The global self-contained breathing apparatus market is projected to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period owing to the rising demand for safety equipment in fields such as rescue operations, fire stations, ironworks, nuclear facilities, and chemical plants. In addition, rising instances of injuries including punctures, severe abrasions, thermal and chemical burns at the workplace are expected to fuel product demand over the coming years.
The rising occurrences of fire hazards have created an increased demand for private firefighters which is anticipated to boost the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) sales over the coming years. People are increasingly hiring private firms to supplement the firefighters provided by state and local governments. In addition, insurance companies are readily hiring/collaborating with firefighting crews to offer mitigation services to customers which are expected to drive the self-contained breathing apparatus market growth over the next seven years.
The demand for self-contained breathing apparatus is exponentially increasing as they provide the maximum level of protection available to the wearers because the wearer is breathing with a system that is handy and admits no contaminated outside air into the apparatus. In addition, the product offers protection from surroundings that are oxygen deficit or contain levels of contaminants that are above IDLH (Immediately dangerous to life) concentrations.
An increased number of industrial accidents and injuries has forced regulating bodies to become more stringent. Federal and local agencies have been enforcing mandatory regulations and actions in order to reduce the number of these accidents. For instance, updates in the standards developed by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) such as increased lens durability, new voice intelligibility requirements, and updates to the intrinsic safety requirements are expected to increase the product demand over the forecast period.
Carbon fiber which is a preferred raw material in manufacturing SCBA suffered a price hike during mid-2012 on account of high dependency from aerospace and high-end automotive industries. Carbon fiber is majorly used in aircraft and high-end vehicle manufacturing. Increasing demand for fuel-efficient, lighter aircraft, and automobiles is estimated to drive carbon fiber demand which in turn is responsible for premium prices.
The self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) market is segmented on the basis of the product type into open circuit and closed circuit breathing sets. Open-circuit products are filled with filtered compressed air and are made up of light metals or carbon fiber wrapped composites. The cylinders made from composite materials are lighter in weight and hence preferred by firefighters. Closed-circuit products are used in the mining industry as they are suitable for the applications where a breathing gas is required for a longer duration.
The self-contained breathing apparatus finds its application in firefighting and mining/chemical industries. The SCBA used for firefighting purposes requires an NFPA 1981 compliant unit which defines the performance and design requirements for SCBAs intended for firefighters. For applications other than firefighting, a NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) compliant industrial SCBAs are used because of their low costs and increased product efficiency.
Comfort plays a crucial role while manufacturing SCBA and it highly depends on the end-use applications. For instance, if the product is only used in emergencies such as performing unexpected maintenance in a confined space or shutting down a leaking valve, then comfort would not be as crucial as it would be in other situations where SCBAs are used at a regular basis. Incorporating composite materials reduces the weight of the apparatus but increases the overall product cost which can hinder the SCBA sales over the forecast period.
The geographical scope is segmented on the basis of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and the Middle East & Africa. Mandated use of SCBAs in firefighting along with the numerous regulatory requirements in North America is expected to boost the self-contained breathing apparatus market growth over the next seven years. An increasing number of occupational injuries coupled with the growing requirement for high-utility protective equipment in Europe is expected to augment SCBA penetration in the near future.
A rapid rise in mergers & acquisitions, integration operations, and site relocations has been observed, thus, driving the demand for industrial construction in the Asia Pacific region. Moreover, global manufacturers are likely to establish their production facilities in the developing countries of Asia Pacific due to low production costs. These trends are expected to boost the growth of the self-contained breathing apparatus market over the coming years.
The self-contained breathing apparatus market is characterized by the presence of a large number of players including Scott Safety, MSA, Dragerwerk, Avon Protection Systems, and Honeywell. The industry focuses on adopting strategies that include product portfolio expansion, product development, and distribution network expansion. In addition, manufacturers have adopted sustainable solutions, which include taking into account the environmental and social impacts of their operations to reap long-term benefits and ease the availability of raw materials.
The constant need for innovation and development because of the increasing user expectation and shifting Health and Safety regulations has forced SCBA manufacturers to increasingly spend on R&D in order to develop efficient products. For instance, Honeywell is using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on SCBA which links it to firefighters in order to communicate any problems with SCBA and receive evacuation notices from the command.
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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.