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Personal Protective Equipment in the U.S


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SBI estimates the U.S. market for personal protective equipment (PPE) reached $6.4 billion in 2007 rising seven percent over 2006. However, there is danger of slower growth in coming years. PPE manufacturers may see slower sales growth or downright slower sales if there is a worldwide economic slowdown either in sympathy with or as a direct result of the slowdown in the U.S. economy. Still, factors closer to home may help offset this potential slowdown. OSHA’s recent employer PPE purchase mandate, needs of an aging workforce and convergent product innovation ranging from comfort to communication may stoke sales through any economic difficulties.

These products are designed to protect users from occupational hazards, injuries and illnesses. Categories covered include:

  • Body Protection and Protective Clothing
  • Hand and Foot Protection
  • Head and Face Protection
  • Respiratory Protection

The report provides data on shipments, imports and exports for the personal protective equipment market and the four categories within the market. In most cases, historical data are provided for a 10-year period (1998-2007). It also identifies key economic and market trends affecting the industry and profiles key manufacturers, highlighting their strengths, performance, product portfolios and significant recent events. Also included are marketing, distribution and retail overview, outlining aspects of getting the products to market, and an end-user segment analysis.

Report data were gathered from:

  • Shipment statistics for personal protective equipment —reports published by the U.S. Census Bureau, including the Annual Survey of Manufacturers (ASM) and the 1997 and 2002 Economic Census
  • Import and export data —the Commerce Department’s USA Trade Online website
  • Revenues for manufacturers —company reports and SEC filings
  • End-User data —sources include The Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association.

What You’ll Get in this Report
Personal Protective Equipment in the U.S. makes important predictions and recommendations regarding the future of this market, and pinpoints ways current and prospective marketers can capitalize on current trends and spearhead new ones. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis and extensive data that Personal Protective Equipment in the U.S. offers. The report addresses the following:

  • The Market (including market size and composition, and projected market valuation growth)
  • Category analyses
  • Competitive Profiles (of the mainstream manufacturers and marketers, specialists and up-and-coming niche players, and analyses of the products they market)
  • End Users by major sector
  • Marketing Trends

Plus, you’ll benefit from extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.

How You Will Benefit from this Report
If your company is already competing in the personal protective equipment industry, or uses these products, you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current market, as well as projected market demand and trends through 2012.

This report will help:

  • Marketing Managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotions plans.
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand.
  • Advertising agencies working with clients in the personal protective equipment industry understand the product buyer to develop messages and images that compel consumers to purchase these products.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Information and research center librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.


