The global flame resistant fabric market is expected to grow over the forecast period on account of increasing demand from chemical and oil & gas industries. Chemical and oil & gas industries extensively use flame-resistant fabric for the safety of workers owing to high accident risk in such industries. Flame resistant fabrics are basically textiles that are more fire retardant than other fabrics owing to its chemical treatment or exclusively manufactured fireproof fabrics. Increasing flame resistant fabric demand for stage drapery used in public spaces such as theatre, school, and other special events is anticipated to be a key factor driving the global market over the forecast period. Polyester is the most commonly used flame-resistant curtain fabric. The availability of various fabric-fire treatments such as CRIB-5 and BS-476 is expected to have a positive impact on the market. Moreover, fire-resistant fabric utility in firefighting uniform and workwear for minimizing fire hazards is projected to further complement its global demand. Growing safety regulations in developed as well as developing economies is predicted to augment the market. Increasing fire hazards such as flash fire, combustible dust explosions in paper & pulp industry, food processing and paint industry are projected to exponentially boost flame resistant fabrics demand over the forecast period.
On the basis of types, flame resistant fabrics market can be broadly segmented into apparel and non-apparel. Growing flame fighting uniforms demand has rendered apparel fire retardant fabric to be the largest segment. Non apparel fabric segment is growing at a rapid rate owing to its increasing demand in placemats, tents and awning, outdoor furniture, sports bags, glove cuffing, and several other safety applications. Major flame resistant fabric applications include public safety & defense services, industrial protective clothing, and transport. The transport application segment can be further divided into automotive, aircraft, railways, and marine. The transportation industry is anticipated to expand the global market over the forecast period on account of increasing high-performance fabrics demand in railways, automobiles, and aircraft. Firefighting fabrics demand in defense and public safety services is expected to grow at an average rate owing to low revenue levels in these sectors. Additionally, rising flame-resistant fabrics utilization in home & industrial furnishings and law enforcement services is further anticipated to drive its global demand in the upcoming years. High flame-resistant fabrics cost coupled with lack of awareness can be a factor restraining the market growth over the forecast period.
North America and Europe are expected to be regional leaders in flame resistant fabric market over the forecast period on account of increasing safety regulations in these regions. Asia Pacific market is anticipated to witness substantial growth owing to increasing demand from diverse end-use industries such as chemicals and oil & gas. Furthermore, increasing flame resistant fabric demand in the transportation industry particularly in emerging economies such as India and China is further predicted to foster Asia Pacific market over the forecast period. Middle East and Africa are expected to grow at a rapid rate owing to rising flame resistant fabric utilization in various sectors.
The global flame resistant fabric market is fragmented with major players competing for leadership positions through efficient strategies such as R&D, cost-effective product development, distribution agreements and integration through effective supply chain management. DuPont has adopted an innovative strategy to develop inherently flame resistant fibers, under the brand name Nomex and Keviar. Key players operating in flame resistant fabrics market include DuPont, PBI Performance Products, Royal Tencate Corporate EMEA, Milliken & Company, Lenzing AG, Huntsman Corporation, Teijin Aramid, Gun Ei Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., and Solvay SA.
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