Global Driving Apparel Market: Snapshot
The global market for driving apparel is treading a growth path on the back of surging adoption of protection gear and safety accessories among vehicle riders to prevent serious injuries and even death. In several countries, predominantly developed ones, strict laws mandate the use of helmets, jackets, and other protective clothing for motorbike riders.
Further, the rising popularity of motorsports that have their own perils mandate the use of quality protective gear or individuals who participate in the spectacle. In addition, easy availability of jackets, boots, helmets, and other protective clothing by means of several retail channels is stoking growth of driving apparel market.
Proving to be a roadblock to the market’s growth is the presence of a large unorganized sector that gives intense competition to manufacturers of driving apparels. A large number of local manufacturers are involved in the production of low quality products available at low prices.
A report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) forecasts the global driving apparel market to rise at a CAGR of 5.3% between 2017 and 2025. Proliferating at this rate, the market’s valuation of US$12,030.3 mn in 2016 will become US$18,565.0 mn by the end of 2025 in terms of revenue.
Protection Gear to Continue to Witness Substantial Demand
The report studies the global driving apparel market based on a few parameters, viz. product type, vehicle type, and geography. The global driving apparel market, based on product type, is segmented into footwear, clothing, and protection gear. Of them, protection gear stood as the leading revenue contributor in 2016 accounting for almost 50% market share. Protection gear such as helmets, knee cap, elbow cap, and spine guard among others play an important role for improving safety and specifically designed with armored protection to prevent vulnerable body parts to receive serious injuries during an accident. The introduction of advanced materials such as fiberglass, reinforced plastic, and carbon fiber to make lightweight protection gear not compromising on the safety quotient will further stoke growth of protection gear segment.
On the basis of vehicle type, the global driving apparel market is classified into four wheeler, two wheeler, and others. Of them, two wheeler segment held the leading market share in 2016; going forward the two wheeler segment is likely to retain its lead position in the market. Strict mandates by motor safety agencies in several parts of the world for the use of protection gear by motorbike riders is leading to a surge in the adoption of the same. Further, motorsport spectacles such as Formula One, MotoGP, and IndyCar that involve high risk of serious injuries is drawing attention of topnotch manufacturers to provide safety gear for the same. They are also tapping into such events turn to earn brand recognition.
Increasing Government Regulations Benefit Asia Pacific Market
On the basis of geography, the global driving apparel market is divided into five categories: North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. Of them, Asia Pacific led amongst other regional market vis-à-vis revenue in 2016. The growth of this regional market is mainly because of increasing research and development initiatives by product manufacturers to introduce sturdy products, availability of international brands through various retail channels, and increasing government regulations for the use of protection gear to minimize injuries during accidents.
Europe stood as the second-leading market for driving apparel in 2016. The growth of this regional market is because of extensive research carried out for the introduction of advanced driving apparels and increasing adoption of these products among safety conscious consumers.
Leading players in the global driving apparel market include Dainese S.p.A., Alpinestars S.p.A., Fox Head Inc., Scott Sports SA, ThorMX, PUMA SE, and Adidas AG.
Global Driving Apparel Market: Overview
This report on driving apparel market highlights the current market summary scenario along with the future expected market growth during the forecast period from 2017 to 2025. Moreover, various economic, political, technological and social factors that are likely to affect the present and future demand of driving apparels have also been provided in this report. In addition, information of major players operating in the market along with their market share and major strategies adopted in order to maintain leading position is also given in this report. The report also contains the current market size of driving apparels in terms of revenue (USD Million) and predictive forecast from 2017 to 2025. On the basis of geography, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America.
Global Driving Apparel Market: Market Dynamics
There has been increasing cases of road accidents worldwide, owing to lack of driving skill, street racing, notable speeding, impairment due to alcohol and drugs and several other factors. Hence, various safety laws have been implemented by governing bodies worldwide regarding usage of helmets, jackets and other driving apparels. This factor is expected to fuel the growth of the market to a huge extent. Motorsports is one of the fastest growing and most popular spectator sports across the world. For example, annual crowd appearance at all U.S. motorsports events is assessed to be more than 15 million. With increasing occurrence of such racing events, the demand for protection clothing is also rising, primarily due to safety issues of the rider and implementation of strict laws in order to prevent critical injuries in the event of an accident. In addition, there has been a surge in adoption of e-commerce among consumers in developing countries, which in turn increased online retail sales of these apparels. Leading manufacturers are continuously focused on technological innovation and integration in material composition and design of driving apparels, which in turn is likely to create significant growth opportunity for the market.
However, various local and small scale manufacturers are continuously involved in production of helmets and other protection accessories at much lower price than branded products, which in turn is likely to hinder the growth of the organized sector for driving apparels.
Global Driving Apparel Market: Market Segmentation
Some of the major types of driving apparel available in the market are helmets, gloves, boots, jackets and pants among others. Motorcycle shoes are normally made from thick and heavy leather and also include load spreading and energy absorbing padding, metal, composite and plastic materials to protect the feet, legs and ankles of motorcycle rider in an accident. The combination of a motorcycle jacket and pant provides full body protection and is a more flexible option than separate clothing. Moreover, protection gear includes helmets, gloves, knee cap, elbow cap, face mask, chest and spine guards and other protection accessories, which provide protection to the rider in case of an accident.
Based on product type, the global driving apparel market is majorly driven by protection gear with highest market share in 2016. There is high demand for helmets, gloves, spine guards and other protection accessories, as these products provide superb protection from injury and have good abrasion resistance. Moreover, these apparels cover the most vulnerable part of the body.
By vehicle type, the two wheeler segment held the largest share of the market in 2016 and is expected to maintain its dominance in the coming years. Two wheelers fulfill a strong need for speed, economic and convenience in personal mobility. Motorcycles are often viewed as a mode of recreation in developing market, where people often use them as primary means of affordable transportation. Moreover, with increasing worldwide popularity for motorsports, usage of biker jackets, helmets and other protection accessories for two wheelers are rising at an enormous rate for safety purposes.
Global Driving Apparel Market: Competitive Landscape
Some of the major players operating in the driving apparels market include Alpinestars S.p.A. (Italy), Dainese S.p.A. (Italy), Fox Head, Inc. (U.S.), Scott Sports SA (Switzerland) and ThorMX (U.S.), PUMA SE, Adidas AG.
The global driving apparel market has been segmented as follows:
Global Driving Apparel Market, By Product Type
- Protection Gear
Global Driving Apparel Market, By Vehicle Type
- Two Wheeler
- Four Wheeler
Global Driving Apparel Market, By Geography
- North America
- The U.S.
- Rest of North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East and Africa (MEA)
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America