N95 Mask Market Size, Share & Trends Report

N95 Mask Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (With Exhalation Valve, Without Exhalation Valve), By Distribution Channel (Online, Offline), By End Use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Published Date: Nov, 2020
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2019
  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-224-2
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2016 - 2018
  • Number of Pages: 132

Report Overview

The global N95 mask market size was valued at USD 1.10 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45.1% from 2020 to 2027. Rising instances of infectious biological diseases, coupled with the growing prevalence of COVID-19 worldwide, have resulted in augmenting the demand for N95 masks. N95 masks are a type of respiratory protective equipment designed to provide a close facial fit and a very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The edges of these masks are designed to form a seal around the mouth and the nose. The filtering property of these masks is a function of a multi-layered structure that is made using non-woven fabric, where polypropylene (PP) is one of the most commonly used raw material for manufacturing this non-woven fabric.

U.S. N95 mask market size

The U.S. dominated the North American market in 2019 on account of stringent occupational safety regulations in the country. The demand for N95 masks in the U.S. is expected to grow significantly due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. In addition, several key players in the country, such as 3M, Honeywell International, and Prestige Ameritech, have ramped up their production and are expanding their manufacturing capacities.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction, manufacturing, painting, and mining were some of the primary end-user industries of N95 masks. However, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, these masks are being primarily used in the healthcare industry by healthcare workers and other professionals confronting the pandemic. Other end-use industries utilizing these masks during the pandemic include food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and energy.

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe has dramatically increased the demand for PPE, including N95 masks, which has further resulted in their insufficient supply. To cater to the domestic demand for face masks, several countries worldwide had also imposed export restrictions or equivalent measures, such as the compulsory purchase of the available stocks by government authorities.

The shortage of polypropylene melt-blown fabric is further likely to create another supply chain shortage in the value chain for polypropylene resin, which was also in short supply during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. The shortages in the supply of critical materials have further translated into significant price hikes. Thus, this factor is expected to act as a challenge for several entities in the value chain, including raw material suppliers, manufacturers, and end-users.

Product Insights

N95 masks without exhalation valve led the market and accounted for a 73.0% share of the global revenue in 2019. N95 mask without exhalation valve is a type of respiratory protective equipment designed to offer a closer facial fit and provide a very efficient filtration of airborne particulate matter. The N95 design represents that the mask has the ability to restrict at least 95% of very small test particles. These masks do not have a valve attached to it.

The demand for N95 masks without an exhalation valve is expected to grow significantly owing to the high efficiency of protection provided during inhalation and exhalation. Various medical bodies, such as the WHO, the CDC, and health ministries across numerous countries are promoting the usage of such masks to prevent the spread of the virus from an infected individual to the community.

N95 masks with exhalation valves are estimated to expand at the fastest CAGR of 65.7% from 2020 to 2027. N95 mask with an exhalation valve is a non-oil mask used in a non-oil environment and is capable of filtering almost 95% of particles, including dust, mists, and fumes, with a minimum size of 0.3 microns. These masks have an attached exhalation valve that helps reduce exhalation resistance, thus making the breathing process easier for personnel wearing the mask.

The demand for N95 masks with exhalation valve is likely to rise owing to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, as it helps the wearer to filter out contaminants while inhaling and reduce the uncomfortable buildup of heat and carbon dioxide in the masks, which increases the comfort level of the wearer. However, the disability of these masks to prevent the release of contaminants of infected droplets in the atmosphere during exhalation is expected to limit the product penetration in sterile facilities.

Distribution Channel Insights

The offline segment led the market and accounted for 69.1% share of the global revenue in 2019 owing to the long-term existence of various traditional distribution channels, including drug stores, hospital pharmacies, over-the-counter pharmacies, and retail stores. Moreover, owing to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, these offline modes have started delivering essential protective equipment and medicines.

Several key players in the market, including Ansell Ltd.; O&M Halyard.; Cardinal Health; Crosstex International Inc.; and The Gerson Company, are working in close collaboration with hospitals, large franchise drug stores, and retail stores, such as Walmart, to maintain an adequate supply of masks and other medical essentials in the market.

The online distribution channel is likely to expand at the highest CAGR of 54.0% from 2020 to 2027. Rapidly increasing adoption of internet and e-commerce platforms in various emerging economies is expected to fuel the growth of this segment. Manufacturers of N95 masks are adopting an online distribution platform either through third-party or own websites to supply products and take orders.

Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, governments in various countries across the globe are promoting the purchase of essential products, such as N95 masks, through online portals to prevent the transmission of the virus by maintaining norms of lockdown and social distancing as well as to have easy access to personal protective equipment.

