUR. The project aims at developing training tights along with integrated sensors and wearable computing. This would help the astronauts to train effectively.
2019:W. L. Gore & Associates proclaimed its upcoming generation in hood technology with the highly breathable GORE Particulate Hood GEN2.
2019:Gore Wear has announced the inauguration of a brand new limited-edition Gore x Romance Gore-Tex Shakedry Jacket fabricated in partnership with independent cycling apparel brand Romance.
2019:wear2wear is an innovative industrial partnership which is dedicated to high-quality and sustainable clothing. Schoeller Textil is to supply holistic textile portfolio for the workwear area.


The Global Smart Textile Market has been Segmented as Follows:


Global Smart Textile Market - By Type

  • Passive
  • Active
  • Ultra-Smart

Global Smart Textile Market - By Function

  • Sensing
  • Energy harvesting
  • Diesel
  • Luminescence & Aesthetics
  • Thermo-Electricity

Global Smart Textile Market - By Industry Vertical

  • Healthcare
  • Sports & Fitness
  • Fashion
  • Military
  • Automotive

Global Smart Textile Market - By Geography

  • North America

    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe

    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • UK
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)

    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of APAC
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • U.A.E.
    • Rest of MEA
  • South America

    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of South America (SAM)

Global Smart Textile Market - Company Profiles

  • Intelligent Clothing Ltd.
  • Google, Inc.
  • International Fashion Machines, Inc.
  • Interactive Wear AG
  • Textronics, Inc.
  • Gentherm Incorporated
  • Schoeller Textiles AG
  • Vista medical Ltd.
  • Nike, Inc.
  • Thermosoft International
Report Coverage
Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

Segment Covered
Segment Covered

Type ; Function ; Industry Vertical

Regional Scope
Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

Country Scope
Country Scope

US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina

Frequently Asked Questions

What are reasons behind North America Smart Textile industry growth?

North America led the Smart Textile market in 2018 and is expected to capture a decent share of the market by 2027. The presence of efficient infrastructure in the developed nations has enabled the manufacturing companies to explore the limits of science, technology, and commerce. Being a technologically advanced country, coupled with high disposable incomes with individuals, the demand for smart textiles for sports & fitness, healthcare, and the automotive industry has blossomed in the region.

What are market opportunities for Smart Textile?

The Transport industry is also exploring the usage of smart textiles to improve the safety and comfort of the traveler with control panels allowing activating heated seats, and airbags, among others. The vital data can be used to detect early signs of fatigue to warn the driver. For instance, the company BeBop sensors, which has manufactured a smart fabric sensor technology loaded with what it’s calling the Automotive Occupant Classification System (OCS). These sensors get pressure information and movement from the entire seat in real-time. These factors provide growth opportunities for the Smart Textile market during the forecast period of 2019 to 2027.

Which industry vertical hold the major share in Smart Textile market?

The sports and fitness segment Smart Textile led the market in 2018 with a highest market share and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. Smart sportswear is providing effective solutions to the sportsman and help them to seek more comprehensive data about their performance and fitness. The adoption of smart textile boost the comfort level of the user and also eradicate the usage of large equipment such as chest straps. These factors are anticipated to drive the Smart Textile market in the sports and fitness.

The List of Companies - Smart Textile Market

  1. Applycon, s. r. o
  2. Adidas AG
  3. E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company
  4. Google (Alphabet Inc.)
  5. Interactive Wear AG
  6. Koninklijke Ten Cate bv
  7. Ohmatex A/S
  8. Schoeller Textil AG
  9. Thermosoft International Corporation
  10. W.L. Gore & Associates

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