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Nanotechnology, Smart Textiles & Wearables

  • ID: 4224811
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 205 Pages
  • Cientifica Ltd
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Nanotechnology, Smart Textiles & Wearables analyses the markets and technologies that are driving the shift to smart textiles.

Key findings in the report include

  • Opportunities in smart textiles will overtake those in apparel within six years
  • Compound annual growth rates range from 14% to 167% depending on the application
  • The value of nanomaterials used by the global textile industry will rise sharply from several hundred million dollars currently driven by the additional functionality demanded by smart textiles and wearables

The author has been monitoring nanotechnology and smart textiles for over a decade and the report ranges from the latest advances in wearables to the use of nanofibers in dust and water filtration.

Nanotechnology, Smart Textiles & Wearables is the most up to date and comprehensive look at the sector and its 207 pages discuss over 250 companies active in the space.

Key Sections include:

Smart Textiles, Wearable Technologies, and the 4th Industrial Revolution; looking at how textiles and computing are converging and the factors driving this.

Markets; analyzing the global market for nanotechnology and smart textiles by application area. This section looks at apparel, home textiles, medical textiles, military textiles, technical textiles and textile based wearables. It also provides figures for the nanomaterials inputs (materials, coatings, inks, masterbatches etc.) required for each application.

Nanotechnology and Graphene In Textiles; examining why these materials are being used in textiles and what advantages they confer.

Applications; giving detailed description of current and proposed applications of nanotechnology by sector and covers Clothing and Apparel, Sports and Wellbeing , Energy Storage and Generation , Energy Harvesting, Fashion, Entertainment, Personal Protection, Military Textiles., Home Textiles, Medical Textile, and Technical textiles.

Key Technologies; explaining key components such as strain sensors, conductive fibers and photochromic textiles, along with examples of the types and application of each technology.

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How to Use This Report

Smart Textiles, 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

Adding Value to Textiles Through Nanotechnology
How Nanomaterials Add Functionality and Value
CAGR By Sector
Apparel Textile Markets
Value of Nanomaterials Inputs for Apparel
Home Textile Markets
Value of Nanomaterials Inputs for Home Textiles
Medical Textile Markets
Value of Nanomaterials Inputs for Medical Textiles
Military Textile Markets
Value of Nanomaterials Inputs for Military Textiles
Technical Textile Markets
Value of Nanomaterials Inputs for Technical Textiles
Textile Based Wearables
Market Growth By Application
Business Models

Nanotechnology and Graphene In Textiles
Current Applications of Nanotechnology in Textile Production

  • Nanotechnology in Fibers and Yarns
  • Nano-Structured Composite Fibers
  • Carbon Nanofibers and Carbon Nanoparticles
  • Clay Nanoparticles
  • Metal Oxide Nanoparticles
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Graphene

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
  • Anti-Fade
  • Comfort Issues: Perspiration Control, Moisture Management
  • Creative Appearance and Scent for High Street Fashions
  • Anti-Counterfeiting
  • High Strength, Abrasion-Resistant Fabric Using Carbon Nanotubes
  • Nanotechnology For Home Laundry

Current Adopters of Nanotechnology in Clothing/Apparel Textiles

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
  • Healthwatch Technologies Heart Monitor
  • Jabil Circuit Textile Heart Monitoring
  • Stretch Sense Sensors
  • NTT Data and Toray
  • Goldwin Inc. and 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
  • Cambridge Graphene Centre Washable Graphene Oxide Ink
  • 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)

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

Energy Harvesting

  • StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
  • NASA Environmental Sensing Fibers


  • Powertextiles
  • Sphelar Power Corp Solar Textiles
  • Ohmatex and Powerweave

1st Generation Technologies
Cute Circuit LED Couture
2nd Generation Technologies
Covestro Luminous Clothing
3rd Generation Technologies
The Unseen Temperature Sensitive Dyes

Wearable Experiments Marketing
Navigate Jacket

Personal Protection
Periosteum Based Textile

Medical Textiles
Nanosilver Wound Dressings
Electrospun Nanofibers to Stop Bleeding

