The global law enforcement and military clothing market size was estimated at USD 2.8 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.2% over the forecast period. Rising awareness regarding the safety of law enforcement and military personnel is expected to boost market growth over the forecast period.
Law enforcement personnel are responsible for maintaining the internal law and order of a country. Rising awareness among youth regarding serving the country is anticipated to boost the number of recruits in both military and law enforcement services. Furthermore, increase in the number of field agents, owing to the advanced nature of crimes, is also expected to drive the law enforcement clothing market.
The ability of cotton fiber to be converted into breathable textile makes it an ideal raw material for law enforcement and military clothing. In addition, the low cost of cotton fiber is expected to augment its demand for manufacturing law enforcement clothing over the forecast period.
Rising technological advancements have resulted in boosting the penetration of nanotechnology in law enforcement and military clothing. The application of nanotechnology helps in producing fabrics with superior characteristics. For instance, the nano-finishing technique provides nano-armor, which is responsible for weaving fibers into thin pads. These thin pads can detect the impact of bullet or shrapnel, thus, protecting the personnel.
Military and law enforcement personnel are supplied with clothing through stores in respective departments such as Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police Force. The presence of online garment stores for military and law enforcement clothing, such as Patrolstore and Arktis Endurance Textiles Ltd., aids in ensuring a continuous supply of clothing for the military personnel in their respective country.
Conflicts such as ongoing wars in countries like Iran, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and South Sudan are anticipated to boost the number of military personnel being recruited, thereby, positively impacting the market. In addition, an increasing number of natural calamities such as flood, cyclone, earthquake, forest fire, and tsunami is anticipated to boost the demand for law enforcement officers and military officers, which are required for disaster management, thereby augmenting market growth.
The cotton fibers segment accounted for 23.5% of the global revenue in 2018, on account of its properties such as absorbency, strength, and durability. In addition, increasing penetration of cotton blends like polyamide cotton, polyester-cotton, cotton-nylon, and polyester-cotton rayon for manufacturing defense personnel clothing is anticipated to complement market growth.
Synthetic fibers derived from polyester exhibit higher resistance to wind, water, and environment, when compared to plant-derived fibers. The polyester fiber is exclusively used with natural fibers such as cotton to manufacture fabrics that offer high wrinkle and tear resistance, high strength, and shrink reduction, wherein these blends are further used for weaving defense personnel apparel.
Aramid, short for aromatic polyamide, is a high-performance synthetic fiber. It is available in the form of para-aramid and meta-aramid under the trademark names of Nomex, Teijinconex, Kevlar, Technora, Twaron, and Heracron. These fibers exhibit an extensive range of properties including high strength, resistance to abrasion and organic solvents, and low flammability. The aforementioned properties aid in its application for manufacturing law enforcement and military clothing.
Wool is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 5.5%, in terms of revenue, from 2019 to 2025, owing to its ability to form blends with other fibers and provide improved material characteristics such as comfort, durability, maintenance, and protection. The inherent properties of wool are improved by blending it with high-performance fibers. Long-staple wool is spun into worsted yarns with DuPont trademark fibers, Nomex and Kevlar, to obtain durable and flame-resistant fabric.
Flame resistant (FR) clothing refers to apparels designed for providing protection to the wearer from thermal exposure and potential discontinuous flames. FR apparels are estimated to register a CAGR of 5.3%, in terms of revenue, from 2019 to 2025 on account of the exposure of defense personnel to thermal hazards, coupled with the product’s ability to protect the wearer from high temperatures.
FR 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 injuries. The clothing needs to fulfill the standards set by protective apparel agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The production of high-quality apparel for law enforcement and military personnel comprises the implementation of new technologies that allow the apparel to withstand sunlight, rain, and wind. For instance, the patented technology of moisture management allows quick moisture absorption from the skin, faster drying of the fabric, and regulating skin temperature in hot and cold climates.
Military and law enforcement personnel are exposed to severe environmental conditions on duty. As a result, the apparel used by such personnel requires to be made from a fabric that offers protection in harsh external conditions. The fabric is designed to provide a significant amount of water and UV resistance. Furthermore, the apparel offers elasticity, insulation, durability, and comfort to the wearer.
Non-flame resistant defense clothing is estimated to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2025 in the law enforcement and military clothing market on account of product attributes such as water-repellent, high durability, abrasion resistance, and mildew, petroleum oil, and lubricant resistance. In some cases, these uniforms provide protection against infrared detection, thereby, making them an ideal option in stealth combat situations.
Increasing demand for unique and upgraded clothing by military officers in both combat and other situations is anticipated to boost the military clothing market over the forecast period. The uniforms of military personnel depend on the service branch, rank, and occasion, i.e., if they are deployed, they are required to wear combat uniforms, whereas for formal functions, the clothing is different.
Combat uniforms are multi-layered, thus protecting soldiers from harsh environmental conditions and help them focus on the mission. The outfits are designed with unique pixel patterns and protect in near-infrared and visual bands, thereby, blending the personnel in their surroundings over both long and short distances. Thus, rising demand for combat uniforms is expected to propel the market growth over the projected period.
The law enforcement segment is expected to register a CAGR of 4.8%, in terms of revenue, from 2019 to 2025 on account of the attributes offered by the apparel. These include establishment of a visible presence on patrol, unique identification, and also represent authority over civilians. In addition, clothing aids in protecting personnel from various hazards while maintaining durability and comfort.
Asia Pacific accounted for over 30.0% of the total revenue in 2018 owing to increasing threat of terrorism in Asian economies like Pakistan, India, and China. This has resulted in growing need for increased defense personnel for preventing cross-border terrorism. Introduction of military modernization programs in APAC countries, increasing defense budgets, growing insurgency incidents, and terrorism in the region are some of the leading factors driving this regional market.
Internal political changes in India, such as annulment of Article 35A and abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir state in August 2017, have resulted in increased tension between India, Pakistan, and China. This, in turn, has resulted in increasing the number of soldiers deployed in India-China and India-Pakistan borders as well as the deployment of law enforcement officers in the new union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
Brazilian Armed Forces, which consist of the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force, rank third in the Americas. Furthermore, law enforcement in the country comprises several federal institutions, state institutions, and security forces. Increasing requirements for uniforms from several military and law enforcement agencies in the country is anticipated to augment market growth over the forecast period.
Saudi Arabia, one of the leading military associations in the world, is engaged in battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Furthermore, the country has recently witnessed several terrorist attacks in Abu Hadriyah, Qassim, Makkah, and Asir region. As a result, the military and law enforcement workforce is likely to be increased, thereby augmenting demand for appropriate clothing.
Major players in the global market include Elbeco Incorporated; Galls, LLC; Safariland, LLC; Fechheimer; Seyntex; Point Blank Enterprises, Inc.; Propper International; and W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. The competition in the market is intense and is marked by demand for innovative and reliable clothing solutions.
Leading market players are engaged in continuous R&D and implementation of new designs to manufacture products using innovative and optimum quality materials to comply with rising demand from end users. Players design, develop, and market a wide range of law enforcement and military clothing products such as shirts, pants, polo shirts, blouse coats, base layers, and shorts.
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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.