Protective Fabrics Market Summary 2021 Strategic Employment, Economy, Prominent Players Analysis with Global Trends and Traders

Regional Frontiers

Geographically, the protective fabrics market spans across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.

Considering the global scenario, the protective fabrics market in North America commands the largest share. The existence of strict safety mandates regarding safe working environment will encourage the market growth. In this region, the U.S. is considered to lead the market due to surging investments in product development and R&D activities for protective fabrics. The region is also room to several major manufacturers like DuPont de Nemours, Inc., 3M, Lakeland Inc, and Milliken & Company, which further promotes its growth.

Market Overview

Protective fabrics prevent a person or product from coming in contact with harmful components of the environment. They are used in the manufacturing of performance fabric solutions, which are generally worn as a shield from the effects of harmful chemicals. It is considered the last defense layer and is used by military personnel, firefighters, workers in oil & gas companies, law enforcement officers, and other hazardous conditions.

Protective fabrics are essential to protect the workers during accidental chemical splash. The global protective fabrics market, as per a report by Market Research Future (MRFR) is touted to register a CAGR of 4.23%, surpassing a valuation of USD 4.92 billion during the forecast period (2021-2030).

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Competitive Dashboard

The top players operating in the protective fabrics market include Koninklijke Ten Cate bv (The Netherlands), 3M (US), Lakeland Inc. (US), TEIJIN LIMITED (Japan), DuPont de Nemours Inc. (US), Cetriko, SL (Spain), L. Gore & Associates GmbH (US), Glen Raven Inc. (US), Milliken & Company (US), and Klopman International (Italy).

Protective fabrics are high in demand, especially from the end use industries like the healthcare and building and construction. Soaring concerns related to the safety of industrial workers are likely to drive the market growth across the globe. Governments in the U.S. are imposing strict regulatory mandates regarding worker safety like flammable fabrics act and occupational safety and health act under the consumer product safety commission. This will further contribute to the market growth worldwide.

Growth in industrialization has further resulted in manufacturing activities, which will positively impact the requirement for industrial protective fabrics. Due to the heat & flameproof, cut resistant, and chemical and hazardous aerosol resistant, the product is extensively used in the manufacturing of industrial protective clothing. Such factors are predicted to influence the market growth in the foreseeable future.

On the contrary, inferior and duplicate products, owing to the low cost is likely to affect the market growth in the coming years. Moreover, surging prices of high-performance fibers, owing to the inconsistent supply pattern will slow down the market growth globally.

Global Protective Fabrics Market: Segmental Analysis

By type, the protective fabrics market is segmented into fire and heat resistant fabrics, thermal, UV resistant fabrics, chemical resistant fabrics, and others. Of these, the fire & heat-resistant fabrics are likely to gain prominence as these fibers are highly preferred as they possess high thermal and fire resistance and ultra-high strength. Owing to such properties, they are extensively used in the security and protection applications.

By material, the market is segregated into polyolefin, aramid, polybenzimidazole (PBI), polyamide, polyester, cotton, and others.

Considering the end use industry, the market is segmented into building and construction, oil and gas, law enforcement & military, healthcare, and others. Of these, the building and construction segment is likely to gain prominence in the long run. Workers in the construction sector are highly exposed to risks during cutting, welding, nailing, and others. Safety glasses are high in demand to prevent the entry of foreign objects during operations. Protective fabric is required to protect hand, foot, hearing, and head.


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The Asia Pacific will register the highest CAGR during the forecast period, mainly due to the growth in industrialization along with infrastructure development in the region. The booming construction activities and growth in oil and gas industries, especially in the developing countries of the region like China and India are likely to propel the regional market in the long run.

Europe held a considerable share in 2018 and is likely to retain its position in the foreseeable future, mainly due to stringent EU mandates imposed on industrial hazards. The soaring use of protective fabrics in the construction sector due to the development of commercial and residential buildings will fuel the regional market’s growth. In this region, Germany is considered the major region contributing to the market’s growth, followed by Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Spain.

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