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Protective Face Masks Market - Size by Product (Procedure Masks, Surgical Masks, N95 Respirators, Face Shields), By End-use (Hospitals & Clinics, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Long-term Care Centers, Research Institutes, Individuals) – Global Forecast, 2023-2032.

  • Report ID: GMI4639
  • Published Date: Aug 2023
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Protective Face Masks Market Size

Protective Face Masks Market size was worth USD 8.7 billion in 2022 and is projected to record robust growth at 5.8% CAGR from 2023-2032, attributed to the rising demand among healthcare professionals on account of the increasing number of surgeries worldwide.


Protective Face Masks Market

The growing incidence of infectious illnesses is accelerating the usage of protective masks. For instance, the CDC estimated that between October 2021 and May 2022, around 8.4 million Americans caught flu, and nearly 1.3 million people nationwide were hospitalized due to these infections.  Surgical masks have thus grown essential for reducing the chance of contamination during medical operations for protecting both patients and healthcare professionals. With the expansion of healthcare services and surgical procedures becoming more prevalent, protective face masks are witnessing prominence. Furthermore, the rising demand for medical nonwoven disposables masks due to their convenience, cost-effectiveness, and sanitary benefits will fuel the market expansion.

Low profit margins are expected to pose significant challenge for the protective face masks market growth. The intense competition, rapid demand fluctuations, and price pressure intensified by the urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced the profits for manufacturers. The rising emphasis on maintaining quality and meeting stringent standards while managing production costs also hindered the investment in research, innovation, and expansion.


COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had profound impact on the adoption of protective face masks. The sudden and widespread transmission of the virus resulted in the surging demand for face masks preventing the rate of infection. Initially during 2020, the WHO estimated that 89 million medical masks would be required every month amid the outbreak. The surging efforts by governments and health organizations globally on recommending and mandating mask-wearing and implementing favorable regulations to support the production and distribution of masks added to the market growth. For instance, the U.S. granted China tariff exemptions for medical products, including face masks.


Protective Face Masks Market Trends

The advent of sustainable and reusable mask solutions is one of the key trends influencing the market progress. The rising environmental consciousness among consumers and companies worldwide has stirred the higher preference for alternatives to single-use masks. To that end, several industry players are investing in R&D activities to produce innovative eco-friendly masks. To cite an instance, in September 2022, Hong Kong start-up, OKOSIX® unveiled the first medical-grade face mask across the world to assist in breaking down into carbon dioxide, water, and safe organic compounds within six months. Furthermore, the increasing availability of fashion-forward and personalized reusable masks for attracting a wide range of customers will also boost the industry size.


Protective Face Masks Market Analysis

 Protective Face Masks Market Size, By Product,

Protective face masks market size from the procedure masks segment exceeded USD 3.5 billion in revenue in 2022 and is poised to record 5.6% CAGR from 2023-2032. The growth is attributed to the widespread usage of procedure masks by individuals, particularly across the healthcare sector to limit the chances of infections and allergies. Procedure masks are available in various levels of protection for meeting the diverse needs in healthcare, dental, and outpatient settings. Owing to their comfortable design and ease of use, procedure masks have grown most preferred infection control supplies. Additionally, the growing awareness of airborne diseases in the post-pandemic will contribute to the segment growth.


 Protective Face Masks Market Share, By End-use,

Protective face masks market from the hospitals & clinics end-use segment is anticipated to foresee 5.3% growth rate through 2032. The growing number of hospital admissions and surgeries is accelerating the industry expansion.  The influx of COVID-19 pandemic has led to intensified requirements, necessitating hospitals to invest in large amounts of emergency medical supplies, including medical-grade masks, to protect patients and healthcare personnel, further promoting the market expansion. For instance, in April 2023, the BMC mandated the use of face masks for staff, patients, and visitors at all civic-run hospitals in Mumbai, India.


U.S. Protective Face Masks Market Size,

North America protective face masks market is estimated to generate more than USD 592 million in revenue by 2032 driven by the increasing concerns related to personal hygiene and health among consumers. The surging awareness among government and consumers about the environmental risks caused by petroleum-based synthetic disposable masks is driving the demand for eco-friendly protection products in the region. For instance, in March 2023, the PADM Medical Group of Companies announced that it received 510(k) approval from the U.S. FDA to launch its first-ever plant-based, procedural mask for use across the healthcare and medical settings in the country.


Protective Face Masks Market Share

Some of the leading enterprises operating in the protective face masks market are :

  • DACH Schutzbekleidung GmbH & Co. KG
  • Crosstex
  • 3M
  • Akzenta GmbH & Co. KG.
  • BSN Medical
  • Cardinal Health
  • Coltene
  • Dentsply Sirona
  • Thermo Fisher scientific
  • Henry Schein
  • Honeywell
  • Ahlstrom-Munksjo
  • Medibase
  • Moldex
  • GVS S.p.A
  • Hygeco International Products

Protective Face Masks Market News

  • In May 2022, Honeywell introduced two new NIOSH-certified respirators, the DC365 compact surgical N95 respirator and the RU8500X series half-mask respirator to address the rising demands of healthcare workers. This launch allowed the company to expand its client base while boosting the personal protective equipment range.

Protective face masks market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Product (USD Million)

  • Procedure masks
  • Surgical masks
  • ASTM level 1
  • ASTM level 2
  • ASTM level 3 
  • N95 respirators
  • Without valve
  • With valve
  • Face shields
  • Disposable
  • Reusable

By End-use (USD Million)

  • Hospitals & clinics
  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Long term care centers
  • Research institutes
  • Individuals
  • Others

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

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada 
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • The Netherlands
    • Denmark
    • Poland
    • Sweden
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • New Zealand
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam
    • Indonesia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
    • Chile
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • UAE
    • Turkey


Authors: Mariam Faizullabhoy , Pratiksha Kamthe

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Protective face masks industry was worth USD 8.7 billion in 2022 and is projected to record 5.8% CAGR from 2023-2032 owing to the rising demand among healthcare professionals due to the increasing number of surgeries globally.

Procedure masks segment accounted for over USD 3.5 billion in revenue in 2022 and is estimated to record 5.6% CAGR from 2023-2032 owing to their widespread usage by individuals to limit the chances of infections and allergies.

North America protective face masks industry size is estimated to reach USD 592 million by 2032, attributed to the rising consumer concerns related to personal hygiene and health

Some top companies engaged in the protective face masks market are DACH Schutzbekleidung GmbH & Co. KG, Crosstex, 3M, Akzenta GmbH & Co. KG., BSN Medical, Cardinal Health, Coltene, Dentsply Sirona, Thermo Fisher scientific, Henry Schein, Honeywell, and Ahlstrom-Munksjo,

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