Market Research Report
Global Chemical Protective Clothing Market - 2019-2026
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|Global Chemical Protective Clothing Market - 2019-2026|
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Chemical protective clothing is the workplace protective clothing used for the protection of the workers from chemicals, physical, and biological hazards. It is essential that the care must be taken to provides the protection as expected because these clothes are the last line of defense for protecting the skin. It is useful for preventing the evaporation, leading the skin temperature to increase and resulting in increasing the skin permeability.
The global chemical protective clothing market valued USD XX million in 2018 and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of XX% to reach USD XX million by 2026.
The market growth is driven by the growing chemicals and petrochemicals industry which increases the demand and usage of chemical protective clothes with a rising economy. Rapid industrialization has led to employment in the manufacturing sector which is involved in mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing sector has employed 12.85 million people in the United States in 2018. According to Eurostat, approximately, 30.4 million are employed in Europe in 2016. This has resulted in increasing the usage of chemical protective clothing for protection from chemical hazards.
It has been observed that the increasing stringency of regulatory standards and requirements regarding the usage of chemical protective clothing are increasing the demand for chemical protective clothing. For instance, the personal protective equipment (PPE) Regulation (EU) 2016/425 includes the manufacturing and marketing of personal protective equipment including chemical protective clothing. It defines legal obligations to ensure that PPE on the European market provides the highest level of protection against hazards. The CE marking affixed to PPE provides evidence of this protection. Other standards such as the International Standards Organisation (ISO), European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) or different standards organizations (e.g. NFPA, ASTM) for the chemical protective clothing are influencing the market growth.
Advancement of the different technologies such as nanotechnology, and wearable technology for high performance and cost-effective solution shall fuel the market growth. However, the high price of protective clothing and the availability of the substitutes are hindering the market growth. The integration of information technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality etc., could reduce the need of the workers in the manufacturing sectors. This could have a negative impact in the market.
The global chemical protective clothing market is segmented based on type as aramid & blends, polybenzimidazole (Pbi), polyolefin & blends, cotton fibers, laminated polyesters, polyamide, polyethylene, and others. Among these segments, aramid & blends dominate the market share due to the rising demand for high-quality aramid & blends chemical protective clothing from several industries. Aramid fibers are heat-resistant and strong synthetic fibers that are used for manufacturing the chemical protective clothing.
Polybenzimidazole (PBI) segment is witnessing the highest market growth in comparison to the other segments. It is the synthetic fiber with a very high decomposition temperature. It possesses thermal and chemical stability and not able to readily ignite. It is widely used for manufacturing the chemical protective clothing due to its high stability properties. Laminated polyesters, Polybenzimidazole (PBI), and aramid & blends segments are the most attractive segment for new players as well as the existing market players.
Further, the market is also classified on the basis of application into construction & manufacturing, oil & gas, healthcare/medical, firefighting & law enforcement, military, mining, and others. Construction & manufacturing segment contributes to the highest market share due to several regulations imposed by the government for the reduction of the occupational hazards and provides safety to the workers. Companies are organizing the training programs to guide workers for accurately using protective clothing.
Chemical protective clothing is widely used in the oil & gas industries for preventing health injuries and long-term occupational diseases. This has lead to an increase in the demand of the liquid-proof protective clothing for protecting the people handling a wide range of chemicals with some pressurized jet risks in these industries.
The global chemical protective clothing market is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Africa. Europe accounts for the highest market share due to stringent safety regulations in this region. European council directives and harmonized standards control the market along with product safety and performance. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) directive, 89/686/EC provides the basic requirements for all PPE such as chemical protective clothing (CPC) and dry diving suits, on the single market and CE marking by applying the European standards i.e. EN standards. Europe comprises of authority in each member state which is responsible for PPE directive. Several member states comprised of the notified bodies for performing compliance testing and approval of PPE including the chemical protective clothing.
North America is expected to have positive market growth owing to the several chemical projects are undergoing or being completed. For instance, According to American Chemistry Council (ACC), more than 333 chemical industry projects including the new facilities and capacity expansions cumulatively valued at $202.4 billion are undergoing or completed in 2018 in the United States. These chemical projects have increased the demand for chemical protective clothing. The United States lacks federal regulations on chemical protective clothing (CPC) and diving suits and there are no standards for CPC for industrial use. It is essential to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for chemical protective clothing procurement. Independent institutes and laboratories such as the SEI, Safety Equipment Institute and UL, Underwriters Laboratories handle the certification and approval to NFPA standards.
There are several regulatory regulations imposed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other regulatory bodies along with the safety standards formulated by the American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM).
There is rising chemical demand in developing countries such as India, China, South Korea and Taiwan which could increase the production of chemical protective clothing. China, India and China are making huge investments in the construction industry for building better infrastructures. The emerging petrochemical and pharmaceutical industry with ample opportunities for the market players in the Latin America region is further fueling the market growth.
The global chemical protective clothing market is fragmented with the presence of many local and international players. Emerging entrants, new product launch and product diversification & design intensify competitiveness among companies. 3M Company, Honeywell International, Lakeland Industries, Kimberly Clark Corp, W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., Sion Industries NV (Belgium), and Teijin limited are the prominent market players with the significant market share.
Market players are focusing on the business expansion for the developing new manufacturing facilities for meeting the demand. For instance, in April 2016, Honeywell had launched Hapichem, a new antistatic and chemical resistant, ventilated suit designed for protecting the workers in potentially explosive atmospheres in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Companies are using the multi-functionality strategies for developing new product lines which comprised of the combined chainsaw, antistatic, high-visibility, and chemical clothing features.
The companies are entering into the collaborations, mergers, strategic partnerships and acquisitions to increase the demand for chemical protective clothing and their expansion across the globe. For instance, in January 2018, Kappler, Inc., had entered into the strategic distribution agreement with ADS, Inc., for providing the cost-effective protection for Department of Defense (DOD) personnel. Combining Kappler protective technology expertise with ADS's unique skill-set for best-practice procurement support would lead to the optimization of their strengths and benefit DoD customers.