Conductive Fibers: Graphene to set e-Textiles Right in the Environmental Bracket
With the usage of smartphones, tablets, and similar electronics devices nearing the stage of ubiquity, consumers are susceptible to hazards of electromagnetic radiation. This demands reliable protection, necessitating the development of conductive fibers with multidimensional applications.
Conductive fibers have been transmuting the textile landscape by unlocking a plethora of opportunities - apparent and underlying - in the military, aerospace, sports, and transportation landscapes to suffice their niche demands. Environmental regulations laid down by governments have further incited manufacturers to develop conductive fibers within the boundaries of regulatory norms, which has paved the way for the graphene-based conductive textiles. These innovations will aid manufacturers to achieve low-cost and environmentally-benign conductive fibers, which is likely to hold the key to proliferated adoption in numerous industries.
Conductive Fibers Market - Key Research Findings
- The global conductive fibers market size in 2018 was approximately US$ 1.2 Bn.
- The conductive fibers market is projected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 11% between the forecast period of 2019 and 2029.
- The growing adoption of wearable electronics across several industries such as sports and fitness, and consumer electronics, among others is projected to drive the global conductive fibers market during the forecast period.
- Collectively, North America and Europe are estimated to account for nearly half of the revenue shares in the global conductive fibers market during the forecast period
- North America, attributing to the robust presence of advanced and innovative technology in the textile industry, will continue to be a prominent regional market for conductive fibers manufacturers.
- Military and defence, aerospace & aviation, and transportation segments are projected to remain prominent end-use industries to invest in, for conductive fibers market players.
- The aerospace and aviation industry has witnessed significant growth over the recent past years.
- Noteworthy application potential of conductive fibers has been identified in the industrial belts category.
Key Factors Shaping the Conductive fibers Market
Growing Demand for Wearable Electronics
Development of technology and evolution of new methods that enables the e-textile technology to be available to students, crafters, and hobbyists. It is also possible to develop photonic textile displays woven on jacquard loom and transmission line structure printed on screen printed fabrics. Wearable computers and wireless communication, coupled with clothing, forms a new approach to wearable computing.
In the global conductive fibers market, several types of yarn and fabric production techniques are developed as wearable electronics such as conductive textile and smart textile. Such factors are projected to significantly drive the conductive fibers market during the forecast period.
Rising Use of Conductive Fibers in Electromagnetic Shielding
Increase in electromagnetic pollution due to the increasing number of TVs, mobile phones, and other electronic devices has led to a high demand for electromagnetic shielding devices. The demand for conductive fibers have increased due to its high electromagnetic shielding effectiveness (EMSE). Electromagnetic shielding is not only beneficial for human health, but also protects sensitive electronic devices from damage. On account of its effectiveness in reducing electromagnetic pollution, conductive textiles are projected to witness steady demand, and such factors are significantly increasing the demand for conductive fibers during the forecast period.
Sustained Demand on Account of Wide-ranging Applications in Aviation Industry
Conductive fibers have wide-ranging applications in varied end-use industries, including but not limited to military & defence, sports & fitness, consumer electronics, aviation, and automotive. In these end-use industries, conductive textiles are used as sensors, heating elements, data transfer systems, and electromagnetic shielding devices. Sustained demand for conductive textiles from these end-use industries are projected to drive the conductive fibers market during the forecast period.
- Aviation & Satellite Missions
Conductive fibers and textiles are widely used in aviation and satellite missions where component light-weighting is the top-most priority. These textiles are lightweight, durable, and cost-effective. Due to these features, these textiles are replacing copper wiring as the material of choice in aviation and satellite missions. Such factors are expected to contribute to the growth of the conductive fibers market during the forecast period.
Development of Conductive Fibers through Graphene Coating
Concerns about the use of toxins and high cost of manufacturing remain long-standing challenges for conductive fibers manufacturers. In the backdrop of these challenges, the successful development of graphene-based cotton fibers is being touted as a breakthrough innovation. Current wearable technology involves the use of rigid and expensive materials to impart conductivity to fibers. In contrast, graphene is low-cost, environmentally-friendly, and compatible with a majority of textiles. The development of conductive textiles with the help of graphene inks is expected to open up a plethora of commercial opportunities for the conductive fibers market in the forecast period.
Conductive Fibers Market Structure Analysis
- The global conductive fibers market represents a moderately fragmented competition landscape, where a majority of key players maintain their strategic focus on the development of joint ventures, solid distribution partnerships, expanding their global footprints, and launching new products.
- The conductive fibers market is relatively moderate in size, which remains a key factor for its dynamic competitive nature.
- Prominent manufacturers of conductive fibers are currently launching new products and prioritizing R&D to boost the consumption of smart and e-textile in Europe, East Asia, and North America.
