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Global Statistics Representing Architectural Fabrics Market Scenario

Against a backdrop of favorable conditions and noteworthy drivers, the architectural fabrics market is expected to witness twofold growth from a value of USD 12.3 billion to USD 23.12 billion between 2019 and 2026 with a staggering CAGR of 8.21%.

Architectural fabrics are structural fabrics or construction fabrics used to form tensile surfaces such as awnings & canopies, roofs, and other forms of shelter. Tensile fabric structures use struts and cables for support and bracing and possess specific attributes that enable them to provide solutions to difficult building problems that require innovative and flexible approaches. Architectural fabric designers offer an almost unlimited range of forms and shapes that can be achieved with reasonable design efficiencies. The prime driving factor for the market is the ability of architectural fabrics to create spectacular, inorganic, and curvilinear 3-dimensional shapes. Architectural fabrics used in textiles have a service life of 15 to 30 years, and even greater in some circumstances. Increasing construction, renovation, and refurbishment activities around the globe drive the growth of the global architectural fabrics market.

The tensile membrane structures of architectural fabrics offer several benefits such as high inherent strength, fire protection, extended service life, excellent translucency, acoustical properties, resistance to environmental attacks, and others. Additionally, an enormous range of spanning capability of fabrics further adds to the performance of these materials. Increasing disposable income, especially in developing economies, drives the demand for leisure and travel, which, in turn, is fueling the demand for architectural fabrics. For instance, tensile membrane fabrics are extensively used in the construction of recreational buildings for amusement. According to the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the travel and tourism industry is expected to contribute USD 423.7 billion to India’s GDP by 2026, up from USD 100 billion in 2017 with a CAGR of 6.66%.

Intended Audience

  • Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
  • Architectural Fabric Manufacturers and Suppliers
  • Raw Material Suppliers
  • Potential Investors
  • Market Research and Consultants

Market Insights

The global market for architectural fabrics can be segmented by type and application.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), and others are the key types of architectural fabrics considered in this study. The polyvinyl chloride (PVC) segment is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period, owing to PVC’s wide variability. PVC architectural fabrics exhibit exceptional characteristics such as extreme tear-resistance, high flexibility, and steady UV and weather resistance, and thus, they find extensive use in an array of applications.

The key applications of architectural fabrics can be classified into recreational, industrial, agricultural, environmental, and military & government. Among these, the industrial application segment is expected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period, owing to the increasing demand for architectural fabrics in manufacturing facilities. Industrial environments involve exposure to varying harsh circumstances; thus, these applications demand specialty textiles for dry and wet filtration clothing, welding curtains, partition walls, ventilation tubes, high tenacity yarns, and mining ducts.

Key Findings


Regional Insights

Geographically, the global architectural fabrics market is segmented into four key regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).

Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the global architectural fabrics market during the forecast period, owing to the region’s thriving building and construction industry and rehabilitation activities. Surging per capita expenditure, widespread availability of potential consumers, increasing investments by key players, and improving consumer lifestyle are among the prime factors driving market growth in the region.

The architectural fabrics market in North America is expected to witness prominent growth, with a CAGR of 3.9%, backed by technological advancements and industrialization. Aging infrastructure and growing focus on renovation activities as well as political and policy changes under the current U.S. government are driving the growth of the construction industry in the region.

Europe is expected to witness substantial market growth during the forecast period, owing to the increasing demand for modern and innovative construction materials. According to the European Builders Confederation (EBC), a non-profit professional organization, the construction sector contributes around 9% to the European Union’s GDP. Thus, it can be inferred that construction is an integral part of Europe’s economy. This factor is expected to boost the growth of the architectural fabric market in the region in the future.

The LAMEA region is witnessing sluggish market growth at present, but the region is expected to gain pace and observe considerable growth during the forecast period. Established oil & gas and mining industries, improvements in basic infrastructure, strengthening presence of market players, and rising adoption of lightweight structures are expected to collectively drive the growth of the architectural fabrics market in the coming years. The development of quarrying industries in Africa and construction companies in the Middle-East are also propelling market growth in the LAMEA region. 

Key Players

Some of the key players in the market are Taconic, Serge Ferrari S.p.A., Sioen Industries NV, Low & Bonar PLC, WEATHERPORT SHELTER SYSTEMS LLC, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A., Seaman Corporation, CENO Membrane Technology GmbH, CENO Membrane Technology GmbH,  and Sefar AG.

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Architectural Fabrics Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
  • Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)
  • Others

By Application

  • Industrial
  • Agricultural
  • Recreational
  • Military and Government
  • Environmental

By Region

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Mexico


  • Germany
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • Japan
  • India
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Rest of Latin America


  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • Kuwait
  • Rest of MEA

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