Home Textiles
Suzutora MASA Treatment for Curtains
Serta® Mattress Covers
Schoeller Nanosphere®
MIPAN Nano Magic Silver®

Military/Defence Textiles
The 21st Century Battle Suit
Stealth Coatings

Technical Textiles
Industrial Nonwovens
H&V Nanowave Filtration Media
Donaldson Torit Nanofiber Dust Filters
Vileda Nanotech Micro Cloth

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 Fibers

  • 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


  • Hitoe
  • Cocomi
  • Panasonic Polymer Resin
  • Cardiac Monitoring


  • 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


  • Photochromic Textiles

Sefar PowerSens
Gasses & Chemicals
Textile Gas Sensors
Graphene Supercapacitors
Niobium Nanowire Supercapacitors
Stretchy supercapacitors
Energy Generation
StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
Piezoelectric Or Thermoelectric Coated Fibres

  • Light Emitting
  • University of Manchester Electroluminescent Inks and Yarns

Polyera Wove

Companies Mentioned
List of Tables
Table 1 CAGR by application
Table 2 Value of smart textile market by application 2016-25 (US$ millions)
Table 3 % market share by application
Table 4 CAGR 2016-25 by application
Table 5 Commonly used nanomaterials and their applications
List of Figures
Figure 1 The 4th Industrial Revolution (World Economic Forum)
Figure 2 Block Diagram of typical MEMS digital output motion sensor: ultra low-power high performance 3-axis “femto” accelerometer used in fitness tracking devices
Figure 3 Interior of Fitbit Flex device (from iFixit)
Figure 4 Internal layout of Fitbit Flex. Red is the main CPU, orange is the BTLE chip, blue is a charger, yellow is the accelerometer (from iFixit)
Figure 5 Intel’s Curie processor stretches the definition of ‘wearable’
Figure 6 Typical Textile Based Wearable System Components
Figure 7 The Chromat Aeros Sports Bra “powered by Intel, inspired by wind, air and flight.”        
Figure 8 The Evolution of Smart textiles
Figure 9 Goldwin’s C2fit IN-pulse sportswear using Toray’s Hitoe
Figure 10 Sensoglove reads grip pressure for golfers
Figure 11 Current World Textile Market by Sector (2016)
Figure 12 The Global Textile Market By Sector ($ Millions)
Figure 13 Compound Annual Growth Rates (CAGR) by Sector (2016-25)
Figure 14 The Global Textile Market in 2022
Figure 15 The Global Textile Market in 2025
Figure 16 Textile Market Evolution (2012-2025)
Figure 17 Total Value of Nanomaterials in Textiles 2016-2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 18 Value of Nanomaterials in Textiles by Sector 2016-2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 19 CAGR BY Sector 2016 – 2025
Figure 20 Nanotechnology Enabled Clothing/Apparel Textiles Market 2015-2025 (US$ Millions) 
Figure 21 Value of Nanotech Inputs in Clothing Textiles 2015-2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 22 Nanotechnology Enabled Home Textiles Market 2015-25 (US$ Millions)
Figure 23 Value of Nanomaterials in Home Textiles 2015 -2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 24 Nanotechnology Enabled Medical Textiles 2015 -2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 25 Value of Nanomaterials in Medical Textiles 2015 – 2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 26 Nanotechnology Enabled Military/Defense Textiles 2015 – 2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 27 Value of Nanomaterials in Military/Defense Textiles 2015 – 2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 28 Nanotechnology Enabled Technical Textiles 2015 – 2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 29 Value of Nanomaterials in Technical Textiles 2015 – 2025 (US$ Millions)
Figure 30 Textile Based Wearables Growth 2016-25 (US$ Millions)
Figure 31 Total market for textile based wearables 2016-25 (US$ Millions)
Figure 32 Health and Sports Market Size 2016-20 (US$ Millions)
Figure 33 Health and Sports Market Size 2016-25 (US$ Millions)
Figure 34 Critical steps for obtaining FDA medical device approval
Figure 35 Market split between wellbeing and medical 2016-25
Figure 36 ‘Intimacy White’ and ‘Intimacy Black’ introduced by the Dutch firm Studio Roosegaarde       
Figure 37 Functional fashion Levi’s using Schoeller’s nanosphere technology
Figure 38 The Market for Anti-Bacterial Textiles
Figure 39 How antibacterial  ‘SmartSilver works
Figure 40 Typical delivery formats of nano silver (from NanoHorizons Inc.)
Figure 41 A fiber coated with silver nanoparticles
Figure 42 BASF Ultramid BS416N® with TiO2 nanoparticles for UV protection
Figure 43 Nanex superhydrophobic nanopolymer coating
Figure 44 Oil resistance of Inanova®
