Growing Demand from Telemedicine, Military Sector Invigorates Growth of Global Smart Textiles Market

Published Date : May 29, 2017

ALBANY, New York, May 29, 2017 – has announced the addition of a report titled, “Global Smart Textiles Market 2015-2019” to its vast depository. The report includes a brief summary describing the overall progression of the market. The key catalysts, growth opportunities, and challenges have been discussed in detail, alongside relevant diagrams, figures, and charts. 

Also termed interactive textiles or technical textiles, smart textiles are fabrics that can be incorporated with electronic parts for communication, monitoring, illumination, sensing, and similar applications. 

The growing demand for telemedicine has been one of the primary growth drivers of the global market for smart textiles. Supported by faster internet connectivity, widespread usage of smartphones and other smart devices, a number of healthcare providers have been looking forward to utilizing the potential held by technology to deliver superior healthcare services.

An increasing number of physicians are linking up with their patients via webcam, phone, and email. The contamination risks associated with emergency care personnel as well the interior of the ambulance are being increasingly acknowledged. Because it is nearly impossible to clean every area where patients have been, it is more convenient to isolate the patient and use protective clothing. 

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Smart textiles are being developed so as to feature impermeability to bacteria and other microbes, simultaneously being easily washable even at high temperatures, without losing their properties. Furthermore, it is possible to integrate several monitoring sensors, cables, probes, and wireless communication into smart textiles, boosting the quality of healthcare services offered. 

However, the use of smart textiles is not limited to medicine. By application, the global market for smart textiles can be segmented into sports, fashion & entertainment, military and protection, fitness, and transportation. By geography, the global market for smart textiles can be segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and the Rest of the World (RoW). North America is expected to lead the global market for smart textiles, although Asia Pacific exhibits immense growth opportunities. 

The military and protection segment is slated to expand at a phenomenal degree, thanks to the growing defense expenditures, increasing frequency of terrorist attacks, and the growing sophistication of military clothing. Intelligent or smart textiles increases the productivity and performance of the military personnel at the time of combat and related operations. Smart textiles cannot only be designed to protect defense personnel form infrared light, but also from sweat and heat, apart from adaptive insulation properties. Camouflage textiles are becoming popular among the military sectors of numerous nations. 

Ohmatex ApS, Infineon Technologies, Texas Instruments, Gentherm, Auxetic, Exmovere Holdings, Mide Technology, Clothing+, International Fashion Machines, Exmovere Holdings, Globe Manufacturing, Adidas, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Nike, Koninklijke Ten Cate nv, Interactive Wear, Textronics, QinetiQ North America, Peratech, Noble Biomaterials, and VivoMetrics are some major companies operating in the global market for smart textiles.

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