E-textiles or electronic textiles are fabrics incorporated with electronics and digital components in them. It is widely applicable for illumination, communication, health monitoring, and available in the wearable form of gloves, sportswear, and shirts. E-textiles provides the wearer versatile functions such as sensing or reacting to environmental conditions or stimuli from chemical, magnetic, or thermal sources. Technological innovation such as incorporation of invention of Bluetooth low energy which aids in the reduction of power consumption has increased the adoption of e-textiles and is expected to augment the market growth over the forecast period of 2017-2025.
The global e-textiles market is propelled by the rapid technological developments in miniaturizing incorporation of electronic components in conductive textiles. Other factors which attribute to the growth of the e-textiles market include the rise in disposable incomes, change in lifestyle, advancement of medical technologies, and awareness of safety. Declination in the cost of wearable technology is a trend which is gaining momentum in the market as this will lead to the surge in sales of wearable devices. Moving forward, increasing adoption of e-textiles in sports and fitness segment is further expected to make the market more demanding in the coming years.
The e-textiles market is segmented based on types which include active e-textiles, passive e-textile, and ultra-smart textiles. Out of these, active e-textiles is accountable for the fastest growing segment in the e-textiles market owing to the incorporation of actuators, sensors in the fabrics, and its versatile features such as storage of heat and water resistance. Based on its function, the market is segmented into harvesting energy, luminescence, sensing, thermoelectricity, and others. Among these, the sensing segment is estimated to witness a significant growth over the projection period owing to its applications widely in medical, military, sports and personal protective equipment. Moreover, based on the end-users, the military and defense account for leading the market share. The sports and fitness segment isexpected to witness a considerable growth over the forecasted period owing to the surge in demand from health-conscious consumers, for e-textile fabrics which can monitor heart rateand track physical fitness.
Further down, the global e-textiles market has been segmented geographically into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa regions.North America is accountable for leading the market share of e-textiles owing to the surge in demand from the end-user segments such as healthcare, fitness, and military. Both the countries U.S. and Canada are focused on technologies to escalate the growth of e-textiles market. Moving forward, Asia-Pacific is estimated to witness a significant growth rate over the projection period owing to the availability of low-cost fibers, cost-efficient manufacturing and labor. However, in Latin America region, Brazil is expected to further drive the e-textile market over the forecasted period owing to the rapid technical development.
The major restraint of e-textiles the production cost which is quite high as electronic components, and technologies- BLE technology are incorporated in the e-textiles.Further, intense competition, lack of collaboration with industries, ability, and capacity for bulk manufacturing may further pose a threat to the global market over the projection period.
Some of the key players in the global e-textiles market include Addidas, Apple, Google, Inc., Interactive Wear AG, International Fashion Machines, Inc., Nike, OhmatexApS, Schoeller Textiles AG, and Sensoria, Inc.
Global E-Textiles Market: By Types
Global E-Textiles Market: By Function
Global E-Textiles Market: By End-User
Global E-Textiles Market: By Geography