Smart Fabrics Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Smart Fabrics Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Active, Very Smart), By End Use (Defense & Military, Sports & Fitness), By Functionality (Sensing, Energy Harvesting), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Mar, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-061-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 60

Industry Insights

The global smart fabrics market size was valued at USD 878.9 million in 2018 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 30.4% from 2019 to 2025. Smart textiles/fabrics are advanced fabrics developed with novel technologies, which offer added value to the wearer. Some of these fabrics also accumulate energy from the surroundings by extracting vibrations, heat or sound, responding to these inputs. Such textiles are used across several applications to enhance performance and add aesthetic value. For instance, in fashion industry they are used due to their ability to light up and change color.

Until now most smart fabrics have been limited to niche usage including the high-end fashion, military & defense, and medical sectors. However, now the industry is witnessing a shift with a positive confluence of the technology and textiles that has led to the easy integration of comfortable fabric-based sensors together with the advent of conductive yarns that can be woven into fabrics. Smart textiles are also anticipated to create a revolution in the smart wearables market.

Middle East & Africa smart fabrics market

Development of clothes/fabrics that monitor every movement with a groundbreaking technology, which allows recycle and re-use of textiles is expected play a key role in driving the market over the forecast period. Technological advancements in wireless and electronics segment have led to miniaturization and assimilation of electronic components in conductive textiles, thereby spurring the market growth. Rise in integration of the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology that offers features, such as low power consumption and multi-vendor interoperability, will also contribute to the growth.

Attires enabled with BLE technology can feel, sense, and regulate data, provided the device has an internet connection. Increasing popularity of sophisticated gadgets with various technologically advanced functions including sensing and reacting to the surrounding is expected to drive the market. Components, such actuators, controllers, and sensor units, are incorporated into these fabrics for proper functioning. Smart textiles/fabrics are used by consumers as a clothing entity as well as by the military professionals for protection and safety purpose.

Furthermore, decreasing manufacturing costs of electronic components is expected to fuel the market over the forecast period. Rise in demand can also be attributed to the introduction of conductive materials and advanced fibers that are used to manufacture such fibers. Nanotechnology has helped in the creation of such intelligent fabrics at a microscopic level and also in the development of army uniforms and equipment.

Product Insights

The market has witnessed a considerable growth in the recent years, with a transition from passive to active smart and very smart fabrics. The passive smart fabrics are wearable clothing that can sense the user movement and surrounding environment. This segment led the market in 2018 due to low product prices and less complex functionalities than other variants. Very smart textile has the ability to sense, react, and adapt its behavior to the given circumstances and follows the principle of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR over the forecast period on account of its ability to effectively deal with life threatening circumstances, such as accidents or battlefield or to maintain high levels of comfort even during extreme environmental changes.

Functionality Insights

On the basis of functionality, the global market has been divided into sensing, energy harvesting, luminescence & aesthetics, thermoelectricity, and others. The sensing functionality segment accounted for a significant share of the global market in 2018. This was mainly attributed to the ability of sensing, which is the most essential attribute of any smart garment. Furthermore, sensing and monitoring have been in use in various applications including medical, sports & fitness, and military & defense since a long time. On the other hand, energy harvesting segment is projected to register the maximum CAGR of 31.0% during the estimated period.

End Use Insights

Smart fabrics are used in applications, such as fashion & entertainment, medical, protection & military, architecture, and transportation. The sports & fitness segment is anticipated to witness substantial growth by 2025. Smart textiles possess the ability to react to stimuli generated from mechanical, thermal, magnetic, chemical, and electrical sources. Due to these abilities, it can be used in sophisticated electronics devices including fitness watches and belts for monitoring health and body vitals in real time.

China smart fabrics market

The defense & military segment accounted for the largest market share of 27.87% in 2018. The integration of these products with electronic products offers a lightweight option against heavy batteries integrated in garments used in defense & military. In the future, warrior systems are anticipated to be equipped with wireless weapons, chemical and biological threat detectors, heads-up display, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and battery power for enhanced safety. Furthermore, the product is also used in medical applications, mainly to reduce the recovery time. Rising population across the globe has created the demand for improved healthcare and medical facilities, which is contributing to the market growth.

Regional Insights

North America is expected to hold the largest share of the global market by 2025 and is also projected to be the fastest-growing regional market. This can be attributed to the increasing product demand in the transportation and healthcare industries in North America. Asia Pacific is also anticipated to witness a steady growth in the years to come.

Availability of low-cost raw materials and labor in the Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and India, has transformed it into a manufacturing hub for such technology. This has led to the decline in the overall production of smart fabrics in the European region. However, increasing number of R&D activities for such intelligent fabrics sponsored within the EU FP6 and FP7 programs is revitalizing the industry in the European countries.

Smart fabrics Market Share Insights

Key companies, such as Adidas AG O’Neill and Nike Inc., are anticipated to hold a significant share in the market owing to their competencies in performance clothing. Other key industry players include Auxetix, Eleksen, Fibretronic Limited, Clothing+, Exo2,ThermoSoft International, Gentherm, and Peratech Ltd. System integrators, such as Interactive Wear and Fibretronix, are likely to be the leading integrators engaged in the encapsulation of electronics, integration with textile structures, and electronics & industrial design.

Institutes, such as North Carolina State University College of Textiles, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and Tampere University of Technology, are expected to play an important role in product development and testing, particularly in collaboration with the system integrators. The Center for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI) in Portugal has invented an innovative intelligent fabric that generates enough power to light clothes.

Such institutes are focusing on utilizing this technic optimally for various conventional appliances, such as charging portable electronics devices with no reliance on traditional electrical networks. Additionally, extensive research activities focused on the commercialization of self-cleaning fabrics are aimed at improving the quality of life.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, China, India, Japan, and Brazil

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global smart fabrics market report on the basis of product, end use, functionality, and region

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Passive

    • Active

    • Very Smart

  • End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Fashion & Entertainment

    • Sports & Fitness

    • Medical

    • Transportation

    • Protection & Military

    • Architecture

  • Functionality Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • Sensing

    • Energy Harvesting

    • Luminescence & Aesthetics

    • Thermoelectricity

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

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