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Protective Face Masks Market Size By Product (Procedure Masks, Surgical Masks {ASTM Level 1, ASTM Level 2, ASTM Level 3}, N95 Respirators {With Valve, Without Valve}, Face Shields {Disposable, Reusable}), By End-use (Hospital & Clinics, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Long Term Care Centers, Research Institutes, Individuals), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022 – 2030

  • Report ID: GMI4639
  • Published Date: May 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Protective Face Masks Market size accounted for over USD 16.6 billion in 2021 and is estimated to grow at 3.3% between 2022 and 2030. The benefits associated with protective face masks such as to avoid contact with dusts, airborne germs, and other infection-carrying pathogens is expected to boost the market growth. Furthermore, increasing awareness among the population regarding benefits of protective face masks is expected to accelerate the market outlook. Also, governments such as World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) are recommending using the masks in public places to curb the infectious diseases including COVID-19 pandemic.

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Protective face masks are intended to be worn by healthcare professionals during surgeries and examinations to minimize the risk of transmission of infection. The masks are made of non-woven material that acts as barrier to fluid. This serves to reduce the transmission of infection between individuals.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a largely positive impact on the global protective face masks industry. The pandemic had expedited the adoption of face masks. Moreover, with hospitals operating at full capacity to treat COVID-19 patients, there has been increasing demand for face masks. To overcome these consequences, companies were ramping up the production to meet the demand.

Countries such as China, U.S. and Japan are expected to garner significant revenue owing to presence of various manufacturers and high demand for protective face masks. However, this trend is expected to show a dip in 2021 owing to control over the number of new COVID-19 cases and launch of various vaccines for prevention of infection. This led to a decrease in the sales of protective face masks in 2021.

Rising cases of air-borne diseases will drive the demand for protective face masks

Increasing prevalence of air-borne diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, and whooping cough (pertussis) among others is expected to boost the protective face masks market growth. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2020, there were 5.8 million people diagnosed with TB across the globe. This disease is caused by pathogenic microbes that can be discharged from an infected individual via sneezing, coughing, aerosolization of the microbe, and laughing.

Thus, to prevent spreading of such air borne diseases, the use of protective face masks will be done to help curb the risk of disease, thereby propelling the market growth. Furthermore, there has been an increase in awareness pertaining to benefits of wearing protective face masks.

Government regulation for manufacturing N95 masks may slow down the market demand

Complex regulatory landscape may act as a barrier in the protective face masks business growth. Various governments and organizations have laid certain guidelines and rules for safer and effective manufacturing of N95 masks, as they may cause flammability. For instance, FDA has classified N95 respirators under Class II devices and it requires premarket review in accordance with Surgical and Infection Control Devices (OHT4). However, FDA & NIOSH have approved N95 respirators for diagnostic purposes or while performing the tests.

Growing concerns regarding the spread of infectious diseases will propel the demand for procedure masks  

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By product, Procedure masks dominated the market share and held 40.5% share of the market in 2021 due to usage of these masks during check-ups and dental examination. Also, the procedures masks are widely used by individuals to reduce the chances of infections and allergies. Moreover, the procedure masks are used by medical professionals for performing patient procedure, or when individual is in isolation to protect itself from potential contaminants. Further, the increase in demand from the public to combat the spread of infectious diseases is expected to boost the segmental expansion during the forthcoming years.

Usage of face masks in hospital setting and in clinics owing to growing number of surgeries will positively influence market trends

By end-use, the hospital & clinics segment is expected to show lucrative market CAGR of 2.9% through 2030 owing to the increasing prevalence of infectious diseases. Moreover, increasing hospital admissions for surgeries has also accelerated the industry growth. For instance, according to the British Heart Foundation report, in 2020, around 371,000 heart procedures and operations were performed in England.

Similarly, according to the American Hospital Associations (AHA), in 2020, around 33.4 million hospital admission were registered in U.S. Thus, usage of face masks in hospital settings during the surgeries will significantly foster the market growth of protective face masks.

Mandate use of protective face masks during COVID-19 infection across the region will boost the market statistics

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North America protective face masks market was valued at more than USD 1 billion in 2021 and is expected to witness lucrative growth during the forecast timeframe. The increasing incidence of infectious disease in the region has pushed individuals and healthcare professionals to opt for face masks to ensure the safety. Also, the demand of protective face masks in North America is driven by expanding consumer base along with rising awareness regarding personal hygiene and health. In addition, presence of key industry players in the region is one of the key factors for influencing the regional market growth. Moreover, mandate use of face masks during the COVID-19 crisis has significantly contributed to the market growth of the region.

Growth strategies of market players are focused on increasing the customer base

A few key players in the protective face masks industry are 3M, BSN Medical, Honeywell, Coltene, Cardinal Health and Dentsply Sirona among others. These market players are adopting various combination of growth strategies to capture larger market share and increase their revenue from the protective face masks industry.

Recent industry developments:

  • In July 2021, 3M launched its new disposable KN95 respirator also known as the 3M Particulate Respirator 9513. The product is designed for comfort and breathability while protecting the user by filtering at least 95 per cent of airborne particles. This strategy is expected to enable the company to expand their product offering, thereby generating revenue from its sales.
  • In September 2020, Angelini Group announced initiation of large-scale and stable production of surgical masks in Italy. Four production lines that were fully automated and specially designed for production of devices for prevention of COVID-19 were installed in the Luxottica production centre. The increased production capacity will significantly drive the company’s revenue and strengthen its market position.

The protective face masks market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2022 to 2030, for the following segments:

By Product

  • 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

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

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

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • Turkey
    • Belgium
    • The Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East and Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Iran


Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Protective face masks market value was around USD 16.6 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a rate of 3.3% from 2022 to 2030 owing to rising awareness regarding the benefits of the product and increased disease risks.
North America protective face masks industry size surpassed USD 1 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to record appreciable growth considering the escalating incidence of infectious diseases.
The procedure masks segment accounted for nearly 40.5% of the protective face masks industry share in 2021 and will expand through 2030 due to the surging product usage during dental examination and check-ups.
Prominent companies in the protective face masks industry comprise Honeywell, 3M, Cardinal Health, Coltene, Dentsply Sirona, and others.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 16
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  • Countries covered: 23
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