Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market Size By Product (Head [Safety Helmets & Hard Hats, Bump Caps], Eye & Face Protection [Face Protection, Eye Protection – Plano], Hearing Protection [Cap Mounted, Over the Head Type, Disposable], Protective Clothing, Respiratory Protection [SCBA – Fire Service, SCBA – Industrial, APR – Disposable, Emergency Escape Devices], Protective Footwear, Fall Protection [Personal Systems, Engineered Systems], Hand Protection), By Application (Construction, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Chemicals, Pharmaceutical, Food, Transportation), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Germany, UK, France, Russia, China, India, Japan, Brazil), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 – 2023

Published Date: March 2016 | 170 Pages | Report ID: GMI373 Report Format: PDF

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Industry Trends

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market size was worth over USD 37 billion in 2015, with gains expected at above 7% gains by 2023.

Germany Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, By Product, 2012-2023 (USD Million)
Germany Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, By Product, 2012-2023 (USD Million)


Positive outlook towards rising worker safety in construction, manufacturing, chemical, and food industries should boost global personal protective equipment market size. Efficient usage of these safety equipment reduces the risk of fatalities and hazards, making it an effective industrial injury prevention programs.

U.S. workplace fatalities. was assessed at over 4,500 in 2008. Stringent safety norms and active participation for using personal protective equipment by industries to reduce fatalities, the number came down close to around 4,200 in 2013. As of 2015 statistics, the overall number of reported injuries was close to 9% as compared to 2014. Growing fatal injuries instances at workplace has emphasized safety importance which should boost PPE market size.  

Construction and manufacturing projects in Middle East and Asia Pacific markets may increase blue collar workforce in these regions and boost personal protective equipment market size. Asia Pacific construction industry was valued at over USD 1.5 trillion in 2015 and expects gains at over 5%. Growth in economy, particularly in India and China markets have enhanced infrastructure systems which include harbors, airports, rail transports, and roadways.

Asia Pacific airport construction projects includes building new airfield along with upgradation of exisiting airports. Investment spending in 543 pipelined airport projects was over USD 190 billion in 2015. Rising income levels along with increasing civil aviation industry has led to increase in air passenger traffic in the region.These factors should positive influence personal protective equipment market size

Favorable regulations by OSHA mainly in the U.S. and Europe market should drive personal protective equipment market size. These regulations safeguard employees who may be exposed to health risk at work. Flame retardant apparel consumption in India was 370,000 units/year by 2013. CFR 1910.132-138 and OSHA 1910.269 regulation sets guidelines for the PPE market and made it mandatory for people working near electric arcs and flames to wear flame retardant clothing.

Key raw materials, carbon fibers and aramid fibres are used for manufacturing protective clothing. Surging high performance fiberglass prices globally along with unstable supplies may hinder industry and affect personal protective equipment market price trend.

Personal Protective Equipment Market, By Product

Hand protection equipment market size generated over USD 8.5 billion in business in 2015. This personal protective equipment finds application in manufacturing, construction, chemicals, pharmaceutical, and food industries to protect workers from hand injuries. In addition, it is used in manufacturing industry to avoid injuries that may arise due to abrasions, chemicals, and cuts.

Fall protection equipment market size from engineered systems should witness significant gains at around 7.5%. This personal protective equipment type includes body belts, safety nets, chest harness, suspension belts and full body harness. In addition, it is used in construction, aerospace, power, defense, and oil & gas industries.

Respiratory protection equipment market size from self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) fire service was valued at over USD 400 million in 2015. This PPE type is worn by the fire fighters and rescue workers to afford breathable air in an emergency purpose. It is used in construction, mining, petrochemical, chemical, and nuclear industries to prevent the harmful effects caused in the lungs due to fire explosion.

Industrial protective clothing market size should significantly grow over the estimated period. Strict government regulations by NIOSH and OSHA towards minimizing fatalities and injuries from chemical and fire should drive PPE market size. 

Personal Protective Equipment Market, By Application

Personal protective equipment market size from manufacturing application may generate over USD 13.5 billion business by 2023. It involves processes such as grinding, welding and torch cutting which may cause injuries to employees. Increasing manufacturing industry in India, China, Brazil, Japan and Singapore should drive industry growth.

Personal protective equipment market size from transportation should witness highest gains at over 7.5%. It is required in areas such as industrial plant floor where airplanes or commercial vehicles are manufactured and in vehicle paint shops. Growing transportation sector in Canada, India and China may drive product demand.

Personal protective equipment market size from construction may witness significant gains over the foreseeable period. Major workforce base is employed for construction applications which demands for important specifications towards protecting employees from head, hand, and foot injuries.  

Personal Protective Equipment Market, By Region

U.S. personal protective equipment market size may generate over USD 21 billion business by 2023. Rising occupational fatalities along with need for high durable mechanical wear resistance and protective gears in refining, oil & gas, automotive and metal manufacturing industries should drive regional growth demand.

China personal protective equipment market size expects highest gains at above 8.5%. Positive outlook for growth in construction spending along with large scale industries presence should drive regional growth.

France personal protective equipment market size should witness over 6% growth. Implementation of worker’s safety and health standards along with growth in automobile medical, and construction industry should drive regional growth. Brazil personal protective equipment market size expects significant growth over the estimated period. Increasing onshore and offshore drilling activities should pave new opportunities in this region.

Competitive Market Share

Global personal protective equipment market is highly fragmented with top four players accounted for over 55% of the total market share in 2015. Honeywell, 3M, DuPont and Ansell are key market players.

Manufacturers are focused on supplying and designing products for various industries by employing innovative and unique technologies. Most of the manufacturers either have their own licence technology or proprietary technology from other industrial participants.

Other prominent companies include Jal Group, COFRA, Uvex Safety, Rock Fall, MSA Company, Mallcom, Cigweld, and Radians.

Personal Protective Equipment Industry Background

Head, eye, and face personal protective equipment are provided to workers to protect against chemical, environmental, or mechanical irritants and hazards, used in shipyard and construction industry. Hearing protection is used in noise conditions and are worn in order to prevent occupational deafness.

Respiratory based personal protective equipment prevents workers against harmful dusts, smokes, fogs, mists, vapors, gases, and sprays, which may cause cancer or lung impairment. Protective footwear include safety boots or shoes, must be worn by employees who may be exposed to the risk of foot injury from falling or rolling objects. Fall protection is used to prevent injuries from falling from an elevation.

Total quality management (TQM) may fuel industry growth making it compulsory for companies to comply with standards or rules regarding employee’s workplace safety. China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore have extensively adopted stringent frameworks for workers health & safety in hazardous environments.

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