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$100+ Billion Smart Textiles in Apparel Markets: Applications and Technologies Report - Projections to 2025

Dublin, April 18, 2017 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Smart Textiles in Apparel: Markets, Applications and Technologies" report to their offering.

This new report 'Smart Textiles in Apparel: Markets, Applications and Technologies' examines the markets for textile based wearable technologies, the companies producing them and the enabling technologies. This is creating a 4th industrial revolution for the textiles and fashion industry worth over $100 billion by 2025.

Advances in fields such as nanotechnology, organic electronics (also known as plastic electronics) and conducting polymers are creating a range of textile-based technologies with the ability to sense and react to the world around them. This includes monitoring biometric data such as heart rate, the environmental factors such as temperature and The presence of toxic gases producing real time feedback in the form of electrical stimuli, haptic feedback or changes in color.

The report identifies three distinct generations of textile wearable technologies:

  • First generation is where a sensor is attached to apparel and is the approach currently taken by major sportswear brands such as Adidas, Nike and Under Armour
  • Second generation products embed the sensor in the garment as demonstrated by products from Samsung, Alphabet, Ralph Lauren and Flex.
  • In third generation wearables the garment is the sensor and a growing number of companies including AdvanPro, Tamicare and BeBop sensors are making rapid progress in creating pressure, strain and temperature sensors.

Third generation wearables represent a significant opportunity for new and established textile companies to add significant value without having to directly compete with Apple, Samsung and Intel.

The report predicts that the key growth areas will be initially sports and wellbeing followed by medical applications for patient monitoring and fashion. Technical textiles, fashion and entertainment will also be significant applications with the total market expected to rise to over $100 billion by 2025 with triple digit compound annual growth rates across many applications.

The rise of textile wearables also represents a significant opportunity for manufacturers of the advanced materials used in their manufacture. Toray, Panasonic, Covestro, DuPont and Toyobo are already suppling the necessary materials, while researchers are creating sensing and energy storage technologies, from flexible batteries to graphene supercapacitors which will power tomorrows wearables. The report examines the markets, details the latest advances and their applications.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Introduction

How to Use This Report
Wearable Technologies and the 4Th Industrial Revolution
The Evolution of Wearable Technologies
Defining Smart Textiles
Factors Affecting The Adoption of Smart Textiles
- Cost
- Accuracy
- On Shoring
- Power management
- Security and Privacy

2. Markets

Total Market Growth and CAGR
Market Growth By Application
Adding Value To Textiles Through Technology
How Nanomaterials Add Functionality and Value
Business Models

3. Applications

Clothing and Apparel
Nano-Antibacterial Clothing Textiles
- Silver Nanoparticles
- Nanosilver Safety Concerns
- Zinc/Copper/Doped Zinc Oxides
- UV/Sun/Radiation Protection
- Hassle-free Clothing: Stain/Oil/Water Repellence, Anti-Static, Anti-Wrinkle
- Comfort Issues: Perspiration Control, Moisture Management
- Creative Appearance and Scent for High Street Fashions
- Anti-Counterfeiting
Current Adopters of Nanotechnology in Clothing/Apparel Textiles

4. Sports and Wellbeing

1st Generation Technologies
- Under Armour Healthbox Wearables
- Adidas MiCoach
- Sensoria
- EMPA's Long Term Research

2nd Generation Technologies
- Google's Project Jacquard
- Samsung Creative Lab
- Microsoft Collaborations
- Intel Systems on a Chip
- Flex (Formerly Flextronics) and MAS Holdings
- Jiobit
- Asensei Personal Trainer
- OmSignal Smart Clothing
- Ralph Lauren PoloTech
- Hexoskin Performance Management
- Jabil Circuit Textile Heart Monitoring
- Stretch Sense Sensors
- NTT Data and Toray
- Goldwin Incand DoCoMo
- SupaSpot Inc Smart Sensors
- Wearable Experiments and Brand Marketing
- Wearable Life Sciences Antelope
- Textronics NuMetrex

3rd Generation Technologies
- AdvanPro Pressure Sensing Shoes
- Tamicare 3D printed Wearables with Integrated Sensors
- AiQ Smart Clothing Stainless Steel Yarns
- Flex Printed Inks And Conductive Yarns
- Sensing Tech Conductive Inks
- EHO Textiles Body Motion Monitoring
- Bebop Sensors Washable E-Ink Sensors
- Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research Piezolectric Polymer Sensors
- CLIM8 GEAR Heated Textiles
- VTT Smart Clothing Human Thermal Model
- ATTACH (Adaptive Textiles Technology with Active Cooling and Heating)

