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CONTACT! ....thoughts from the Director

  • Is solid or twisted wire too heavy for your needs; is it too fragile and breaks down after repeated bends?

  • Or maybe you can't reach optimum electrical or mechanical performance with your current wire choice?

  • Are you sacrificing attributes and making expensive tradeoffs?

Now is the time to investigate metal-clad or conductive yarns and fibers and see why they are rapidly becoming the smart choice for engineers and designers in a variety of areas: such as aircraft, space, smart clothing, EMI* shielding, and much, much more.

 

 

 


EMI* braid:
* ElectroMagnetic Interference

 

This continues to be an ever more exciting time for conductive fibers.  In addition to a constant stream of new discoveries, techniques and base materials, there are a plethora of smart fabrics and products on the market, and all buttressed by an increasing number of trade shows and events--all opportunities for professionals to interact.  LinkedIn, the venerable and premier business contact website, also offers Groups in the areas of wearable electronics and smart fabrics.

How BIG is this market?  A year ago we attended US Department of Commerce Smart Textile Conference.  Notable results included a report by Jeff Rasmussen | Market Research Manager, IFAI | who estimates the market for smart fabrics in 2016 is estimated to be US$ 2.25 Billion.  Contact us for a copy of the report.   A Markets and Markets 2017 report states  that "The conductive textile was valued at US$ 1.02 billion in 2016 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 15.6% from 2016 to 2021."  And these numbers only represent the smart fabrics portion of the conductive fiber/film market, not the portion for conductive wires used for aircraft and space shielding!

We just attended the IFAI exhibit in New Orleans.  My overall observation is that smart fabrics are maturing, no longer flash-in-the-pan.  There are fewer "gee-whiz" dreamers, but are more serious products.  But the big breakthrough is yet to happen, because the conductive fibers, sensors, materials are not yet optimally integrated.  It's coming..and an exciting time to be on the ground floor.  Meanwhile the basic electronic  (non-textile) industry is more attuned to conductive fibers than ever.


E-textile or smart textile

 

This web site is brought to you by member conductive yarn and fiber manufactures, researchers, industry vendors, and others in order to increase the awareness of, knowledge about, and utilization of conducitve fibers. We want to eliminate tradeoffs and help you optimize your conductivity choices.

 


Carbon nanotube ªTopBits.com

 

"The trend in (high pefromance wiring) continues to be SWaP--reduced size, weight, and power," says J.C. Ramirez at ADL Embedded Solutions in San Diego.  And SWaP is the keyword, and the basis of our industry--conductive fibers reduce weight, increase strength and flexibility."   BUT, today, for the smart fabrics industry, we want to add two more key words: Comfort and Functionality.

Feel free to contact us with questions, or tell us how this website can better serve your needs.

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