Most people today don’t think of textiles as technology, even though they are all woven, dyed, stitched, and synthesized with a specialized purpose in mind. Nanotechnology can change all that. From shirts that never get wet or dirty, to clothing that can create electricity from your movements, the possibilities of nanotech application are endless.
Our good friends at Cientifica, one of the top consulting firms for emerging technologies, just published a report detailing the applications and future of nanotech in textiles. The document is extensive, showing the scope of nanotechnology in this area. It includes medical, military, home improvement, and clothing applications, overview of textile manufacturing all over the world, types of nanotechnology used in textiles, and the issues each niche will face breaking into the marketplace. It also forecasts the market for these goods for the period between 2012 and 2022, highlighting the opportunities for companies.
Even a couple of fashion companies make a cameo in the report, such as Hugo Boss, Nike, and Louis Vuitton.
You can see an overview of the document here. It’s not free, but you can still get a glimpse of how detailed it is. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to break into the nanotech clothing business.