As per the research reports by MRFR, the global market for protective clothing is anticipated to attain a valuation of USD 16.47 billion by the end of 2028. Furthermore, the report predicts the market to thrive at a healthy CAGR of over 9.51% during the review era.
Protective clothing refers to any clothing particularly designed, tailored, or treated to offer protection from hazards caused due to a dangerous work environment or extreme environmental conditions. In addition, protective clothing is highly efficient in protecting the human body from several external threats, including knives, fire, chemical & biological agents, and bullets. General industrial hazards can include ergonomic hazards due to frequent or intense physical strain, chemical exposure to the body, and other physical dangers, such as heavy moving parts or heat. The global market for protective clothing has registered enormous growth in the last few years. The market's growth is mainly credited to the stringent implementation of several fires and industrial safety norms globally. Furthermore, factors such as the growing incidences of wildfire and the growing focus on reducing workplace fatalities across the globe are also likely to boost the market's growth over the assessment period.
Covid Impact Analysis
The outbreak of the CoVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the global demand and supply of protective clothing articles. Major end-use industry sectors such as automobiles and oil & gas have scaled back their production capacities and future expansion plans citing the drastic fall in demand. For instance, in May 2020, Nissan Motor announced its decision to close down one of its two assembly lines located in the US. Such survival strategies adopted by these companies are expected to hamper the demand for protective clothing in the nearby period.
The major manufacturers of protective fabrics, including Miliken & Company, TenCate Protective Fabrics, and DuPont, have established their production bases in North America and Europe. However, disruption of global shipping networks and the implementation of strict lockdown strategies across these regions have led to an acute shortage of key raw materials. This supply squeeze led to a short-term rise in raw material prices. However, the normalization of supply chain networks and reopening production facilities have restored the supply of key fibers and fabrics in the market.
Supply Chain Analysis
Woven fabrics, non-woven fabrics, aramid & meta-aramid fibers, and flame retardant treatments are some of the key raw materials used in the production of protective clothing. The woven and non-woven fabrics made from natural & synthetic fibers are primarily used to produce protective fabrics. Dupont, Lenzing, and Kermel are some of the key manufacturers of flame-resistant protective fibers.
Protective clothing articles are required to undergo rigorous quality control tests to ensure their optimum performance under challenging conditions. These clothes are also required to provide a high level of comfort and protection to the person wearing them. As a result, protective clothing is generally made using high-quality breathable, chemical, and flame-resistant fabric materials. Thekey manufacturers of protective clothing products are Ansell, Honeywell International, Lakeland, Bulwark Protection, Alsico, and Lion Group, among others. These companies largely use high-quality protective fabrics made by leading companies, including DuPont, Miliken& Company, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., and Klopman.
Workwear rental firms play a key role in the protective clothing distribution channel. These maintain an exhaustive inventory of workwear and protective clothing products and rent them out in line with the requirements of the end-use industries. This mode is highly beneficial for small utilities maintenance companies that may find it economical to rent than own and maintain expensive protective clothing articles. Cintas Corporation, UniFirst, and Aramark are some of the leading protective clothing rental firms operating in the market.
The major end users of protective clothing include building & construction, oil & gas and petrochemical, mining & metalworking, firefighting & emergency response, military, medical, and general manufacturing. Among these end-use industries, the oil & gas and petrochemical sector is emerging as the key consumer for protective apparel during the forecast period.
The Protective Clothing Market is segmented based onmaterial, application, end-use industry,and region.
The Protective Clothing Market based on material has been categorized into aramid & blends, polyolefin & blends, polyamide, cotton fibers, polybenzimidzole(PBI) & polybenzoxazole (PBO), Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) high-density polyethylene (HDPE), laminated polyesters, polypropylene &/or polyester, and others. Among these, the aramid & blends segment accounted for emerged as the largest material segment with 48.87% of the overall revenue in 2020. Excellent flame-resistance and durability are some of the key attributes driving the demand for aramid & blends materials across the world.
