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The global personal protective equipment (PPE) market size was USD 71.05 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 80.38 billion in 2022 to USD 110.85 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented, with personal protective equipment experiencing higher-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a growth rate of 16.58% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
Personal protective equipment is majorly used to protect the user from safety hazards or workplace health. PPE is a significant source of emergency and recuperation of workers' safety. The growing consideration of workers’ safety in oil & gas, mining, construction, and manufacturing industries will drive PPE industry trends. The market includes all safety gears, which protect users against workplace hazards.
Employers are mostly seeking PPE gears for their personnel as they benefit from saving surplus expenses on employees’ compensations, medical expenditures, and lost manufacturing time. Strict regulatory mandates by bodies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and American National Standards Institute (ANSI), have made it compulsory for workers to ensure safe equipment usage in accident-prone areas, which, in turn, is expected to boost the PPE market size.
Constraints in Supply and Logistics to Affect Growth due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading across regions and countries, causing a huge impact on all levels of the supply chain. The supply chain of the PPE market has not been able to function adequately to meet the surging demand. Moreover, constraints in supply and logistics, including a ban on exports for the products and other key materials, have been in focus. The sudden abrupt supply disruptions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), a major producer of personal protective equipment in the global trade market and the first country to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, are impacting Asia Pacific and the rest of the world.
Moreover, export bans and trade restrictions in more than 20 economies have exacerbated the problems in PPE production and distribution. Multilateral development banks, including the Asian Development Bank, are helping increase PPE production and logistics capacities; strengthen the supply chain and other trade finance programs; while also targeting to support susceptible groups such as women, children, and the elderly. According to the Healthcare Organization Procurement Professionals, many facilities and aided living centers treating COVID-19 patients have experienced a 1,064% increase in cost in needed products from the virus outbreak. The rising pricing is even greater (1,084%) for consumers using nitrile gloves due to the unavailability of vinyl gloves or other allergies.
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Utilization of Biodegradable and Recyclable Materials for Manufacturing Safety Gloves Shall Drive Market
Glove manufacturers in the U.S. are making efforts to make the environment greener, safer, and cleaner. Millions of gloves are going into landfills every year and causing soil pollution. Recently, companies such as Showa, Globus, and others introduced a biodegradable disposable nitrile glove, encouraging the domain of green product development. Glove producers can reduce the energy footprint by designing new machines and modifying the existing machines, lowering energy consumption. Additionally, companies can offer packaging made from 100% recycled materials for inner dispensers and outer cases made from 100% post-consumer waste.
Sustainable Usage of Hard Hats to Propel Market Share
The ongoing trend of using eco-friendly materials to maintain environmental safety has led to a rise in the industrial head protection market. Companies are sourcing eco-friendly raw materials such as fossil fuels to manufacture safety helmets and advancements in technology to augment product demand. For instance, MSA offers V-Gard GREEN Hard Hat USDA Certified Bio-based with 95% bio-based content. These helmets are manufactured from a biopolymer named Green High-Density Polyethylene (GHDPE), mainly made from sugarcane-based ethanol. The product offers the benefits of reducing atmospheric CO2 and cutting carbon emissions derived from GHDPE.
Security and Safety Compliances at Workplace to Augment Personal Protective Equipment Market (PPE) Growth
The increasing awareness regarding workers’ safety and health, along with surging industry fatalities, fosters the market. The market includes safety helmets, footwear, protective clothing, earplugs, goggles, eyewear, protective gloves, emergency escape devices, and full-body harnesses.
The increasing number of fatality rates or hazards in the workplace has forced workers to use personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of individuals. For instance, according to the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), there was an 8% drop in the fatal accident rate and a reduction in fatalities in the oil & gas industry from 33% in 2017 to 31% in 2018. NIOSH has issued recommendations for decreasing the risk of such fatalities by conducting hazard assessment on the well site, training workers on the hazards associated with gauging tanks, usage of respiratory protection such as Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), and establishing emergency medical response during the event.
Moreover, OSHA has framed occupational health and safety regulations in the U.S. to promote the proper usage of the product. Also, various compliance-consulting firms provide recognized certifications and tests for proper product usage to maintain a healthy workplace environment.
Growth in Construction Industry to Drive Personal Protective Equipment Market
According to the market analysis, the growing infrastructure and construction projects in the U.S., China, and India may create huge market expansion opportunities. As per OSHA, the construction sector recorded over 995 out of 4,500 deaths in 2019, mainly due to being struck by objects, electrocution, falls, trench cave-ins, and malfunctioning of equipment such as cranes and forklifts.
Falls are the major reason for the construction sector's rising fatality rates. According to OSHA, construction-related falls result in around 100,000 injuries and nearly 100 to 200 deaths every year. The increasing novel infrastructure projects for residential & commercial building developments shall boost the personal protective equipment market growth. Furthermore, construction workers wear protective boots or shoes with puncture-resistant and slip-resistant soles to prevent crushed toes when working around falling objects or heavy equipment. Stringent regulatory policies, norms, and high mortality rates have been framed to safeguard workers’ well-being. A high mortality rate has been framed to safeguard workers’ well-being. It would contribute to the market growth.
