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Global Smart Clothing Market Research Report - Segmentation by Textile Type (Active Smart, Passive Smart, Ultra-Smart), by Product Type (Upper wear, Lower wear, Inner wear, and others), by end-user industry (Military & Defense, Sports & Fitness, Fashion & Entertainment, Healthcare) – Demand Analysis and Opportunity Outlook 2027

Published: March, 2022
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Pages: 150
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Global Smart Clothing Market Size (2022 - 2027)

The Global Smart Clothing Market was worth US$ 1.63 billion in 2021, and it is estimated to reach a valuation of US$ 6.4 billion by the end of 2027, expanding at an annual growth rate of 25.7% between 2022 and 2027.

Smart Clothing or e-textiles are fabrics that are embedded with ultrathin, flexible and transparent sensors, actuators, mobile connectivity and nanogenerators for providing power to them. Some smart clothes made from advanced textiles with interwoven circuitry, while others implement sensors and additional hardware to give it its smart functionality.

The combination of these components gives new functionality to smart clothing which helps in improving their performance and usefulness for the wearer. Smart clothing monitors the wearer’s physical movement. For instance, smart shirts and body suits offers biometric data such as pulse rate, temperature, muscle stretch, heat rhythm and physical movement and this data are transmitted via Bluetooth to an associated app in real time.

Researchers are making use of different materials such as nonmaterial, polymers, dielectric elastomers and composites for smart clothing. These kinds of textile materials are tailored to specific application depending on their different characteristics and behavior upon different stimuli. Some smart clothes made from advanced textiles with interwoven circuitry, while others implement sensors and additional hardware to give it its smart functionality. The smart clothing includes smart socks, smart shoes, smart work clothes, smart sleepwear, smart activewear, smart casual wear etc. These smart clothing are now widely adopted in Military & Defense, Sports & Fitness, Fashion & Entertainment, Healthcare sector. Therefore, fashion with health benefits is fueling the demand of smart clothing in market during the forecast period.

Market Drivers:

The driving force of the Smart Clothing Market is its wide range of benefits in healthcare, sports and fitness, military and defense segment. As theses clothing helps in monitoring pulse rate, breath rate, temperature, sweat, dehydration of the wearer. The rising demand of smart clothing in sport and fitness segment is fueling the growth of the market. People are concerning about health and fitness therefore prefer to buy smart clothing such as smart shirts, shoe, eye wearable etc. in order to track pulse rate, breathing rate etc. These wearable’s or smart clothing is also gaining traction in healthcare sector in order to monitor bio potentials, breathing movement, cardiac sounds, sweat, dehydration, electrolytes, stress indicators etc. The increasing investment of sports association is fueling the demand of smart clothing.

The increasing research and development of sensor embedded textile fibre or circuitry woven textile is fueling the demand of smart clothing into the market. They are providing fashion with technology. The one of the biggest factors that play a part in the emerging electronic textile s industry is the advancement of nanotechnology due to which intrinsic nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, grapheme, or non-wires into the textile to get smart clothing which further driving the growth of the smart clothing in the market.

These smart clothes respond to stimuli or environment. Therefore, the demand of e-textiles or smart clothing is high in defense and military sector also these clothes are highly applicable for fire brigade as these clothes provides safety due to in-built sensors. It also detects external chemical detection such as toxic gases; vapors etc thus alert wearer about the environment. Moreover, government are supporting military and defense sector to adopt such type smart clothing for safety which is fueling the growth of the market in near future.

Market Restraints:

High cost along with lack of awareness among people about benefits of smart clothing is restricting the growth of the market




Market Size Available

2021 – 2027

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 - 2027



Segments Covered

By Textile Type, Product Type, and Region.

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

AiQ Smart Clothing (Taiwan),Athos (US),Carre Technologies (Canada),Sensoria (US),Clothing Plus (Finland),Cityzen Sciences (France),Vulpes Electronics (Japan),DuPont (US),Wearable X (US),Applycon (Czech Republic) and Others.


Market Segmentation:

Global Smart Clothing Market - By Textile Type:

  • Active Smart
  • Passive Smart
  • Ultra-Smart

Based on textile type, the Global Smart Clothing Market is segmented into Active Smart, Passive Smart and Ultra-Smart. Active smart textile holds the largest share of the smart clothing. This kind of smart textile clothing has the ability to sense and react to the stimuli, due to this property it helps in most of the applications of the end-user industries. For example: phase-change materials are used for heat storage and transfer, due to which the outfits made from this material, is used in sport, firefighting, defense etc. Textile products become more comfortable when a textile material can react to the environment. Owing to above factors, the market for active smart textile is growing rapidly and creates opportunities for smart clothing market growth in coming years.

