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'Electronic fabrics' combine the advantages of two worlds – the flexible shape of fabrics and the functional flexibility of electronics.

These fabrics not only satisfy a single purpose, e.g. filtration, but can also, for instance, be made to measure temperature and flow or to generate heat. The PowerMatrix fabrics often consist of a PET fabric as a basis with woven-in electrically conductive filaments. The filaments may be pure copper wires, steel wires, twisted yarn or conductively plated yarn as well – with and without insulation.

This type of fabric is also known as ‘electronic fabric’ (e-fabric, e-textile) or ‘smart fabrics’, ‘smart textiles’.