Nov 23, 2015: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE INDUSTRIAL
FABRICS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL TO HOST FIRST-EVER SMART FABRICS SUMMIT
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it will
partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)
to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit on April 4, 2016 in
Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and
private sector leaders in technology, apparel, and textiles to
highlight recent developments in the smart fabrics industry, identify
opportunities for collaboration, and discuss key industry challenges.
Recent advances in technology have brought together the apparel,
technology, and textile industries to develop new capabilities in
fabrics with the potential to change how athletes, patients,
soldiers, first responders, and everyday consumers interact with
their clothes and other textile products. Known as 'smart fabrics',
these new high-tech products have the capability to interact with
their user or environment, including tracking and communicating data
about their wearer or environment to other devices through embedded
sensors and conductive yarns. The applications for this new
technology are broad, with most smart fabric product development seen
in the fields of defense, fitness, health, and public safety.
In the upcoming years, the smart fabrics industry will continue to
make technological advances and expand into new, untapped markets.
The world market for smart clothing is projected to grow from a base
of $17.2 million in 2013 to approximately $600 million by 2020,
according to research firm Tractica
As "America's Innovation Agency", the Department of
Commerce plays a unique role in facilitating greater collaboration
between the public and private sector leaders to spur new
advancements in the industry and encourage the creation of
manufacturing jobs in the U.S. The Smart Fabrics Summit is an
opportunity to discuss critical topics impacting the Smart Fabrics
industry including research and development funding, intellectual
property rights, standards, classification, and health regulations.
The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is the
leading trade organization representing the advanced textiles
industry. Founded in 1912, IFAI represents over 1500 member companies
including manufacturers and suppliers of smart fabrics, shade fabrics
and other specialty textiles.
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