The global personal protective equipment market size was estimated at USD 47.73 billion in 2018 and expected to register a CAGR of 6.6% over the forecast period. Growing demand for respiratory protective equipment to ensure the safety of employees working in mining, petrochemicals, and oil and gas sectors is anticipated to drive the growth. Stringent occupational health and safety regulations are anticipated to drive the demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from various end-use industries. Furthermore, mandated policies by government agencies mentioning the type of PPE required for protection during various industrial processes is expected to impact the growth favorably.
Stringent regulations imposed by the U.S. Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has positively impacted product demand in the country. In addition, growing employee awareness related to personal safety has a significant influenced the PPE penetration in U.S.
The PPE market depicts a strong presence of raw material suppliers that engage in offering application-specific fibers including aramids, High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) fibers, Polybenzimidazole (PBI), fiberglass, nylon, polyester, cotton, and wool. These raw materials are transformed into flame-retardant and chemical and mechanical abrasion resistant fabrics for their applications in PPE.
Increasing innovation in manufacturing of new comfortable industrial protective equipment using premium quality fabric for lighter protective clothing is projected to propel market growth. Rising demand for protective equipment which combines safety with improved aesthetics and technological innovation is estimated to augment growth in near future.
Factors such as improved technical support and awareness about the price-performance ratio of products are expected to favor private label manufacturing of PPE. Rising contract-based manufacturing of PPE designed according to distributor specifications primarily in developed economies such as, North America and Western Europe is anticipated to further fuel the product demand.
Protective clothing including heat and flame protection, chemical defending, clean room clothing, and mechanical protective clothing is the second largest product segment and accounted for 22.1% of revenue share in 2018. High performance attributes of the product have resulted in increased penetration driving its demand in end use industries.
Protective footwear accounted for significant market share and is expected to witness a CAGR of 6.9% over the forecast period owing to the increasing workplace fatalities. Riing awareness among employers to protect employees against foot injuries caused by chainsaws, electric shock, and metatarsal impact is likely to further boost the growth over the forecast period.
Hand protection PPE accounted for the largest revenue share in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.3% over the forecast period. Risks associated with corrosive chemicals, handling warm objects, and heavy-duty equipment are likely to spur the demand for protective gloves in construction, food processing, oil and gas, healthcare, and metal fabrication industries.
The respiratory protective equipment protects employees against hazardous gases and vapors, particulates, chemical agents, radiological particles, and biological contaminants. Rising demand for unpowered respirators primarily from petrochemical, mining, cement, construction, coal, fertilizers, and oil and gas sector is expected to drive growth of the personal protective equipment market over the forecast period.
Manufacturing segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 20.2% in 2018. Strong growth in manufacturing activities primarily in developing economies from Asia Pacific and Central and South America is expected to boost the demand for employee protection products, thereby driving the demand for personal protective equipment.
Oil and gas industry accounted for a significant market share in terms of revenue and is expected to witness a CAGR of 6.8% over the projected period from 2019 to 2026 owing to high accident risk in upstream and midstream activities in the industry. Growing oil and gas and petrochemical industry in China, India, UAE, and Saudi Arabia is anticipated to propel product demand.
Construction industry is likely to provide significant scope for personal protective equipment owing to the rising construction activities which are estimated to inevitably increase the risk of occupational hazards thereby driving the demand. Strong rise in construction investments in Asia Pacific is projected to stimulate demand for PPE from the end-user industry over the projected period.
Growth in global food and beverage sector is projected to drive demand for personal protective equipment over the forecast period. Various processes, such as mixing, weighing, cutting, cleaning, in-house transportation, dispensing, and warehousing might pose a significant threat to employees thereby driving the product demand.
North America held 29.3% market share in terms of revenue in 2018 on account of increased adoption of product from end-use industries. The region is characterized by rising workplace fatalities and stringent regulations imposed by regulatory bodies such as OSHA, thereby driving the product demand.
U.S. held the major revenue share in 2018 owing to developed end use industries along with high adoption of personal safety equipment. High product penetration in the country is attributed to a stringent regulatory scenario coupled with hefty penalties for non-compliance with the standards.
Europe accounted for the largest market share in terms of revenue in 2018, due to the stringent regulations imposed by the European Commission. EU initiatives to promote employee safety in end use industries is expected to augment product demand in the forthcoming years.
Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as the leader, growing at a CAGR of 7.3% on account of economic growth and rapid industrialization. Furthermore, huge compensation costs associated with personal illness and fatalities are expected to urge employers to adopt protective equipment in workplaces aiding product demand.
The market exhibits a large number of players manufacturing a range of product varieties specific to application industries leading to increased competitive pressure. The key market players such as 3M, Company, Honeywell International, and Rock Fall Ltd. operate with their strong distribution network.
Major players have a strong presence in developed economies of North America and Europe and are highly integrated across the value chain. The key players offeri products with distinctive features for diverse application industries to gain prominence in the global PPE market.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2014 - 2017
2019 - 2026
Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2019 to 2026
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East, Africa
U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K., France, Russia, Spain, Italy, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa
Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends
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This report forecasts revenue 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 2026. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global personal protective equipment market report on the basis of product, end use, and region:
Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2026)
Head, Eye & Face Protection
Heat & flame protection
Clean room clothing
Mechanical protective clothing
Limited general use
Supplied air respirators
End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2026)
Oil & Gas
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2026)
Central & South America
United Arab Emirates
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