Advanced Protective Gear and Armor

BCC Research
June 1, 2011
387 Pages - SKU: WA6434109
The global market for advanced protective gear and armor was worth $4 billion in 2010 and the figure is expected to reach $5.2 billion in 2015 for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1%, between 2010 and 2015.

At the present time, the ancillary components make up about 59.8% of the total protective gear and armor market. This component dominates the market, generating an estimated $2.3 billion in 2010. This should reach $3 billion in 2015, for a CAGR of 5.7%.

Thermal protective market has the second largest share, worth $566 million in 2010. This should increase at a CAGR of 5.3% to reach $733 million in 2015.

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Advanced protective clothing and associated gear is an industry sector that has a critical role in the protection of firefighters, police officers, military personnel, and industrial workers. Concerns for general worker safety, including protection from death and disabling injuries and illnesses, as well as protection from the specific threats of chemicals, biological agents, fire, bullets, and fragmentation particles, result in an entire industry devoted to personal protective equipment and gear. This equipment includes everything from chemical protective garments and suits to firefighters turnout gear, to industrial fire retardant garments, to bullet-resistant vests, to respirators. Military armor for vehicles and to a greater extent for personnel has become another advanced industry segment.

While this type of protective gear and armor industry has seen a few new standards and regulations, there have been significant revisions and additions to the existing standards for worker protective clothing in the areas of chemical protection, fire protection, and bullet-resistant garments. Knowing what is available to the military, first responders seek to upgrade the protective gear that they do have.

This BCC Research market research report provides an overview of major trends within the personal protective equipment industry and market analyses for each end-use segment focusing on the advanced materials in use. Historical data, as well as 5-year forecasts for the years 2010 to 2015 are provided to express market sizes, changes, and dynamics.


Protective apparel and associated gear are undergoing growth in many sectors as a result of terrorist activities and related geopolitical events. Tracking and predicting growth related to these events, as well as examining offsetting growth factors, are major reasons for doing this study. Terrorism is unlikely to disappear within the 5-year horizon of this report or in the twenty-first century. Concentrations of individuals in ever more complex urban situations will continue and within this, setting fires, either structural or wildlands will continue. The numbers and types of toxic materials in the workplace will continue or increase. Greater protection is deemed necessary for our armed forces, first responders, and industrial workers.

Revisions made to existing standards have compelled manufacturers to change some materials used in the production of some forms of personal protection equipment. Failure of some of the older materials to perform over the long term has initiated withdrawal from the market. There is a constant balancing of mobility vs. protection. While there is growth in many segments of the personal protective clothing market, the number of players in some segments of the industry is decreasing as a result of acquisitions.

Examining the situation in the marketplace and reviewing the technological advances expected as a result of numerous parameters are additional reasons why this study is important.

This study provides a timely and as accurate a view as possible of the protective gear and armor industry, its major participants, advanced materials and future growth potential, as well as the technologies and standards crucial to the understanding of the industry. Excluded are sports equipment and gear related to recreational activities.

Common causes of setting afire industrial apparel include ignition of flammable liquids and/or other flammable materials spilled on the garment, contact with or close proximity to molten metals, sparks and slag from flame cutting or welding, or any contact with open flames. Other dangerous fire situations include high energy electrical discharges or other electric arc events, the explosion of vapors from volatile liquids or from flammable gases, and the ignition of combustible dusts. FireThe fighters, either structural, proximity, wildlands, or other first responders require a higher level of thermal protection and fire resistant garments.


This business opportunity report provides an analysis of the advanced protective clothing and equipment market for the U.S., by application, through the year 2015 with some speculative analysis for the years beyond. Under applications, the technologies, materials, standards, market participants, anticipated expansions, and growth factors are included.

The structure of each industry is explained, and company profiles of major industry participants are provided. The report is directed to decision makers in the industrial, commercial, fire service, and law enforcement sectors whose personnel are engaged in processes and operations involving the potential hazards associated with chemicals, fire, and bullets.

This report is designed to provide an assessment of the advanced personal protective clothing industry for those companies currently involved in the industry, or for those that are considering entering the fray. This includes protective clothing producers and distributors, textile and textile-related manufacturers, material suppliers, and fabric mills. Companies with large numbers of personnel who are routinely exposed to workplace situations involving potential heat, flame, chemical, and personal protection risks associated with bullets and other projectiles, will also find this report to be of use when identifying and comparing products and manufacturers and sifting through the massive amount of personal protective industry regulations and standards.

This study should serve as an analytical and informational business tool with the purpose of examining the growth in the marketplace that is related to both a vision of Utopia and the reality of terror, combined with the increased hazards facing first responders. There are numerous changes affecting the regulations associated with the forms of personal protective clothing. These areas are covered in terms of applications and end use. There is a distinction between estimates, projections, and facts or statistical data. When possible, sources are identified.

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