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E-Textile Market

E-Textile Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type, By Product, By Application, By Functionality : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031

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Author's: Samriddhi Chauhan | Roshan Deshmukh
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E-Textile Market Research, 2031

The global E-Textile Market Size was valued at $367.2 million in 2021, and is projected to reach $721.8 million by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2022 to 2031.

E-Textile Market

The e-textile market is segmented into By Type, By Product, By Application and By Functionality.

A cloth that can conduct electricity is known as an electronic textile. It can detect changes in its environment and react by emitting light, music, or radio waves if integrated with electronic components. Textiles with electronics and connections woven into them are referred to as electronic textiles (e-textiles). As a result of being woven into the fabric, components and interconnections are far less obvious and, more crucially, less likely to become entangled or caught in the environment. A textile substrate that includes capabilities for sensing (biometric or external), communication (typically wireless), power transmission, and interconnection technology to enable sensors or objects like information processing devices to be networked together within a fabric is referred to as an electronic textile. Small amounts of computation can take place on the body thanks to electronic textiles. To facilitate electrical conductivity, they typically include conductive yarns that are either spun or twisted and contain a small amount of conductive material (such as silver or stainless-steel strands).

The impact of technology on the textile industry is no longer limited to the design and production environment of clothing. Now, technology is becoming part of the textile itself.

The future of shirts, socks, and gloves will be electronic. In years to come, wearable electronics will look like the smallest electronic gadgets today. Not only will such devices be embedded on textile substrates, but an electronics device or system could become the fabric itself. These e-textiles will have the revolutionary ability to sense, act, store, emit, and move – think biomedical monitoring functions or new man-machine interfaces, not to mention game controllers – while leveraging an existing low-cost textile manufacturing infrastructure.

Smart textiles pack powerful sensors and electronics in the weave of material. These components are stretchable, breathable, and even washable – and they are invisible to the eye.

In contrast to popular wearables such as smartwatches and fitness bracelets, they do not look like one is carrying around tiny computers. They are comfortable and easy to wear, work around the clock in the background, or can take periodic readings. Smart clothing can even be fashionable.

Following the same trend as other internet-of-things (IoT) devices, fabrics can be embedded with nanotechnology-enabled ultrathin, flexible and transparent sensors, actuators, electronics and power generation or storage. As these electronic components become smaller but invisible, self-powered electronic textiles (e-textiles) will range from smart fashion to smart fitness wear, data gloves and other human-machine interfaces will herald a new era of wearable electronics (for more, read our collection of Nanowerk Spotlights on various aspects of wearable electronics).

The rise in demand for smart clothing and high-performance health monitoring technology propels the E-Textile Industry growth. In the fitness and sports sectors, e-textiles assist in coaching athletes and fitness enthusiasts and aid in the development of golf swings, tennis serves, and skiing methods. Other than sports, the two main end-user industries for health monitoring wearables are defense and healthcare. These wearables are utilized in the military and in the defense sectors to track and transmit crucial health data of soldiers deployed. It makes it possible for rescue teams and on-site medical personnel to respond quickly to emergencies. In addition, these e-textiles are utilized in clothing and personal protective equipment to lessen the risks that users are exposed to and give them protection.

Several different types of sensors are used to measure health data on the body. Two main types of these sensors are biosensors and biometric sensors, which sound similar but function differently. Biosensors refer to a sensor that reacts to a fluid or chemical present at the sensor’s location, such as a glucose monitor which reacts to blood, or a hydration sensor that measures the salinity of sweat. However, biometric sensors require no chemical presence and instead react on electrical signals coming from the body through contact with the skin.

While traditional wired biometric sensors have been used in hospitals and medical settings for decades, biometric sensors can also be made without wires via printed electronics. Conductive silver or carbon inks can be screen-printed into thin, flexible, wireless sensors that pick up biometric signals from skin while worn within a wearable athletic garment, making this smart clothing technology not only wearable but also portable for athletes and gymgoers. This means that while a wearer is exercising, their fitness gear itself can measure heart rate, breath rate, or body temperature.

