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Global e-textiles market to approach US$ 5 billion by 2027

We are in contact with textiles for up to 90% of our lives, and they are starting to become intelligent.

21st March 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Dublin

Sports/​Outdoor, Medical/Hygiene, Clothing/​Footwear

According to the E-Textiles 2017-2027: Technologies, Markets, Players report, published by Research and Markets, the significant investments currently being made will eventually enable mainstream commercial products, leading to a market approaching US$ 5 billion by 2027.


We are in contact with textiles for up to 90% of our lives, and they are starting to become intelligent. The basis of this new functionality is the integration of textiles and electronics. From clothing to bandages, bed linen to industrial fabrics, new products integrating e-textiles are being created. The market has been slow to start due to many challenges, but with large companies investing heavily and releasing early products, this industry is poised to change very quickly as soon as the right conditions are achieved.

In their purest form according to the definition, e-textiles based on the integration of inherently electrically or electronically active fibres have begun to see integration into early products. However, with many associated challenges around reliability, performance and comfort, there has been a strong push towards other solutions that can achieve better properties including washability, stretchability and new functionalities.

The result is a complex ecosystem of different material, component and connection options that are now available for product designers.

Roadmap for the future

The report covers the entire e-textiles value chain, covering the wide range of materials (including metals, polymers, fibres, yarns, textiles (knitted, woven, embroidered, non-woven) and emerging materials) and components (sensors, connectors and the interface to traditional electronics, etc.) used today.

It also presents a roadmap for the future, detailing over 30 different academic and early prototype products in areas such as new conductive fibres, stretchable electronics, energy harvesting, energy storage, logic and memory.

The report describes the full value chain, looking from the material and component options, to the manufacturing challenges, through to the applications, markets and key end users. Trends by market sector are crucial, as the addressable markets are both large and diverse. The report characterises key market sectors including Sports & Fitness, Medical & Healthcare, Wellness, Home & Lifestyle, Industrial, commercial, military, Fashion, and Others (including automotive).

Extensive research

The forecasts for each sector are accompanied by detailed qualitative discussion for each sector. The forecast description cites examples of over 110 separate e-textiles projects grouped by company, with additional projects referenced throughout the report.

This information has been compiled via extensive primary research, with the report also containing summaries from key industry events, presentations and an additional 28 separate interview-based company profiles detailing key players.


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