Manufacturers of waterproof textiles are currently aiming at the creation of a light and thin waterproof material which offers insulation, are wind resistant and are waterproof.
While traditional waterproof textiles are composed of two layers and a third layer is put as a liner to improve resilience, the new approach is to create single-layered waterproof textile. This is because the inclusion of three layers makes the fabric heavy.
Manufacturers are now devising different techniques to make waterproof textiles light weight by making them single layered. This trend is expected to impact the future of the global waterproof textiles market. <br> </br> Waterproof textiles are used to manufacture garments that provide protection from wind and rain. Garments made from waterproof textiles also prevent the loss of body heat. In most cases, waterproof textiles are ventilated to provide an escape passage for sweat. They prevent the penetration or absorption of water and are also referred to as waterproof breathable textiles.
Waterproof textiles are widely used to manufacture outdoor equipment and sportswear. According to a report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR), the rising demand for high-performance and comfortable apparel such as sportswear is driving the global waterproof textiles market.
Another trend that would certainly capture the global waterproof textiles market in the future is the use of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles in the manufacturing of these textiles. Conceived as a initiative to fight environmental pollution owing to the high use of plastics, recycled PET bottles are used to produce polyester fiber which is then used to manufacture waterproof textiles.
The eco-friendly nature of these textiles will appeal to an expanding segment of the urban society that possesses an increased awareness about environmental conservation. This will propel the global waterproof textiles market.
North America currently leads the global waterproof textiles industry due to a high demand from Canada, Mexico and the US. The growth in the sportswear market is primarily responsible for the high demand for these textiles in North America. Europe is proving to be a lucrative market for waterproof textiles, with high demand from the U.K., Germany, and France. Similarly, the rising demand for waterproof textiles from India, China, and Japan is driving the market in Asia Pacific.
Leading players in the global waterproof textiles market include Columbia Sportswear, APT Fabrics, Clariant, Lowe Alpine, General Electric, Dow Corning, Huntsman Textiles Co. Ltd., Archroma, WL Gore & Associates, Inc. and Heartland Textiles Co. Ltd.