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Respiratory Protective Equipment Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Product (Air Purifying Respirator [Unpowered {Disposable Half Mask, Reusable Half Mask, Full Face Mask}, Powered {Half Face Mask, Full Face Mask, Helmets, Hoods & Visors}], Supplied Air Respirator [Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, Airline Respirator]) and Application (Industrial, Medical & Healthcare, Military & Aviation, Public Service, Consumers), Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI2117
  • Published Date: Oct 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Respiratory Protective Equipment Market size was valued at around USD 8.26 billion in 2020 and will exhibit a growth rate of over 6.8% CAGR from 2021 to 2027. The rising demand for products in the medical industry, especially in North America and Europe, is projected to boost the overall respiratory protective equipment industry growth.

Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is a category of personal protective equipment that protects workers from inhaling harmful substances in the workplace air. There are mainly two types of respiratory protective equipment, air purifying respirators and supplied air respirators. Respiratory protective equipment is grouped as air purifying respirators, supplied air respirators, and others.

respiratory protective equipment market outlook

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Air purifying respirators include two types of respirators i.e., unpowered and powered, while supplied air respirators include self-contained breathing apparatus and airline respirator. A powered, air-purifying respirator is a protective equipment that is used to safeguard workers against contaminated air. Unpowered respiratory protective equipment either functions based on the breathing action of the wearer or through a long breathing hose that is secured in a clean environment. They are available in both disposable & reusable forms.

Rapid industrialization across the globe is a key factor contributing to the growth of RPE market due to the safety applications of different types of respiratory protective equipment in several end use industries such as construction, chemical manufacturing, aerospace, textile, sports & entertainments, pulp & paper, mining, oil & gas, agriculture, metal fabrication, marine, and food industry.

Furthermore, the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., France, Italy, Germany, China, and India is a major factor driving the demand for the product. Rapidly growing demand for the product in the healthcare & medical industry by patients, visitors, doctors, and hospital staff is also likely to influence the overall respiratory protective equipment market share.

Rapid growth in the construction industry especially in the Asia Pacific region is projected to boost the demand for respiratory protective equipment. RPE is widely used in the construction industry during handling of construction materials such as sand, cement, Plaster of Paris (POP), paints etc. in order to avoid inhaling particulate matters. With the rising urbanization and suburban expansion, the Asia-Pacific construction industry is predicted to reach round USD 14 trillion by 2021, up from USD 10 trillion in 2017.

Rising demand for APR will complement the RPE industry growth

respiratory protective equipment market by product

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The air purifying respirator segment held the largest volume share of around 60% in 2020 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 6.8% through 2027 owing to its widespread use by the workers in several end-use industries to protect against dust particles, fumes, smoke, mists, vapors, silica particles, and other pollutants.

Furthermore, the supplied air respirator segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% during the assessment period. The surging applications of supplied air respirators by industries, such as construction, food, and mining, are likely to boost the global respiratory protective equipment market growth. Supplied air respirators, such as the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), are the most commonly used respirators by firefighting professionals, in which they carry an air tank containing compressed air and a demand regulator to supply air at the required rate to a facepiece to overcome oxygen deficient atmospheres at the fire site, allowing them to perform their duties more effectively.

Proliferating demand for RPE in the industrial applications will drive the overall market

respiratory protective equipment market by application

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The industrial segment dominated the global respiratory protective equipment market and is anticipated to reach around 61.7% of volume share by 2027. RPE market for industrial applications is expected to grow at the highest CAGR of 10% through 2027. The industrial segment includes chemical manufacturing, aerospace, mining, textile, construction, marine, oil & gas, metal fabrication, agriculture, pulp & paper, and food industry.

Increased awareness of safety and severe requirements surrounding the use of RPE by various regulatory authorities, including OSHA and the European Union, are projected to boost the product demand in industrial applications. Furthermore, the rising application of RPE in agriculture industry will fuel the respiratory protective equipment market growth. In agriculture industry, air purifying respirators such as powered reusable full-face masks and half face masks are used during the pesticide spraying in open fields and in greenhouses, nurseries, floriculture, gardening and during grain handling or processing.

North America to witness a significant growth during the forecast period

respiratory protective equipment market by region

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North America respiratory protective equipment market accounted for 34.25% in 2020 and slated to surpass USD 4 billion by 2027 due to the high awareness about the personal safety and the strict laws by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requiring workers to wear respiratory protection equipment when working in hazardous environments. According to OSHA's Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Compressed Gas Association's Commodity Specification G-7-1989, companies must design and maintain an efficient respiratory protection program, and workers must wear respirators to protect themselves from occupational risks. 

Product expansion is one of the major strategic outlooks of the overall industry

Market players in the global respiratory protective equipment industry are majorly focused on innovative product launches and business expansion. Some of the key manufacturers include 3M, Alpha Pro Tech, Honeywell International Inc., RPB Safety LLC, Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), Bullard, Delta Plus Group, The Gerson Company, Intech Safety Private Limited, Kimberley-Clark Corp., Gentex Corporation, Uvex Safety Group, Moldex-Metric Inc., Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Cam Lock Limited, Kasco srl, Scandia Gear Europe B.V., and Imbema Cleton BV, among others.

The respiratory protective equipment market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Thousand Units & revenue in USD billion from 2021 to 2027 for the following segments:

By Product

  • APR
    • Unpowered
      • Disposable filtering half mask
      • Reusable half mask
      • Full-face mask
    • Powered
      • Half face mask
      • Full-face mask
      • Helmets, hoods & visors
  • SAR
    • SCBA
    • Airline respirator
  • Others

By Application

  • Industrial
  • Medical & healthcare
  • Military & aviation
  • Public service
  • Consumer

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • South Korea
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hiralkumar Patel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Respiratory protective equipment market size had exceeded USD 8.26 billion in 2020 and will exhibit over 6.8% CAGR from 2021 to 2027 with increasing industrial applications.

Respiratory protective equipment is a personal protective equipment which is grouped as air purifying respirators, supplied air respirators, etc. and is used to protect workers from inhaling harmful substances in workplace air.

Air purifying respirator segment held 60% share in 2020 and will observe over 6.8% CAGR through 2027 with its widespread use by industrial workers for protection against dust particles, fumes, mists, silica particles, etc.

Respiratory protective equipment is majorly used by industrial segment comprising chemical, aerospace, textile, construction, oil & gas, metal fabrication, pulp & paper, food industry, etc.

The major companies in respiratory protective equipment market are 3M, Alpha Pro Tech, Honeywell International Inc., Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), The Gerson Company, Intech Safety Private Limited, and Kimberley-Clark Corp. among others.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 18
  • Tables & Figures: 185
  • Countries covered: 19
  • Pages: 270

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