4. Energy Storage and Generation

Intelligent Textiles Military Uniforms
- BAE Systems Broadsword Spine
- Stretchable Batteries
- LG Chem Cable Batteries
- Swinburne Graphene Supercapacitors
- MIT Niobium Nanowire Supercapacitors

5. Energy Harvesting

- StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
- NASA Environmental Sensing Fibers
- Powertextiles
- Sphelar Power Corp Solar Textiles
- Ohmatex and Powerweave

6. Fashion
1st Generation Technologies
Cute Circuit LED Couture
2nd Generation Technologies
Covestro Luminous Clothing
3rd Generation Technologies
- The Unseen Temperature Sensitive Dyes
- Entertainment
- Wearable Experiments Marketing

7. Key Technologies

- Conductive Inks for Fabrics
- Conductive Ink For Printing On Stretchable Fabrics
- Creative Materials Conductive Inks And Adhesives
- Dupont Stretchable Electronic Inks
- Aluminium Inks From Alink Co
Conductive Fibres
- Circuitex Silver Coated Nylon
- Textronics Yarns and Fibres
- Novonic Elastic Conductive Yarn
- Copper Coated Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Fibres
Printed electronics
- Covestro TPU Films for Flexible Circuits

8. Sensors

- Hitoe
- Cocomi
- Panasonic Polymer Resin
- Cardiac Monitoring

9. Mechanical

- Textile-Based Weft Knitted Strain Sensors
- Chain Mail Fabric for Smart Textiles
- Nano-Treatment for Conductive Fiber/Sensors
- Piezoceramic materials
- Graphene-Based Woven Fabric

Pressure Sensing
- LG Innotek Flexible Textile Pressure Sensors
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University Pressure Sensing Fibers
- Conductive Polymer Composite Coatings
- Printed Textile Sensors To Track Movement

10. Environment

- Photochromic Textiles
- Temperature
Sefar PowerSens
- Gasses & Chemicals
Textile Gas Sensors

11. Energy

- Graphene Supercapacitors
- Niobium Nanowire Supercapacitors
- Stretchy supercapacitors

Energy Generation
- StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
- Piezoelectric Or Thermoelectric Coated Fibres

12. Optical

Light Emitting
- University of Manchester Electroluminescent Inks and Yarns
- Polyera Wove

Companies Mentioned

- Adidas
- AdvanPro Limited
- Alink Co., Ltd
- Alphabet
- Analog Devices
- Athos
- Baar
- BAE Systems
- Barclays
- BeBop Sensors
- Bischoff Textil AG,
- Bonar Technical Fabrics NV
- Borgstena Group
- Chromat
- Cintas
- Clothing+
- Covestra
- Creative Materials
- Cute Circuit
- Cyanine Technologies srl.
- DuPont
- Durex
- EHO Textiles
- Endomondo
- ETH Zurich, Wearable Computing Lab
- Flex
- Forster Rohner
- Foster Rohner
- Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research
- Goldwin Inc.
- Google
- Heddoko
- Huenenberg
- Intel
- Intelligent Textiles Ltd
- JabilCircuit
- King's Metal Fiber Technologies
- Konarka
- Levi's
- LG Chem
- LG Innotek
- Lindstrand Technologies
- Lumo Bodytech
- Lyle & Scott
- Makefashion
- MapMyRun
- MAS Holdings
- Medical Engineering Lab;
- Microsoft
- Noble Biomaterials Inc
- Novonic
- NTB Buchs
- NTT Corporation
- Odlo International AG
- Ohmatex
- Panasonic
- Peerless Plastics & Coatings Ltd
- PolarBeat
- Polyera
- Powertextiles Limited
- Ralph Lauren
- Schiller AG
- Sefar AG
- Sensing Tech S.L.
- Sensoglove
- Sensoria
- Serge Ferrari SA
- Sphelar Power
- St. Gallen
- StartToday
- Steinhausen
- Strava,
- Strela Development AG
- StretchSense
- SupaSpot Inc
- Swarovski
- Swiss Textile School STF
- Tamicare
- Tex Ray Group
- Textronics
- The Unseen
- Toray Industries
- Toyobo Co Ltd
- Umicore Materials AG
- Unaxis Balzers AG
- Under Armour
- Unico Swiss Tex GmbH
- VDS Weaving NV.
- VTT Research Centre Finland
- W. Zimmermann GmbH & Co. KG
- Wearable Experiments
- Wearable Life Sciences
- Xotox
- Zietromec

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