NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
The fabrics manufacturing market comprises all establishments engaged in producing fabrics, mostly through processes such as weaving and knitting. A fabric is a cloth formed by weaving, knitting, tufting or bonding together. Fabric Mills include broad woven fabric mills, narrow fabric mills, non-woven fabric mills and knit fabric mills. They are engaged in weaving fabrics, felts and narrow fabrics and they also further finish and fabricate fabric products.
Asia was the largest region in the fabrics manufacturing market in 2016, accounting for 73% market share. This can be attributed to high demand from apparel manufacturing facilities in the region, which use fabrics as raw materials. Europe was the second largest region accounting for 12% market share. The Americas was the third largest region accounting for 10% market share.
The demand for smart fabrics is increasing rapidly. This is mainly driven by the growing use of smart fabrics in various sectors including fashion, entertainment, medical, transportation, sports and fitness, and military. Smart fabrics are textiles that can interact with their environment and respond to a physical stimuli including those from mechanical, electrical, thermal and chemical sources. Sensors, actuators and fabrics are the major components of smart fabrics. The materials used in smart fabrics include optical fibers, metals and conductive polymers. An example of smart fabrics is D-Shirt offered by French company Cityzen Sciences, which comes with a wide range of functions to record heart rate, GPS location, route, altitude and speed
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