The global powered air purifying respirators (PAPR) market size was USD 1,345.0 million in 2015. Regular training activities coupled with mandatory workplace guidelines for product usage is expected to drive product demand over the next eight years.
PAPR utilize a motor blower to force ambient air through air filtering components. These units are designed to protect employees from hazardous particles, gasses, and vapors. It reduces breathing resistance as compared to that of a non-powered APR, resulting in less worker stress and fatigue.
Use of filters, cartridges, and combinations must be chosen in full accordance with the requirements of regulatory standards that are appropriate to a particular application. Occupational coccidioidomycosis outbreak in California had resulted in a huge economic loss to the construction and agricultural industries. Lack of awareness regarding safety features associated with various respiratory protective equipment was attributed to be the principal cause of this incident.
The emergence of new biological viruses, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Zika, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and the shifting trend towards proactive measures in the healthcare sector is expected to drive product demand over the forecast period. Increasing demand for multi-purpose PAPR, such as respirators with multiple detectors for gas and battery power is anticipated to drive the R&D of efficient and durable products for preventing the spread of biological hazards.
Stringent safety regulations across various industrial sectors are expected to be the key factors driving PAPR market over the forecast period. Health and safety agencies in Europe and North America have enforced stringent norms on employers to ensure workers’ safety on account of increasing health hazards in these regions.
U.S. powered air purifying respirator market revenue by product, 2014 - 2024 (USD Million)
Full face mask emerged as the largest product segment and accounted for over 50% of total demand in 2015. Growing concern towards employee safety in hazardous activities such as asbestos stripping and disposal is expected to drive full face mask PAPR demand over the forecast period. Rising need for respiratory protection against the toxic environment in most of the core industries such as oil & gas, chemical, metal manufacturing, fire services, and law enforcement is expected to augment the market growth of this segment over the forecast period.
Helmets and visors offer protection to the face, head, eye and ears for personnel involved in foundries, tunneling, welding, construction, and mining. The U.S. helmets, hoods and visor PAPR market generated revenue exceeding USD 60 million in 2015 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% from 2016 to 2024.
Increasing occupational fatalities coupled with rising need for respiratory protection against the toxic environment in most of the core industries such as oil & gas, chemical, metal manufacturing, fire services, and law enforcement is expected to augment demand over the forecast period. Increasing awareness about employee safety coupled with rising number of workplace fatalities in emerging economies such as India, China, Japan, and Singapore is expected to fuel market growth.
The industrial sector was the largest end-use segment for powered air purifying respirator accounting for over 20% of the total market share in 2015. Growing industries, such as automotive, metal forming, manufacturing, glass making particularly in Asia Pacific region are anticipated to increase PAPR demand to protect their employees against inhalation of particulate matter, vapors, and gasses.
The oil & gas industry is associated with significant risk of respiratory hazards including exposure to toxic chemicals and hydrogen sulfide. Employees handling hazardous chemicals in the oil & gas industry are exposed to hazardous byproducts of the drilling activity. Stringent safety norms in North America are forcing employers to focus on the safety of workers in offshore and onshore operations. Aforementioned factors are expected to drive PAPR demand over the next eight years.
The Middle East PAPR demand in the healthcare sector is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% over the forecast period. Rising life expectancies, increasing prevalence of lifestyle-related health problems along with a significant hike in healthcare spending by the national governments particularly in the GCC countries is expected to drive market growth in the segment.
Europe PAPR market dominated the global demand and accounted for over 30% of total revenue share in 2015. Stringent norms related to workplace health and safety are expected to drive product demand in the region over the forecast period. Growing concerns over respiratory fatalities coupled with stringent regulatory norms regarding asbestos and silica content are expected to drive product demand in various industries including the construction and mining industries.
North America was second major PAPR market and is expected to witness a moderate growth from 2015 to 2024. Product demand in this region can be attributed to stringent regulatory norms regarding employee health and safety in high-risk activities including mining, oil & gas and construction. Increasing investments in the military and defense sectors are further expected to drive product demand over the forecast period. North America industry is estimated to witness a stagnant growth of 6.4% over the forecast period.
Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as fastest growing market for PAPR over the next eight years. Growing investments in the construction, manufacturing, and food and beverage sector are anticipated to drive product demand in the region. Countries such as China and India are likely to witness significant growth in the automobile and electronics industries. Stringent norms regarding employee health and safety in various high-risk activities are expected to drive PAPR demand over the forecast period.
China was the major consumer of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in Asia Pacific and is anticipated to witness robust growth over the forecast period to reach a net worth exceeding USD 200 million by 2024. Increasing high-level management concerns towards workplace safety along with significant developments in healthcare, mining, and oil & gas industries are anticipated to steer PAPR demand over the next few years.
The global powered air purifying respirator market is fragmented in nature and is marked with the presence of highly integrated companies such as 3M, MSA Safety, Honeywell, Kimberly Clark, Bullard, Avon Rubber, and ILC Dover. Companies such as JSP Ltd., Bullard, Northern Safety, and Honeywell have integrated their component manufacturing operations with PAPR production.
Various companies have secured a partnership with academic and technological research institutions for developing products with enhanced features.ILC Dover had developed a new product specifically designed to be used by healthcare personnel in Ebola-infected locations. Bullard Company has made significant investments for development of innovative products by deploying sensors for detection of gas and battery power source.
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