The global self-contained breathing apparatus market size was valued at USD 2346.67 million in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3 % from 2023 to 2030. The market demand is anticipated to be driven by the rising need for safety equipment in rescue operations, fire stations, ironworks, nuclear facilities, and chemical industries. Furthermore, it is anticipated that increased workplace injuries, such as severe abrasions, and chemical & thermal burns, will increase demand for products in the coming years.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a favorable impact on the global market for self-contained breathing apparatus. Major manufacturers deployed a range of strategies to expand their market share during the pandemic, including mergers & acquisitions, product launches, product upgrades, and R&D expenditure. For instance, in July 2021, MSA Safety acquired Bacharach, Inc. to support global product innovation, which will further drive market expansion over the projected period.
Construction is critical to manufacturing, mining, and other industries. Increasing construction activity in the U.S., as well as a focus on worker safety, are likely to drive market expansion. For instance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires businesses to establish workplace fire safety and prevention procedures. Self-contained breathing equipment (SCBA) is used to protect people from oxygen deficit, dust, fumes, and vapors in plants, on ships, during fires, and in tunnels. These factors are anticipated to stimulate demand for self-contained breathing devices in the coming years.
According to the ILO (International Labor Organization), around 2.3 million women and men worldwide die every year due to work-related accidents. This is equal to over 6000 deaths every day. Moreover, every year, there are roughly 340 million occupational accidents and 160 million sufferers of work-related illnesses worldwide. The rising incidence of industrial accidents and injuries has compelled regulatory agencies to tighten their standards. Federal and municipal governments have been enforcing necessary restrictions and taking efforts to limit the occurrence of these accidents. For instance, changes to the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) regulations, such as new speech intelligibility criteria, are predicted to boost product demand over the forecast period.
The increasing usage of respiratory protection equipment during oil & gas drilling activities, electric power utilities, and combustible dust industries has aided product penetration in the United States in recent years. Additionally, worker safety and sustainability have acquired significance in a variety of end-use industries. Several organizations in the U.S., including OSHA, NIOSH, and the EPA, have modified the standards to make them stricter, requiring companies to furnish respiratory protective equipment, including self-contained breathing apparatus. Over the projection period, this is likely to result in higher demand for SCBA.
High product penetration in the U.S. is attributed to the stringent regulatory scenario and growing employee awareness regarding personal safety. An increasing number of large-scale infrastructure investment projects in the industrial sector in New York, Missouri, and Los Angeles is expected to boost industry growth, thereby driving the demand for self-contained breathing apparatus in the U.S.
The closed-circuit SCBA type segment led the market and accounted for 64.1% of the global revenue share in 2022. As closed-circuit SCBAs are suited for applications where breathing gas is required for long-duration applications, these are often employed in the mining industry. It provides a wide range of advantages, including long deployment times, improved breathing and working comfort, dependable CO2 absorption, comfortable wearing, and superior respiratory monitoring.
Due to changing health and safety laws, rising customer expectations, and a continuing need for innovation and development, SCBA manufacturers are pushed to increase expenditure on R&D to create effective solutions. For instance, Honeywell has radio frequency identification tags on SCBA that connect it to firefighters so that firefighters can transmit any issues with self-contained breathing apparatus and receive evacuation notices urgently from the command. In the coming years, the aforementioned factors will fuel the market for SCBAs.
The open-circuit SCBA type segment is likely to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period. Open-circuit products are composed of light metals or carbon fiber-wrapped composites and are filled with filtered compressed air. Firefighters favor composite material cylinders because they promise a lower weight load. Moreover, open circuit SCBA is helpful for longer rescue missions or oil rig shifts.
These aforementioned factors will drive the demand for open-circuit SCBA in the coming years. Many new product developments also promise a brighter prospect. For instance, MSA Safety Inc.'s G1 SCBA integrated thermal imaging camera was certified by a third party to meet the requirements of the NFPA Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Emergency Services.
