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Protective Face Mask Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Product (Medical Face Mask {Surgical & Procedure, N-95 Respirators, and Others}, Respirator, and Others), By Usage (Disposable, and Reusable), and By End-use Industry (Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Mining, Construction, Manufacturing, and Others) and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

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The global protective face mask market size was USD 17.84 billion in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 23.70 billion in 2021 to USD 17.94 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of -3.9% during the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented, with product witnessing a positive demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a huge growth of 223.9% in 2020. The sudden rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth during the pandemic.

A protective face mask is designed to protect the wearer's face and prevent air contaminated with chemical or biological agents from breathing. Examples of protective face masks that shield the wearer from airborne contaminants and liquid contaminating the skin are the N95 respirators, surgical masks, and others. With the increase in positive cases of COVID19, the demand for masks will increase exponentially in 2020, thus promoting the market's growth. To meet the growing demand for protective masks, the production of each market participant has doubled. The increase in the number of operations coupled with the increase in the COVID-19 infection rate will create a huge demand for the market. This factor will make more and more people accept masks.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges in Supply Chains to Widen Supply-Demand Gaps

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to a significant increase in the demand for protective face masks and respirators. Since no country is expected to have such high demand, there is a severe shortage of masks and respirators. China is one of the world leaders in the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) (including respirators). China is the center of the COVID-19 outbreak and one of the first countries affected by the pandemic. Due to restrictions and closures in the area, many industrial facilities were forced to reduce their production capacity or even shut down completely. The decline in China's industrial production has adversely affected the world's major economies. According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), at the beginning of the COVID19 crisis, China had a daily manufacturing capacity of 20 million masks. However, it is estimated that during the peak of the epidemic, the total demand for masks and respirators reached 240 million per day. This huge mismatch between supply and demand has caused a huge disruption in the supply chain.

Meeting the demand for PPE equipment, including respirators, is the primary goal of many countries battling the pandemic. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), approximately 80 countries banned the export of respirators during the pandemic as a temporary measure to avoid severe shortages. The PPE industry has witnessed multiple export bans imposed by the government on trade barriers, resulting in a shortage of raw materials to produce disposable masks.


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Increasing Demand from Healthcare Industry to  Boost Market Progress

The healthcare sector is witnessing rapid expansion worldwide. The market conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the need for continued innovation in the healthcare sector. The increasing importance of personnel safety at healthcare facilities, and the coronavirus outbreak globally, are driving the market growth. The rising geriatric population base and the growing pandemic have resulted in mask penetration in the hospital sector. The current global COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented demand for masks in healthcare. These protective face masks are worn to reduce exposure to hazards that cause serious health issues. Manufacturers focus on increasing the production capacities of the face mask product in many regions, including Europe, North Americas, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, supporting the market development.

At the initial stages, the COVID-19 outbreak in China had created a huge demand for these masks for doctors and healthcare workers, resulting in the disruption of the supply chain in other countries. The increasing demand for face protection, respiratory protection, and others in the healthcare industry ensures the safety of people and healthcare workers during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, which is expected to boost the market. Healthcare workers are at high risk while working in a high viral load environment. This factor may propel the industry’s development.


Growing Concerns Regarding the Spread of COVID-19 to Drive Market Growth

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a newly discovered coronavirus-caused infectious disease. When an infected person sneezes or coughs, the COVID-19 virus spreads mainly through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been confirmed in large numbers of countries, due to which COVID-19 has been characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is the defining global health crisis and the greatest challenge of all time. The virus has spread to every region since its appearance in Asia Pacific late last year. In North America, Europe, and other regions, cases rise daily. Countries race to slow the spread of the virus by testing and treating patients, tracing contacts, restricting travel, quarantining citizens, and canceling large gatherings such as sporting events, concerts, and schools. Many countries have gone into lockdown, placing restrictions on people's movement, preventing international visitors from blunting the spread of the virus, and preventing community transmission. Some necessary measures such as covering the nose & mouth, washing hands, and others are prescribed by WHO to prevent the spread of the pandemic. In addition, WHO and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) prescribe masks to prevent virus spread.

The concern regarding the spread of the COVID-19 is expected to boost the market demand. The surge in demand for protective face masks has led to a stock shortage. In some countries, wearing these masks to fight COVID-19 has been mandated by the Government. WHO has prescribed N95 respirators as they are more effective in controlling the virus spread. N95 respirators have the highest degree of COVID-19 infection protection, followed by surgical grade masks. COVID-19 pandemic promotes an immense rise in demand for medical face masks from both general and medical professionals as it can be prevented from spreading. Wearing a face mask stops a high percentage of the respiratory system from getting into the body.

