A respirator is a device on the form of a mask that protects the user from harmful gases. It is also known as carbon respirator. The carbon respirator protects the user through a two-stage process. It contains filters inside the mask. Amon these, the particle filter removes unwanted particles from the air. Fibers in the particle filter trap contaminants. The other filter is known as activated carbon filter. The activated carbon filter, through the adsorption process, restricts contaminants on its surface. This removes unwanted substances from the air.
Rise in industrialization in developing economies, such as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), is increasing the level of pollution. This, in turn, is augmenting the demand for carbon respirators in these countries. Carbon respirator is a personal protection equipment (PPE). Rising demand for PPE products across the globe is expected increase demand for carbon respirators.
Carbon respirators are largely used in the military sector. Rise in the military expenditure and increase in threat of biological terrorist attacks across the world are boosting the demand for carbon respirators that are compatible with the Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN) standards.
A major restraint of the global carbon respirator market is strict government regulations imposed on carbon respirators. In Europe, a carbon respirator needs to be approved with EN140: 1998. APF 20. In the U.S., all carbon respirators need to be approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOS). In Japan, a carbon respirator must be certified by the Technology Institution of Industrial Safety (TIIS) before it is sold. In China, a carbon respirator must be approved by CE & LA before its sale. In South Korea, a carbon respirator needs to be approved with KC (Korea Certification) before it is sold. In Brazil, a carbon respirator needs to be CA-approved before its sale. Players operating in the carbon respirator market face difficulties in making products conforming to the regulations across various countries.
Based on product, the global carbon respirator market can be segmented into half-face mask carbon respirators, full-face mask carbon respirators, and others. In terms of usage, the market can be divided into disposable carbon respirators and reusable carbon respirators. Based on end-use industry, the global carbon respirator market can be classified into construction, mining, oil & gas, utilities, food & beverages, pharmaceutical, government, and others. In terms of distribution channel, the global carbon respirator market can be categorized into online and offline.
Geographically, the global carbon respirator market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. North America is expected to be a major market for carbon respirators during the forecast period. The U.S. is expected to be the leading market for carbon respirators in North America during the forecast period, followed by Canada. Europe is a significant market for carbon respirators. Germany, the U.K., France, Italy, and Spain are important markets in Europe. Asia Pacific is expected to be a major market for carbon respirators during the forecast period. China is expected to be the largest market in Asia Pacific. Japan, South Korea, and India are other important markets in the region. Middle East & Africa is expected to be another prominent market for carbon respirators, with GCC being a leading market in the region, followed by South Africa. Brazil is expected to be an major market for carbon respirators in South America during the forecast period.
Leading companies operating in the global carbon respirator market are Honeywell International Inc., Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), 3M Company, Moldex, ArcOne, GVS Group, Avon Protection Systems, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Pyramex Safety, and Calgon Carbon Corporation.
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