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[ MARKETS ] ADVANCED TEXTILES

 The Berlin-based
startup Boltware
collaborated with H&M
Lab in Germany to
create a denim jacket
that uses sensing
technology to give the
wearer the feeling of
being touched by a loved
one. Photo: Boltware.

From fiber
to final product
Commercial viability boosts
the visibility of wearable
technology.

by Marie O'Mahony

I

N THE MIDST OF THE REWORKING OF SO MANY
segments of the textile industry due to the pandemic, one
market segment that has been able to stay focused on the basics
of what it does is e-textiles, including conductive fibers and yarns.
This technology is no longer just an interesting experiment but has
created a viable and growing range of applications.
According to a recent market analysis report from Grand
View Research, an India and U.S.-based business consulting firm,
" The global e-textiles market is expected to possess high growth
potential owing to technological proliferation and innovations in
wearable technology and intelligent clothing by expert wearable
computing designers. "
In its report " E-textiles and Smart Clothing 2020-2030:
Technologies, Markets and Players, " UK-based market research
firm IDTechEx summarized its extensive reporting on e-textiles
by noting, " The big picture for e-textiles is extremely promising. "
Exploration into novel applications is growing. As an industry,
the technical textiles sector has not traditionally paid much
attention to fashion and the arts, but as advanced technologies such
as e-textiles, fibers and yarns proliferate, " wearables " of all sorts are
crossing the line from high-tech, specialty end products into the
consumer retail arena.

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