The self-contained breathing apparatus is used in the mining and chemical industries as well as firefighting. The presence of stringent regulations such as the NFPA, which specifies the performance and design standards for SCBAs designed for firefighters remains key to growth. These guidelines must be met for manufacturers to sell equipment to be utilized for firefighting.
Moreover, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health approves industrial SCBAs that are employed for uses other than firefighting due to their low costs and improved production efficiency. In the coming years, the aforementioned regulations will fuel demand for the SCBA market.
The oil & gas end-use segment led the market and accounted for 23.4% of the global revenue share in 2022. In the oil & gas industry, SCBAs are used for offshore applications and need to be tough and dependable due to the presence of airborne contaminants and dangerous gases. Additionally, if employees are exposed to dangerous environments, companies are required by law and organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to supply them with the proper personal protective equipment, which includes reliable respiratory devices. The aforementioned elements will increase demand for SCBA in the oil & gas sector.
Although considerable effort is made to maintain a safe environment, there is always the possibility of encountering hazardous gases or low oxygen levels in dangerous environments, leading the atmosphere to become flammable, which increases risks to employees in underground mines and tunnels. When a longer supply of breathing gas is required, such as during rescue operations in mines, in lengthy tunnels, or while navigating spaces too, the use SCBAs is essential.
Over the foreseeable period, the aforementioned factors will fuel demand for SCBA in the mining industry. Such solutions are already making their way into the global market. For example, Carroll Technologies offers a selection of SCBA for mines and tunnels, such as the MSA W65 Self-Rescuer Respirator. This device guard against carbon monoxide poisoning, thereby driving product demand.
The fire services end-use segment is likely to grow at a CAGR of 6.9% over the forecast period. The use of breathing equipment may be necessary for various firefighting circumstances. The use of such apparatus will ensure that the wearer has access to oxygen so that he or she may safely carry out their specific task. Also, the increasing expenditure on worker protection in the fire services sector will increase demand for SCBA in the coming years.
For instance, in 2021, the Administration and Legislature approved a USD 1.5 billion investment in a comprehensive wildfire and forest resilience strategy, including USD 536 billion as part of an early action package intended to start crucial projects before the upcoming fire season and introduce several new programs.
Additionally, in January 2021, MSA acquired Bristol Uniforms, a company based in the UK. This acquisition solidifies MSA's position as a world leader in fire service protective personal equipment products and gives the company a chance to grow its operations in the UK and other important European markets. Through this collaboration, MSA will support the distribution of repurposed SCBA to firefighters who are in critical need of and frequently have little access to protective gear. In the upcoming years, the aforementioned causes will increase demand for SCBA in the fire services sector.
North America dominated the market with a 29.6% share of global revenue in 2022. The SCBA market is largely driven by the rise in fire accidents in North America. For instance, in 2021, local fire departments dealt with 1,353,500 fires. 3,800 civilians were killed in these fires, 14,700 civilians were wounded, and USD 15.9 billion worth of property was damaged, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Additionally, according to the NFPA, a structure, and a dwelling caught fire, every 65 and 93 seconds respectively, in 2021. Furthermore, there are strict environmental rules in the U.S., as well as improved staff knowledge of safety. Companies competing in the SCBA industry also provide products with features like dependability, lightweight design, advancement, and ease of use to attract more clients. These aforementioned factors will drive the demand for SCBA in North America over the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific regional SCBA industry is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% over the forecast period. The region's demand for industrial construction is being driven by a rapid increase in mergers & acquisitions, integration activities, and site relocations. Furthermore, due to cheap production costs, multinational corporations are likely to construct production facilities in emerging countries in the region. For instance, Honeywell offers the Cougar SCBA, which is designed for industrial customers who want protection against situations that are instantly life-threatening or hazardous to health. These factors are projected to drive the self-contained breathing apparatus industry’s growth further in the future years.
