The waterproof breathable textiles market is estimated to expand at a high CAGR during the forecast period, between 2021 and 2028. Rising application of waterproof breathable textiles in the sports apparel manufacturing industry due to its lightweight and durability is expected to drive market growth.
Waterproof breathable textiles are employed in the production of weather-proof garments, which thwart the passage of heat and water from the fabric. Unlike water-repellent fabrics that simply postpone the penetration of water, these textiles prevent absorption and penetration of water. The textile allows the water vapor (perspiration) to flow out, thus keeping the body cool.
Market Trends, Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities:
• Increasing awareness regarding fitness and growing popularity of outdoor sports are expected to drive the global waterproof breathable textiles market.
• Growing demand for waterproof breathable textiles due to features such as airborne pollutants protection and UV radiation protection is driving growth of the market.
• Growing orientation toward stylish and comfortable wear is propelling the market, as these textiles enhance comfort level by removing build-up of moisture in the fabric, and their use in producing such clothing is increasing, thereby fuelling the growth of the market.
• Technological advancements have given leeway to incorporate smart fabric in textiles, which provides features such as weather control and temperature equalization. The technology provides superior thermal insulation and protection against rain & wind and stops leakage during liquid phase, which in turn, is likely to restrain the market.
• Developments in silica and plasma-based technology poses as opportunities for the market.
Market Segment Insights:
Expanded PTFE segment held the largest market share
Based on raw materials, the global waterproof breathable textiles market can be segmented into polyurethane, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), expanded PTFE, polyester microfilament yarns, fluoropolymers, and others. The expanded PTFE segment held a large share of the market due to its superior resistant properties and high usage in the clothing and footwear industry. Furthermore, this segment is expected to grow at a significant pace during the forecast period due to increasing application in high performance protective wear & winterwear, growing demand for winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing.
Membrane segment to account for a large market share
In terms of textiles, the market can be segregated into membrane, coated, and densely woven. The membrane segment is expected to account for a large share of the market during the forecast period due to factors such as high efficiency, when it comes to maintaining optimum body temperature, and high availability of raw materials in Asia Pacific.
Sports goods segment to hold a significant share
On the basis of applications, the market can be divided into general clothing & accessories, sports goods, protective clothing and others. The sports goods segment dominated the market and this trend is anticipated to continue during the forecast period due to rising awareness among consumers regarding benefits of fitness activities and outdoor sports.
Asia Pacific dominates the market
In terms of regions, the global waterproof breathable textiles market can be classified as Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific dominated the market owing to the presence of a huge population and rising disposable income coupled. Additionally, rapidly rising popularity of sporting activities such as mountaineering, hiking, and trekking has encouraged producers to develop and provide high quality footwear and clothing products. Rapid industrialization and easy availability of raw materials are anticipated to drive the growth of the market in the Asia Pacific.
Some of the prominent players in the glboal waterproof breathable textiles market are TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC., Clariant, HYOSUNG, Megaprima Taiwan International Co., Ltd, Suzhou Jingang Textile Co., Ltd, Tanatex Chemicals B.V, schoeller Switzerland, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Carrington Textiles Ltd, Wujiang Sunfeng Textile Co., Ltd, Spring Home Textile, Mountain Hardwear, Henderson Textiles, GTUT (Taiwan Dyeing & Fabric Co., Ltd.), and Polartec, LLC.
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