Global Protective Fabrics Market: An Overview

Protective fabrics are used to make performance fabric solutions, which are worn as a shield from the effect of chemicals and other hazards. Protective fabrics form the last layer of defense and are used by firefighters, military personnel, law enforcement officers, and workers in oil & gas companies, as well as other hazardous conditions. While working in chemical facilities or around corrosive chemicals, protective fabrics are required to protect the worker in case of an accidental chemical splash. Protective fabric manufacturers enhance the convenience of the wearer in extreme climatic conditions by ensuring lightweight, softness, and breathability of the fabric. Proprietary technology is also applied in protective fabrics and clothing to minimize discomfort by keeping moisture and perspiration away from the skin. Protective fabrics are used as a flame resistant layer on mattresses. The outlook for the global protective fabrics market is expected to be positive during the forecast period.

Global Protective Fabrics Market: Dynamics

Protective fabrics are critical and have been increasingly adopted across various domains to ensure safety. Constant research and development aimed at enhancing the wearer’s comfort is critical to the growth of the global protective fabrics market. Hazard protection being one of the prime requirements, the global protective fabrics market is anticipated to witness promising growth in the future. In addition to performance applications, protective fabrics are also increasingly being adopted for utilities such as rainwear. To ensure that their protective fabrics perform well under harsh conditions, top players in the market are innovating the technology required to keep the wearer cool. Protective fabrics are widely used and face low risk of challenge from a substitute. Manufacturers of protective fabrics have been observed to market their products under different brand names, depending on their protective function. Protective fabrics are also expected to face sizeable demand from the defense sector, especially from developing countries like China and India, which are heavily investing in military equipment up-gradation. Protective fabrics are a key requisite for helmets and protective gear.

Global Protective Fabrics Market: Segmentation

The global protective fabrics market is segmented as follows -

By material type, the global protective fabrics market is segmented into –

  • Polyesters
  • Cotton Fibre
  • Polyolefin
  • Polyamide
  • Aramid
  • Others (PBI-blended fabrics, etc.)

By product type, the global protective fabrics market is segmented into –

  • Fire & Heat Resistant
  • Chemical Resistant
  • UV Resistant

By end-use application, the global protective fabrics market is segmented into –

  • Building & Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Defense & Law Enforcement
  • Oil, Gas, & Other Industrial
  • Firefighting
  • Others (general purpose and utilities)

Global Protective Fabrics Market: Regional Outlook

The North America protective fabrics market is expected to maintain a prominent position during the forecast period. This is due to the well-established industrial landscape as well as an impressive military spending. The U.S. is expected to lead in terms of consumption of protective fabrics. The U.S. invests over US$ 600 Bn in its military, which is the base budget allocated to the Department of Defense. Apart from that, the U.S. spends on overseas operations, FBI, homeland security, and the Department of Energy, all of which generate high demand for protective fabrics. In the Asia Pacific protective fabrics market, India is expected to be the most lucrative country in terms of spending Y-o-Y growth. Other top consuming countries across the globe include China, Germany, the U.K., Saudi Arabia, Russia, and France, among others.

Global Protective Fabrics Market: Key players

Some of the key players operating in the global protective fabrics market are –

  • Milliken & Company
  • Koninklijke Ten Cate nv
  • L. Gore & Associates GmbH
  • 3M Company
  • Glen Raven, Inc.
  • Lorica International
  • Klopman International
  • DowDuPont Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.

Some of the key trends in the global protective fabrics market include –

  • Focus on the production of machine-washable protective fabrics
  • Focus resources on the catering demand generated from the defense sector as well as the chemical industry

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