According to a longitudinal study published by the European Commission, between 2012-2019, the overall number of non-fatal workplace accidents in the EU increased by 6.9%, or 203,000. In Europe, an increasing frequency of industrial injuries, along with a growing need for high-utility protective equipment such as self-contained breathing gear, is predicted to boost SCBA penetration in the near future.
The rigorous legal scrutiny by agencies such as OSHA and CSA necessitates the use of a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with emergency escape. Furthermore, due to the growing threat posed by Dangerous To Life or Health (IDLH) airborne contaminants, market demand is likely to grow further in the future years.
As a result of continuous expenditures in exploration and refining capacity growth, the oil & gas industry in the Middle East and Africa will account for a sizable portion of the market in 2022. According to industry analysts, on average, a fire catastrophe on an offshore or onshore facility occurs every 2-3 years, resulting in large-scale destruction and subsequent, casualties. In the approaching years, the aforementioned factors will increase demand for the SCBA market in this region.
Key companies are keen to increase market penetration and cater to changing technological requirements from various end-users such as fire services, oil & gas, mining, chemical /petrochemical, industrial, law enforcement, military & navy. The key manufacturers continue to employ a variety of strategies such as acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, new product developments, and geographical expansions.
For instance, Drägerwerk GmbH & Co. KGaA launched Dräger PSS AirBoss in June 2021, the next-generation in self-contained breathing apparatus that offers firefighters and emergency service teams a premium experience with robust usability, safety, serviceability, and connection.
Moreover, 3M acquired Johnson Controls' Scott Safety for a total value of USD 2.0 billion. The latter is a leading manufacturer of innovative products like self-contained breathing apparatus systems, gas & flame detection equipment, and other safety devices that supplement 3M's personal safety portfolio. Some prominent players in the global self-contained breathing apparatus market include:
Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
Honeywell International Inc.
Afex Fire & Safety
SHIGEMATSU WORKS CO. LTD.
Cam Lock Ltd
Shanghai Fangzhan Fire Technology Co., Ltd.
Market size value in 2023
USD 2,225.93 million
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 3,832.25 million
CAGR of 6.3% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD million, CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company market position analysis, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends
Type, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; China; Japan; India; South Korea; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; UAE
Key companies profiled
3M; MSA; Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA; Avon Protection; Honeywell International Inc.; Interspiro; Worthington Industries; Axiom Manufacturing; Afex Fire & Safety; MATISEC; SHIGEMATSU WORKS CO.,LTD.; KOKEN LTD.; Cam Lock Ltd; Sure Safety; Shanghai Fangzhan Fire Technology Co., Ltd.; Bullard Limited
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global self-contained breathing apparatus market report based on type, end-use, and region:
Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Oil & Gas
Law Enforcement, Military, and Navy
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global self-contained breathing apparatus market size was estimated at USD 2,346.67 million in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 2,225.93 million in 2023
b. The self-contained breathing apparatus market, in terms of revenue, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.3% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 3,832.25 million by 2030
b. North America dominated the self-contained breathing apparatus market with a revenue share of 29.6% in 2022. Growing industries in North America, such as oil and gas, chemicals, and manufacturing, are anticipated to augment product demand on account of increasing workforce capacities. Demand for self-contained breathing apparatus is exponentially increasing as they provide the maximum level of protection available to wearers. This system is handy and admits no contaminated outside air into the apparatus.
b. Some of the key players operating in the self-contained breathing apparatus market include 3M, MSA, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Avon Protection, Honeywell International Inc., Interspiro, Worthington Industries, Axiom Manufacturing, Afex Fire & Safety, MATISEC, SHIGEMATSU WORKS CO.,LTD., KOKEN LTD., Cam Lock Ltd, Sure Safety, Shanghai Fangzhan Fire Technology Co., Ltd., Bullard Limited
b. The key factors that are driving the self-contained breathing apparatus market include the rising demand for safety equipment in rescue operations, fire stations, ironworks, nuclear facilities, and chemical plants.
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