The global Respiratory Protective Equipment market size was estimated at USD 6.20 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.0% over the forecast period. The emergence of infectious biological hazards such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is expected to boost RPE market growth.
Rising incidences of mesothelioma, a cancer which affects the protective lining of internal organs including lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity; is anticipated to further fuel the market. This cancer is caused due to continual exposure to asbestos in various occupations such as shipyards, power plants, industries, and construction.
Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) is expected to gain significance in U.S. owing to growing demand for RPE in law enforcement agencies for riot control. Furthermore, increasing concerns for fatalities due to high risks involving confined spaces in various industries is anticipated to drive the market growth in the country over the forecast period.
Consistent supply of liquid silicone rubber and nylon for building facepiece coupled with increasing R&D activities related to innovations for developing in-facepiece gas detection technology is anticipated to have a positive impact on the product demand. In addition, increasing innovation to develop RPEs with lighter and durable components to sustain harsh environments is likely to augment growth.
Technological innovation, coupled with the rising consumer preferences for protective equipment which provide safety with improved aesthetics is estimated to boost RPE market growth. In addition, safety standards by regulatory agencies including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mainly in North America and Europe are anticipated to propel its demand in these regions.
International Standards Organization (ISO) is involved in developing respirator performance standards for all types of industrial activities that incorporate mining, oil and gas, construction, healthcare, chemical, and fire services. Such revisions in performance standards are expected to drive new technologies and urge manufacturers to cater to a wide array of consumer requirements.
The supplied air respirators segment is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 7.6% in terms of revenue from 2019 to 2025 owing to its ability to provide high-level protection and positive pressure to the mask with outward leakage system. In addition, these products are less bulky and can be used for longer time periods as compared to SCBA.
Air Purifying Respirators (APRs) are used against particulates such as fumes or smoke to protect the employees against vapors and harmful gases. Furthermore, growing construction industry in Southeast Asia and Africa is expected to have a positive impact on the product demand over the forecast period.
The demand for Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) is estimated to reach USD 2.57 billion by 2025 owing to high employee productivity offered by the product as it aids in reducing worker fatigue and stress along with breathing resistance and providing protection against vapors, gases, and hazardous particles. These respirators use a motor blower to force ambient air through air-purifying elements.
SCBA provides dry and pure compressed air to full facepiece mask through a hose, and the air can be exhaled into the environment. It must be worn before entering environments Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) or when in situations of adequate information for ruling out IDLH atmosphere. The product is expected to witness significant growth owing to its increasing penetration in the sub-sea oil and gas, mining, and chemical or petrochemical industries.
Oil and gas wells release hydrogen sulfide gas, thereby exposing workers to the gas which can result in fatal respiratory injury or death. Furthermore, employees using hazardous chemicals during hydraulic fracturing are exposed to dangerous byproducts of oil and gas drilling. Rising onshore and offshore drilling activities coupled with the increasing workforce is expected to drive demand for RPE from the oil and gas industry.
Product penetration in mining industry is estimated to reach USD 1.32 billion by 2025 on account of a large number of hazards associated with mining such as contact of chemicals to skin and inhalation of toxic gases which may cause diseases and put the life of employees at risk.
The demand for RPE in the healthcare industry is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 7.5% in terms of revenue from 2019 to 2025 owing to rising fatalities in pathology laboratories, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. In addition, increasing awareness regarding the need for safety of the workers from bloodborne pathogens, biological, and respiratory hazards is likely to augment the demand.
Firefighters are exposed to a variety of toxic and carcinogenic compounds. Inhalation of these compounds and hot gases can result in acute and chronic health effects such as damage to the lungs, resulting in reduced lung capacity and changes in pulmonary function. Rising number of fire incidences coupled with the ability of RPE to protect firefighters from inhaling harmful fumes is anticipated to further drive the demand.
Increasing construction spending along with growing transportation and oil and gas industries in Asia Pacific particularly in China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam is likely to augment the product demand. The regional demand is estimated to reach USD 1.85 billion by 2025 owing to high industrial production output, increased infrastructure spending, and high consumerism in these economies.
Growing investments in healthcare, defense, and agriculture industries is anticipated to boost the economic growth in various countries including Chile, Colombia, and Mexico in Central and South America. In addition, a rising number of automotive projects and oil and gas exploration activities in Brazil and Ecuador is expected to drive the product demand over the projected period.
Middle East and Africa is expected to register a CAGR of 6.9% from 2019 to 2025 owing to the increased construction spending and industrial manufacturing. Furthermore, aging demographics and increased healthcare expenditure are anticipated to drive the regional growth, as the healthcare sector’s RPE requirement would increase significantly.
Increasing number of investments in military and riot control activities in Europe is expected to drive market growth. Furthermore, rising demand for machinery, aerospace equipment, pharmaceutical products, and agricultural products is expected to boost the regional industrial growth, thereby contributing positively to the RPE market growth.
The global respiratory protective equipment market is expected to witness integration across the value chain. Companies such as 3M, MSA, Honeywell, Grainger, Kimberly Clark, Delta Plus, Uvex Safety, and Ansell have integrated across the value chain from raw material to end-use industries. Companies such as ILC Dover, Scott Safety, InTech Safety, Bullard, Bulwark FR, and Avon Rubber focus on product manufacturing and distribution.
The core respiratory protective companies including Northern Safety, Polison, and Sperian Respiratory Protection have distributors in various locations across the world. The primary market players, 3M and MSA respiratory products are available on e-commerce websites that focus on specific industry requirements such as mining, healthcare, and fire services.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
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., France, Russia, Italy, Spain, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, 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 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) market report on the basis of product, application, and region:
Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Air Purifier Respirator
Disposable Filtered Mask
Full Face Mask
Full Face Mask
Helmets, Hoods & Visors
Supplied Air Respirator
End Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Oil & Gas
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
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The outbreak of COVID-19 has positively impacted the PPE market as the demand for masks, respirators, protective clothing, and gloves have increased significantly. The manufacturing, aerospace, etc. sectors have supplied PPE to their employees to protect them from the sudden outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19. In addition, the manufacturers are working at 100% capacity to supply PPE across the regions owing to the increasing demand-supply gap. As a result, the demand for PPE is expected to witness growth over the forecast period. The updated report will account for COVID-19 as a key market contributor.