Global Safety Apparel Market 2016-2020
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn to minimize the wearers’ exposure to hazards. PPE finds application in a number of industries such as manufacturing, chemicals, construction, oil and gas, food, pharmaceuticals, and others. PPE is used to reduce health and safety risks not only at the workplace but also in sports and other recreational activities. The selection of PPE depends on the risks that the wearer is exposed to and the intensity and duration of exposure.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global safety apparel market to grow at a CAGR of 8.12% during the period 2016-2020.
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The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global safety apparel market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the worldwide retail sales of safety apparel based on their application in the market.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Safety Apparel Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global safety apparel market: 3M, Ansell, Honeywell, and Lakeland Industries.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: ASATEX, Australian Defense Apparel, Ballyclare, Bennett Safetywear, Bulwark Protective Apparel, DuPont, International Enviroguard, Kappler, Kermel, Kimberly-Clark, MSA Safety, NASCO, Sioen Industries, Siyasebenza Manufacturing, True North Gear, and Workrite Uniform.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “Use of nanotechnology to improve safety of the worker will be a key trend for market growth. The advances in nanotechnology have led to the experimental use of nanofibers and composites in PPE. These nanofibers improve mechanical properties of a PPE at a lower weight, making them superior to their conventional counterparts. They also help protect the wearer from thermal, mechanical, chemical, and biochemical hazards. With the application of microelectronics in PPE, sensors and actuators can be calibrated to monitor environmental conditions and detect any hazardous particles or gasses. These can also be used to raise an alarm when the wearer is exposed to harmful particles. Another example of nanotechnology is the use of nanocomposites based on clay, magnesium oxide, and titanium dioxide used to develop safety apparel for soldiers. This apparel offers excellent protection against chemical and biological hazards and is lightweight, offering a greater operational advantage.”
According to the report, increasing focus on quality and customization will be a key driver for market growth. Vendors are investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing units as well as R&D to increase the comfort and ease of use of the products while ensuring optimal protection for the wearer. Branded manufacturers are placing great emphasis on product customization and flexibility to meet customer demands and expectations. For instance, Lakeland, one of the leading safety apparel manufacturers, customizes its safety vests with logos or ID panels according to the needs of the customers. Furthermore, as quality is most important part of the product, manufacturers are trying to ensure the quality and functionality of PPE through several rounds of testing and quality checks before the final product is released.
Further, the report states that for an organization, purchasing PPE like safety apparel for its employees is expensive. With strict government regulations on employee health and safety, employers are more focused on complying with the rules by proving the equipment rather than ensuring its appropriate use or functionality. So, the functionality of the equipment becomes a major concern. The challenge for the safety apparel vendors is to ensure the quality with respect to safety and functionality while keeping the cost at a reasonable level. The cost of PPE includes a number of factors such as purchase price, maintenance cost, and service life. So, using the most expensive equipment that provides assured quality and functionality will help the employers save more over the long term.
3M, Ansell, Honeywell, Lakeland Industries, ASATEX, Australian Defense Apparel, Ballyclare, Bennett Safetywear, Bulwark Protective Apparel, DuPont, International Enviroguard, Kappler, Kermel, Kimberly-Clark, MSA Safety, NASCO, Sioen Industries, Siyasebenza Manufacturing, True North Gear, and Workrite Uniform.