Protective Clothing Market Revenue, by Application, 2020 (USD Million):
Sources: MRFR Analysis
By Application, the Protective Clothing Market has beensegmented into thermal & heat protection, flame-resistant protection, arc protection, chemical & biological protection, cut protection, emergency response & law enforcement protection. The flame-resistant protection segment accounted for nearly 2,136.22 million in 2020. Progressive adoption of strict fire safety norms in major end-use industries, including oil & gas, general manufacturing, and electric utility,drive the demand for flame-resistant protection.
Based on the End-Use Industry, the Protective Clothing Market has been divided into construction, oil & gas and petrochemical, medical, mining, firefighting, emergency response & law enforcement, military, metal & steel, electric utility, welding, chemical, automotive, general manufacturing, hazardous waste removal. The oil & gas and petrochemical segment is expected to register a CAGR of 8.14% over the forecast period. Strict adoption of industrial safety norms in E&P platforms and petrochemical processing facilities is expected to drive the segment growth in the upcoming period.
Protective Clothing Market Share, by Region, 2020 (%):
Sources: MRFR Analysis
The Protective Clothing Market has been studied across five main geographies:Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. With a 33.60% share of the overall revenue, the North American market emerged as the largest regional market for protective in 2020. Strict implementation of workplace safety and health rules by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) and the periodic recurrence of devastating wildfires in California and Canada are two of the key factors generating a major demand for protective clothing products in the region.
The key manufacturers of Protective Clothing Market products include Ansell (Australia), Honeywell International (US), Lakeland (US), Bulwark Protection (Canada), Alsico (Belgium), and Lion Group (US), among others. These companies largely use high-quality protective fibers &fabrics made by leading companies, including DuPont (US), Miliken& Company (US), W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (US), TencateProtective Fabrics (The Netherlands), Kermel(France),and Klopman (Italy).
Protective clothing production is a labor- and cost-intensive process. A large amount of manpower is needed at various stages of apparel manufacturing processes, including cutting and stitching. As a result, leading protective clothing manufacturers are making significant investments to automate various steps involved in the production of protective clothing products.
Protective Clothing Market, by Material
Protective Clothing Market, by Application
Protective Clothing Market, by End-Use Industry
Protective Clothing Market, by Region
|Market Size||2028: USD 16.47 Billion|
|CAGR||9.51% (2021 – 2028)|
|Forecast Period||2021 to 2028|
|Historical Data||2019 & 2020|
|Forecast Units||Value (USD Billion)|
|Report Coverage||Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends|
|Segments Covered||By Material, Application, End-Use Industry and Region|
|Geographies Covered||North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)|
|Key Vendors||Ansell (Australia), Honeywell International (US), Lakeland (US), Bulwark Protection (Canada), Alsico (Belgium), and Lion Group (US), among others. These companies largely use high-quality protective fibers &fabrics made by leading companies, including DuPont (US), Miliken& Company (US), W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (US), TencateProtective Fabrics (The Netherlands), Kermel(France),and Klopman (Italy).|
|Key Market Opportunities||The growing incidences of wildfire across the world are further expected to drive the demand|
|Key Market Drivers||Strict implementation of various fire and industrial safety norms across the globe is expected to drive market growth|
Prominent names like Ansell Limited (Australia), 3M Company (U.S.), Australian Defense Apparel (Australia), Asatex AG (Germany), Bulwark Protective Apparel (U.S.), DuPont (U.S.), Bennett Safetywear Ltd (U.K), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), Globe Manufacturing Co. LLC (U.S.), and Kimberly Clark Corp. (U.S.) can inspire hike in the global protective clothing market.
Asia Pacific market would record the fastest growth in the protective clothing market during the forecast period of 2020 to 2028.
The PBI (Polybenzimidazole) material segment has the scope to dominate the material-specific growth of the protective clothing market.
The building and construction segment is expected to dominate the global protective clothing market.
The thermal segment is deemed to lead the application segment of the protective clothing market.