According to a recent market study published by Growth Market Reports, titled, “Global Functional Textile Market by Garments, by Fibers, by Function, by Application, and by Region: Size, Share, Trends and Opportunity Analysis, 2015-2030”, the market was valued at US$ 1,30,162.5 Million in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a growth rate 7.7 % by the year 2030.

Functional textiles sever many purposes besides covering the skin. They are specially manufactured fabrics with added properties, making them smart, protective, customizable, and flexible. These textiles can be controlled or adjusted as per the requirements of the end user. A single piece of functional textile can have more than one functional property, enabling it to serve multiple purposes. Features of these functional clothing are added to the textile materials depending on their functionality requirements during the various stages of manufacturing. These stages include fiber, yarn fabric, and garment. The key focus during the production of functional clothing is on the integration of functional features rather than making them esthetically pleasing.

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Production of functional textiles involves following careful steps; therefore, it is a challenging task. The selection of textile material, design, and manufacturing methods requires the utmost attention and sophistication. Chemical agents are the key functional materials utilized for adding functional properties to textiles. Functional textile preparation is divided into two key categories. The first one includes the initial preparation of functional fibers and then weaving them into the textile design. The second preparation method involves modifying ordinary textile materials with functional groups.

Polyesters and viscose fibers are the most commonly utilized fibers in the making of functional textiles. Polyester fiber and fabric are known for their strength, lightweight, and durability properties. Polyester fabrics are highly resistant to a range of wear and tear, abrasion, wrinkles, and dirt. Viscose fibers, also known as rayon, are sourced from wood pulp and cotton lint. These fibers are sustainable and abundant, which makes them one of the most favored textile materials.

The textiles made of viscose fiber are soft and comfortable. Viscose textiles absorb moisture and are resistant to abrasion and organic solvents. They are commonly used to make functional textiles for sportswear and outdoor uses. The commonly engineered properties of functional textiles are ultraviolet (UV) radiation protection, antibacterial activity, fluorescent whitening agents, temperature and humidity control, resistance to microbial activity, water repellence, self-cleaning, and flame-retardant properties, among others. Functional textiles are employed for various purposes.

They are used as a personal protective measure against different factors, for maintaining hygiene, improving leisure and sports activities, and for carrying out physical tasks in an uncommon atmosphere. The demand for functional textiles for personnel protection in industries such as defense, healthcare, & chemicals is due to their superior features. Also, the demand for functional textiles is growing rapidly due to increasing demand from various end-use industries such as healthcare, sports, and fitness, automotive, military, defense, and others. Some of the end-users in functional textiles include Healthcare, Sportwear, and Automotive. While the high production cost of functional textiles is one of the main restraints of the functional textile market. This textile is relatively more expensive than the other textiles, as the fabrics used in their production change in accordance with their application.

Fluctuating raw material prices of functional textiles is another restraint of the global market. Polyester is a synthetic fabric that is usually derived from petroleum and the continuous change in the demand and supply of crude oil leads to a flux of raw materials prices.

Key Takeaways from the Study:

  • Key players operating in the market DYNTEX, Fone Tai Enterprise Co., Ltd, Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Singtex Industrial Co. Ltd, Toung Loong Textile Mfg. Co., Ltd, Trevira GmbH, Tiong Liong Industrial Co. Ltd, U-Long High-Tech Textile Co., Ltd.
  • Based on garments, the global functional textiles market is segmented into activewear, performance wear, ready-to-wear, and seamless wear. The activewear segment is expected to grow at a substantial growth rate. There has been a growing interest in sports and fitness activities worldwide, leading to an increase in demand for activewear. Moreover, a growing awareness about the health benefits of exercise and the popularity of sports such as running, yoga, and cycling, among others. The ready-to-wear segment is boosting due to consumer preferences changing rapidly, and there is a growing demand for comfortable & functional clothing. Functional textiles with moisture-wicking, breathability, and stretchability features are increasingly popular among consumers who value comfort and performance.
  • Based on fibers, the global functional textiles market is segmented into polyester and viscose. The polyester segment is projected to expand. Polyester fiber is a synthetic fiber made from petroleum, and it is used extensively in the textile industry due to its versatility and cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, it is widely available and can be produced in large quantities, making them a popular choice for mass-produced textiles. The viscose segment is growing at a substantial rate. Viscose fiber is a type of regenerated cellulose fiber made from wood pulp, and it is widely used in the textile industry due to its softness, durability, and versatility. The use of nanotechnology has led to the development of viscose fabrics with advanced properties such as UV protection and antimicrobial properties.
  • Based on functions, the global functional textiles market is segmented into anti-microbial & anti-bacterial, flame retardant, temperature regulation, durable press/wrinkle resistance, repellent & release, and others. Temperature regulation is anticipated to boost owing to consumers increasingly looking for comfortable clothing that can regulate their body temperature and keep them comfortable in different weather conditions. This has led to an increase in demand for temperature-regulating functional textiles. The wrinkle-resistance segment is growing due to consumers increasingly looking for clothing that is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance. Wrinkle-resistant textiles provide a convenient solution, as they can be straight from the dryer without the need for ironing.
  • Based on application, the global functional textiles market is segmented into geotextiles, personal protection, hygiene, medical, military/war, and sports & leisure. The sports & leisure segment is expected to propel due to the growing popularity of sports and outdoor activities have led to an increase in demand for functional textiles that can provide comfort, protection, and performance-enhancing benefits. The personal protection segment is growing owing to governments & organizations worldwide increasingly implementing safety regulations that require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in various industries such as construction, healthcare, and manufacturing. This has led to an increase in demand for functional textiles.
  • Based on region, the global functional textiles market is categorized as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific is anticipated to dominate the market during the projection period due to the growing textile and apparel industry in the region. The demand for smart and protective clothing is rising across the end-user industries of the region, which is likely to create opportunities in the market region. The integration of advanced technology and sensors in functional textiles is expected to further support the market in the region. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Factors such as the abundant availability of raw materials and the availability of cheap and skilled labor are likely to drive the market in the region. The high usage of functional textiles is driven by rising industrialization in emerging economies of the region such as China, India, Japan, and Bangladesh.

Report Scope:

Report Metric


Market Value in 2021

US$ 1,30,162.5 Million

Market Growth Rate (from 2022 to 2030)


Historical Data

2015 to 2020

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 - 2030

Units Considered

Value (US$ Million)

Market Segments

by garments, by fibers, by function, by application

Key Companies Profiled

DYNTEX, Fone Tai Enterprise Co., Ltd, Kelheim Fibres GmbH, Singtex Industrial Co. Ltd, Toung Loong Textile Mfg. Co., Ltd, Trevira GmbH, Tiong Liong Industrial Co. Ltd, U-Long High-Tech Textile Co., Ltd.

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Target Audience:

  • Supply-side: Fibres, Coating and Finishes, Chemicals, Electronic and Sensors, Others
  • Demand Side: Medical Industry, Defense/Military Industry, Construction Industry, Residential Industry