Waterproof Breathable Textiles (WBT) Market Report

Waterproof Breathable Textiles (WBT) Market Analysis By Raw Material (ePTFE, Polyurethane, Polyester), By Textile (Densely Woven, Membrane, Coated), By Product (Garment, Footwear, Gloves), By Application (Active Sportswear) And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2024

  • Published Date: Oct, 2016
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2015
  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-316-4
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015
  • Number of Pages: 250

Industry Insights

The global waterproof breathable textiles (WBT) market size was USD 1.43 billion in 2015. Increasing demand for multifunctional and lightweight fabric in the sportswear industry is likely to foster the WBT market growth. The market for fitness-related sports products due to growing health awareness has generated demand for sports apparel and footwear, which is expected to fuel growth over the next few years.

Waterproof breathable textiles are lighter weight, durable, and deliver more strength. Therefore, they have wide use across several outdoor sports products such as tents, footwear, backpacks, and other fabric-based garments or gears.

U.S. waterproof breathable textiles (WBT) market revenue by raw material, 2014 - 2024 (USD Million)

U.S. waterproof breathable textiles (WBT) market

Demand for antimicrobial, antiviral, dirt, dew and stain resistant WBT is also expected to impact growth over the next few years positively. Technological advancements and development of fibers & resins that repel water or stains, manage moisture; offer low fabric to skin friction, and allow the material to heat, cool, and breathe is expected to augment market demand over the coming years.

Product Insights

Footwear segment accounted for 25% of the overall volume in 2015. They are expected to gain market share over the forecast period. WBT is preferred for use in the footwear segment due to the high-strength, insulating, and lightweight properties of these fabrics.

Waterproof breathable garments include jackets, t-shirts, trouser, shorts, and waders. Growing applications of WBT in sports, physical exercise, and treks is anticipated to augment the demand for WBT in the garment segment.

Raw Material Insights

Polyurethane membranes & coatings have a high preference in the manufacture of rainwear, sports garments, and accessories because of their low cost and water resistant & breathable properties. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene is projected to grow at the second highest CAGR on account of its extreme resistance to water, dirt, and contaminants.

Textile Insights

Waterproof breathable fabrics are designed for use in garments that provide protection from the wind, UV radiation, rain, and loss of body heat. These textiles prevent penetration and absorption of sweat or water during intense physical activities and are hence used widely across the active sports apparel industry.

The membrane segment is poised to show lucrative growth with a CAGR over the forecast period. Membranes are bonded to the underside of a garment's face fabric and offer high resistance to water penetration and allow water vapor to escape at the same time.

Application Insights

Breathability or air permeability is paramount for sports related garments to ensure high moisture vapor transmission along with water resistant properties. Many sporting apparel manufacturers have developed technologies to provide breathability, anti-bacterial and water repellent properties in their fabrics.

Waterproof breathable textiles (WBT) market share by application, 2015

Waterproof breathable textiles (WBT) market

The active sportswear segment occupied the largest CAGR and is projected to grow at a high CARG over the forecast period. Increasing usage for WBT in the military and pharmaceutical sector is expected to propel demand in other applications over the coming years.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific waterproof breathable textiles industry led the global industry and accounted for one-third of total volume in 2015. Exponential industrialization & increasing R&D efforts to develop new & unique materials with multiple benefits has led to high innovation in the WBT industry. The growing sportswear manufacturing activities in China, Vietnam, Japan, and India is projected to influence demand in Asia Pacific positively.

The region is home to major emerging economies with a burgeoning population, rising consumer disposable income and other factors that are influencing consumption patterns & trends.

The millennial generation is rapidly adopting fashion trends from Western lifestyles, with a transition towards multi-functional apparel & footwear formed from high-quality fabrics & materials.

Competitive Insights

Some of the major companies include W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., General Electric, SympaTex Technologies, Mountain Hardwear, Columbia Sportswear, Clariant, Marmot Mountain LLC., Polartec, LLC, Patagonia, Inc., Schoeller Textil AG, The North Face, and Toray Industries, Inc.

Due to greater opportunities in both developed and developing countries, companies are heavily investing in research & development activities and innovation centers. Companies are engaged in the development of eco-friendly products to cater to the increasing demand for sustainable solutions.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historic data

2014 & 2015

Forecast period

2016 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in million square meters and revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2016 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Japan, China, India, South Africa, Brazil

Report coverage             

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth and provides an analysis on the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2024. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the waterproof breathable textiles (WBT) market on the basis of raw materials, textiles, product, application, and region:

  • Raw MaterialOutlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2024)
    • ePTFE

    • Polyurethane

      • Film

      • Coated

    • Polyester

    • Others

  • Textiles Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2024)
    • Densely Woven

    • Membrane

    • Coated

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2024)
    • Garments

    • Footwear

    • Gloves

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2024)
    • Active Sportswear

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2024)
    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • Central & South America (CSA)

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

      • South Africa

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