Smart or interactive textiles (SMIT)
November 10, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Malika Rajan
(203) 853-4266; ext. 309
Fax: (203) 853-0348
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
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
Homeland defense/public safety
Vehicle safety and comfort
Logistics and supply chain management
Source: BCC, Inc.