Figure 45 Klimeo – Microcapsules containing a natural temperature-regulating ingredient are applied in and on the fabric    
Figure 46 Karma Chameleon Chenille Strip Prototype – photonic bandgap (PBG) fibers woven on a computer-controlled electronic Jacquard loom
Figure 47 Karma Chameleon Leaf pattern using a white cotton warp, a white cotton weft and a PBG fiber weft to create individual illuminated designs
Figure 48 Products with Nano-Metal Coating Effect, Courtesy of Suzutora
Figure 49 Teijin’s Morphotex allows colors without the use of dyes
Figure 50 Donna Sgro’s Morphotex dress
Figure 51 Garments treated with metallic nanoparticles from the fashion line, “Glitterati   
Figure 52 Clothing designed by Olivia Ong. The dress and jacket contain nanoparticles with antibacterial and air-purifying qualities
Figure 53 A scanning electron microscope image showing a cotton fiber with palladium nanoparticle coating  
Figure 54 Smart Fabrics Offer Designers New Possibilities in Fashion
Figure 55 Adidas miCoach Connect Heart Rate Monitor
Figure 56 Sensoria’s Hear Rate Monitoring Garments
Figure 57 Flexible components used in Google’s Project Jacquard
Figure 58 Google and Levi’s Smart Jacket
Figure 59 Embedded electronics Google’s Project Jacquard
Figure 60 Samsung’s WELT ‘smart’ belt
Figure 61 Samsung Body Compass at CES16
Figure 62 Lumo Run washable motion sensor
Figure 63 OMSignal’s Smart Bra
Figure 64 PoloTech Shirt from Ralph Lauren
Figure 65 Hexoskin Data Acquisition and Processing
Figure 66 Healthwatch ECG Shirt
Figure 67 Peak+™ Heart Rate Monitoring Garment
Figure 68 StretchSense CEO Ben O’Brien, with a fabric stretch sensor
Figure 69 C3fit Pulse from Goldwin Inc
Figure 70 The Antelope Tank-Top
Figure 71 Sportswear with integrated sensors from Textronix
Figure 72 AdvanPro’s pressure sensing insoles
Figure 73 AdvanPro’s pressure sensing textile
Figure 74 Tamicare 3D Printing Sensors and Apparel
Figure 75 Washable graphene ink on cotton
Figure 76 Smart clothing using stainless steel yarns and textile sensors from AiQ
Figure 77 EHO Smart Sock
Figure 78 BeBop Smart Car Seat Sensor
Figure 79 Non-transparent printed sensors from Fraunhofer ISC
Figure 80 Clim8 Intelligent Heat Regulating Shirt
Figure 81 Temperature regulating smart fabric printed at UC San Diego
Figure 82 Intelligent Textiles Ltd smart uniform
Figure 83 BAE Systems Broadsword Spine
Figure 84 LG Chem cable-shaped lithium-ion battery powers an LED display even when twisted and strained   
Figure 85 Supercapacitor yarn made of niobium nanowires
Figure 86 Sphelar Textile
Figure 87 Sphelar Textile Solar Cells
Figure 88 Katy Perry wears Cute Circuit in 2010
Figure 89 Cute Circuit K Dress
Figure 90 ‘intu’ graphene dress by Cute Circuit
Figure 91 MAKEFASHION runway at the Brother’s “Back to Business” conference, Nashville 2016
Figure 92 Covestro material with LEDs are positioned on formable films made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
Figure 93 Unseen headpiece, made of 4000 conductive Swarovski stones, changes color to correspond with localized brain activity
Figure 94 Eighthsense a coded couture piece
Figure 95 Durex Fundawear
Figure 96 Periosteum, a thin yet tough tissue that supports the bones
Figure 97 The weaver’s loom used for Periosteum fibers
Figure 98 Metal coated fabrics from Suzutora
Figure 90 Nanotech enabled bedding from Simmons
Figure 100 Silvon silver antibacterial bedding
Figure 101 Non-woven nanofiber performance layer on dust filter
Figure 102 The effect of a nanofiber layer on a filter
Figure 103 Vileda Professional Antibacterial Cleaning Cloths
Figure 104 Printed fabric sensors from the University of Tokyo
Figure 105 Aluminum Nanoparticle Ink from ALINK (Korea)
Figure 106 Tony Kanaan’s shirt with electrically conductive nano-fibers
Figure 107 Panasonic stretchable resin technology
Figure 108 Nanoflex moniroring system
Figure 109 Knitted strain sensors
Figure 110 Chain Mail Fabric for Smart Textiles
Figure 111 Electroplated Fabric
Figure 112 LG Innotek flexible textile pressure sensors
Figure 113 Smart Footwear installed with fabric sensors. (Credit: Image courtesy of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)  
Figure 114 SOFTCEPTOR™ textile strain sensors
Figure 115 conductive polymer composite coating for pressure sensing
Figure 116 Fraunhofer ISC_ printed sensor
Figure 117 The graphene-coated yarn sensor. (Image: ETRI)
Figure 118 Supercapacitor yarn made of niobium nanowires
Figure 119 StretchSense Energy Harvesting Kit
Figure 120 Energy harvesting textiles at the University of Southampton
Figure 121 Polyera Wove Flexible Screen

