The global industrial protective clothing market was size estimated at USD 9.19 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 13.7% over the projected period. The demand for protective clothing is expected to witness significant growth owing to rising worker safety concerns in the manufacturing, chemical, oil and gas, and construction sectors. Rising awareness to control industrial accidents and fatalities at the workplace is expected to further propel the demand. Innovations by the industry players to improve chemical, cold, mechanical, and ballistic and fire resistance of these products is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth.
The U.S. is one of the biggest manufacturers of chemicals and pharmaceutical products in the world. Furthermore, the country has a huge workforce involved in oil and gas and mining operations, which demands high-quality protective clothing. Furthermore, stringent labor laws coupled with the presence of governing bodies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is expected to drive the growth.
Increasing stringency of government regulations in Middle East and Asia Pacific has made it mandatory for manufacturers to take precautions for worker safety to restrict workplace mishaps. The increasing working population owing to the rapid growth of the manufacturing sector in these regions is expected to have a positive impact on growth.
High-level management in the majority of industrial companies is taking precautionary actions regarding worker safety at their respective workplace. Strict labor laws in North America and Europe have been compelling industrial manufacturers to strictly follow norms and guidelines set by government organizations to avoid any form of an occupational hazard.
Growing popularity for light-weight, comfortable, and higher heat wear and tear-resistant materials are expected to urge companies to invest in R&D to improve product quality. The increasing trend for multi-functional durable clothing with high chemical and mechanical resistance is expected to drive the growth of the industrial protective clothing market over the forecast period.
Durable clothing accounted for 58.0% of the overall market share in terms of volume in 2018 and is expected to reach 4.83 billion in 2025. The increasing need for highly durable mechanical wear and high utility protective gear in core industries such as refining, oil and gas, metal extraction, and automotive is projected to support market growth.
Durable protective products are majorly useful in the industries wherein the workers are often subjected to harsh environments such as high temperatures, radiations, and pressure. Rising consumer preferences for durable clothing so as to allow uninterrupted working under extreme conditions is anticipated to witness significant growth.
The market for disposable protective clothing is expected to reach USD 3.76 billion by 2025 owing to its high demand in cleanrooms or laboratories for protection against hazardous fluids and chemicals. Furthermore, the lower cost associated with disposable products over durable clothing is expected to offer them a competitive advantage in short duration industrial projects.
Disposable clothing is generally used with durable clothes to enhance their durability, thus driving the market growth. These products find application in drainage construction, disease control, specialist laboratories, hazardous waste management, disaster response, sewage treatment, and emergency services.
Chemical defending garments held the largest market share of over 32.0% in terms of volume in 2018. The rapid growth of the chemical industry across the globe to cater to rising demand for pharmaceutical and electrical and electronics sector is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth over the projected period.
Flame retardant apparel offer protection against unpredictable fire situations at the workplaces, such as bleve fires, flash fires, jet fires, and pool fires. Initiatives taken by the manufacturers to improve product designs to enhance their fit and comfort is likely to drive the demand for flame retardant apparel over the forecast period.
Clean room clothing finds application in electronic manufacturing facilities, laboratories, clinical, and pharmaceutical industries and is expected to reach a market value of USD 3.97 billion in 2025. These clothing are used to prevent product contamination from minute harmful chemicals and particles at the workplace, especially in labs and R&D centers.
Mechanical protective clothing was valued at USD 1.36 billion in 2018. The rising need for protective gear during welding and glass cutting activities in metallurgical industries is anticipated to drive product demand in the near future. Rising product demand against heat, chemicals, physical, and electrical hazards is likely to drive the demand.
Europe was valued at USD 2.06 billion in 2018 and is expected to expand a CAGR of 12.0% during the forecast period. The well-established automotive and aerospace manufacturing sector is supporting the regional demand. The growing oil and gas industry in the region is further anticipated to drive the product demand in the forthcoming years.
The U.S. emerged as the largest market on account of high investments in the industrial sector. Moreover, upgradations of regulations such as, OSHA in 2014 revised the OSHA 1910.269 regulation that made it compulsory for workers to wear flame-resistant apparel, are expected to propel demand over the forecast period.
The product demand in India is expected to expand at a CAGR of 14.5% over the projected period. Government initiatives such as Make in India, which has resulted in the rapid growth of the manufacturing sector in the country, is expected to have a positive impact on regional growth.
Middle East and Africa accounted for 11.2% of the global market share in terms of volume in 2018. A majority of the product demand in the region was derived from the oil and gas sector. Initiatives taken by the GCC countries to improve domestic manufacturing to limit dependency on imports is expected to propel industrialization, which in turn is likely to impact the growth positively.
The global market is moderately competitive owing to a large number of manufacturers producing protective equipment. Innovations and improvements in product quality, design, and materials are the key factors for market players to sustain in the competitive environment.
Market players are focusing on the procurement of materials through a dedicated supply channel to maintain the production output. Joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions are performed by the players to extend the product portfolio and enhance their geographical presence.
Numerous manufacturers are investing in R&D to produce multi-utility apparel, to cater to different industries. For instance, Honeywell International produced new fire-retardant apparel, which complies with standards for oil & gas and mining industries. W.L. Gore & Associates introduced flame retardant technology that is integrated with protective outerwear.
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2014 - 2017
2019 - 2025
Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2019 to 2025
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa
U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., Russia, China, India, South Korea, Brazil
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This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional, and country levels, and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global industrial protective clothing market report based on product, application, and region:
Product Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Application Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Flame Retardant Apparel
Chemical Defending Garments
Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Square Meters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
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