- The U.S. ballistic and ancillary protective gear market was $1.3 billion
in 2010 and is expected to reach $1.4 billion in 2012. This figure is
projected to reach $1.9 billion in 2017 yielding a compound annual growth rate
(CAGR) of 5.8% between 2012 and 2017.
- The protective head gear sector within the U.S. was $781 million in 2010
and is expected to reach $860 million in 2012. The projected estimate for 2017
is $1.1 billion given a CAGR of 4.8% between 2012 and 2017.
- The ballistic body and vehicle armor and gear sector in the U.S. was $508
million in 2010 and is expected to reach $587 million in 2012. The sector
should increase at a CAGR of 7.2% to reach $832 million in 2017.
U.S. VALUE ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR, 2007-2017
Source: BCC Research
SCOPE OF REPORT
The markets for protective ballistic gear and armor markets remain a
fragmented industry. There are significant and specific segments of the
protective gear and armor industry designed to perform specific tasks and are
rated as to their effectiveness. Within each of those segments are a variety
of players, including government organizations that create, develop and
enforce regulations and standards, raw material suppliers, fiber and fabric
manufacturers, mills and fabric producers, finished goods manufacturers, and
suppliers and distributors. The supply chain is complex. The focus of this
report is on the major equipment designers and suppliers of the products. To
emphasize the complexity, it may be that one large corporation through many of
its divisions and business units can be involved in all sectors of the supply
What is termed “body armor or bulletproof armor” is better termed
as individual ballistic protection. There are strict NIJ (National Institute
of Justice) standards that body armor must meet for various levels of
protection. Vehicular armor includes bullet and fragmentation-resistant
vehicles, up-armored and purpose built vehicles that are used in both law
enforcement and military applications. The retrofitting of the vehicles uses
the same types of materials and some of the newer engineered in-place vehicle
In this report, BCC Research identifies the top 10 companies in the ballistic
and blast protection market. Factors taken into account included technical
innovations, market leadership and commitment to this market via investment in
products. In selecting these top 10 companies, BCC Research looked across the
industry spectrum and selected the most active and significant contributors
while recognizing that there are other contenders in this very complex and
multifaceted market sector. Some of these “significant others”
are included but to a less detailed extent than the top 10 companies that are
the focus. The levels of ownership are more detailed for the “top
Although there are frequent mentions in military documents and in the popular
press concerning nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC or NBCR) equipment,
this is excluded from our discussion. There is no truly protective clothing
for severe nuclear threats such as a battlefield nuclear explosion or a
Chernobyl-level nuclear accident. When gamma rays are present in force and
quantity, the effective absorbers might be lead or the misnomer
“depleted” uranium. Respirators and clothing do help, but the
best solution is situational awareness.
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
A structured approach is based on optimal use of BCC Research's own databases
and proprietary information, as well as primary and secondary research
techniques and methodologies. The material researched and presented in this
technical market report is based on information gathered from personal
contacts within government agencies, individuals involved in materials and
manufacturing, industry consultants, and to some degree, on the authors'
personal experience in speaking with industry sources knowledgeable in the
Additional data was obtained from reviews of secondary sources, such as trade
publications, trade-associated company literature, government documents and
patents. This was done in an effort to supplement the application, market,
and trend data gathered from primary sources. SEC filings offer an insight
into the trend for acquisitions and mergers. Monetary projections presented
in this report are reported in constant U.S. dollars. A targeted and
selective use of recent patents is encompassed into the document.
Anna Welch Crull, a chemist and experienced private consultant, is qualified
in electrochemistry, polymers, membrane materials and advanced materials. Ms.
Crull has worked with BCC Inc. (now BCC Research) for more than 30 years and
has authored more than 114 technical/marketing reports, helped establish 10
technical newsletters, and assisted in numerous special consulting studies and
conferences for more than 35 corporations and supplied business intelligence
and research for U.S. government entities. She has worked for the U.S. Army
Materials Command on rocket technology, propellants and explosives. Ms. Crull
is a graduate of the School of Engineering, University of Mississippi and
holds a master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Missouri.
