Global Driving Apparel Market: Snapshot
Driving apparels include gear for protecting the user from injuring during road accidents. These apparels are motorcycle jackets, pants, shoes and helmets among others. Driving apparels areare designed to be thicker and heavier than normal clothing and come with weatherproof closures and pockets, substantial zips, higher collars, and equipped with armor. The increasing adoption of driving apparels in recent years is attributable to the growing number of road accidents. According to the research report, the global driving apparels market is expected to be worth US$17.2 bn by the end of 2024 as compared to US$11.8 bn in 2015. Between the forecast years of 2016 and 2024, the global market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.6%.
Stringent Laws Ensuring Road Safety Trigger Demand for Driving Apparels
The stringent laws and regulations regarding the usage of helmets, jackets, and other protecting clothing while riding or participating in motorsport is responsible for the growing uptake of driving apparels. The market is also being driven by the increasing popularity of motorsports such as IndyCar, Formula One, and MotoGP has also increased sales of jackets, gloves, knee caps, elbow caps, and helmets amongst others. Growing focus on leading players to introduce technological advancements and product innovation has also boosted the demand for driving apparels in recent years. Analysts expected the market will witness a significant boom in the coming years as rising disposable incomes and improving purchasing power will allow several consumers to invest in quality gear for safety purposes.
Protective Gear to Remain Popular Choice amongst Consumers
On the basis of product, the global driving apparel market is segmented into clothing, footwear and protection gear. Of these, the protection gear segment was the largest contributor in the market in 2015 as it held a whopping share of about 50%. Protecting gear includes accessories such as helmets, elbow cap, knee cap, armor, and spine guard among others. These have been carefully designed to ensure safety of the user prevent vulnerable parts of the body from getting injured. This demand for these items has significantly increased in recent years with the introduction of materials like fiberglass reinforced plastic and carbon fiber, which have drastically reduced their weight. Furthermore, efforts by manufacturers to integrate electronics in protection gears is also anticipated to bode well with the rising revenue of the segment.
Asia Pacific to Dominate Global Market with Emerging Economies of India and China
In terms of geography, the global driving apparels market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. The report stated that Asia Pacific was the largest contributor to the global market in 2015. Increasing penetration of international brands, booming economies such as India and China, increasing government regulations to ensure road safety, and distribution of international brands through various retail outlets is expected to keep Asia Pacific at the forefront of the global market. The report also states that Europe will be an emerging market for driving apparels during the forecast period due to several technological advancements in design and increasing adoption of these products with growing awareness about safety amongst consumers in this region.
The leading players operating in the Key players profiled in the report on global driving apparel market include Alpinestars S.p.A., Dainese S.p.A., Fox Head, Inc., Scott Sports SA, and ThorMX among others. Most of these players are focused on ensuring product development, technological advancements, and mergers and acquisitions among others to achieve an unmatched competitive edge over other players in the overall industry.
Global Driving Apparel Market: Overview
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.
Global Driving Apparel Market: Drivers and Trends
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: Scope
This report on driving apparel market highlights the current market summary scenario along with the future expected market growth during the forecast period from 2016 to 2024. 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 2016 to 2024. 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: Segmentation
Based on product type, the global driving apparel market is majorly driven by protection gear with highest market share in 2015. 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 2015 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.
Key Players Mentioned in the Report are:
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.) among others.
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