Conductive Textiles Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Germany, UK, Italy, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa), Application Development Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2024
Report ID: GMI1329
Global Conductive Textiles Market size is likely to witness a promising and high CAGR in the forecast period. Conductive textiles are fabrics that can conduct electricity. In general, it is classified into two types, first, textiles which are intrinsically conductive and second, which are treated to gain conductivity, for example by metallization. The product is already being used in various industrial application fields for controlling electromagnetic and static interference shielding due to its flexibility and ability to be used in existing wire machinery (knitting, weaving and braiding) and textiles.
The demand for wearable conductive textiles, which are robust as well as comfortable, is rising in military and defense applications such as for use in uniforms and other supporting jackets and garments. For instance, Vorbeck Materials Corporation and Bluewater Defense Inc. came together to launch wearable antennas, a product designed using conductive textiles, for tactical, military and commercial uses.
Increased health awareness among consumers, rising disposable income in developing economies and intent to use modern methods for fitness and healthcare, there is a huge demand for products that are simple yet high-on technology, which will subsequently boost the conductive textiles market size in the forecast period. For instance, the product is widely used in smart textiles (for wearable technology) across health & fitness industry (for example: as pain relief fabric). Furthermore, the product demand will be benefitted from the electronic goods industry on account of consumer electronics boom across the globe.
The high cost associated with conductive textiles manufacturing, which increases the overall price of the finished product is the prime hurdle in the conductive textiles market share in the coming years. However, companies are trying to simplify circuits involved in the product manufacturing by adopting other techniques such as inkjet printing and fabric dyeing.
Based on type of raw material used for product manufacturing, the conductive textiles market size is bifurcated into cotton, nylon, wool and polyester. Based on product, the industry is segmented into woven, non-woven and knitted textile. Woven offer a durable and light weight shielding option which enables it to be used in conductive gaskets & tapes and pressure sensors. Non-woven are lighter than woven ones and provide a breathable alternative along with durability, stability and strength making it desirable for use in shielded enclosures, containers & bags and anti-static & grounding materials. Knit is best choice for applications demanding flexing and stretching requirements. Precisely knit provide superior elasticity and are used in bacterial mitigation products, EMI/RFI shielding and medical products & sensors. Prevalence of broad product variety with different value added features for specific purposes will positively boost the global conductive textiles market size over the estimated timespan.
The prominent end users of the conductive textiles market share are military & defense, sports & fitness, consumer electronics, healthcare and others (aviation, architecture and automotive industries). In 2015, military & defense industry had a major share in global conductive textiles market size followed by sports & fitness and healthcare industry. Light weight, tightly woven product is majorly used in applications such as military parachutes and ship sails. The product is also used in manufacturing conductive ground planes and in radar reflection across military & defense end-users. It is used in various health & fitness equipment such as wearables and pain relief belts. Wearables are garments which have inbuilt sensors for calculating parameters such as calories burnt, distance travelled, blood pressure, etc.
In 2015, North America and Europe were the major conductive textiles market share contributors owing to the technological advancements and innovative solutions in healthcare and fitness sector. Asia Pacific is upcoming due to the rising product demand in South Korea, Japan, China and India. Moreover, India is investing heavily in its military operations and promoting the sports & fitness programs across the country, which will further push the regional conductive textiles market size over the forecast timespan.
The major players operating in the conductive textiles market size are Parker Chomerics, Seiren Company Limited, Nanophase Technologies Corporation, Buhler, Toray Industries Incorporated, Holland Shielding Systems, 3M, Swift Textile Metalizing and Laird PLC.
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