Through measuring heart rate, users can measure when they have optimal heart rate intervals for warmup/cooldown, cardio, or weight loss levels. Users can warn themselves with an alarm if their heart rate spikes or is too high and they need to take a break, such as during extensive hikes on difficult terrain or at different altitudes. Heart rate and body temperature data can help wearers stay informed of their body’s performance stats and improve their performance over time.

However, wearable technologies have various privacy and security concerns. These devices help to monitor heart rate, measure quality of sleep, and measure calories burned during a day. Although, many devices do not come with GPS technology to allow access to a user’s location but the same can be integrated with smartphones and hackers can easily trace location information of users. The unique hardware address is picked by a scanner that the activity tracker emits while syncing the smartphone with Bluetooth. The threat of leaking personal information is a major factor hindering growth of the market as this is a sensitive issue among people. According to Ericsson Consumer Wearable Technology and the Internet of things, 67% of people are comfortable in sharing data with third parties provided it is anonymous.

Mobile users prefer smartphones over traditional mobile phones, owing to their value-added features and easy accessibility to various tools including social networking, entertainment, and others, which is opportunistic for the smart clothing market. Sensors are employed in such a way that they enable smartphones to integrate with wearables thereby minimizing complexity for users. Moreover, wearables are connected with smartphones via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi working on both Android and IOS platforms. Therefore, smart wearables are expected to appeal to existing smartphone users to gain increased growth potential.

The e-textile market is segmented on the basis of type, product, application, functionality, and region. On the basis of type, the market is bifurcated into classic electronics and modern electronics. By product, it is classified into passive, active, and ultra-smart. On the basis of application, it is categorized into defense, sports & fitness, healthcare, household textiles, fashion & entertainment, transport, protection & military, architecture, and others. On the basis of functionality, it is classified into sensing, energy harvesting, luminescence & aesthetics, thermoelectricity, and others. Region-wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA.

E-Textile Market
By Type
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Modern electronic segment dominated the global market in the year 2021, and is likelt to remain dominant during the forecast period.

On the basis of type, the modern electronics segment dominated the global market with a market share of more than 60%. This is attributed to the inclusion of more sophisticated electronics such as transistors, diodes, and solar cells as well as passive electronics such as pure wires and conducting textile fibers. Fibertronics is a term that refers to the science of embedding sophisticated electrical components onto textile fibers.

E-Textile Market
By Product
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Ultra-Smart segment dominated the global market in the year 2021, and is likelt to remain dominant during the forecast period.

On the basis of product, the ultra-smart segment dominated the global market with an E-Textile Market Share of more than 30% in the year 2021 and is likely to remain dominant during the E-Textile Market Forecast period. Ultra-smart is a field that has advanced textile materials and fibers. The creation of intelligent or smart textiles involves collaboration with various scientific fields, including nanotechnology, materials science, design, electronics, and computer engineering.

E-Textile Market
By Application
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Defence segment dominated the global market in the year 2021, and is likelt to remain dominant during the forecast period.

On the basis of application, the defense segment dominated the E-Textile Market Size in the year 2021 with the market share of more than 30%. This is attributed to the growth of smart technology for the purpose of protection. Smart textiles have been used to create specialized materials that can recognise harmful gases. If a chemical is entering the hazardous material gear, sensors in the suit can warn the operator. Utilizing textile-supported electrical sensors made of what are known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, the smart fabric functions.

E-Textile Market
By Functionality
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Sensing segment dominated the global market in the year 2021, and is likelt to remain dominant during the forecast period.

On the basis of functionality, sensing functionality dominated the global market in the year 2021 with a market share of more than 30%. It includes a variety of electronic sensors, such as an accelerometer with motion detection, a passive infrared "body heat" detector, a light intensity and colour sensor, and a temperature sensor.

E-Textile Market by Region

Region-wise, Europe dominated the global market in the year 2021. This is attributed to the expansion of new wholesale fabrics companies and surge in E-Textile Market Demand for apparel and textile machinery exports for e-textile significantly contribute toward the E-Textile Market Growth.

