Protective Fabrics Market Research Report - Forecast till 2030

Protective Fabrics Market: Information by Material (Aramid, Polyolefin, Polyamide, Polybenzimidazole (PBI), Cotton, Polyester and others), Type (Thermal, Fire- and Heat-Resistant Fabrics, Chemical-Resistant Fabrics, UV-Resistant Fabrics and others), End-Use Industry (Oil and Gas, Building and Construction, Healthcare, Law Enforcement & Military and others) and Region - Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/0374-HCR | February 2021 | Region: Global | 140 pages

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Protective Fabrics Market Overview

The Protective Fabrics Market is estimated to reach USD 7.83 billion by the end of 2030 at a robust CAGR of 4%

Protective fabrics are a collection of performance fabrics that are used in the production of a variety of protective clothing for people working in a hazardous environment. These clothes are worn to prevent the person from coming in direct contact with the adverse effects of thermal, mechanical, chemical, and other hazards. The manufacturers of protective fabrics enhance the convenience of the wearer in severe climatic conditions by providing various features such as breathability, lightweight property, and softness of the fabric. Protective fabrics are mainly used by military personnel, firefighters, workers in oil and gas companies, and law enforcement officers, among others. Also, proprietary technology is applied in protective clothing to ensure minimum discomfort by keeping perspiration and moisture away from the skin.


Stringent regulations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) on work safety of the working personnel in developed countries is projected to be the major driver in the global market growth. Moreover, the requirement of protective and security measures has been considered as the prime concern in chemical; and oil and gas industries, which further drives the market growth. There is a growing awareness among the workers regarding their safety, which boosts the market growth in the coming years. Furthermore, product innovation by launching new fibers coupled with enhanced design and specifications is likely to create lucrative opportunities for the market players operating in the global market growth. Surging demand for protective clothing in the emerging economies owing to the growing need for fire resistant fabrics further offers opportunities to the manufacturers of protective fabrics.


However, the high cost of raw materials and the increasing threat of substitutes is expected to hamper the global market growth during the forecast period.


Key Players



  • 3M (US)

  • Koninklijke Ten Cate bv (The Netherlands)

  • TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan)

  • Lakeland Inc. (US)

  • Cetriko

  • SL (Spain)

  • DuPont de Nemours Inc. (US)

  • Glen Raven Inc. (US)

  • L. Gore & Associates GmbH (US)

  • Klopman International (Italy)

  • Milliken & Company (US).


Global Protective Fabrics Market Share, By End-Use Industry, 2018 (%)  Protective Fabrics Market


Source: MRFR Analysis


Regional Analysis


The Global Protective Fabrics Market has been studied across five key regions, namely Asia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa.


The North American market accounted for the largest market share in 2018 and is projected to grow at a moderate CAGR during the review period. This is largely attributed to the presence of stringent safety regulations regarding the safe working environment. The US is the leading country in the region, owing to increasing investments in R&D and product development for protective fabrics. Moreover, the presence of major manufacturers such as 3M, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Milliken & Company, and Lakeland Inc help in serving the product in the region. The Asia-Pacific market is projected to register the highest CAGR during the review period owing to the growing industrialization and infrastructure development.


Furthermore, the surge in oil and gas; and construction industries in developing economies, such as India and China are further propelling the regional market growth. China is the leading country in the region followed by India, Japan, and South Korea. The European market held a substantial market share in 2018, owing to the growing strict EU regulations on industrial hazards. Also, the growing use of protective fabrics in the construction industry on account of the development of residential and commercial buildings is fuelling the regional market growth. Germany is the major contributor in the region followed by Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Spain. The Latin America market is projected to register steady CAGR on account of inefficient safety measures; limited oil and gas; and chemical industries. Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico are the prominent countries in this region. The Middle East & Africa market held a moderate market share in 2018 and is estimated to register a healthy CAGR on account of the growing consumption of protective fabrics in oil and gas industries. Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Turkey are the major countries contributing to the regional market growth.


Segmentation Analysis


The Global Protective Fabrics Market has been segmented based on Material, Type, End-Use Industry, and Region.


On the basis of Material, the Global Protective Fabrics Market has been divided into aramid, polyolefin, polyamide, polybenzimidazole (PBI), cotton, polyester, and others.


Based on Type, the Global Protective Fabrics Market has been classified into thermal, fire and heat resistant fabrics, chemical resistant fabrics, UV resistant fabrics, and others.


By End-Use Industry, the Global Protective Fabrics Market has been categorized as oil and gas, building and construction, healthcare, law enforcement & military, and others.


Based on the Region, the Global Protective Fabrics Market has been studied for five key regionsAsia-Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East & Africa.

Recent Development

April 2021- Merrow Manufacturing, as a part of celebrating Earth Day 2021, is ready to launch a groundbreaking new line of closed-loop, Net Zero PPE™. The latest product line will be personal protective equipment, including scrubs, surgical caps, and medical gowns woven with REPREVE® recycled polyester- made using 100% recycled post-consumer content.
The unique design and manufacturing are a combined effort between Merrow, a well-established brand with a background of product innovation and prominent local producer of PPE, and Precision Fabrics Group (PFG), vertically incorporated specialists in weaving and finishing the most technically exciting incessant-filament fabrics across the globe.

February 2021 - TenCate Protective Fabrics is launching a new finish fully free of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFAS) chemicals to satisfy the growing demands from the Emergency Response community. The step is taken in response to the rising movement in the fire service industry to shift away from products with PFAS-based chemistry fully.
The latest breakthrough innovation is called, FreeFAS™.


Target Audience



  • Protective fabrics market manufacturers

  • Traders and distributors of protective fabrics market

  • Production process industries

  • Potential investors

  • Raw material suppliers

  • Nationalized laboratory



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   USD 7.83 billion 2030
  CAGR   4% 2030
  Base Year   2021
  Forecast Period   2021 to 2030
  Historical Data   2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Billion)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   By Material, Type, End-Use Industry and Region
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   3M (US), Koninklijke Ten Cate bv (The Netherlands), TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan), Lakeland Inc. (US), Cetriko, SL (Spain),DuPont de Nemours Inc. (US), Glen Raven Inc. (US), L. Gore & Associates GmbH (US), Klopman International (Italy), Milliken & Company (US)
  Key Market Opportunities   Product innovation by launching new fibers coupled with enhanced design and specifications is likely to create lucrative opportunities
  Key Market Drivers   Stringent regulations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) on work safety of the working personnel in developed countries


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Protective fabrics are used to produce protective clothing for personnel in various industries, such as police and military forces, oil and gas industry operations, and the chemical industry.

The global protective fiber market is expected to rise to a valuation of USD 7.83 billion by 2030, at a strong 4% CAGR.

North America is the largest regional market for protective fabrics, while Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit strong growth due to growing awareness about protective clothing.

Leading players in the protective fabrics market include 3M, Teijin Limited, Lakeland Inc., Cetriko, DuPont de Nemours, Glen Raven, and Klopman International.

The oil and gas and construction industries hold dominant shares of around 30% each in the global protective fabrics market, followed by law enforcement and military applications.