Human beings are in contact with textiles for up to 90 % of their lives, and the textiles are starting to become intelligent. The basis of this new functionality is the integration of textiles and electronics. Key advances in the last 5 years have led to early commercial products, with the market having grown at double digit rate to reach around US$ 100 million in annual wholesale revenue today. Significant investments being made now will eventually enable mainstream commercial products, leading to a market approaching $ 5 billion by 2027.
E-Textiles 2017-2027, a new report from the market research company IDTechEx, Cambridge/UK, looks at the entire e-textiles value chain, looking from the material and component options, to the manufacturing challenges, through to the applications, markets and key end-users. The report characterizes key market sectors including 'Sports & Fitness', 'Medical & Healthcare', 'Wellness', 'Home & Lifestyle', 'Industrial, commercial, military', 'Fashion' and 'Others' (including automotive). For each, there is an insight on progress amongst key players and projects, as well as outlining the unmet needs and growth potential of each.