The players operating in the global e-textile market have adopted various developmental strategies to increase their market share, gain profitability, and remain competitive in the market. The key players operating in the E-Textile Industry include- CARRÉ TECHNOLOGIES Inc., Chronolife., E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY , INTERACTIVE WEAR AG, Mitsufuji Corporation, Myant Health , Outlast Technologies GmbH , sanSirro GmbH , Schoeller Textile AG, SENSING TEX, S.L. , Sensoria Inc. , SunstarTaiwan ENT. CO., LTD. , Tex-Ray Industrial Co., Ltd., TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., Vista Medical Ltd., Vulpés Electronics GmbH, Xenoma Inc.

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the e-textile market analysis from 2021 to 2031 to identify the prevailing E-Textile Market Opportunity.
  • Market research is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • An in-depth analysis of the e-textile market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing E-Textile Market Forecast.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global e-textile market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

E-Textile Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
Market Size By 2031

USD 721.8 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.4%

Forecast period

2021 - 2031

Report Pages


By Type
  • Classic Electronics
  • Modern Electronics
By Product
  • Passive
  • Active
  • Ultra-Smart
By Application
  • Defense
  • Sports & Fitness
  • Healthcare
  • Household Textiles
  • Fashion & Entertainment
  • Transport
  • Protection & Military
  • Architecture
  • Others
By Functionality
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Luminescence & Aesthetics
  • Thermoelectricity
  • Others
  • Sensing
By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Rest Of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Rest Of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, Middle East, Rest Of LAMEA)
Key Market Players

Outlast Technologies GmbH, Mitsufuji Corporation, Xenoma Inc., Vulpés Electronics GmbH, INTERACTIVE WEAR AG, Tex-Ray Industrial Co., Ltd., SENSING TEX, S.L., TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., Vista Medical Ltd., Chronolife., CARRÉ TECHNOLOGIES Inc., Schoeller Textile AG, sanSirro GmbH, Sensoria Inc., Myant Health, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, SunstarTaiwan ENT. CO., LTD.

Analyst Review

According to CXOs of leading companies, companies are very interested in developing e-textiles with pressure sensors, such as a bed sheets or mattress to manage and avoid bed sores by ensuring that a patient moves around on the surface enough. Hospitals and care facilities spend time and money treating conditions such as bed sores and incontinence in elderly. In the long term, moisture sensors built into smart clothing for mapping incontinence in patients is expected to be a very wise investment.

To associate to smartphones and laptops, smart interfaces created by the Purdue University researchers also assist users in keeping track of their health. Without a battery, smart fabric can be powered by radio waves or Wi-Fi. The miniaturized electronic circuits and sensors in the smart clothing "will outperform conventional passive garments" and allow for connectivity to cell phones, laptops, vehicles, and other devices. In addition, if a user has an accident, it will call for aid and help track their health state.

The apparel industry is undergoing transformation, owing to change in lifestyle and surge in penetration of internet along with rise in number of netizens. Manufacturing technology, management of apparel business, and fashion trends are changing at a rapid pace, even in developing nations. To cope with the ever-changing technologies, consumers are rapidly evolving from traditional, static, and demographic-based criteria to relatively more dynamic, modern, and psychographic influences. Fashion trends are rapidly changing based on culture, beliefs, and geographical locations. Thus, technological developments, introduction of newer & cost-effective methods of digital textile printing, and high E-Textile Market Demand for printed fabrics, especially in developing countries of Asia-Pacific and LAMEA, are expected to augment the market growth in the near future.

Author Name(s) : Samriddhi Chauhan | Roshan Deshmukh
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global e-textile market was valued at $367.2 million in 2021, and is projected to reach $721.8 million by 2031, registering a CAGR of 7.4%. Europe was the highest revenue contributor and is estimated to reach $250.5 million by 2031, with a CAGR of 7.2%.

From 2022-2031 would be forecast period in the market report

$367.2 million is the market value of e-textile market in 2021.

2021 is base year calculated in the e-textile market report

The key players analyzed in the report CARRÉ TECHNOLOGIES Inc., Chronolife., E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY , INTERACTIVE WEAR AG, Mitsufuji Corporation, Myant Health , Outlast Technologies GmbH , sanSirro GmbH , Schoeller Textile AG, SENSING TEX, S.L. are the top companies hold the market share in e-textile market.

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E-Textile Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2031