The self-healing materials/coatings is at an early stage of market development, but n-tech already can identify the likely business structure that will emerge for this segment of the smart materials sector. We've identified eight specific ones as current and future leaders for this technology, arranged into two groups -- big multinationals and important startups -- and how they are leading the charge to bring self-healing technologies into commercial readiness.

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n-tech Research believes that self-cleaning materials likely will become one of the largest segments of the smart materials business, growing from around $250 million today to around $3.3 billion by 2020, and then doubling to $7.7 billion by 2022.

There may be 100-200 companies involved in this sector in some way. However, a select handful stand out by virtue of their size and market power, history in self-cleaning materials, and/or stated intentions in this space. We will continue to watch their progress -- jointly, perhaps -- in bringing leading-edge self-cleaning technologies into commercial use.

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The term “smart textiles” has been around for years, but has received new currency in an era that is examining the business opportunities that are emerging from smart materials and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Based on this new environment, there are two kinds of smart textiles that will generate significant revenues over the next decade

Smart textiles using smart materials:

Smart textiles using sensors and electronics:

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We believe that the meaning of “smart antimicrobial” is clear enough to devise a classification of these materials and an analysis of the opportunities for different kinds of smart antimicrobials.  We do this is below.  Here we profile the several classes of smart antimicrobials that are currently commercialized or in development, along with the opportunities that stem from them.

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Recent n-tech Research industry analysis suggests that in 2015 around $73 million will be spent on color-shifting exterior surfaces.  Color-shifting paints can be expensive and we have seen a high-quality paint job using a color shifting paint quoted $12,000.

We are also seeing a growing interest in color-shifting automotive surfaces; a trend that we think will take the market for color-shifting automotive exterior surfaces to over $475 million by 2020.  n-tech believes another $120 million in revenues from color-shifting automotive interiors is possible in the same timeframe

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Several powerful demand factors are driving the need for improved antimicrobials, and their seriousness means the number and type of surfaces that need to be protected are growing in number. As the result of these trends, n-tech believes that there will be important business opportunities for “smart antimicrobials,” harnessing the power of smart materials to combat microbial breakouts.

Understanding the evolution of these materials and their targeted end markets will help developers and suppliers identify and capitalize on the best revenue opportunities.

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