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Smart or interactive textiles (SMIT)

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  • RemyC
    From: http://www.bccresearch.com/editors/RGB-309.html November 10, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Malika Rajan publisher@ bccresearch.com (203) 853-4266;
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      November 10, 2004
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Contact: Malika Rajan
      publisher@ bccresearch.com
      (203) 853-4266; ext. 309
      Fax: (203) 853-0348

      http://www.bccresearch.com
      Business Communications Company, Inc.
      25 Van Zant Street
      Norwalk, CT 06855-1781

      U.S. MARKET FOR SMART AND INTERACTIVE TEXTILES TO REACH $299 MILLION BY 2009

      Smart or interactive textiles (SMIT) represent a new and fascinating type of
      textile technology. They potentially will have a broad, but as yet,
      unforeseeable impact on the market for protective clothing, medical
      textiles, and other textile products and applications. SMIT are able to
      sense electrical, thermal, chemical, magnetic or other stimuli from the
      environment and adapt or respond to them, using functionalities integrated
      into the textile structure. SMITs do not have a fixed set of
      characteristics, but are active elements that work with their own control
      and response mechanisms.

      According to a recently published report from Business Communications
      Company, Inc. (www.bccresearch.com) RGB-309 Smart and Interactive Textiles,
      the U.S. market for smart and interactive textiles is valued at an estimated
      $64.4 million in 2004 and is expected to rise at an AAGR (average annual
      growth rate) of 36% to $299.3 million in 2009.

      Consumer products accounted for the bulk of U.S. SMIT sales in 2003 and
      2004. Some might consider this figure overstated, since it includes products
      such as photochromic t-shirts and swimsuits, relatively low-tech products
      that nevertheless fit this report's definition of SMIT. Phase change and
      conductive textiles account for the rest of the market.

      However, this picture is expected to change significantly over the next five
      years. The projected rapid growth of military, biomedical, and vehicle
      safety and comfort applications for SMIT is expected to have a major impact
      on both the size and structure of the market.

      Chromic or color-changing technologies dominated the market in 2003.
      However, with sales of conductive fabric products expected to nearly double
      each year between 2004 and 2009, and shape memory products entering the
      market in commercial quantities, the picture in 2009 is expected to be quite
      different.

      To date, the U.S. military has been the leader in developing SMIT
      technologies and applications for such areas as body armor, artificial
      muscles, biochemical hazard protection, physiological status monitoring,
      location, and embedded communications and computing. Many of these same
      technologies also have potential civilian and commercial applications.

      U.S. Smart and Interactive Textile Market by Application Segment, through
      2009
      ($ Millions)
      Application Segment
      2003
      2004
      2009
      AAGR%
      2004-2009

      Military
      1.5
      1.5
      25.5
      76.2

      Biomedical
      0.235
      0.78
      66.2
      143.1

      Homeland defense/public safety
      --
      --
      15.0
      --

      Vehicle safety and comfort
      --
      --
      54.0
      --

      Computing
      1.9
      2.0
      4.2
      16.0

      Logistics and supply chain management
      --
      --
      1.0
      --

      Consumer products
      57.5
      60.1
      122.2
      15.2

      Other
      --
      --
      11.2
      --

      Total
      61.135
      64.38
      299.3
      36.0

      Source: BCC, Inc.
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