GVR Report cover Protective Textiles Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Protective Textiles Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application (Heat & Flame Resistant, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Ballistic), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-498-7
  • Number of Pages: 90
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The global protective textiles market size was valued at USD 5,708 million in 2016. Factors such as concerns regarding worker safety, protection from fire, chemical agents, and disabling & life-threatening injuries among workers are raising the demand for the high-performance fabrics.

Increased construction spending in emerging countries is expected to trigger the demand for specialty workwear in buildings and construction, which in turn is anticipated to drive the growth of the market. The surge in demand for protective textiles in the chemical industry is expected to benefit the overall sector.

U.S. protective textiles market revenue by application, 2014 - 2025 (Million)

U.S. protective textiles market

The North America market is witnessing the high degree of industrialization which is projected to drive the protective textile demand owing to increasing industry standards towards the safety of employees in the region. The Protec industry in the U.S. is characterized by high industry standards for worker’s safety, which is expected to drive the product demand in the area.

The increasing industrial fatalities in developing economies owing to the lack of protective gear coupled with growing awareness of workers’ health and safety are expected to drive growth over the forecast period. The changing consumer needs, along with technological innovations for high-performance durable fabrics, which combines security with attractiveness and fashion is further projected to increase sector expansion.

Additionally, regulatory agencies in Asia Pacific and the Middle East are also implementing stringent regulations to make it necessary for industries to ensure employee safety owing to rising workplace hazards in these regions. The Middle East, Central & South America, and Asia Pacific are expected to experience high growth over the forecast period on account of growing construction and infrastructure projects in these regions, thereby creating immense opportunities for market expansion.

Major raw materials include natural fibers, synthetic polymers, aromatic polyamides, and polyethylene. Consistent raw material supply in the industry is expected to have a positive impact on the production landscape. However, rising costs of basic materials such as carbon fiber, aramid fiber, and silicates, which are being employed in protective textile compositions, is anticipated to be a challenge to the market growth.

Application Insights

The ballistic clothing segment is anticipated to emerge as the fastest-growing application and is predicted to account for a revenue share of 30% by 2025. Defense is one of the largest consumable sectors of ballistic protective textiles.

The use of Protech products in the defense industry comprises NBC suits, bulletproof jackets, fire retardant apparel, and high-altitude clothing. Factors such as increasing terror threats across the globe have raised the usage of bulletproof jackets and defensive clothing manufactured from specialty fabrics, which is expected to boost the industry growth over the forecast period.

Heat & flame-resistant clothing is the second largest growing application owing to frequently occurring fire hazards during chemical spill, oil/gas fire, electricity overloading, and in airports. Allowing workers to perform their duties efficiently while protecting them from high heat is one of the major factors for flame retardant apparel market growth

Global protective textile market revenue by application, 2016 (%)

Global protective textiles market

Mechanical durable clothing provides protection from slash hazards, sharp edges, cuts, and puncture-resistant materials, which is anticipated to raise the demand for mechanical impact clothing in building and construction industries.

The industrial sectors use various hazardous chemicals and gases during their production and manufacturing processes, which increases the demand for Protec in the chemical protection clothing application.

The space suits are often necessary for inside spacecraft as a safety precaution at the time of loss of cabin pressure and are also for outside spacecraft for extravehicular activity. The technological advancement coupled with increasing human space travels, the product demand in space suits application is anticipated to drive the market growth.

Regional Insights

Europe dominated the global protective textiles market in the recent past followed by North America and Asia Pacific. In Europe, the rising manufacturing and construction industry is expected to drive the product requirement in the region over the forecast period.

Moreover, growth in mining, defense, healthcare, oil & gas, and aerospace industries are anticipated to create demand for the protective textiles over the next nine years on account of rising employee’s safety standards in the region.

Asia Pacific accounted for 19.1% of the global revenue and is expected to showcase the fastest growth rates over the next few years. Government initiatives to promote industrialization and massive construction spending in countries such as China and India are projected to aid regional growth.

Protective Textiles Market Share Insights

The global industry is highly fragmented in nature with top companies accounting for almost 70% of the global market share in 2015. Major industry players in the global sector include Royal Ten Cate NV, Kusumgar Corporates, DuPont, Schoeller Textil AG, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc, and Teijin. The other notable players include Madhuram Fabrics Pvt. Ltd., PBI Performance Products, Inc., Marina Textil S.L., and ARGAR S.r.l.

Some companies including Teijin Ltd., Royal Ten Cate, W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., Honeywell, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation produce fibers mainly for industrial protective clothing. The companies such as PBI Performance, Inc. and DuPont manufacture as well as supply industrial protective clothing to end-use industries.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America & MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., China, Japan, India, Brazil

Report coverage

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

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the 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 protective textiles market on the basis of application and region:

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Heat & flame resistant

    • Mechanical protection

    • Chemical protection

    • Electrical protection

    • Ballistic protection

    • Space suits

    • Health care garments

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • The Middle East and Africa

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

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