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Disposable Face Mask Market Size - By Product Type (Surgical Masks, N95/N99 Respirators, Dust Masks), By Material (Polypropylene, Non-Woven), By Distribution Channel (Online, Offline), By End-User, & Global Forecast 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6385
  • Published Date: Aug 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Disposable Face Mask Industry Analysis

Disposable Face Mask Market size was valued at USD 2.3 billion in 2022 and is estimated to register a CAGR of over 2.5% by 2032. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly increased public awareness about the importance of personal hygiene and health and safety practices.

Disposable Face Mask Market

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Disposable face masks became widely adopted as a preventive measure against respiratory infections. To that end, many governments and health authorities implemented mandates and guidelines recommending or requiring the use of face masks in public places to control the spread of COVID-19.

For instance, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommends that everyone wear a mask in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. PHAC also recommends that masks be born in schools for all students and faculty. Some provinces and territories have issued mandates requiring masks in certain settings, such as indoor public transportation and businesses. These regulations have spurred the demand for disposable face masks, which, in consequence.

Apart from the general public, disposable face masks are used extensively in various industries, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, food processing, and manufacturing. For instance, OSHA's respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134) requires employers to provide respiratory protection to workers exposed to airborne contaminants that could cause illness or death. This includes face masks designed to filter out specific types of particles, such as dust, fumes, and gases.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the disposable face mask market. The surge in infections worldwide led to an unprecedented demand for face masks, resulting in a shortage in the early stages of the pandemic. Governments and health authorities worldwide recommended or mandated the use of face masks to control the virus's spread.

Many countries witnessed a surge in domestic production, and new manufacturers entered the industry to meet the demand. For instance, in China, the world's largest face mask producer, production soared to unprecedented levels during the peak of the pandemic. The heightened demand and supply challenges led to price fluctuations and supply chain disruptions.

Disposable Face Mask Market Trends

Disposable face masks gained popularity in emerging markets as these regions faced rapid urbanization and increased public health awareness. As a result, manufacturers are continuously introducing innovative disposable face mask designs, materials, and features, attracting consumers seeking enhanced comfort, breathability, and protection.

For instance, in January 2022, Maskc introduced KF94 mask made of four layers, a non-woven external layer, two melt-blown non-woven central layers, and a soft inner layer that is gentle on the skin. It has a bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) of 94% or higher. Besides, disposable face masks are also used during seasonal flu outbreaks and for individuals with allergies seeking protection from allergens.

Disposable Face Mask Product Type Segmentation

Disposable Face Mask Market, By Product Type, 2021 – 2032, (USD Billion)

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Based on product type, the disposable face mask market is segmented into surgical masks, N95/N99 respirators, and dust masks. The surgical masks segment is estimated to exhibit a expansion of over 1.9% CAGR by 2032. Healthcare professionals and workers rely on surgical masks to protect themselves and patients from respiratory infections during medical procedures. In public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, and health authorities recommend or mandate the use of surgical masks to prevent the spread of viruses. The surge in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increased production of disposable surgical face masks globally to meet the growing needs of healthcare facilities and the public.

Disposable Face Mask End-User Segmentation

Disposable Face Mask Market Share, By End-User, 2022

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Based on end-user, the disposable face mask market is bifurcated into healthcare, industrial, commercial, and personal. The industrial segment was valued at over USD 900 million in 2022 due to the need for respiratory protection against occupational hazards. In industries such as construction, manufacturing, mining, and healthcare, workers are exposed to airborne pollutants, dust, fumes, and other contaminants that can be harmful to their health. Disposable face masks, such as N95 respirators, offer effective filtration and protection, making them crucial for worker safety and compliance with occupational health standards. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the importance of face masks in industrial settings, where additional measures were implemented to safeguard workers from potential viral exposures.

Disposable Face Mask Regional Analysis

Asia Pacific Disposable Face Mask Market Revenue, 2021 -2032, (USD Million)

Asia Pacific held a dominant disposable face mask market share of over 35% in 2022. The region has a large population and is witnessing increasing urbanization and industrialization, leading to higher exposure to pollution and respiratory hazards. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven significant demand for face masks as countries implemented mask mandates and public health measures to control the spread of the virus. For instance, countries like China, India, Japan, South Korea, and others experienced a surge in disposable face mask consumption to protect their populations from viral transmission during the pandemic. The region's focus on public health and safety, in line with industrial and environmental factors.

Disposable Face Mask Industry Leaders

Major companies operating in the disposable face mask market include 3M, Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd., Ambu A/S, Ansell Limited, Cardinal Health, Inc., DACH, Honeywell International Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kowa American Corporation, Makrite, Medline Industries, Inc., Moldex-Metric, Inc., Owens & Minor, Inc., SAS Safety Corp., and The Gerson Companies, Inc.

Disposable Face Mask Industry News

  • In February 2023, 3M acquired Dutch mask maker VM Medical to expand its global mask production and meet the growing demand for masks.
  • In April 2023, Honeywell announced plans to invest USD 100 million in its U.S. mask manufacturing facilities. This investment will help Honeywell increase its mask production capacity and meet the growing demand for masks in the U.S.

The disposable face mask market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Billion) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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By Product Type, 2018 – 2032

  • Surgical Masks
  • N95/N99 Respirators
  • Dust Masks

By Material, 2018 – 2032

  • Polypropylene
  • Non-Woven

By Distribution Channel, 2018 – 2032

  • Online
  • Offline

By End User, 2018 – 2032

  • Healthcare
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Personal

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • GCC
    • South Africa


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global market for disposable face mask recorded USD 2.3 billion in 2022 and is estimated to register 2.5% CAGR between 2023 and 2032, due to the increased public awareness about the importance of personal hygiene as well as health and safety practices worldwide.

Demand for surgical disposable face masks is poised to witness 1.9% CAGR from 2023-2032, owing to the increasing demand for protective equipment for the safety of healthcare professionals.

The industrial end-user segment recorded USD 900 million in 2022 and is expected to witness significant growth by 2032 driven by the rising adoption for safety against respiratory diseases and occupational hazards.

Asia-Pacific recorded 35% share of the market in 2022 and will see significant growth through 2032, owing to the increasing urbanization and industrialization driven by higher exposure to pollution and respiratory hazards in the region.

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