- Portfolio expansion is also identified to remain as one of the key evolving strategies adopted by conductive fibers manufacturers.
- For a strong traction in target markets, conductive fibers manufacturers will continue to focus on inorganic strategies, such as mergers and acquisitions.
- Profound understanding of the market trends and preferential shifts of end-use segments across several regions are likely to create a bottleneck for prominent players, looking forward to untapped opportunities in the conductive fibers market.
Copper to Become the New Gold Standard for Base Material, Replacing Silver
Though the convergence of technology and textile - tech togs - turned out to be an attractive proposition, the fragmented conductive fiber landscape spectates the development of value-added conductive fibers and ‘comfort’ has been the new head-turning feature. Manufacturers have been experimenting with different combinations of reinforced and base material to develop breathable materials, which makes silver a gold standard for the development of lightweight conductive fibers and marks it ideal for aviation applications. However, durability, lightweight, and high cost of silver are likely to uptick the integration of copper in electronic circuits for the development of conductive fibers. Nylon and polyester continue to garner popularity, in light of their durable properties and seamless supply, as compared to the natural base materials such as cotton and wool. As the success of numerous industries relies on the transportation industry, owing to the increasing significance of e-Commerce channels, conductive fibers have been making inroads for the development of gaskets and seals for resisting varying parameters.
Plethora of Opportunities in Asia Pacific as Foreign Investment Sets in
Exponential improvements in the discretionary spending in the military & defence sector in North America has been reflecting on the sales of conductive fibers for the development of weather-proof, damage resistant, and comfortable textiles for military personnel. Development of e-textiles for keeping a check on sleep, calories consumed, heart rate, and blood pressure has been gaining significance in the healthcare industry, which has been influencing the size of the conductive fibers market in the region. As high business opportunities in Asia Pacific region attracts foreign investment in numerous industries, manufacturers can capitalize on the high potential of the region.
Broader Perspective of the Conductive Fibers Market
As automation gains centre stage in the manufacturing processes, fiber and textile manufacturers are incentivized to devise advanced industrial robotics and mechatronics for the production of conductive fibers. With an utmost focus on lightweight and softness, manufacturers can prioritize their investments towards targeting niche demands ascending from aviation & small satellite missions. Partnerships with key textile manufacturers and end-use industries are likely to offer long-term growth opportunities. In addition, as dollars and cents continue to remain at the forefront for the selection of conductive fibers, manufacturers can resort to the trends of tailor-made fibers for niche applications and enhance them with attractive price tag to gain better sales opportunities.
Silver to remain the material of top choice
Adoption of copper to grow at an exponential rate
Demand to grow for the development of non-woven fabric
Exponential growth in sales for the development of woven fabric
Polyester to remain preferable material
Nylon to spectate high adoption
Application in Military & Defence sector to remain high
Demand to grow in Aerospace & Aviation sector
How Growth will Unfold
As concerns apropos of use of toxins and high manufacturing costs limit the healthy growth of the conductive fibers, development of graphene-based cotton textiles will offer plethora of commercial opportunities to conductive fiber manufacturers. Long-term contracts and partnerships with B2C textile companies will encourage the scramble of leading players towards a higher market share.
Since high production cost directly passes down to the finished fabric, which leads to consumer reluctance towards purchasing, selection of cost-effective materials like copper will remain crucial. With the growing demand for wearable electronics, nylon and polyester are likely to remain the preferred reinforced materials for the development of conductive fibers. Since wearable tech products - smart watches, wrist gears, footwear, and headgear - gain consumers’ proclivity at a nascent stage, e-textiles, in turn, hold enormous potential to penetrate deeper into the consumers’ space at an accelerated pace.
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Conductive Fibers Market: Global Industry Analysis 2014-2018 & Opportunity Assessment 2019-2029
A recent market study published by FMI on the conductive fibers market includes global industry analysis 2014-2018 & opportunity assessment 2019-2029, and delivers a comprehensive assessment of the most important market dynamics. After conducting a thorough research on the historic as well as current growth parameters of the conductive fibers market, the growth prospects of the market are obtained with maximum precision.
Conductive Fibers Market Taxonomy
The global conductive fibers market is segmented in detail to cover every aspect of the market and present a complete market intelligence approach to the reader.
By Reinforced Material
By Base Material
By End Use
- Military & Defense
- Aerospace & Aviation
- Sports & Fitness
- Consumer Electronics
- Protection & Safety
- Head & Face Protection
- Full Body Protective Wear
- Shoe Cover
- Fashion & Entertainment
- Industrial Belts
- North America
- Latin America
- South Asia
- East Asia
The report initiates with an executive summary of the conductive fibers market that includes a summary of key statistics and findings of the market. It also includes the supply and demand-side trends about the conductive fibers market.
