Where Fashion and Technology Meet

Woman running in athletic gear with smart textiles.

According to a 2017 article by Allied Market Research, the global smart textile market size is expected to reach $5,369 million by 2022 from $943 million in 2015 at a CAGR of 28.4 percent from 2016 to 2022. From intelligent T-shirts that monitor vital signs to socks that track running technique and jackets that generate heat, smart clothing is expected to be the next big phase of the wearable electronics boom.

With the anticipated growth comes big opportunities for manufacturers as well as large challenges to overcome as two very distinct product categories come together. Textiles are generally lightweight, breathable and comfortable. They drape, stretch when worn, and can be washed. Electronic components, on the other hand, cannot, and integrating the two in a finished product that does not sacrifice wearability or functionality requires deep knowledge across a variety of disciplines.

Fortunately, H.B. Fuller knows all about bringing fashion and technology together, having spent decades perfecting applications expertise in markets such as nonwovens, electronics and assembly materials. As the global partner of choice, we are uniquely suited to help manufacturers worldwide successfully take advantage of the smart textile movement.

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