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Focus on the World Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles Market

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World Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles Market

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles in Millions of US$. The major application segments analyzed are Consumer Products, Military Applications, Computing, Biomedical, Vehicle Safety and Comfort, Public Safety/Homeland Defense, and Others (include Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Signage and Automotive Interiors Markets). The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the United States and Rest of World. Annual forecasts are provided for each region and product segment for the period of 2003 through 2012. The report profiles 143 companies including many key and niche players worldwide such as E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Eleksen Group Plc, Foster-Miller, Inc., Gorix, Ltd., Intelligent Clothing, Ltd., Interactive Wear AG, International Fashion Machines, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Marktek Inc, Milliken & Company, Noble Biomaterials, Inc., Outlast Technologies Inc, Peratech Limited, Royal Philips Electronics N.V., Schoeller Textiles AG, Sensatex, Inc., Smartex, Softswitch, Ltd., Textronics, Inc., Toray Industries, Inc, and VivoMetrics, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations I-1

Disclaimers I-2

Data Interpretation & Reporting Level I-2

Quantitative Techniques & Analytics I-3

Product Definitions and Scope of Study I-3

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. Market Dynamics II-1

Outlook II-1

Trends and Issues II-2

Smart Fabrics Poised for Days of Plenty II-2

Emerging End-Use Applications Drive Market Demand II-2

Table 1: Global Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles

Market (2008): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by End-Use - Transportation, Government/Military,

Consumer/Retail, Medical/Health, Industrial/ Commercial, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-3

Table 2: Percentage Breakdown of SFIT Shipments by Product

Category: 2006 & 2008 (In terms of value) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-3

Wearable Electronics Offer Significant Growth Potential II-4

Commercial Success Continues to be Elusive II-4

Actuation and Response Applications Determine Market for SFITs II-4

Table 3: Global Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles

Market (2008): Percentage Breakdown of Value Sales by

Application Area - Actuation and Response, Sensing and Monitoring, Information, Entertainment, and Communication, and Location and Positioning (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-5

Technical Textiles Spur Apparel Industry Growth II-5

Multidisciplinary Approach to a Complex R&D Structure II-6

Growth Drivers and Inhibitors II-6

Future Potential II-6

Competitive Scenario and Market Structure II-7

Tiered Structure II-7

Performance Clothing Players II-8

Performance Clothing in Healthcare Monitoring II-8

Smart Fabric Makers II-8

Textile Component Makers II-8

Electronics OEMs and Components Manufacturers II-8

System Integrators II-9

Research Institutes II-9

Design and Consultancy II-9

US Market Perspective II-9

European Market Overview II-10

Research Projects Undertaken by the European Commission Towards Development of Smart - Interactive Fabrics II-10

A Focus on the UK Market II-10

2. Product Overview II-11

Background II-11

What are Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles? II-11

An Introduction II-12

Insulation II-13

Fashion II-13

Classification II-13

Products II-13

Applications II-14

End-Uses II-14

Definitions II-14

Functions II-14

Textile Sensors II-14

Data Processing II-14

Textile Actuators II-14

Storage Capacity II-15

Communication II-15

Properties II-15

Types of Smart Textiles II-16

Shape Memory Materials II-16

Overview II-16

Shape Memory Alloys II-16

Product Profile II-16

Types of Shape Memory Alloys II-17

Cuprous-Zinc Shape Memory Alloys II-17

Nitinol II-17

Shape Memory Polymers II-17

Product Profile and Types II-17

DiAPLEX II-18

Encapsulated Bi-Gels II-18

Bi-Material Film Laminates II-18

Polyurethane films II-18

Chromic Materials II-18

Product Profile and Types II-18

Conductive Materials II-20

Product Profile and Types II-20

Phase Change Materials II-21

Product Profile II-21

Applications II-21

Table 4: Select Phase Change Materials and their Properties (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-22