Sales of Inexpensive and Low-quality Products to Restrict Market Growth
The lack of consumer awareness regarding workplace hazards accompanied by the sale of substandard, low-grade, and inexpensive products may hinder the market growth. Besides this, the threat from duplicate, inferior quality, and substitute products may hamper the growth of the industrial safety footwear segment. Moreover, these products undergo vigorous and strict quality checks, mainly formulated by regulatory bodies to overcome such an unorganized sector.
Hand Protection Segment to Dominate Market due to Increasing Workers Safety Awareness
Based on product, the market is classified into head protection, hearing protection, eye & face protection, protective clothing, protective footwear, respiratory protection, hand protection, fall protection, and others. The hand protection segment accounts for the major share of the market.
The rising awareness regarding workers’ safety in mining, construction, equipment manufacturing, and chemical industries will bolster the industrial safety gloves. The growing demand for safety gloves is likely to boost the hand protection segment. Workplace activities involve handling sharp edge materials such as metal, abrasion, and glass materials, which may augment product adoption. Safety gloves safeguard workers from chemical burns and metal cuts. Also, most safety gloves manufacturing companies are forming strategies including acquisition to enhance their product portfolio and boost business expansions.
In February 2019, Ansell Limited acquired a provider of specialty gloves - Ringers Gloves, to serve the general and oil & gas industries. This acquisition would help both companies to strengthen their market leadership in the industrial hand protection business.
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Manufacturing Industry Accounted for Major Market Share Due to Rising Demand for Protective Gloves and Safety Shoes
By end-use industry, the market is divided into manufacturing, construction, automotive, oil & gas, healthcare, chemical, food, transportation, and others.
The manufacturing industry is anticipated to account for major share during the forecast period. This is attributed to the fact that the industry involves major injuries. For instance, in the welding industry, workers must use earmuffs or earplugs to protect themselves against noise. They also must wear protective gloves and safety shoes for protection against electric shocks, heat burns, and fires. Also, protective respirators are used to save oneself from oxides and fumes. While welding, one must wear a helmet, flame-resistant protective clothing, goggles, and a hand shield to protect against radiation, hot slags, chemical burns, sparks, and flying particles.
North America Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market Size, 2021 (USD Billion)
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In terms of revenue, the market size in North America stood at USD 23.76 billion in 2021. The rising number of fatal accidents in the workplace and increasing workers’ and manufacturers’ awareness regarding occupational safety measures will drive the regional market growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 5,250 workers died from a work-related injury in 2018. Additionally, the increasing government expenditure in the medical and healthcare sectors will further drive the market during the upcoming years.
Europe is expected to be the second dominant region in this market due to a rise in government investments in renewable energy sources. Supportive government regulation, such as the EU Directive 2016/425 on PPE ensuring quality standards for safety equipment sold in the European market, will fuel the regional market growth. Increasing safety gloves demand in the food & beverage industry shall drive the regional market growth.
Asia Pacific is expected to grow significantly during the forecast timeframe. The rising infrastructure spending supported by rapid industrialization mainly in India, Vietnam, and China has led to the expansion of manufacturing industries in this region. The construction & building industry may see an uptrend on account of government policy implementations regarding smart and energy-efficient building technologies.
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Latin America and the Middle East & Africa have also seen an increase in the number of affected people with coronavirus. This surge has eventually led to high demand for products in the region. A large number of personal protective equipment manufacturers and technological advancement compared to other Latin American countries is primarily boosting the regional market of Brazil. Cities such as Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi are known for tourism and are hotspots of the spread of diseases, namely, SARS and COVID-19. The high demand from these regions is expected to boost market size. Additionally, initiatives taken by the regional government to fight against the pandemic shall foster market growth.
Key Players are Focusing on New Product Launch and Capacity Expansion to Strengthen Market Position
Major players operating in the industry are adopting strategies such as partnerships, new product launches & developments, mergers & acquisitions, and agreements to enhance their market shares and presence. In April 2020, Medicom announced setting up a mask production facility in Montreal, Quebec to support and ensure the supply of PPE during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, IREMA Ireland announced to boost the production for virus-blocking masks up to 250,000 units per week amidst the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, to build competitiveness, companies are increasing their existing product offerings.
The majority of the market is highly fragmented in nature, with the presence of several local and regional players. Companies are offering customized products with face protection glasses, night lamp holders, and sensors to ensure workers’ safety. Most manufacturers invest in product and technology innovations to gain core competency within domestic and international markets.
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The research report provides a detailed analysis of the personal protective equipment industry and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, products, and products. Also, it offers insights into market trends and highlights vital industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses various factors that have contributed to the market's growth in recent years. It includes historical data & forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and analyzes the industry's latest market dynamics and opportunities.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 71.05 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 110.85 billion by 2029.
In 2021, the North America market size stood at USD 23.76 billion.
Registering a CAGR of 4.7%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2022-2029).
The manufacturing segment is expected to lead the market during the forecast period.
Security and safety compliances at the workplace are set to augment the market.
3M, MSA, Ansell Limited, Honeywell International Inc., DuPont, Lakeland Industries, Inc., and Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. are the major players in the global market.
North America dominated the market in terms of revenue share in 2021.
Rising awareness of hygiene to prevent pathogen transmission in healthcare facilities is expected to drive market growth.
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