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James Hayward

James Hayward

Senior Technology Analyst


James Hayward is a Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, where he covers enabling technologies and markets for topics including wearable technology, e-textiles, haptics, sensors and user interfaces. As well as authoring reports on each topic, James works directly with IDTechEx’s clients in bespoke projects covering technology scouting, competitive analyses, benchmarking networking and strategy. This work has enabled James to interview, visit and profile hundreds of companies worldwide, as well as speaking at industry conferences on each topic. Prior to joining IDTechEx, James graduated with 1st class MSci in Chemistry from Imperial College London.

E-Textiles Value Chain to End Products

Electronic textiles (e-textile) have risen from the research labs into real commercial markets over the last 15 years. With investment pouring in from industry globally, key players are positioning themselves to make the most of this growing market. The result is a market with increasing diversity and significant uncertainty, with winners yet to emerge.

In the space of a few years, the number of players with interest and direct investment in e-textiles has grown significantly. There are many material suppliers developing new, bespoke conductive inks, polymers and textiles designed for use with textiles. Manufacturing giants in textiles and electronics alike are collaborating and cross-pollenating to improve efficiency in the developing value chain. Leading brands from sports apparel, consumer electronics, healthcare and more are laying the foundations for future products in this space. All is driven by an undercurrent of new technology, shared experience and increasing maturity as e-textiles move from small niches into larger markets.

In this presentation, IDTechEx will describe the current e-textiles landscape, spanning the entire value chain from materials through to end products. In total, IDTechEx have profiled the activities of over 110 companies and counting within this space. In this presentation, IDTechEx will describe the key trends that are driving this industry, provide case studies for the most interesting examples, and will present 10-year market forecasts describing varied growth across a series of key markets.



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