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  • Alink Co., Ltd
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  • Alphabet
  • Analog Devices
  • Andeson Bio-tech Co
  • Applied DNA
  • Applied EM
  • Architecture
  • Arc’teryx,
  • Asahi Kasei
  • Athos
  • Avelana
  • BAE Systems
  • BASF
  • Baar
  • Balton Sp. Z.o.o
  • Barclays
  • BeBop Sensors
  • Beijing ChamGo
  • Belt Tech
  • BigSky Technologies
  • Bischoff Textil AG,
  • Bluestar
  • Bonar Technical Fabrics NV,
  • Borgstena Group
  • Boya Sanayii a.s.
  • Brooks Bros., USA
  • Bruck Textiles
  • Burlington
  • CC-NanoChem,
  • CTT Group
  • Canada Goose,
  • Cardinal Health
  • Chamchuree
  • Chonbang, Co. Ltd.
  • Chromat
  • Ciba Specialty
  • Cintas
  • Clariant
  • Clothing+
  • Coatings Ltd
  • Cocona Fabric
  • Cook Medical
  • Cool Sensations
  • Covestra
  • Creative Materials
  • Cute Circuit
  • Cyanine Technologies srl,
  • DEBA (Holdings) Limited
  • Daniel Hechter,
  • Degussa
  • Delta Galil Industries
  • Denizli Basma ve
  • Donaldson
  • Dow Corning
  • DuPont
  • DuPont Speciality
  • Duke University, USA
  • Durex
  • Duro Textiles
  • EHO Textiles
  • ELMARCO s.r.o.
  • EMPA
  • ETH Zurich, Wearable Computing Lab;
  • Easyjet
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Eleksen
  • Element 47
  • Elmarco
  • Endomondo,
  • Energenics
  • Evonik
  • Exlan Co., Ltd
  • Fabrics AG
  • Fibretronic Limited
  • Firstbeat
  • Flavours and
  • Flex
  • Formosa Taffeta
  • Forster Rohner AG
  • Foster Miller
  • Foster Rohner
  • Fountain Set
  • Fragrances
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research
  • Fuji Electric
  • G2O Water Technologies
  • G3i Technology
  • Gap
  • Germany
  • Goldwin Inc.
  • Google
  • Greenyarn
  • Haojey Co
  • Healthwatch
  • Heddoko
  • Henry Lloyd,
  • Hills Inc
  • Hollingsworth & Vose
  • Huenenberg
  • Hugo Boss
  • Hyosung
  • IMEC
  • Industrial Nanotech,
  • Innotech Textile Co.
  • Innovatex
  • Intel
  • Intelligent Textiles Ltd
  • International
  • J-Teck
  • J2LFA Co. Ltd
  • JR Nanotech
  • Jabil
  • JabilCircuit
  • KVA Matx
  • Kanebo Spinning
  • Kao Corp.
  • Kennedy & Violich
  • King's Metal Fiber Technologies
  • Kolon, Korea
  • Kolorgen Ltd
  • Konarka
  • LG Chem
  • LG Innotek
  • LLBean
  • LLC
  • Land’s End, Inc.
  • Lea Lea Group
  • Lee Jeans
  • Levi Strauus
  • Levi's
  • Liberec
