+353-1-416-8900REST OF WORLD
+44-20-3973-8888REST OF WORLD
1-917-300-0470EAST COAST U.S
1-800-526-8630U.S. (TOLL FREE)

Smart Fabrics Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

  • PDF Icon


  • 100 Pages
  • August 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5239309
The Smart Fabrics Market size is expected to grow from 6.14 million units in 2023 to 10.27 million Units by 2028, at a CAGR of 10.85% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Smart textiles are fabrics that are manufactured and designed to integrate technologies that offer the user increased functionality. R&D toward wearable textile-based personal systems, such as health monitoring, protection and safety, and healthy lifestyles, gained major interest over the last few years. Recently, MIT developed smart clothing that follows the most important indicators of human health, i.e., heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. This was achieved by sewing into the fabric of sensitive sensors that fit the skin.

Key Highlights

  • The growth in the wearable electronics industry is driving the market. The growing demand for smart wearables across various end-user industries is the major factor driving the growth of the smart fabric market. A significant amount of effort is witnessed to expand what fabric wearables can do with respect to payments. Mastercard partnered with Timex to integrate contactless payments into their watches, while a U.K.-based CashCuff did the same with the cufflinks. When such distinguished applications become mainstream, which it has, the market is very likely to shift to accommodate similar trends in smart fabrics.
  • Miniaturization of electronics and developments across flexible electronics is driving the market. The efficiency of smart fabrics is enhancing with the advancement in miniaturized electronic items, such as sensors, actuators (for active smart textiles), and controlling units (advanced smart textiles). Significant expertise in multifunctional plastics manufacturing, nanoscale manufacturing, and printed electronics has been seen. For instance, UMass Lowell develops flexible electronics and smart textiles-some ongoing research projects. We are developing high-frequency printed conformal antennas, carbon-based transistors, and photonic devices and researching wearable antennas for the military.
  • Further, the developments on wearable triboelectric nanogenerators in shapes of fiber, yarn, and textile enable a signficant development in the market studied. These nanogenerators, when effectively integrated with devices such as supercapacitor, lithium battery, and solar cell, their feasibility for realizing self-charging wearable systems have been proven to attract the attention of smart wearables.
  • For instance, Nextiles, a textile manufacturing firm, recently entered the sports and performance industry with smart thread technology that records physiological and biomechanical data. The flexible cloth used in everyday sportswear was created by Nextiles by fusing conventional stitching methods with printed circuit boards. Nextiles' fabrics enable biomechanic and biometric sensing recorded on one platform owing to the patented production technique.
  • Further, with the outbreak of COVID-19, the market did not experience substantial growth. This is because manufacturing smart fabric needed a high degree of automation and advancements in textile processing techniques such as electronic controlling system, computer-aided design, automated inspection, etc. The industry did not come under the essential services segment as it was considered in the “apparel and lifestyle goods” category, resulting from which factories were currently not under operations.

Smart Fabrics Market Trends

Fashion and Entertainment Industry to Witness Significant Growth

The fashion and entertainment industry uses smart fabrics to incorporate unique aesthetics into clothing. Appearance features, such as color, size, or shape of garments, can be altered using technology woven into fabrics. Smart fabrics in clothes enable the user to interact with their surroundings and communicate data via embedded sensors or conductive yarn through the clothes they wear with wearable devices.​

In the fashion industry, the market studied is driven by innovations of the designers coming up with new and aesthetically pleasing outfits integrated with a useful technical architecture capable of relaying information. Many brands, including Uniqlo to Lululemon, use smart fabrics to set their collections ahead of the pack.

Many prominent brands such as Under Armour, Levi's, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others, along with smaller companies such as Sensora, Loomia, Hexoskin, CuteCircuit, are offering their smart clothing that are using smart fabrics to set their collections ahead of the others. For instance, CuteCircuit utilizes smart fabrics for its haute couture collections and special projects. CuteCircuit's 'Hug Shirt' allows the user to send electronic hugs through sensors within the garment.

The French startup Spinali Design makes high-end beachwear with integrated ultraviolet light sensors that tell the wearer when it’s time to apply sunscreen and distance trackers that tells the parents when the kids have wandered too close to the surf.

