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Flame Resistant Fabric Market: Snapshot

Flame resistant fabric is extensively used in oil and gas industries as these industries face hazards of fire outbreak. Fire outbreak poses severe risk to health of workers. Hence, to avoid any such accident, wearing flame resistant fabric is one of the basic protocols followed in oil and gas industries. It is one of the key factors boosting flame resistant fabric market.

In recent years, flame resistant fabric market is witnessing rise in demand form defense industry. The industry poses severe risk of fire outbreak. Hence, to safeguard the employees working in the industry, wearing flame resistant fabric is mandatory.

Further, government regulations regarding safety of the workers is providing tremendous growth opportunities to global flame resistant market in near future.

Registering the application of flame resistant fabric in various industries, market analysts estimated healthy growth rate of the said market. As per a report published by Transparency Market Research, flame resistant fabric market is anticipated to chart a CAGR of 6.8% in between 2016 and 2024. The value of flame resistant market stood at a value of US$3.63 bn in 2015. The market value is projected to reach US$6.56 bn by 2024.

Transport Industry Maintains Growth Equilibrium of Flame Resistant Fabrics Market

Apart from oil & gas industry and defense industry, the fabric is also used in home furnishing, law enforcement and firefighting services, transport industry, and industrial protective clothing. Out of all, industrial protective clothing segment is anticipated to show significant growth rate. The segment has witnessed large volume-wise consumption.

Industrial protective clothing acts as an inert barrier between skin and fire. This grants effective protection against exposure to flames as well as high temperature. This feature has resulted in wide adoption rate across various industries. However, growth graph of the segment is declining as a consequence of slowdown in the oil and gas industry.

Meanwhile, demand for flame resistant fabrics in transport industry continues to be consistent over other end users in global flame resistant fabrics market. Flame resistant fabrics are required in transport industry during construction process of automotive, aircraft, railways, and metro. Global transport industry is anticipated to grow at a lucrative rate on account of inflow of capital and growing demand for better metro, rail networks, and railways. Subsequently, flame resistant market is also anticipated to grow.

Safety Employee Regulations Drive Flame Resistant Fabrics Market

In recent years, Europe was leading in the global flame resistant fabric market and held significant share in the   entire market share. Owing to rising demand for the fabric, Europe is anticipated to dominate in the duration of the forecast period as well. The region is witnessing expansion of transport industry, where flame resistant fabrics are extensively used for production of wide range of products related to the industry.

Countries such as Germany and Italy are anticipated to be the key demand drivers for flame resistant fabrics market. This is due to application of flame resistant fabrics in car-racing.

At present, Asia Pacific is second leading consumer of flame resistant fabrics. Also, the region is anticipated to hold its position in the market during forecast period as well. The growth rate is attributed to wide expansion of industrial sectors across the region. Moreover, the sectors will require human resource in large number. Hence, to provide protection against fire accidents, demand for protective clothing is likely to rise substantially in coming years.

In 2015, North America emerged as third-largest share-holder in the global flame resistant market. Moving forward, owing to strict employee safety regulation, the region is anticipated to account for large share in the flame resistant fabric market in coming years.

Some of the key players in the global flame resistant fabrics market are DuPont, Milliken & Company, Teijin Aramid, Lenzing AG, and TenCate.

Increased Concern about Workers’ Safety to Benefit Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market

Flame resistant fabrics refer to flame-resistant textiles that are utilized in the making of apparel, furnishings, and clothing for use in various businesses. These fabrics find extensive utilization in sectors like chemicals, military, building and infrastructure, and oil and gas so as to safeguard workers from any fire-related accidents. These materials are utilized as fire buffers, and they are made into protective garments so as to shield employees from overt and secondary fire and electric arc exposure. Extensive use of these fabrics across several end use sectors is estimated to foster development of the global flame resistant fabrics market in the years to come.

Owing to the chemically processed fireproof materials, which are mainly made from natural and synthetic fibres, flame resistance fabrics come with greater fire-retardant characteristics than various other fabrics. Natural fabrics contain silk, wool, and cotton, whilst synthetic fibres include raw ingredients such as acrylic, polyester, and aramid.

High Cost of Manufacturing and Maintenance are Likely to Cause Setback to the Market

The continued growth in the global flame resistant fabrics market is mainly attributable to maintenance of job security, strict legislation in the industry, and regulating workers' protection standards. In particular, increasing demand from the construction and oil and gas sector, and defence sectors in most parts of the Asia Pacific region is estimated to foster development of the global flame resistant fabrics market in the years to come.

The global flame resistant fabrics market is restricted by high cost of manufacturing and considerable spending on research and development activities. The cost of implementing new equipment and technology, as well as the high cost of servicing, are posing a challenge for the investors and manufacturers for the global flame resistant fabrics market. The high cost associated with development of new innovations, on the other hand, is likely to have a negative impact on the industry, thereby slowing expansion.

Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market: An Overview

Flame resistant fabrics market is expected to rise at a significant pace during the forecast period, thanks to the stringent industries regulation. Industry leaders are investing to maintain workplace safety. Apart from this, flame resistant fabrics protect wearer from potential hazards such as arc flames, flash fire, welding, electrical short and circuit.

Flame resistant fabrics safeguard workers from thermal exposures. These fabrics are made of materials that have ability to resist fire flames.

Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market: Notable Developments

Some of the latest development in the global flame resistant fabrics market are-

Players are working to enhance application area of flame resistant fabrics to increase demand in the global market. For instance, a composite waterproof fabric for tent walls and the like which is suitable for use under severe service condition. This will help workers living in adverse environment. The fabric for tent comprises three plies, namely outer and inner woven, flame resistant plies. This type of design offer extra strength and flame resistant properties to fabric. 

Likewise, there are several other researchers going on to improve flame resistant properties of fabrics. Researchers are testing the interaction of yarn with several other fabrics to improve their performance.

Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market: Key Trends

The global flame resistant fabrics market is likely to grow at a significant pace in the coming years. The key factors augmenting growth in the flame resistant fabrics market are developing industrial sectors and stringent government mandates to improve worker’s safety. Flame resistant fabrics are primarily used in mining industry, chemical and gas industry and several power plants. Apart from this, flame resistant fabrics are increasingly used by workers working in fire extinguishers industry. The increasing cases of fire in residential and commercial sector are another strong factor expected to agar well for the growth of the global flame resistant fabrics market.

 In addition to the above, other industries like construction, automotive and semi conductor

Industry has made flame resistant clothing mandatory for their workers. The increasing adoption of flame resistant fabrics by several industries is a prominent factor expected to bode well with the growth of the global flame resistant fabrics market.

Despite increasing demand from several industrial sectors, there are certain factors which are expected to obstruct growth in the global flame resistant fabrics market.  High cost of flame resistant fabric is one of the several factors which is hindering the growth of the flame resistant fabrics market..  Apart from this, limited awareness about workers safety regulations especially in emerging economies is challenging growth of the flame resistant fabrics market in the forecast period. Moreover, global sluggish growth of some of the prominent end user industries such as mining, oil and gas industries are projected to deter the market’s growth.

However, increasing efforts by government to spread awareness  on safety regulations in both developed and developing economies may overcoming a key challenge in the global flame resistant fabrics market.

Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market: Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape of the global flame resistant fabrics market is highly fragmented with the presence of several players in the industry. Some of the prominent players operating in the global flame resistant fabrics market are TenCate, PBI Performance Products Milliken & Company, Toyobo Co., Ltd, and Gun Ei Chemical Industry Co.

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