The Protective Fabrics Market size is estimated to have been USD 3.13 billion in 2015 and is projected to reach USD 4.0 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR of 4.2% between 2016 and 2021. The increased concern for the safety of defense personnel and industrial workers is driving the protective fabrics market. Additionally, the increased demand for medical clothing is also propelling the demand for protective fabrics.
New product developments and expansions are the key strategies adopted by major protective fabrics manufacturers in the recent past. The top players in the protective fabrics market adopted these strategies for better penetration and expansion of their business into emerging regions. These developments will help the companies satiate the growing demand of protective fabrics in various applications. Some major players such as Teijin Limited (Japan), Koninklijke Ten Cate NV (Netherlands), W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (U.S.), E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (U.S.), and 3M Company (U.S) dominated the market.
TenCate and Teijin capture the major share the global protective fabrics market. These companies focus on launching innovative products to meet the requirement of their consumers. The growing applications of protective fabrics in various industries demands technological developments as well. Thus, the players are concentrating their efforts in developing advanced technologies.
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“Building & construction is the largest end-use industry of protective fabrics”
The building & construction segment accounts for the largest share of the protective fabrics market. They are used in the construction industry because of their favourable properties such as high strength, durability, resistance to abrasion, resistance to organic solvents, and fabric integrity at elevated temperatures. The market in this end-use industry is largely driven by the imposition of stringent regulations in Europe and North America regarding employee health & safety.
“Fire & heat-resistant fabrics expected to witness highest growth”
The fire & heat-resistant fabrics segment is expected to witness the fastest-growth in the protective fabrics market during the forecast period. This is because of its properties that make it suitable for use in firefighting and law enforcement & military applications. Fire & heat-resistant fabrics offer higher thermal and flame resistance, which make them a popular choice as a material for fire-resistant clothing as well as thermal insulation.
“North America is the biggest market for protective fabrics”
North America dominated the global protective fabrics market in 2015. The demand for protective fabrics in the North American region is mainly driven by the U.S. Stringent safety regulations within various industries such as oil & gas, construction, firefighting, healthcare, and many other are fueling the demand for protective clothing, which in turn, is driving the demand for protective fabrics in the region. The rising concern for the safety of the workers is propelling the demand for protective clothing, which in turn, drives the protective fabrics market. Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the fastest-growing market for protective fabrics, in terms of value. This high growth is because of the increased demand from the building & construction segment in the region. Moreover, the growing healthcare industry is increasing the demand for protective fabrics in the region.
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