Non cotton fabrics comprise natural fabrics such as silk, linen, ramie, leather and wool as well as manmade or special fabrics such as industrial fabric, fiberglass fabric, filter fabric, carbon fabric, vinyl fabric, plain fabric, blended fabric, PTFE fabric, crewel fabric, stretch fabric, reflective fabric, quilted fabric, polyethylene fabric, narrow fabric, laminated fabric, flocked fabric and flame resistant fabric.
The global non-cotton market was valued at $30.2 billion in 2017. Asia Pacific was the largest geographic region accounting for $20.7 billion or 68.8% of the global market. China was the largest country accounting for $11.9 billion or 39.4% of the global non-cotton market.
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 made up of optical fibers, metals and conductive polymers and can interact with their environment and respond to a physical stimuli including those from mechanical, electrical, thermal and chemical sources. 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 .
The companies covered are Ralph Lauren Corporation, Raymond, The Timberland Company, Welspun USA Inc, and Shaw Industries.
The countries covered are USA, China, Germany, Brazil, Japan, UK, Spain, Russia, France, Australia, Italy, India and rest of the world.