Further, for the past few years, Google worked with Levi Straus on a future smart jean jacket under Project Jacquard, which would eventually lead to a jean jacket with smart fabric sleeves and built-in touch controls.

North America to Account for a Significant Market Share

North America is anticipated to substantiate a prominent share in the smart fabrics market, with the United States region accounting for the major share. Connected wearable products are gaining significant trends and have been around in various forms, such as fitness bands, smartwatches, smart glasses, and among others.

This increasing adoption of wearable electronics devices is anticipated to open new avenues for the smart fabrics market as they offer significant enhancements to human comfort, health, and well-being.

Furthermore, the Canadian military has used full-fabric keyboards in its IAV Stryker units, developed to replace the bulky, traditional hardware. These are designed to be lighter, more comfortable to transport, and have fewer components to break.​

Moreover, the level of research for developing smart fabrics has taken a step ahead in the region. The region has been witnessing research and developments to create adaptive thermal clothing that could help control the microclimate around each individual. For instance, Kestrel Materials, an OtherLab spin-out company, commercializes thermally adaptive garment technology based on textile bimorph structure with strategically mismatched coefficients of thermal expansion.

In July 2022, MIT researchers developed smart fabrics that adapt to the body to sense the wearer's position and actions using an innovative production process. The researchers were able to significantly increase the precision of pressure sensors woven into multilayered knit textiles known as 3DKnITS by integrating a particular kind of plastic yarn and applying thermoforming. This method was utilized to develop a "smart" shoe and mat, and a hardware and software system was then developed to collect and analyze data from the pressure sensors in real time. With an accuracy rate of roughly 95%, the machine-learning algorithm anticipated the movements and yoga positions that a person would make while standing on the smart textile mat.

Smart Fabrics Industry Overview

The Smart Fabrics Market is fragmented because multiple vendors have been witnessed raising funding recently to be channelized onto productions. For instance, Xenoma raised funds through additional investment by AOKI and TOYOSHIMA. These instances cater to market rivalry. Further, forward integration has been witnessed when considering the integrator-level stakeholders. With companies like Hexoskin and Sensoria, the competition has risen concerning end-consumer manufacturability.​ Recent developments in the market are -

In July 2022, Loomia Technologies, based in Culver City, California, collaborated with Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) to produce highly tactile, heated handwear for commercial/recreational and military customers. AFFOA will lead consumer discovery, provide architectural system designs, and create an interface control unit, while Loomia will contribute its innovative e-textile technology to making heated handwear a reality.

Additional Benefits:

  • The market estimate (ME) sheet in Excel format
  • 3 months of analyst support

Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.2.5 Threat of Substitute Products
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Growth in Wearable Electronics Industry
5.1.2 Miniaturization of Electronics and Developments across Flexible Electronics
5.2 Market Challenges
5.2.1 High Cost and Data Security Concerns
6.1 Type
6.1.1 Passive Smart Fabrics
6.1.2 Active Fabrics
6.1.3 Ultra-smart Fabrics
6.2 Application
6.2.1 Fashion and Entertainment
6.2.2 Sports and Fitness
6.2.3 Medical
6.2.4 Transportation and Others
6.2.5 Space and Military
6.2.6 Industrial
6.3 Geography
6.3.1 North America
6.3.2 Asia Pacific
6.3.3 Europe
6.3.4 Rest of the World
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 AIQ Smart Clothing Inc.
7.1.2 Adidas AG
7.1.3 NIKE Inc.
7.1.4 ThermoSoft International Corporation
7.1.5 Kolon Industries Inc.
7.1.6 Interactive Wear AG
7.1.7 Ohmatex
7.1.8 Schoeller Textil AG
7.1.9 Sensoria Inc.
7.1.10 OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics Inc.

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • AIQ Smart Clothing Inc.
  • Adidas AG
  • NIKE Inc.
  • ThermoSoft International Corporation
  • Kolon Industries Inc.
  • Interactive Wear AG
  • Ohmatex
  • Schoeller Textil AG
  • Sensoria Inc.
  • OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics Inc.