Protective clothing is a personal protective equipment, used to protect the wearer’s body from susceptible harm & infection. It includes high-visibility vests, respiratory aids, gloves, footwear, helmets, harnesses, and eye protection gear. Protective clothing find application in various working environments that are hazardous for legs and feet, for instance dampness, falling objects, slips, chemical spillages, cuts, and abrasive materials. It is used in the chemicals, construction, and oil & gas industries, due to properties such as high durability, inherent non-flammability, and excellent dimensional stability resistance to chemicals or heat. In the chemicals industry, it is used for safety against liquid chemicals such as sulfuric acid, sodium hydroxide, and also hazardous gases. It is also used for protection from welding, heat, flame, and sparks from molten metal.
According to study, “Protective Clothing Market by Material Type (Aramid & Blends, Polyolefin & Blends, Polybenzimidazole, Cotton Fibers, Laminated Polyesters and Others); Application (Thermal, Mechanical, Chemical, Radiation and Others) and End-user Industry (Oil & Gas, Construction & Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Law Enforcement & Military, Firefighting and Others) – Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019 – 2026”. Some of the key companies operating in the global protective clothing market are E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, 3M Company, Lakeland Industries, Inc., Workrite Uniform Company, Inc., Glen Raven, Ballyclare Limited, W. L. Gore & Associates, Cetriko, Koninklijke Ten Cate NV and Teijin Limited. The key players are adopting numerous strategies such as business expansion, acquisition, product launch, partnership, collaboration & agreement to stay competitive in the protective clothing market.
Based on material type, protective clothing market is segmented into polyolefin & blends, cotton fibers, aramid & blends, polybenzimidazole, laminated polyesters and others. Aramids are commonly used for protective clothing as it has excellent mechanical properties as compared to steel & glass fiber of same weight, and also resistant to heat or flame. Based on application, market is segmented into chemical, thermal, visibility, mechanical, biological or radiation and others (paint & coating, cleanroom clothing, transportation, and anti-static protective clothing). The thermal segment holds major share in market owing to rise in demand for durable & breathable flame-resistant clothing from various sectors. In addition, based on end-user industry, market is segmented into pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, construction & manufacturing, firefighting, law enforcement & military and others.
The protective clothing market is driven by high growth in developing economies, followed by rise in awareness about the safety of workers and stringent regulations pertaining to the safety of personnel in developed economies. However, growth in requirement of massive investment in research & development (R&D) and high price of specialized clothing may impact the market. Moreover, increase in use of phase change materials is a key opportunity for market.
Based on geography, the Asian-Pacific is a leading region in global protective clothing market owing to presence of emerging countries such as India, Japan, China, and others in the region, where industrial activities are anticipated to boom in the coming years. Whereas, the North-American region is anticipated to exhibit higher growth rate due to rise in stringent regulation for safety of workers across sectors such as construction, oil & gas, and others over the forecast period. Global protective clothing market was valued at US $8.0 billion in 2018, and is likely to reach US $12.9 billion by 2026, supported by a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period 2019-2026.
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