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Table of Contents
Top Ten Companies in Ballistic and Ancillary Protective Gear
Chapter - 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary
- SCOPE OF REPORT
- METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
- ANALYST CREDENTIALS
- ABOUT BCC RESEARCH
- BCC ON-LINE SERVICES
Chapter - 2: SUMMARY
- Table Summary: U.S. VALUE ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR, THROUGH 2017
- Figure Summary: U.S. VALUE ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR, 2007-2017
Chapter - 3: OVERVIEW
- BODY/BALLISTIC ARMOR
- MARKET DRIVERS
- VALUE CHAIN
- AGENCIES SETTING STANDARDS
- MATERIALS FOR ARMOR
- ARMOR FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
- CIVILIAN ARMORED VEHICLES
- MILITARY PROTECTIVE BODY AND VEHICLE ARMOR
- DESIGN CHANGES
- DIFFERENT ARMOR MATERIALS AND CONCEPTS
- INTERCEPTOR BODY ARMOR SYSTEM
- VEHICLE ARMOR
Chapter - 4: LEADERS IN BALLISTIC AND VEHICLE ARMOR
- TOP 10 FOCUS COMPANIES
- PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR MATERIALS BY MARKET SHARE
- COMPANIES TO WATCH
- VALUE ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR
- Table 7: U.S. MARKET SHARE OF BALLISTIC BODY ARMOR MATERIALS BY COMPANY,
Chapter - 5: ADVANCED HEAD PROTECTION GEAR
- BATTLE AGAINST HEAD INJURIES
- ENHANCED COMBAT HELMET/ADVANCED COMBAT HELMET
- FIREFIGHTER HEAD PROTECTION/FIRE HELMETS
- INDUSTRIAL HARD HATS
- FACE AND EYE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
- BALLISTIC EYE PROTECTION/GOGGLES
- VALUE OF PROTECTIVE HEAD GEAR
- COMPANIES ACTIVE IN ADVANCED HEAD PROTECTIVE GEAR MARKET
- OTHER MANUFACTURERS
List of Tables
- Summary Table: U.S. VALUE ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR, THROUGH 2017
- Table 1: BALLISTIC RESISTANCE OF BODY ARMOR NIJ STANDARD-0101.06
- Table 2: NIJ STANDARD-0101.04
- Table 3: NIJ 0101.03 VS. 0101.05 COMPARISON
- Table 4: HARD BODY ARMOR: RIFLE PLATE PROTECTION LEVELS
- Table 5: AGENCIES INVOLVED IN SETTING PROTECTIVE GEAR STANDARDS
- Table 6: CONSIDERATIONS FOR MILITARY BODY ARMOR DESIGN
- Table 7: U.S. MARKET SHARE OF BALLISTIC BODY ARMOR MATERIALS BY COMPANY,
- Table 8: PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR MATERIALS BY TYPE, 2012 MARKET SHARES
- Table 9: VALUE BALLISTIC BODY AND VEHICLE ARMOR, THROUGH 2017
- Table 10: STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING AND PROXIMITY FIRE FIGHTING HELMETS
- Table 11: VALUE U.S. ADVANCED HEAD PROTECTIVE GEAR, THROUGH 2017
List of Figures
- Summary Figure: U.S. VALUE ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR, 2007-2017
- Figure 1: IRAQI POLICEMAN WEARING RANGER BODY ARMOR
- Figure 2: VARIOUS DEFENDER ENHANCED SMALL ARMS PROTECTIVE INSERTS
- Figure 3: VARIOUS CERAMIC BASED COMPOSITE ARMOR SHAPES
- Figure 4: VARIOUS BACKING SYSTEM PLATES
- Figure 5: CAMAN MRAP
- Figure 6: POINT BLANK FEMALE C-SERIES
- Figure 7: INTERNATIONAL INTERCEPTOR WITH GROIN PROTECTOR
- Figure 8: CURRENT COMBAT HELMETS
- Figure 9: BAE SYSTEMS HELMET MOUNTED HEADS SENSOR
- Figure 10: TRAINEE WITH COMBAT HELMET AND GOGGLES
- Figure 11: CERADYNE TOLL VACUUM PRESS OPERATION
- Figure 12: REVISION EQUIPMENT COMPATIBLE HELMET WITH NIGHT VISION GOGGLES
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BCC Research Identifies Top 10 Advanced Ballistic and Ancillary Protective Gear Companies
July 17th, 2012
Advanced protective gear and armor are forward-looking technology sectors. These advanced protective products primarily serve those in law enforcement, correctional institutions, Homeland Security, and the military. Most companies engaged in the advanced protective gear and armor business never stop looking for ways to improve and enhance their products by way of R&D, acquisitions, or partnerships. Almost none of these companies are vertically integrated from raw material to finished product. Vertical integration is a business plan that is receiving some attention to gain control of raw materials and the distribution system for personal protective gear and armor.
In this study, BCC Research identifies the top 10 companies participating in the complex advanced protective gear and armor market, as well as many other more specialized companies also deserving attention in the coming months and years.
Because of the complex nature of this market, BCC evaluated these companies using a variety of criteria, namely product innovation, accessibility to material, and vertical integration or business collaboration practices.
Given these criteria, BCCs assessment yielded these as the top 10 advanced thermal protective gear and clothing suppliers:
- Royal DSM NV.
- Ceradyne Inc.
- BAE/Armor Holdings.
- TenCate Protective Fabrics.
- Point Blank Enterprises.
- Alliant Techsystems (ATK)/Black Hawk BlackHawk Industries.
- General Dynamics/Force Protection.
- Teijin Aramid/Teijin Group.