The global flame retardant apparel market is expected to grow over the forecast period owing to the increasing concern about workers safety in chemical, oil and gas, manufacturing, and construction sectors. In addition, the rising awareness pertaining to control accidents and fatalities across various industries is expected to augment the demand for flame retardant apparel.
The rapid growth in the construction industry is projected as one of the major driver for the flame retardant apparel market (and/or flame resistant clothing market) growth. The flame retardant apparel is widely used by construction workers to safeguard themselves from various hazards such as arc flashes, fires, and electrical flashes. In addition, stringent regulations regarding the mandatory use of protective work wear apparel to prevent workplace accidents is anticipated to propel the product market.
The rise in construction industry is likely to bolster workforce employment resulting in increased demand for personal protective equipment that includes flame retardant apparel. The increase in the number of residential and commercial construction activities in countries such as the U.S., India, and China is anticipated to propel the product demand over the forecast period.
Precautionary actions related to worker safety at their respected workplace, are taken by the high-level management in various industrial companies. Furthermore, stringent labor laws in Europe and North America is mandating manufacturers across various industries to abide by the guidelines and norms stated by the government agencies to prevent any form of an occupational hazard.
Increasing popularity for comfortable, lightweight, and higher heat wear & tear resistant materials are projected to encourage market players to invest in R&D to advance the product quality. Growing trend for multi-functional and long-lasting clothing along with high mechanical & chemical resistance is likely to bolster the demand for flame retardant apparel over the forecast period.
Flame retardant apparels are made from fabrics and components that are non-conductive and do not melt on to the skin of the wearer, thereby, preventing any further burn injury. Flame retardant clothing needs to comply with standards set by protective apparel agencies such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Major raw materials employed for manufacturing protective clothing include aramid fibers and carbon fibers. Surging high performance fiber prices globally along with high cost of procurement is estimated to hinder the flame retardant market over the forecast period. Low budget small-scale industry participants are predicted to experience the high cost of raw material procurement and low profits margins arising a difficult situation for sustaining in the global market.
Flame retardant apparel are predominantly designed and explicitly manufactured to offer protection to the wearer from thermal exposure and potential discontinuous flames. The price of flame retardant apparel is determined by numerous factors such as the type of base fabric, treatment technology used, customization, type of color dyes, and application of the end product.
Changing consumer trends coupled with technological advancements has resulted in drastic changes in manufacturing techniques for obtaining superior quality products. The industry is witnessing growth in high-performance multifunctional and engineered protective clothing. However, the manufacturing processes involved are extremely complex and cost intensive for shop-floor workers to understand.
Flame retardant apparel comprises of a wide array of products such as shirt, pants, flame retardant overalls, and lab coats. Furthermore, these products are also available as durable and disposable flame retardant clothing. Increasing adoption of such products to facilitate uninterrupted working in anticipated to bolster the market growth over the forecast period.
Durable flame retardant clothing is expected to witness growth over the forecast period on account of the growing need in industrial application such as oil & gas and chemical processing. This need is a resultant of the increasing stringent regulations pertaining to worker safety across the globe along with rising awareness for long-term industrial hazards to human health.
Disposable clothing is majorly used in industries wherein the workers are exposed to high temperatures for a longer period with high chances of flame-related hazards. In addition, the improving quality of the disposable fire-retardant clothing with resistance to extremely high temperatures and ability to sustain minor burns is likely to propel market growth over the forecast period.
The geographical scope is segmented on the basis of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period on account of increased adoption of the product across different industrial segments. The flame retardant apparel market (and/or flame resistant clothing market) witnesses the presence of large-scale and small-scale manufacturers, thereby resulting in a significant level of concentration. The competition in the market is intense and is categorized by the demand for innovative and reliable flame retardant clothing solutions.
Major players in the flame retardant apparel market include 3M, Carhartt, Kimberly-Clark Bulwark, Honeywell international Inc., Ansell, National Safety Apparel, Lakeland Industries, Cintas, and Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing. Furthermore, majority of the manufacturers are engaged in implementing state-of-the-art technologies for developing innovative products.
The integration of various e-commerce channels for marketing the flame retardant apparel is projected as one of the key trends encouraging the product demand. The major companies in economies such as U.S., UK, India, and China are thereby engaged in increasing the focus on e-commerce to maintain competitive edge over other flame retardant apparel market (and/or flame resistant clothing market) players.
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The shortage in supply of raw materials from Chinese manufacturers has resulted in a severe demand-supply gap. The manufacturers are further expected to be stranded on raw material orders owing to the logistics industry being significantly impacted due to lockdown amid COVID-19. However, the producers are expected to move away from China aiming to reduce the future risks that would affect the business and to reduce the manufacturers' cluster in a single country in order to smoothen the supply chain. The report will account for Covid19 as a key market contributor.