Last week, the first ever Smart Fabrics Summit was held in Washington, DC. Industry leaders and others gathered to discuss the emerging smart fabrics market and Nanocomp was there to participate in this inaugural event.
The summit was co-sponsored by the IFAI and the Department of Commerce with officials from the Federal Trade Commission, Dept. of Homeland Security and the Dept. of Defense’s Manufacturing Technology Program as speakers and panelists at the event, in addition to leaders in the advanced textiles industry. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker spoke to an engaged audience, noting that that the smart fabrics market was up 18% last year to about $1.9 billion worldwide with the U.S. claiming about 50% of that.
The chief commercial officer of Nanocomp, John Kaminsky, was in attendance at the summit. “The Smart Fabrics Summit was very valuable for Nanocomp Technologies,” Kaminsky said. “We found the government and industry presenters very insightful about the emerging technology space of smart fabrics.”
Nanocomp takes a concerted interest in smart fabrics and textiles. Their Miralon™ carbon nanotube-based advanced materials can be used for varied purposes in smart systems, such as serving as embedded antennae, power management, heating or as shielding.
“In addition to the strong presentation program, the networking and relationship development opportunities were excellent,“ noted Kaminsky. “One of the recurring themes of the summit was forming partnerships, such as Nanocomp has with AFFOA, and now through IFAI, which is crucial as we continue to develop products for this emerging market.”
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