  • Lindstrand Technologies,
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Ltd
  • Lumo Bodytech
  • Lyle & Scott
  • MAS Holdings
  • MC10
  • Makefashion
  • Mammut,
  • MapMyRun
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Medical Engineering Lab;
  • Microsoft
  • Misfit Wearables
  • Mitsubishi
  • nCoat, Inc
  • NTB Buchs
  • NTT Corporation
  • Nanex
  • Nano Phase
  • Nano-Group
  • Nano-Tech Co
  • Nano-Tex, USA
  • NanoChem
  • NanoHorizons
  • NanoSonic Inc.,
  • Nanocid Pars Nano
  • Nanocomp
  • Nanocyl
  • Nanoflight
  • Nanophase
  • Nanoscience
  • Nanyan Textiles
  • Nasb
  • New Balance
  • Nike
  • Noble Biomaterials Inc
  • Nordstrom
  • NovaThera
  • Novonic
  • NuMetrex
  • Nucryst
  • OM Signal
  • Odlo International AG,
  • Ohmatex
  • Old Navy
  • Outlast
  • Oxonica
  • PGA
  • PLUX
  • Panasonic
  • Paul Stuart
  • Peerless Plastics & Coatings Ltd,
  • Peter Brehm
  • Philips Lighting
  • Piedmont Chemical
  • Pikeur
  • Polar Elektro
  • PolarBeat
  • Polo Ralph Lauren
  • Polyera
  • Powertextiles Limited
  • Products, Inc.
  • Protex
  • Quest International
  • RAS AG
  • Radiation Shield
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Reebock
  • Reliable
  • Roudière
  • SUPA
  • Samsung
  • Schiller AG,
  • Schoeller Textiles AG
  • Sciences
  • Sefar AG,
  • Sensing Tech S.L.
  • Sensoglove
  • Sensoria
  • Serge Ferrari SA,
  • Shanghai Hengjia
  • Simmons
  • Simms
  • Soane Labs
  • Sony
  • SparkFun
  • Sphelar Power
  • Sphelar Power Corp.
  • St. Gallen
  • StartToday
  • Steinhausen
  • Strava,
  • Strela Development AG,
  • StretchSense
  • SupaSpot Inc
  • Suunto
  • Suzutora
  • Swarovski
  • Swiss Textile School STF,
  • TRG/Victorinox
  • TWI
  • Takeda Chemical
  • Tamicare
  • Teijin Fibres Ltd
  • Tex Ray Group
  • Texnology Nano
  • Textronics
  • The North Face
  • The Unseen
  • Thomson Research
  • Toray Industries
  • Toyobo Co Ltd
  • Trangoworld
  • U-Right International
  • Umicore Materials AG
  • Unaxis Balzers AG
  • Under Armour
  • Unico Swiss Tex GmbH
  • United Textile Mills
  • VDS Weaving NV.
  • VTT Research Centre Finland
  • W. Zimmermann GmbH & Co. KG
  • W.L. Gore
  • WEEL Technologies
  • Wacker
  • Wearable Experiments
  • Wearable Life Sciences
  • Westaim
  • Wilbur Ross
  • XS Labs
  • Xotox
  • Yiling
  • Zephyr Technology
  • Zietromec
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