Thermal Effects II-22

Factors Influencing Thermal Effects II-22

Microencapsulated PCM II-23

3. End-Use Markets II-24

Overview II-24

Major Sectors II-24

Performance Apparel II-24

Fabric Switches II-25

ThermoTec Textile Heating System II-25

Wearable Technology II-25

Protective and Traditional Work Wear II-26

Monitoring and Health Care II-26

Vivometrics Lifeshirt Monitoring System II-26

Wearable Biomedical Sensors II-27

Smart Sutures II-27

Smart Bandages II-27

Smart Bra II-27

Transportation II-27

Institutional/Government/Military II-28

Industrial Applications II-28

Accessories and Special Applications II-28

Computing II-29

Toys II-29

Nano-Fabrics II-29

Product Innovations II-29

4. Product Introductions II-31

Eleksen to Introduce New Smart Fabric Solutions II-31

Eleksen Launches Wireless Fabric Keyboard II-31

Textronics Launches Innovative Sports Bra II-31

Eleksen Makes Mobile Computer Keyboards For Microsoft II-31

ElekTex Group to Launch Smart Fabric Apparel in Collaboration with Kenpo II-31

G-Tech Introduces an Array of iPod-controlled Messenger Bags II-32

Sensatex Introduces Patented SmartShirt System II-32

Milliken Launches New Fabric For UV Protection II-32

Smart Fabrics Australia Launches Interactive Fabric Keyboard II-32

Outlast Technologies Launches Royal Robbins(R) Jonathan Plaid Shirt II-32

Eleksen Introduces Fully Customizable Fabric Keyboard II-33

Eleksen Unveils Sensitive iPod Cases II-33

Orvec Launches PCM Technology-Based Cool Vests II-33

Clothier Bagir Integrates High-Tech Fabrics in Clothing II-33

Eleksen Provides Smart Fabric Keyboard Designs to OEMs and ODMs II-33

O'Neill and Eleksen Launch Integrated Solar Backpack II-33

Milliken & Company Launches StainSmart(R) II-34

CBMSE Launches New Fabric II-34

Toray Industries Introduces Shape-Memory Fabric II-34

5. Recent Industry Activity II-35

Peratech Acquires Elekson II-35

Youngor Group to Acquire Kellwood Subsidiary II-35

Kellwood Inks a Licensing Deal with Perry II-35

US Innovator Develops Smart Textile Vascular Graft II-35

Eleksen Partners with Intel to Provide Ultra-Mobile PC Ecosystem II-36

Eleksen and Apple Computer Sign Agreement II-36

Bora Communications to Acquire Eleksen Limited II-36

Peratech Pockets SOFTswitch II-36

Eleksen Inks Deal with G-Tech to Manufacture Fabric Keyboard II-37

RAE Systems Enters Into Partnership Agreement with VivoMetrics II-37

Outlast Europe Partners with Sedo for Phase Change Neoprene Material II-37

Paulchen Obtains License from Outlast II-37

Timberland Extends Licensing Agreement with Outlast II-38

Lynntech Secures Contract From the United States Army II-38

Ambulatory Monitoring and Tactex Enter into Distribution Agreement II-38

Adidas and Polar Electro Form Partnership II-38

Konarka Enters Into Joint Venture Agreement with Textronics II-38

Madura Garments to Promote Smart Fabrics II-39

US Army Collaborates with HLB to Design Sensor Activated Tourniquet II-39

Interactive Wear AG and Austria Microsystems AG Announce Deal II-39

Burlington Develops a High-Tech Temperature Adjustment Fabric II-39

MIT Develops Unique Flexible Fibers II-39

Researchers at CSIRO and NanoTech Institute Develop Carbon Nanotubes-based Yarn II-40

Waterproof and Dirt-Proof Clothing with Silver Nanoparticle Coating II-40

Fibertronics Ltd Innovates Smart Textile Switches & Sensors in Fabric II-40

6. Focus on Select Players II-41

E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company (USA) II-41

Foster-Miller, Inc. (USA) II-41

Gorix, Ltd. (UK) II-41

Intelligent Clothing, Ltd. (UK) II-41

Interactive Wear AG (Germany) II-42

International Fashion Machines, Inc. (USA) II-42

Kimberly-Clark Health Care (USA) II-42

Marktek Inc (USA) II-42

Milliken & Company (USA) II-43

Noble Biomaterials, Inc. (USA) II-43

Outlast Technologies Inc (USA) II-43

Peratech Limited (UK) II-43

Royal Philips Electronics N.V. (The Netherlands) II-44

Schoeller Textiles AG (Switzerland) II-44

Sensatex, Inc. (USA) II-44

Smartex (Italy) II-45

Softswitch, Ltd. (UK) II-45

Textronics, Inc. (USA) II-45

Toray Industries, Inc (Japan) II-45

VivoMetrics, Inc (USA) II-46

7. Global Market Perspective II-47

Table 5: World Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles by Geographic Region - United States and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales in US$ Million or the Years 2003 through 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-47

Table 6: World 10-year Perspective for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles by Geographic Region-Percentage Breakdown of Dollar Sales for United States and Rest of World Markets for the Years 2008 and 2012 II-47

Table 7: US Recent Past, Current & Future Market Analysis for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles by End-Use Applications - Consumer Products, Military, Computing, Biomedical, Vehicle Safety and Comfort, Public Safety/ Homeland Defense, and Other Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Sales in US$ Million for the Years 2003 through 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-48

Table 8: US 5-Year Perspective for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles by End-Use Applications - Consumer Products, Military, Computing, Biomedical, Vehicle Safety and Comfort, Public Safety/Homeland Defense, and Other Markets for the Years 2008 and 2012 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) II-49

III. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

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