End-use Insights

The construction end-use segment led the market and accounted for a 36.5% share of the global revenue in 2019. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the construction industry was the largest end-user of N95 masks in 2019 as these masks are used to protect construction workers from fumes, vapors, dust, and gases, along with common hazards, including silica dust from cutting and grinding dirt and asbestos exposure when performing remediation and demolition work.

The manufacturing segment includes industries such as iron, steel, textile, chemical, paper, and medical devices. Declining prices, supply chain bottlenecks, and low demand are expected to increase the unemployment rate in the metal industry, thereby restricting market growth over the next few years.

Global N95 mask market share

The healthcare end-use segment is anticipated to expand at the fastest CAGR of 79.5% from 2020 to 2027. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for N95 masks has increased drastically in the healthcare sector. Moreover, to tackle the demand and supply gap, several manufacturers have increased their production capacities and expanded their manufacturing facilities to cater to the rising demand for N95 masks.

Oil dependent economies in the Middle East are facing challenges and an uncertain future. In addition, various emerging economies are witnessing a hindrance in their oil and gas projects owing to doubts regarding their viability in the current economic climate. Thus, these factors are expected to restrict the oil and gas sector growth over the coming months, which, in turn, is likely to deteriorate the demand for PPE, such as N95 masks, over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

North America led the market and accounted for 32.3% share of the global revenue in 2019. The rapid spread of COVID-19 in the region, especially in the U.S. and Mexico, has augmented the demand for N95 masks substantially. In addition, post the COVID-19 pandemic, government authorities are expected to significantly invest in healthcare infrastructure, which is expected to have a positive impact on market growth over the coming years.

The market in Europe is anticipated to witness significant growth in the years to come on account of an increasing number of respiratory hazards, coupled with the growing requirement for highly-effective respiratory protective equipment. The exposure to hazardous particulates in the majority of core industries, such as metal manufacturing, oil & gas, construction, automotive, and refining, is likely to augment the demand for N95 masks in the region over the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific market is expected to expand at the fastest CAGR of 56.8% from 2020 to 2027. Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments in various countries have mandated using protective face masks across industries to prevent the spread of the virus, which is expected to act as a major driver of the market in the region.

The government of Japan has urged manufacturing companies to increase production to fill up the demand-supply gap of protective masks during the pandemic. In addition, the government has provided subsidies for capital investments to mask factories and other manufacturing facilities and extended its support for procuring the raw materials. Thus, the factors mentioned above are expected to have a positive impact on the overall market growth in the country.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The global market is highly competitive and characterized by the presence of both global and regional participants. The industry focuses on new product developments, integration across various stages of the value chain, and mergers & acquisitions to gain a competitive edge in the market. Strategies adopted by companies include product development, mergers & acquisitions, product portfolio expansions, and distribution network expansions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected several countries globally owing to which the demand for N95 masks has increased significantly. Thus, to cater to this increased demand for the product, several manufacturers have increased their production capacities. Manufacturers are also collaborating with the industry partners and government authorities for the supply of critical PPE required during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some prominent players in the global N95 mask market include:

  • 3M

  • Honeywell International, Inc.

  • Prestige Ameritech

  • Ansell Ltd.

  • O&M Halyard

  • The Gerson Company

  • Cardinal Health

  • Medline Industries, Inc.

  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation

N95 Mask Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 6.39 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 21.57 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 45.1% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 – 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, distribution channel, end-use, region

Regional scope

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

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; France; Italy; Russia; Spain; U.K.; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Indonesia; Australia; Thailand; Malaysia; Brazil; Argentina; UAE; Saudi Arabia; South Africa

Key companies profiled

3M; Honeywell International, Inc.; Alpha Pro Tech; Ansell Ltd.; Medisca Inc.; O&M Halyard; The Gerson Company; Cardinal Health; Medline Industries, Inc.; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Moldex Metric; Makrite; Prestige Ameritech; Crosstex International, Inc.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. Grand View Research has segmented the global N95 mask market report on the basis of product, distribution channel, end-use, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • With Exhalation Valve

    • Without Exhalation Valve

  • Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Online

    • Offline

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Healthcare

      • Hospitals

      • Outpatient/Primary Care Facilities

      • Others

    • Construction

    • Manufacturing

    • Mining, Oil & Gas

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Russia

      • Spain

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Indonesia

      • Australia

      • Thailand

      • Malaysia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

    • Middle East

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

    • Africa

      • South Africa

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