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Disposable Face Masks Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Protective Masks, Dust Masks, Non-woven Masks), By Application (Industrial, Personal), By Distribution Channel, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-914-2
  • Number of Pages: 80
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global disposable face masks market size was estimated at USD 2.57 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.9% from 2023 to 2030. Due to the booming industrial growth, disposable face masks are estimated to become significant in rising economies like the U.S., India, China, and Brazil for protection against pollution and hazardous viruses.

U.S. disposable face masks market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

Global demand for disposable face masks increased dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020. Utilizing these disposable face masks is a key infection prevention strategy that helps slow virus spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicted in March 2020 that COVID-19 will require 89.0 million medical masks per month. It also implied that manufacturing would need to rise by 40%.

The use of these masks by people with particular allergies is expected to be a key factor driving the disposable face mask market’s growth. Respiratory masks are frequently available in a variety of styles and dimensions, making them suited for any person. These solutions shield consumers from airborne dust as well as tiny airborne particles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) frequently stresses the usage of disposable masks, especially for medical staff who are frequently exposed to viruses, germs, and other diseases.

Due to the growing health consequences of pollution, using a mask is the first line of defense to protect against smoke and dust. 3M Company offers a variety of NIOSH-approved filtering respirators for numerous tasks, where the chances of suffering from infection are more.

Product Insights

The protective mask segment dominated the market and accounted for more than 35.80% of the revenue share in 2022. This product is used as a protection against contagious pathogens, disease-carrying germs, and airborne infections. It is also used as a protectant while performing surgery to avoid entering viruses and germs.

Furthermore, it is used by workers of paints, varnishes, and other chemical manufacturing companies to stop harmful chemicals from entering the body. Dust masks are usually used while traveling at construction or mining sites to protect the respiratory systems. They can be worn for shorter periods, offering temporary protection, while some of them are designed for use through an extended time period.

The non-woven mask is expected to be the fastest growing segment with a CAGR of -0.8% from 2023 to 2030. These products are currently trending in the market since they offer better ventilation, filtration, and insulation. These are waterproof, lightweight, high production speed, and low priced.

Distribution Channel Insights

The offline segment dominated the market in 2022 and accounted for 76.96% of the revenue share. Disposable face masks are majorly sold through offline channels including retailers, distributors, hyper/supermarkets, convenience stores, brand outlets, and direct selling.

Global disposable face masks market share and size, 2022

The online segment is expected to grow at the fastest pace from 2023 to 2030. The emergence of e-commerce portals as a key selling medium on account of providing value-added services including free-home delivery, Cash-on-Delivery (COD), and coupon benefits is expected to remain a prominent trend for the disposable face masks market.

Application Insights

The industrial application segment accounted for around 40.71% of the revenue share in 2022. Rising awareness among industrialists regarding the significance of using masks to protect laborers from particles is driving the segment. The use of masks is increasing in emerging economies including China and India due to the growing industrial sector and ever-increasing pollution levels.

The use of disposable masks at construction sites, mining sites, chemical companies, and by the workers of paints and varnishes is fueling the segment's growth. These products are also popularly used as surgical masks, wherein they are used to avoid viruses and other germs from entering the body.

Meanwhile, the personal application segment is also expected to witness modest growth in the coming years. The growth of the segment is attributed to increasing consciousness among users to tackle the rising levels of pollution and the presence of harmful pathogens in the air. Growing awareness regarding the side effects on health is prompting new users, thereby driving the demand for these products.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market in 2022 and accounted for 33.50% of the revenue share. Manufacturers operating in the region are benefiting from the presence of a large population base, most specifically in countries such as India and China. Also, the increasing number of healthcare services and hospitals in the region is contributing to significant growth. The growing industrial sector as well as government rules and regulations to protect worker’s health are the key factors expected to propel the market growth in this region. Furthermore, urbanization and rising disposable income in China and India are expected to raise product demand over the next few years.

Disposable Face Masks Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Europe accounted for 24.89% revenue share in 2022. National and local health authorities across Europe, including the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), recommended the use of face masks as a measure to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This guidance influenced public behavior and contributed to the popularity of disposable face masks.Extensive public awareness campaigns and education initiatives were conducted to promote the importance of wearing face masks for personal protection and the protection of others. These efforts increased the popularity and acceptance of disposable face masks across Europe.

North America is anticipated to witness substantial growth over the forecasted period. Demand for the product is increasing in this region due to the rise in pollution levels, which is attributed to the release of harmful gases into the air. The high spending power of the working-class population and the government providing masks at a very minimal rate to protect people are other significant factors driving the market in North America. Moreover, rising public awareness associated with personal health and hygiene are the aspects attributing to the growth of the region.

The U.S. market was estimated at USD 560.5 million in 2022 and is expected to grow at a significant CAGR of -0.4% from 2023 to 2030. Many universities and institutions have taken steps to produce sustainable face masks by considering eco-friendly materials, manufacturing processes, and disposal methods. These efforts often involve collaborations between different departments, student organizations, and sustainability initiatives on campus. For example, Sustainable Carolina worked with partners across the U.S. campuses to reduce waste deposited in a landfill. The limited-time recycling initiative was launched in November 2021 and is designed by the Student Government and UNC Green Labs with Sustainable Carolina to recycle disposable face masks. Such initiatives will induce the consumption of such products and their reusability.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The industry is highly competitive as players are competing in terms of product variation and pricing. Key players are focusing on inventing disposable masks that will provide users with benefits such as better ventilation, filtration, and water-proof. Growing demand for innovative, high filtration efficiency, and application-specific masks among consumers is expected to open up new avenues for the key players over the coming years. 

  • In January 2022, Maskc launched the KF94 face mask which is made up of four layers, a non-woven external layer, two non-woven and melt-blown central layers, and a soft inner layer that is gentle on the skin.

  • In January 2022, the U.S. government under Joe Biden announced the distribution of 400.0 million high-quality face shields at a free cost to Americans. The government proposed the shipment of N95 masks to several community health centers and local pharmacies across the country.

  • In November 2021, Health Canada approved Ezzigroup Inc.'s compostable surgical-grade face mask manufactured in Canada. These compostable masks are ASTM F-2100 certified and are available for distribution in Canada and the United States under their EzziMed brand.

Some prominent players in the global disposable face masks market include:

  • 3M

  • Honeywell International Inc.

  • Moldex-Metric, Inc.

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation

  • uvex group

  • Kowa American Corporation

  • SAS Safety Corp.

  • The Gerson Companies, Inc.

  • DACH


Disposable Face Masks Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 1.74 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 2.99 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 1.9% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Report updated

July 2023

Quantitative units

Volume in million units, revenue in USD billion, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, volume forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, distribution channel, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Germany; UK; China; India; Brazil; South Africa

Key companies profiled

3M; Honeywell International Inc.; Moldex-Metric, Inc.; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; uvex group; Kowa American Corporation; SAS Safety Corp.; The Gerson Companies, Inc.; DACH ; JIANGSU TEYIN IMP. & EXP. CO.,LTD.

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Global Disposable Face Masks Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global disposable face masks market report based on product, application, distribution channel, and region:

Global Disposable Face Masks Market Report Segmentation

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Million Units; Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Protective Masks

    • Dust Masks

    • Non-woven Masks

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Million Units; Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Industrial

    • Personal

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Volume, Million Units; Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • Online

    • Offline

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Units; Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

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