Textile Coatings to Advance Functionalization of Textile Substrates
Textile coating formulations based on polyurethane chemistry have expanded the avenue for functional textiles. They have been able to modify wide spectrum of properties of textiles for numerous end-use industries. Key applications are in geotextiles, footwear, upholstery, and medical hygiene. Advent of cost-effective technologies has helped advance functionalization of textile substrates. The potential of textile coatings in controlling the textile surface properties has paved way for new properties in textile, expanding the scope of applications in the textile coatings market.
Growing use of technical textile materials has made a direct impact on the prospects of the textile coatings market. Over the years, the techniques of applying coatings have also advanced considerably. Resultantly, such coatings have become more environmental friendly and sustainable. Continuous strides made by nanotechnology and microencapsulation in textiles are opening new markets for textile coatings. According to a recent projection in a recent report by Transparency Market Research, the global market is expected to reach worth of US$4,918.5 mn by the end of 2025.
Sizable Application in Protective Fabric Expand Scope
The market has received a big impetus from the substantial uptake of textile coatings in industrial clothing and upholstery fabric. Rise in demand for protective fabric is a key trend bolstering the applications. To a great deal, the momentum has come from growing implementation of regulations pertaining to fire safety. Sizable demands have come from the automotive industry. The use of textile coatings has not enabled the automakers to increase the aesthetics of interiors but also improve a range of performance parameters of the textile used. Growing demand for geotextiles has also catalyzed the growth of the textile coatings market.
A range of properties comprise elasticity, durability, soft-touch layers, water resistance, and breathability. Perhaps the most defining characteristics in the game is the effect of coating on breathability. Tellingly, the demands in the textile coatings market have thrived due to the rising application in making fabric for sports and leisure apparel.
Advances in Fabrication Technology based on Nanotech Expand Horizon
The demand for high-quality synthetic materials is a key trend bolstering new applications in the textile coatings market. Another key trend has been formulating textile coating compositions for UV-protection properties of fabric. New fabrication technologies such as atomic layer deposition have helped expand the applicability in UV-protective textiles.
Research on conductive textile coatings for applications in sports and work wear, healthcare, and for technical applications are opening new avenues in the textile coatings market. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have emerged as promising candidates and have been tested using different coating techniques on cotton woven and knitted fabrics. The use of CNT-based textile coatings helps manufacturers cater to the demand for electrically conductive textile materials with good performance akin to the usual fabric. Thus, the focus is to retain the comfort and ease of use for wearers.
Rapidly growing application of textile coatings in industrial clothing and upholstery fabric has helped catalyze the prospects in the Asia Pacific market. The regional market is projected to rise at prominent growth rate through 2025. The copious demands will give North America and Europe a stiff competition. Rise in use of sport wear and technical textiles of various properties has cemented the potential of Asia Pacific in the global textile coatings market.
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