Growing Demand for N-95 Respirators to Accelerate Market Growth

Transmission of an airborne infectious agent refers to the transmission of disease caused by the spread of droplet nuclei that remain infectious while suspended in the air for long distances and time. Precautions establishing a barrier and procedures to minimize or remove virus from the atmosphere or on personal belongings form the basis for interrupting the transmission of direct contact disease. The spread of airborne diseases such as seasonal influenza annually killed 200-500 thousand people. Influenza A (H1N1) has caused 17,000 deaths worldwide, many of which were healthy adults. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) killed more than 700 people in 2002-2003 and spread to 37 countries causing Asia Pacific to cost USD 18 billion. Pandemics such as the Spanish flu that killed 50-100 million people and the recent COVID-19 outbreak are fueling the demand for the product. China was the epicenter for the novel coronavirus, and it has since spread rapidly throughout the world. People can catch COVID-19 from another person if they are in direct contact with the infected person, especially if they do not cover their face while coughing or sneezing. Small droplets from the mouth or nose that disperse when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales will spread the disease from person to person. Such droplets land around the person on objects and surfaces. Thus, this factor may boost the demand for protective masks.

N-95 respirators are frequently referred to as medical respirators, healthcare respirators, or surgical N95. The N95 respirators are described as the best solution for controlling the spread of the COVID-19. An N95 respirator is a face mask that is more closely fitted. In addition to sprays, splashes, large droplets, and also containing bacteria & viruses, this respirator can also flush out 95 percent of very small particles. In general, the respirator itself is circular or oval in shape and is designed to form a close seal with the face. Elastic bands allow you to keep it tight against your nose. Many styles may have an exhalation valve attachment, which may help accumulate breath, heat, and moisture.  These factors may drive the protective face mask market growth.


Fluctuation in Prices of Protective Face Mask to Hinder the Market

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a high fluctuation in the prices of the protective face mask. In some regions, the prices of basic PPE products such as masks and gloves have seen a hike in the price of more than 50%, which has made the products unaffordable to the low-income class of society. The face masks’ quality hasn’t changed that much. Still, the process of getting them from the factory into the hands or at the hospital or nursing home has been facing issues due to distribution factors such as being held up at customs, rerouted, or higher freight charges than the previous ones. China is the major producer of face masks. The majority of these products available in different regions come from the export business from China. As China is the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak, all the export from the country has been restricted, leading to a shortage of these masks in various countries. Also, a minor number of products that have been exported are very expensive due to special packaging and measures taken for restricting the spread of coronavirus.


By Product Analysis

Medical Face Mask Segment to Account for Major Share of the Market

In terms of type, the market is segmented into medical face masks, respirators, and others. Medical Mask segment is further bifurcated into surgical & procedure, N-95 respirators, and others.

The medical face mask segment constituted the key share of the global market and is likely to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Surgical face masks are made of non-woven fabric that offers greater bacterial filtration and air permeability while being less slippery than tissue. Surgical masks are made of natural fiber, such as cotton or linen, or synthetic materials, such as polypropylene. These materials include a hydrophobic outer layer, a middle filtering layer, and an inner hydrophilic layer to trap moisture and fluid. These are used as a shield to prevent microorganism cross-contamination and are used during surgical procedures.

The N95 Mask is used as one of the protective products for the personnel and is used to shield the wearer from airborne contaminants and facial contamination by oil. It is designed to achieve a very near facial fit and effective airborne particle filtration. The 'N95' means that the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small particles, which are 0.3-micron test particles, when subjected to rigorous examination. The breathable edges are built to create a seal around the mouth and nose. Surgical N95 Respirators are used commonly in health care settings.

By Usage Analysis

Disposable Segment Held Key Share of the Market

On the basis of usage, the market is classified into disposable and reusable.

The disposable segment held the primary share of the global market.  The rise in hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), the growing elderly population, and the development of healthcare facilities in emerging economies fuel the disposable segment. Different manufacturers use different types of material for manufacturing disposable face masks. 3M Company, for instance, offers a wide variety of NIOSH-approved filtering disposable face covers designed for numerous tasks, where chances of suffering from infection are high.

By End-use Industry Analysis

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Healthcare Segment to Constitute for the Significant Protective Face Mask Market Share

In terms of application, the market is segmented into healthcare, oil & gas, mining, construction, manufacturing, and others.

The healthcare segment accounted for the major share of the global market. The sector is segmented into hospitals and clinics, manufacturing, and others dependent on end-use. Due to the recent corona pandemic, hospitals and clinics are already operating to their full capacity. Therefore, as part of their human resource planning, they concentrate primarily on their workplace health and use these masks.

Industries are also expected to make a major contribution to the development of the these mask. Since the lifting of the lockdown in certain parts of the globe, governments are making concerted efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus and issuing advisories that are an essential component of the use of face masks. Consequently, with industries returning to normal production and operation, demand for this segment is expected to rise.