Global Smart Clothing Market - By Product Type:

  • Upper wear
  • Lower wear
  • Inner wear
  • Others
  • Socks
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  •  Hats

Based on product type, the Global Smart Clothing Market is segmented into Upper wear, Lower wear, Inner wear, and others. The upper wear segment is expected to dominate the market due to increasing demand of upper wear such as smart shirts, jackets; vests in various end user industries. A smart shirt can provide biometric data such as heart rate, breathing rate and muscle activity etc, which are utilized to optimize performance and planned workouts. With the help of smart clothing, data get captured in real time and sent to the associated app that provide insights to the range of sporty metrics which includes intensity & recovery, calories burned, fatigue level and sleep quality, temperature etc. Owing to the above reasons, the demand of upper wear is rising in industries which will fuel the growth of the market in coming years.

Global Smart Clothing Market - By End-users:

  • Military & Defense
  • Sports & Fitness
  • Fashion & Entertainment
  • Healthcare

Based on end-users, the Global Smart Clothing Market is segmented into Military & Defense, Sports & Fitness, Fashion & Entertainment, and Healthcare. The demand of smart clothing is increasing in Sport and fitness industry. The sensor embedded clothing line and innerwear’s are already in the market that is highly adopted by sport and fitness industry. The increasing demand of sports bra that records running distance, breathing rate and heart rates along with heated under wears is fueling the demand of the sensor based smart clothing in sport industry that in turn boosts the market growth in forecast period.

Regional Analysis:

The Global Smart Clothing Market has been categorized in four regions:

  • North America
  •  Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • RoW (Rest of the World). 

North America holds the largest share of smart clothing market due to sophiscate lifestyle of people in this region and the growing demand of smart sports and fitness wear for monitoring heart beats; breath rate etc is fueling the demand of the smart clothing. Fitness concerned population in this region is demanding body monitoring technology so major players are bringing new innovations regarding this. Also the presence of various players in this region is propelling the growth of the market. One of the researcher in U.S have developed conductive nanotube fibers that when woven into clothing, helps in monitoring the heart rate of the wearer.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region in global e-textiles and smart clothing market. China is the largest producer and exporter of the textile and alone holds around 45% of global textile production. India, South Korea and Vietnam are also major producer and exporter of textiles in this region. Due to rising awareness of smart technology and advance product to improve lifestyle and health are boosting the growth of market in this region. Moreover, growing medical and healthcare concern in India and China, the market of smart clothing is increasing as a result of excessive population and industrial needs.

Europe is also major exporter of textile and also hold major share in global textile export market along with technological advanced clothing. Europe market is also led by escalating use of smart fabrics in defense as well as fitness sector and health care sector is fueling the demand of smart clothing in this region during the forecast period.

Leading Company:

Anritsu Corporation had the largest share of the world’s smart clothing market in terms of sales revenue in 2018.

Covid-19 Impact on Global Smart Clothing Market: 

The Global Smart Clothing Market has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.  Due to pandemic, lock down and travel restricts led to disruption of raw material supply chain due to which clothing production process has affected. Moreover, the fear of disease and social distancing protocol caused fewer workforces in manufacturing as well as transport and logistics which has affected production till supply of smart clothing which in turn adversely impacted the smart clothing market. Furthermore, pandemic has led to decline the demand of smart clothing in sports in fitness during that time which has caused a huge loss to the industry. However, the demand of smart clothing has increased in healthcare sector. And now COVId-19 situation seems to be under control, sports, athletes, gym, building and construction etc activities has started again, therefore it is expected that the demand for smart clothing will go up in near future.

Key Players:

Some of the leading companies operating in the Global Smart Clothing Market are 

  1. AiQ Smart Clothing (Taiwan)
  2. Athos (US)
  3. Carre Technologies (Canada)
  4. Sensoria (US)
  5. Clothing Plus (Finland)
  6. Cityzen Sciences (France)
  7. Vulpes Electronics (Japan)
  8. DuPont (US)
  9. Wearable X (US)
  10. Applycon (Czech Republic)

Recent Developments:

In January 2022, Mojo vision has announces its partnership with leading sports and fitness brands in order to collaborate on next-generation user experiences that integrate augmented reality, wearable technology and personal performance data. This partnership will bring unique ways to improve access to data and enhance athlete’s performance during sporting activities.

In January 2022, is the world’s largest cloud solution for rapid fabric digitalization at scale firm that has announced that it will going to reveal the world’s first FPGA-based MPSoC (multiprocessor system on a chip) for textile industrial on December 2022. This fabric Meta Chip is collaboration between and E-elements.

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1. What is the size of the smart clothing market?

The smart clothing market size was estimated at USD$ 1.63 billion in 2021 and estimated to reach USD$ 2.05 billion in 2022

2. What is the smart clothing growth?

The smart clothing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25.7% from 2022 and 2027 to reach USD$ 6.4 billion in 2027

3. What are the factors that drive the growth of smart clothing in U.S?

Increasing invest by various sports associations to minimize the possibility of any preventable injuries to highly paid professional athletes is fueling the smart clothing market growth in U.S

4. Which segment is expected to grow at highest growth rate?

The upper wear and particularly smart shirt is going to fuel the market growth during the forecast period between 2022 and 2027.

5. What is the major development in smart clothing?

The integration of nanotechnology made smart clothing useful to different sectors. The development of e-textiles by using nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene or metallic non-wires etc are fueling the demand of smart clothing for various applications.

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