Increasing demand for graphene inks to manufacture washable e-textiles is anticipated to drive the conductive textiles market growth throughout the forecast period
The Global Conductive Textiles Market is expected to grow from USD 3.32 Bn in 2020 to USD 11.21 Bn by 2027, at a CAGR of 16.2%.
Growing demand for global conductive textiles in washable e-textiles is anticipated to drive the market growth during the forecast period. E- textiles are used in next-generation wearable electronic applications due to their advantages over metal-based technologies. These textiles are easily washable which is a major benefit and can be used to monitor health of individuals. Thus, e-textiles are expected to support the market demand for conductive textiles in the near future. Additionally, graphene-based e-textiles are used by athletes in sports sector, to monitor their heartbeat, and other vitals. Therefore, the use of graphene-based e-textiles sports sectors is expected to support the market growth in the coming years.
Moreover, the Jiangnan University in China and University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and developed a low-cost, sustainable, and ecologically sustainable process for manufacturing conductive cotton fabrics using graphene-based ink. These fabrics may lead to smart textiles and trendy clothing with applications in healthcare, wearables, the Internet of things, and others. The researchers developed inks made of chemically modified graphene flakes that are more adherent to cotton fibres than unmodified graphene. After depositing the ink on the fabric, heat treatment enhances the conductivity of the modified graphene. The modified graphene adheres to the cotton fibre in the same manner as cotton keeps colourful dyes, allowing the fabric to remain conductive after numerous washes. Thys, washable e-textiles are expected to support the market growth in the coming years.
Based on fabric, the market has been segmented into cotton, nylon, polyester, and others. Nylon is anticipated to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to excellent properties, such as, light weight, good conductivity and low absorption of water. For instance, Swift Textile Metallizing offers woven nylon strip whose weights range from 1.1 to 2.8 oz/sq. yd, and widths from 0.5" up to 60". Additionally, Shieldex provides Silverell line of fabrics which are a combination of 99% pure silver nylon yarns and non-conductive yarns used in RF (Radio Frequency) & EMI Electromagnetic Interference) shielding garments & clothing, and smart textiles
Global Conductive Textiles Market by Region Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2021-2027)
In terms of geography, North America is expected to dominate the conductive textiles market during the forecast period. North America is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to the presence of matured industry players such as 3M. For instance, 3M (US) product portfolio includes Shielding Non-woven Fabric Tape CN-3490, it is a Nickel on copper-plated polyester fabric. This fabric possesses good shielding effectiveness and is corrosion resistant. Polyester non-woven fabric makes a very thin and mechanically strong backing with excellent flexibility and conformability, and light weight. Flexibility, and other characteristics of polyester woven fabric in conductive textiles is expected to drive the market growth in the near future.
Moreover, Europe is expected to be the second largest in terms of market size in 2020. Europe is well known for health consciousness & improved Healthcare infrastructure. The projects such as EU-funded ‘New Cotton Project are expected to support the demand for conductive textile in the near future, due to the use of active wear and e-textile in sports. Additionally, in hospitals, the use of active wear to track heartbeat & muscle movement is expected to support the market growth in the near future.
The Global Conductive Textiles Industry Segmentation:
Global Conductive Textiles Market by Type Industry Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2021-2027)
Global Conductive Textiles Market by Fabric Industry Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2021-2027)
Global Conductive Textiles Market by Application Industry Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2021-2027)
Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence
The key players operating in the Conductive Textiles market are: