Personal Protective Equipment Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2027

Personal Protective Equipment Market Research Report: Information By Product (Hands & Arm Protection, Respiratory Protection, Eye & Face Protection, Head Protection, Foot & Leg Protection, Protective Clothing, Others), By Industry (Construction, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Chemicals, Healthcare, Others) and By Hazard (Electrical, Fire, Biological, Chemical, Others) - Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/SEM/2538-CR | February 2020 | Region: Global | 136 pages

Market Overview


The valuation of the Personal Protective Equipment Market is expected to reach USD ~70 Billion by 2025, growing at 6% CAGR during the forecast period (2021–2027).


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is worn to minimize exposure to hazards occurring at workplaces causing serious injuries and illnesses due to the contact with chemicals, mechanical products, and radiological, physical, electrical rays. Personal protective equipment includes gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs/ muffs, hard hats, respirators, coveralls, vests, and full bodysuits.


PPEs are also commonly used in health care settings such as hospitals, clinics, and research labs, acting as a barrier between viral and bacterial contaminants and skin, mouth, nose, or eyes. PPE also protect patients at high risk for contracting infections through a surgical procedure or have a medical condition like immunodeficiency from being exposed to substances and infectious material brought in by visitors and healthcare workers. 


All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), especially intended for medical use, such as surgical masks, N95 respirators, medical gloves, and gowns, must follow the FDA's regulations and meet applicable voluntary consensus standards for protection. The regulatory standards and the FDA's requirements vary depending on the specific PPE type, providing reasonable assurance on the device's safety and effectiveness.


The FDA reviews medical PPEs for Premarket Notification or 510(k) clearance before being legally sold. Manufacturers have to prove that they meet specific criteria for performance, labeling, and intended use to demonstrate substantial equivalence in terms of the methods used to test conformance to standards and support each product with appropriate performance test data.


COVID-19 Analysis


The recent coronavirus pandemic has positively impacted the Personal Protective Equipment Market. COVID-19 has accelerated not only manufacturing capacities but also the number of manufacturing units. Although PPE companies had problems ranging from obtaining raw materials and delivering end products to attracting workers from quarantines, pandemic-related issues presented PPEs as the only alternative. 


Covid problems prompted the companies to consider automation technologies that can increase productivity and efficiency and localize more manufacturing for themselves and their customers. Resultantly, PPE industries across the globe are fostering their investments in R&D and production. Developed economies like the US and Germany are adopting automation to improve trades. 


Governments of all countries across the globe have also actively participated in PPE production movements. Not only did they provided funding support to increase production, but also took various initiatives to promote the proper use of PPEs. They encouraged businesses and people to buy personal protective equipment (PPE), offering them a substantial discount to control the epidemic.


Market Dynamics



  • Drivers & Opportunities


As far as industrial PPEs are concerned, rapid industrialization worldwide is a primary factor driving the growth of the Personal Protective Equipment Market. Besides, rising urbanization and population positively impacts the market growth. Spurring growth in the automotive industries and construction sectors led by the rapid economic growth drive the market's growth. Moreover, stringent industrial safety regulations and the rising adoption of industrial safety products foster the Personal Protective Equipment Market’s growth. 


Increasing product developments customized to meet specific requirements of OSHA's and ANSI fall protection standards drive the Personal Protective Equipment Market demand. Moreover, growing safety concerns across the industries escalate Personal Protective Equipment Market growth. Over the past decade, the Personal Protective Equipment Market has been continually witnessing several developments, including the adoption of industrial safety solutions in various verticals. Furthermore, the proliferation of Industry 4.0, the emergence of 5.0, and industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions favor the Personal Protective Equipment Market’s growth. 


For medical personal protective equipment or PPEs used in healthcare, the burgeoning healthcare sector is a major sales-driving force. Additionally, the recent coronavirus outbreak worldwide fosters market demand and sales, forcing Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Units to make specific recommendations for infection control measures in different circumstances and settings.


Restraints & Challenges



  • Price Volatility & the demand-supply gap in raw materials involved the PPE manufacturing is a major restraint.


The high cost of raw materials required for the manufacturing of personal protection equipment is hindering the market growth, impacting the production and consumption severely. Also, PPE disposal compliance norms challenge the growth of the Personal Protective Equipment Market. Effective use of PPE includes proper removal and disposing of contaminated PPE to prevent exposure to environmental contamination and risks of further spread of the infection.  


In an industrial setting, the employer is also required to pay attention to the safe design and construction of PPEs. Employers should ensure that all personal protective equipments are fitting properly and comfortably to workers, encouraging the use and maintenance of cleanliness and reliability. 


In engineering work practices and administrative controls, if the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can pose challenges to workers' safety. Employers are also required to train workers required to use personal protective equipments and implement PPE programs to guide workers, addressing the hazards and selection, maintenance, and use of PPE. Post the training of employees, it is also important to monitor and ensure the program's ongoing effectiveness.


Segment Overview


The Personal Protective Equipment Market is segmented based on product, industry, hazards, and regions. By product, the market is segmented into hands & arm protection, protective clothing, foot & leg protection equipment, eye & face protection, respiratory protection equipment, head protection, and others. Among these, the hands & arm protection segment holds the largest market share.


On the basis of industry, the Personal Protective Equipment Market is segmented into manufacturing, construction, chemicals, oil & gas, food, transportation, and others. Among these, the manufacturing segment accounts for the largest market share. The manufacturing industry requires PPEs to mitigate the risks associated with various industrial processes, such as cutting, grinding, welding, casting, and others. 


Based on hazards, the Personal Protective Equipment Market is segmented into electrical, chemical, fire, biological, and others. Among these, the chemical segment creates a substantial revenue pocket. Chemical hazards result in skin & eye irritation, organ damage, respiratory problems, fire & smoke-related injuries, and can even cause cancer. Hence, protecting workers against chemical hazards becomes of utmost priority of industries dealing with chemical components.