Readers can find the definition and a detailed taxonomy of the conductive fibers market in this chapter, which will help them understand the basic information about the conductive fibers market. Along with this, a comprehensive information about conductive fibers and their properties are provided in this section. This section also highlights the inclusions and exclusions, which help readers understand the scope of the conductive fibers market report.
The conductive fibers market report provides the key market trends that are projected to considerably impact the market growth during the forecast period. Detailed industry trends are provided in this section.
This section includes the factors that have emerged as key successful factors and the strategies adopted by key market players.
This section explains the global market volume analysis and forecast for the conductive fibers market between the forecast periods of 2019-2029. This chapter includes a detailed analysis of the historical conductive fibers market.
In this section, pricing analysis of the conductive fibers market by the reinforced material at a regional level has been provided.
This section explains the global market value analysis and forecast for the conductive fibers market between the forecast periods of 2019-2029. This chapter includes a detailed analysis of the historical conductive fibers market, along with the opportunity analysis of the future. Readers can also find absolute $ opportunity for the current year (2019), and an incremental $ opportunity for the forecast period (2019–2029).
This chapter explains the key macro-economic factors that are projected to influence the growth of the conductive fibers market during the forecast period. Along with the macroeconomic factors, this section also highlights the value chain, forecast and relevance factors, patent analysis, and value chain analysis for the conductive fibers market. Moreover, in-depth information about the market dynamics and their impact analysis on the market has been provided in the successive section.
On the basis of reinforced material type, the conductive fibers market is segmented into copper, carbon, nickel, lead, silver, and other type of reinforced material. In this chapter, readers can find information about the key trends and developments in the conductive fibers market and market attractiveness analysis based on the reinforced material type.
This chapter provides details about the conductive fibers market based on the application, and has been segmented into non-woven fabric, woven fabric, and knitted fabric. In this chapter, readers can understand the market attractive analysis based on the application.
On the basis of base material type, the conductive fibers market is segmented into cotton, nylon, polyester, wool, polyamide, and other type of reinforced material. In this chapter, readers can find information about the key trends in the conductive fibers market and market attractiveness analysis based on the base material type.
On the basis of end use, the conductive fibers market is segmented into military and defense, aerospace and aviation, sports and fitness, consumer electronics, protection & safety, fashion & entertainment, transportation, architecture, and industrial belts. In this chapter, readers can find information about the key trends in the conductive fibers market and market attractiveness analysis based on the end-use.
This chapter explains how the conductive fibers market will grow across several geographic regions such as North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, and Middle East & Africa (MEA).
This chapter includes a detailed analysis of the growth of the North America conductive fibers market, along with a country-wise assessment that includes the U.S. and Canada. Readers can also find the pricing analysis, and market growth based on the reinforced material type and countries in North America.
This chapter provides the growth scenario of the conductive fibers market in Latin American countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of Latin America. Along with this, an assessment of the market across target segments has been provided.
Important growth prospects of the conductive fibers market based on its end users in several countries such as Germany, the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Russia, BENELUX, and the Rest of Europe are included in this chapter.
In this chapter, India and ASEAN countries are the prominent countries in the South Asia region that are the prime subjects of assessment to obtain growth prospects of the South Asia conductive fibers market. Readers can find detailed information about the growth parameters of the South Asia conductive fibers market during the forecast period of 2019-2029.
This chapter highlights the growth of the conductive fibers market in East Asia by focusing on China, Japan, and South Korea. This section also help readers understand the key factors that are responsible for the growth of the conductive fibers market in East Asia.
This chapter highlights the growth of the conductive fibers market in Oceania by focusing on Australia and New Zealand. This section also help readers understand the key factors that are responsible for the growth of the conductive fibers market in Oceania.
This chapter provides information about how the conductive fibers market will grow in major countries in the MEA region such as GCC Countries, South Africa, Turkey, and the Rest of MEA, during the forecast period of 2019-2029.
This section highlights the growth prospects of the conductive fibers market in emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil.
In this chapter, readers can find detailed information about the tier analysis and market concentration of key players in the conductive fibers market, along with their market presence analysis by region and product portfolio.
In this chapter, readers can find a comprehensive list of all the prominent stakeholders in the conductive fibers market, along with a detailed information about each company, which includes the company overview, revenue shares, strategic overview, and recent company developments. Some of the market players featured in the report are Toray Industries, Kuraray Co Ltd, NV Bekaert SA, Seiren Co Ltd., William Barnet & Son LLC, and Ascend Performance Materials LLC, among others.
This chapter includes a list of acronyms and assumptions that provides a base to the information and statistics included in the conductive fibers market report.
This chapter help readers understand the research methodology followed to obtain various conclusions as well as important qualitative and quantitative information about the conductive fibers market.
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