North America Protective Face Mask Market Size, 2020 (USD Billion)

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The market size in North America stood at USD 6.88 billion in 2020. North America held the major share of the global market. North America is the major consumer of the protective face mask. In North America, the market is driven by a rising customer base, the highest number of COVID-19 events, backed by a growing awareness of health and personal hygiene. The coronavirus epidemic of various governments is expected to contribute to demand development in North America, promoting personal hygiene habits.

In Europe, most of the countries are heavily affected by the pandemic. However, Asia Pacific is expected to expand rapidly due to the adoption of the mask in highly populated countries such as China and India and will primarily affect facial mask consumption and demand in the region in the years to come. Furthermore, Asia Pacific is one of the leading hospital supply manufacturers like the face mask, which is likely to create opportunities for the market. Manufacturers operating in the Asia Pacific region benefit from a large client base, most notably in China and India. China and India also rank among the world's most important manufacturing countries for these masks.  

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Key Players Blending Strategies to Maintain Dominant Market Position

Major market players are engaged in research and development for producing superior quality to provide enhanced features. Furthermore, the companies are now promoting strategic partnerships to improve the company's R&D efforts. Innovation, growth, and recognition are expected to play an important role in developing face mask demand and consumption on the global market in the years to come. The businesses put great emphasis on increasing the area of service to raise the market share and boost the company's revenues. Companies are dedicated to introducing new goods to suit the growing trends in consumers.

Some of the major participants in the global market include 3M, Honeywell International Inc., Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., ANSELL LTD, and others.


  • 3M (Minnesota, U.S.)

  • Honeywell International, Inc. (North Carolina, U.S.)

  • COFRA S.r.l. (Barletta Andria Trani, Italy)

  • Uvex Group (Fürth, Germany)

  • MSA (Pennsylvania, U.S.)

  • DuPont (Delaware, U.S.)

  • Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. (Texas, U.S.)

  • Cardinal Health (Ohio, U.S.)

  • Medicom (Quebec, Canada)

  • Ansell Ltd. (Richmond, Australia)

  • Alpha ProTech (Markham, Canada)

  • Moldex-Metric (California, U.S)

  • Protective Industrial Products, Inc. (New York, U.S.)

  • RZ Mask (Minnesota, U.S.)

  • Makrite (Taipei, Taiwan)

  • SHIGEMATSU WORKS CO., LTD. (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA (Lübeck, Germany)

  • Mallcom (India) Limited (Kolkata, India)

  • Delta Plus Group (Apt, France)


  • April 2020 – Mallcom (India) Limited planned to launch PPE overall and shoe cover that will be an addition to the product range of disposable recyclable face masks for the medical industry. The set of PPE overall will be available in 2 variations along with the shoe cover.

  • January 2020 – After securing a pair of contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense worth over USD 200 million, 3M tripled its monthly domestic production of N95 masks. It has expanded the domestic production of N95 face masks to 35 million annually. The two DOD contracts, one worth USD 76 million and the other worth USD 126 million, allowed the company to raise its production by 39 million units. 3M's new contributions would raise the amount by another USD 22 million.


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The global protective face mask market research report provides a detailed analysis of the PPE industry and focuses on crucial aspects such as leading companies, products, and products. Also, it offers insights into key 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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Product; Usage, End-use Industry; and By Region

By Product

  • Medical Face Mask

    • Surgical & Procedure

    • N-95 Respirators

    • Others

  • Respirators

  • Others

By Usage

  • Disposable

  • Reusable

By End-use Industry

  • Healthcare

  • Oil & Gas

  • Mining

  • Construction

  • Manufacturing

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (By Product, By End-use Industry)

      • U.S. (By End-use Industry)

      • Canada (By End-use Industry)

  • Europe (By Product, By End-use Industry)

      • Germany (By End-use Industry)

      • U.K. (By End-use Industry)

      • France (By End-use Industry)

      • Italy (By End-use Industry)

      • Spain (By End-use Industry)

      • Rest of Europe (By End-use Industry)

  • Asia Pacific (By Product, By End-use Industry)

      • China (By End-use Industry)

      • Japan (By End-use Industry)

      • India (By End-use Industry)

      • ASEAN (By End-use Industry)

      • Rest of Asia Pacific (By End-use Industry)

  • Latin America (By Product, By End-use Industry)

      • Brazil (By End-use Industry)

      • Mexico (By End-use Industry)

      • Rest of Latin America (By End-use Industry)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Product, By End-use Industry)

      • South Africa (By End-use Industry)

      • GCC (By End-use Industry)

      • Rest of the Middle East & Africa (By End-use Industry)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 17.84 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 17.94 billion by 2028.

In 2020, the North American market size stood at USD 6.88 billion.

Registering a CAGR of -3.9%, the market will steadily decline during the forecast period (2021-2028).

The medical face mask segment is expected to lead this market during the forecast period.

Growing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 are driving this market.

3M, Honeywell International Inc., Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc., ANSELL LTD are major players in the global market.

North America dominated the market in terms of share in 2020.

Increasing demand from the healthcare industry is boosting market progress.

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