Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market: Snapshot

Flame resistant fabrics, the textiles which inherently possess flame resistant properties or are treated with a flame resistant substance, are extensively used to manufacture garments, furnishings, and apparels for applications across a number of industries, including hospitality, military, healthcare, and oil and gas. Blends of treated and inherently flame resistance fibers fabrics are also commonly used to manufacture flame resistant products for use across these and other industries.

In the past few years, a vast rise in demand for flame resistant clothing for use in the defense industry and several other industries with constant risk of fire outbreaks has been witnessed across the globe. Thus, flame resistant clothing and the market producing and marketing flame resistant fabrics makes for a marketplace with vast growth opportunities, especially as government regulations regarding employee safety in high-risk industries and operations become increasingly stringent.

Transparency Market Research estimates that the global flame resistant fabric market will exhibit a promising 6.8% CAGR from 2016 to 2024 and rise from a valuation of US$3.63 bn in 2015 to US$6.56 bn by 2024.

Applications in Industrial Protective Clothing to Rake in Leading Sale Volumes

Of the key applications of flame resistant fabrics, including use in law enforcement and firefighting services, corporate and home furnishing, industrial protective clothing, and the transport industry, applications across the industrial protective clothing are presently the most lucrative ones. The segment topped amongst key application areas in terms of volume-wise consumption or sales of flame resistant fabrics in the global market in 2015 and was followed by the law enforcement and firefighting services and transportation segments.

Industrial protective clothing creates an inert and stable barrier between the skin and fire, granting the wearer effective protection against direct exposure to flames or excessive temperatures. While industrial protective clothing has witnessed extensive rise in demand across key end-use industries, its demand curve steepened in 2015 owing to a significant slowdown in the oil and gas industry. Nevertheless, applications across the transport industry helped the market achieve stable growth and sustainable returns.

Market in Europe Projected to Retain Dominance

In terms of geography, the global flame resistant fabric market witnessed the dominance of Europe, which gained a nearly 30% of the global market in 2015. Vast demand for flame resistant fabrics for the production of a diverse range of products utilized in the region’s established and high-growth transportation industry is the key factor driving the Europe flame resistant fabrics market. Countries such as Italy and Germany are expected to remain the leading demand drivers of the region’s flame resistant fabrics market due to the high demand from end-use industries such as car racing.

Asia Pacific is presently the second-leading consumer of flame resistant fabrics and is expected to remain one of the most promising regional markets for flame resistant fabrics in the next few years as well. The region features a rapidly expanding industrial sector across countries such as India and China and has a constantly rising human resource pool serving it. As a result, the demand for protective clothing is presently high and is expected to rise substantially over the next few years.

North America accounted for the third-largest share in the global market in 2015 and is expected to remain one of the leading consumers of flame resistant fabrics in the near future owing to strict employee safety regulations. The market for flame resistant fabrics is also expected to witness sizeable traction in the Middle East and Africa owing to encouraging growth observed in the industrial sector of late.

Some of the key vendors operating in the market are Teijin Aramid, TenCate, DuPont, Lenzing AG, and Milliken & Company.

Flame resistant fabrics are used to manufacture apparels, garments, and furnishings for a wide range of industries such as oil & gas, transportation, health care, military, and hospitality. Companies provide a broad array of flame resistant fabrics to maximize flexibility in design, engineering, and cost, while meeting government regulations. They are used to manufacture protective clothing for workers in oil & gas and chemical industries, and law enforcement agencies. High potential for flame resistant fabrics, especially in protective clothing, in emerging economies is expected to act as a major opportunity for aerogels in the next few years. 

This report analyzes and forecasts the market for aerogels at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on volume (million square meter) and revenue (US$ Mn) from 2016 to 2024, considering 2015 as the base year. 

The study provides a decisive view of the flame resistant fabrics market by dividing it into application and regional segments. Application segments have been analyzed based on the current and potential trends. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for flame resistant fabrics in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. These regions have been further sub-segmented into countries and sub-regions with relevance to the market. Segmentation also includes demand for flame resistant fabrics in individual application type in all the regions. 

The study covers drivers and restraints governing the dynamics of the market along with their impact on demand during the forecast period. Additionally, the report comprises opportunities in the flame resistant fabrics market on the global and regional level.The report includes detailed value chain analysis to provide a comprehensive view of the flame resistant fabrics market. Analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein applications have been benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness for future growth. 

The market has been forecast based on constant currency rates. Prices of flame resistant fabrics vary in each region and are a result of the demand-supply scenario. Hence, a similar volume-to-revenue ratio does not follow for each individual region. Individual pricing of flame resistant fabrics for each application has been taken into account while estimating and forecasting market revenue on the global level. Regional average price has been considered while breaking down the market into application segments in each region. 

The report provides the size of the flame resistant fabrics market in 2015 and the forecast for the next eight years. Numbers provided in the report are derived based on demand generated from different applications. Market dynamics prevalent in North America and Europe have been taken into account for estimating growth of the global flame resistant fabrics market. 

Market estimates for this study have been based on volume, with revenue being derived through regional pricing trends. Prices of commonly utilized grades of flame resistant fabrics in each application have been considered, and customized application pricing has not been included. Demand for flame resistant fabrics has been derived by analyzing the global and regional demand for flame resistant fabrics in each application. The global flame resistant fabrics market has been analyzed based on the expected demand. Market data for each segment is based on volume and corresponding revenue. Prices considered for calculation of revenue are average regional prices obtained through primary quotes from numerous regional suppliers, distributors, and direct selling regional producers based on manufacturers’ feedback and application requirement. Forecasts have been based on expected demand for flame resistant fabrics in different applications. The global application segment split of the market has been derived using the bottom-up approach, which is cumulative of each region’s demand. Regional demand is the summation of sub-regions and countries in a region. For market share analysis, companies were considered based on their end-user portfolio, revenue, and manufacturing capacity. In the absence of specific data related to sales of flame resistant fabrics by several privately held companies, calculated assumptions have been made in view of companies’ application portfolio and regional presence along with demand for flame resistant fabrics in different applications in their portfolio. 

The report covers detailed competitive outlook that includes market share and profiles of key players operating in the global market. Major players include DuPont, Milliken & Company, Lenzing AG, Teijin Aramid, and TenCate. Company profiles comprise attributes such as company overview, brand overview, financial overview (in terms of financial year), business strategies, and recent/key developments. 

The report segments the global flame resistant fabrics market as follows: 

Flame Resistant Fabrics Market - Application Analysis

  • Industrial Protective Clothing
  • Law Enforcement and Firefighting Services
  • Transport
  • Others (Including hot gas filtration applications, corporate and home furnishings) 

Flame Resistant Fabrics Market - Regional Analysis 

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • France
    • K.
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of APAC
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of LATAM
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA