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Personal Protective Equipment Market - By Product (Head, Eye & Face Protection, Hearing Protection, Protective Clothing, Respiratory Protection, Protective Footwear, Fall Protection, Hand Protection), By Application & Global Forecast, 2024 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI373
  • Published Date: Apr 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Personal Protective Equipment Market Size

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market size valued at USD 58.64 billion in 2023 and is expected to witness over 7.3% CAGR from 2024 to 2032. The presence of favorable regulatory norms pertaining to occupational health and safety will be a major factor bolstering the demand for personal protective equipment. Workers working in the industrial environment are exposed to several physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychological hazards.

Personal Protective Equipment Market

The surging incidences of occupational accidents have encouraged governments and regulatory authorities to introduce workplace safety norms focused on ensuring workers' safety. The economic good sense and humanitarian desires among companies and organizations globally to create and maintain healthier and safer working conditions will create a favorable growth outlook for the personal protective equipment industry development.

Price fluctuations may act as a restraining factor

The steady rise in prices of raw materials owing to the supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may emerge as a significant growth barrier in the foreseeable future. PPE demand has skyrocketed in recent years. Besides, there has been a considerable rise in concerns pertaining to maintaining subpar product quality. Additionally, PPE manufacturers are focusing on developing high-quality products and introducing stringent quality control measures. The increasing complexity in the manufacturing process may hamper the industry revenue streams through 2032.

Personal Protective Equipment Market Analysis

Personal Protective Equipment Market Size, By Product, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

As per product, personal protective equipment market is segmented into head protection, eye & face protection, fall protection, hearing protection, protective clothing, respiratory protection, protective footwear and hand protection. The hand protection segment accounted for over USD 12 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to register around 7% CAGR between 2023 and 2032. Shift in focus towards growing worker safety across mining, construction, chemical and manufacturing sectors should drive global market growth. Statistically, wearing gloves reduces the relative risk of hand injury by about 60%, making it one of the most effective industrial injury prevention programs.

The hand & arm protection market has observed significant technological advancements over the past few years. Leading industrial safety gloves manufacturers are focusing on introducing highly advanced protection gloves to provide superior protection against sharp edges, chemical materials, electricity, and oil. Pharmaceutical labs, electronics clean rooms, automotive manufacturing, or food processing industries require protection designed to enhance safety, which cut the risk of product contamination along with improved performance. Respiratory protective equipment segment is expected to surpass USD 16 billion by 2032 owing to increasing product demand from the North America medical and healthcare sector.

Personal Protective Equipment Market Revenue Share, By Application, (2023)

Personal protective equipment market size from manufacturing applications is projected to reach USD 23 billion by 2032. Workers in factories and other manufacturing units are exposed to sharp fragments, splinters, and corrosive and toxic chemicals. Thus, the need to prevent workers from accidents and injuries across these dangerous work environments stands paramount. The improving economic outlook across developing and transitioning economies and the subsequent rise in demand for goods and services will propel the workforce requirements and foster PPE kit adoption in manufacturing applications.

North America Personal Protective Equipment Market, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

North America personal protective equipment market surpassed USD 18 billion in 2022 and is estimated to grow at over 7.5% CAGR through 2032. The regional growth is attributed to supportive government initiatives aimed at influencing PPE production in response to the pandemic and the presence of strict workers' safety regulations. North America market may witness significant growth owing to increasing manufacturers and worker’s consciousness regarding occupational safety measures along with rising fatal incidences and accidents at workplace is likely to push product demand in this region.

The positive outlook of the automotive and infrastructure renovation sectors will be some of the promising aspects strengthening the regional landscape through 2032. Stringent regulatory guidelines led by OSHA regarding occupational environment safety and need for protective equipment in industrial areas which is enforcing employers to provide protective equipment to the workers thereby stimulating regional growth.

Personal Protective Equipment Market Share

Major companies in the personal protective equipment market are:

  • DuPont
  • 3M
  • Honeywell International
  • Ansell Ltd
  • MSA Company
  • UVEX Safety Group GmbH

 These enterprises have been leveraging cutting-edge technologies to develop improved and state-of-the-art products to gain a competitive edge in the market. For instance, in August 2022, Mexico-based startup MEDU disclosed its plans to develop reusable, virus-resistant PPE products in order to facilitate the tremendous volume of hospital waste. The new product line will appeal to consumers valuing sustainable practices while offering products with high resistance to microbial pathogens.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

The increasing severity of the crisis and the rising infection anxiety during the initial days of the pandemic dramatically pushed the demand for quality-assured PPEs, creating a ruckus across the industry. Besides, the availability of limited products and stringent lockdown measures took a huge toll on the supply chain operations leading raw material supply crunch and price surge. However, later global authorities such as UNICEF came forward and implemented necessary initiatives to ensure product access at affordable prices and mitigate the risk of stockouts in case of future crises.

Off late, the entry of several new participants into the industry and increasing government support and subsidies on PPEs will help the PPE  industry gain commendable traction in the years to come.

This personal protective equipment market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Tons and revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Head Protection
    • 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
    • Flame retardant apparel
    • Chemical defending garment
    • High visibility clothing
  • Respiratory Protection
    • SCBA-Fire Service
    • SCBA-Industrial
    • APR-Disposable
    • Emergency Escape Devices
  • Protective Footwear
  • Fall Protection
    • Personal Systems
    • Engineered Systems
  • Hand Protection
  • Others

By Application

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chemicals
  • Food
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Transportation
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
    • Poland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
    • Thailand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market size crossed USD 58.64 billion in 2023 and is slated to expand at over 7.3% growth rate between 2024 and 2032, owing to the implementation of favorable occupational safety norms across several economies.

The hand protection segment was worth over USD 10 billion in 2022 and is expected to amass a decent market share due to the availability of technologically advanced products with improved ergonomics in the market.

The PPE market from manufacturing applications is likely to drive revenues of over USD 23 billion by 2032, owing to the rising workers’ safety concerns and the massive growth in demand for goods and services.

Leading enterprises in the personal protective equipment market are DuPont, 3M, Honeywell International, Ansell Ltd, MSA Company, COFRA SRL, and UVEX Safety Group GmbH, among others.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market Scope

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