Personal Protective Equipment Market, By Product 



  • Hands & Arm Protection

  • Respiratory Protection

  • Eye & Face Protection

  • Head Protection

  • Foot & Leg Protection

  • Protective Clothing

  • Others


Personal Protective Equipment Market, By Industry



  • Construction

  • Oil & Gas

  • Manufacturing

  • Food & Beverage

  • Chemicals

  • Healthcare

  • Others


Personal Protective Equipment Market, By Hazard



  • Electrical

  • Fire

  • Biological

  • Chemical

  • Others


Personal Protective Equipment Market, By Region 



  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia Pacific

  • Rest of the World (RoW)


Personal Protective Equipment Market, Regional Analysis


 North America is estimated to continue dominating the global personal protective equipment market in the forecast period. The existing infrastructure and major industry players in this region provide enormous growth opportunities for the market. Major players operating in the regional market are closely working with the key safety industry standard-setting groups and trade associations to improve the productivity of PPE kits. 


Moreover, the presence of various regulatory agencies, such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and FDA (for medical PPE) influence the regional Personal Protective Equipment Market growth. The US, among other North American countries, dominates the regional market due to the large workforce and established industries in the country.


Europe holds the second-largest share in the global personal protective equipment market. The region has witnessed high growth in various industries recently, owing to the strict government regulations related to the design, and manufacture & marketing of personal protective equipment. 


Moreover, the high awareness regarding workers' safety among industrialists and government officials significantly increases the adoption of PPEs in end-use industries. Germany leads the PPE market in the region in terms of value & volume due to the new reforms regarding workers' safety and secure workplaces. Europe demonstrates ample opportunities for growth and development of the Personal Protective Equipment Market.


The Asia Pacific Personal Protective Equipment Market is expected to witness excellent growth in the future. Factors such as the growth in investments due to government initiatives for worker safety and security and rapid industrialization drive regional market growth. Furthermore, the burgeoning chemicals, food & beverages, automobiles, electronics, and other sectors are major factors expected to increase the demand for personal protection equipment in this region.


The Asia Pacific region is one of the key markets for cost-competitive raw material required for personal protection equipment production. Various international companies consistently import cost-effective raw materials and personal protection equipment from this region, which allows the regional market to flourish. Emerging economies, such as India and China, witness the increasing demand for personal protective equipments. 


Increasing the export of personal protection equipment in the global market is expected to contribute to the growth of the regional market during the anticipated period. Additionally, the large workforce across manufacturing facilities and leading manufacturers from the automotive, chemical, and electronics sectors are expected to increase the market demand in the region. 


China is one of the major producers and leading exporters of PPEs and their raw materials across the globe. China has signed free trade agreements to enable the smooth functioning of trading activities with many countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Chile, Iceland, Switzerland, Peru, Macao, Pakistan, and Taiwan.


Major personal protection equipment companies in the Asia Pacific region primarily aim to increase their production capabilities to enhance exports worldwide. Therefore, the massive production in the region is expected to influence the market's growth, impacting the consumption of PPE in the domestic market and exports in the international market during the forecast period.


Competitive Landscape


Highly competitive, the Personal Protective Equipment Market appears fragmented due to the presence of several well-established players. To gain a larger competitive share, mergers & acquisitions, collaboration, brand reinforcement, and innovation remain key trends of industry players. Players make a substantial investment in research and development of innovative technologies and to upgrade their product portfolio.


List of Key Companies Covered in this Report



  • Honeywell International Inc. (US)

  • ANSELL LTD (Australia)

  • 3M (US)

  • Alpha Pro Tech (Canada)

  • Delta Plus Group (France)

  • Metric AG & Co. KG. (Germany)

  • MSA (US)

  • Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (KCWW) (US)

  • Lakeland Inc. (US)

  • DuPont (US)

  • Radians Inc. (US)

  • Sioen Industries NV (Belgium)


Recent Developments


01, 2020 ---- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) along with the Department of Immigration, General Department of Public Security, and the Ministry of Public Security (MoPS), announced that they have recently handed over PPE to frontline border officials at Wattay International Airport and Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I to better protect travelers, frontline officials, migrants, and ensure safe and effective migration and border management during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   USD 70 billion
  CAGR    6%
  Base Year   2019
  Forecast Period   2020-2027
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Product, Industry, Hazard
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   Honeywell International Inc. (US), ANSELL LTD (Australia), 3M (US), Alpha Pro Tech (Canada), Delta Plus Group (France), Metric AG & Co. KG. (Germany), MSA (US), Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. (KCWW) (US), Lakeland Inc. (US), DuPont (US), Radians Inc. (US), Sioen Industries NV (Belgium)
  Key Market Opportunities   The PPE market has been continually witnessing several developments, including the adoption of industrial safety solutions in various verticals.
  Key Market Drivers

  • Rapid industrialization worldwide.
  • Spurring growth in the automotive industries and construction sectors led by the rapid economic growth.


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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


    global personal protective equipment market is expected to grow at 6.32% CAGR from 2019 to 2027.

    Focus on safety of industrial and healthcare workers is the major driver of the global personal protective equipment market.

    Hand and arm protection can hold a large market share owing to its use in protecting the skin against burns and other injuries.

    The manufacturing industry can command a huge share of the market.

    North America can dominate the market till 2027.

    Metric AG & Co. KG., ANSELL LTD, MSA, Alpha Pro Tech, 3M, Lakeland Inc., Delta Plus Group, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. (KCWW), Honeywell International Inc., Radians, Inc., DuPont, and Sioen Industries NV are key players of the global personal protective equipment market.