  • Executive Summary
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Table U.S. Market for Personal Protective Equipment, 1997-2007 (in billions $)
      • Table Estimated Worldwide Market for Personal Protective Equipment and U.S. Share, 2002- 2007 (in billions $)
      • Table U.S. Market for Personal Protective Equipment, by Category, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Personal Protective Equipment, by Category, 2007 (percent)
      • Table U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Personal Protective Equipment, 2002-2007 (in millions $)
    • Factors Affecting Market Growth
    • Market Forecast
      • Table U.S. Market Forecast for Personal Protective Equipment, 2008-20012 (in billions $)
    • Competitive Overview
    • Distribution and Promotion Trends
    • Marketing & Promotion
      • Table Upcoming Safety Conferences and Expos, 2008
    • End-User Segments Analysis
      • Table Nonfatal Occupational Injuries & Illnesses Involving Days Away from Work by Major Industry Sector and Category of Injury, Private Industry, 2006
      • Table Employment in Selected Major Protective Service Occupations, 2003 vs. 2006
  • The Market
    • Table Effectiveness of Protective Materials Against Chemical Degradation
    • Table Glove Materials Used for Chemical Protection
    • Table Growth of Federal and State VPP Sites, 1998-2008
    • Table Top 15 Industries in the VPP (Federal), 2005 versus 2007
    • Table Permissible Noise Levels and Exposure Limits
    • Big Regulatory News in 2007
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Table U.S. Market for Personal Protective Equipment, 1997–2007 (in billions $)
      • Table U.S. Market for Personal Protective Equipment and Year-over-Year Percentage Change, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Estimated Worldwide Market for Personal Protective Equipment and U.S. Share, 2002–2007 (in billions $)
      • Table Estimated Worldwide Market for Personal Protective Equipment and Year-over-Year Percentage Change, 2002-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Market for Personal Protective Equipment, by Category, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Personal Protective Equipment by Category, 2007 (percent)
    • Shipments, Imports and Exports
      • Table U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Personal Protective Equipment, 2002-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Personal Protective Equipment Net Shipments (Shipments Minus Exports) and Share of U.S. Market, 1997-2007 (in billions $)
      • Table U.S. Personal Protective Equipment Imports and Share of U.S. Market, 1997-2007 (in billions $)
      • Table U.S. Personal Protective Equipment Exports and Share of Total U.S. Shipments, 1997- 2007 (in billions $)
    • Factors Affecting Market Growth
    • Market Forecast
      • Table U.S. Market Forecast for Personal Protective Equipment, 2008-20012 (in billions $)
  • Category Performance
    • Table U.S. Personal Protective Equipment Market, by Category, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
    • Hand & Foot Protection
      • Table U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Hand & Foot Protection Products, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Hand & Foot Net Shipments (Shipments Minus Exports) and Percent of Total U.S. Market, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Hand & Foot Imports and Percent of Total U.S. Market, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Protective Footwear Imports, by Country of Origin, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Glove Imports, by Country of Origin, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Protective Glove Imports, by Country of Origin, 2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Hand & Foot Exports and Percent of Total Shipments, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Protective Footwear Exports, by Country of Destination, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Protective Glove Imports, by Country of Origin, 2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Glove Exports, by Country of Destination, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Protective Glove Imports, by Country of Origin, 2007 (in millions $)
    • Head & Face Protection
      • Table U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Head & Face Protection Products, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Head & Face Protection Products Net Shipments (Shipments Minus Exports) and Percent of Total U.S. Market, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Headgear & Eye Protection Imports, by Country of Origin, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Headgear & Eye Protection Imports, by Country of Origin, 2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Head & Face Protection Products Exports, by Country of Origin, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Headgear & Eye Protection Exports, by Country of Destination, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Headgear & Eye Protection Exports, by Country of Origin, 2007 (in millions $)
    • Respiratory Protection
      • Table U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Respiratory Protection Products, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Respiratory Protection Products Net Shipments (Shipments Minus Exports) and Percent of Total U.S. Market, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Respiratory Protection Products Imports, by Country of Origin, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Breathing Appliance, Gas Mask Imports, by Country of Origin, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Share of Respiratory Protection Products Exports, by Country of Destination, 1997 - 2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Breathing Appliance, Gas Mask Exports, by Country of Destination, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
    • Body Protection, Clothing, and All Other
      • Table U.S. Shipments, Imports and Exports of Body Protection, Clothing, and Other Personal Protection Products, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Body Protection, Protective Clothing and Other Protective Products Net Shipments (Shipments Minus Exports) and Percent of Total U.S. Market, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Protective Clothing Imports, by Country of Origin, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Protective Clothing Exports and Percent of Total Shipments, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Top U.S. Protective Clothing Exports, by Country of Destination, 1997-2007 (in millions $)
  • Competitor Profiles
    • Lakeland Industries, Inc.
      • Table Lakeland Industries, Inc.
      • Table U.S. Net Sales of Lakeland Industries, 2003-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Lakeland Selected Brand Portfolio, 2007
    • Norcross Safety Products LLC
      • Table Norcross Safety Products LLC
      • Table U.S. Net Sales of Norcross Safety Products LLC, 2003-2007(in millions $)
      • Table Norcross Selected Brand Portfolio, 2007
    • Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA)
      • Table Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA)
      • Table Estimated North American Net Sales of MSA, 2003-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table MSA Selected Brand Portfolio
    • Point Blank Solutions, Inc. (Formerly DHB Industries)
      • Table Point Blank Solutions, Inc. (Formerly DHB Industries)
      • Table U.S. Net Sales of Point Blank Solutions, Inc, 2003-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Selected Point Blank Solutions, Inc. Brands
    • Sperian Protection Group
      • Table Sperian Protection Group
      • Table Estimated North American Net Sales of Sperian Group, 2003-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table Sperian Selected Brand Portfolio, 2007
    • 3M Company
      • Table 3M Company
      • Table Estimated U.S. Sales of 3M Personal Protective Equipment Products, 2003-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table U.S. Net Sales of Aearo Company Protective Equipment Products, 2003-2007 (in millions $)
      • Table 3M Selected Brand Portfolio, 2007
      • Table Aearo Technologies Selected Brand Portfolio, 2007
  • Trends
    • Economic Factors
      • Table U.S. Current-Dollar GDP vs. Real GDP, 2002-2008 (in trillion $)
      • Table Total Employment by Selected Occupation Sectors 2006 and Projected Employment 2016 (in thousands)
      • Table Private Industry Total Number of Recorded Cases: Injury & Illness and Fatality, 2003-2006
      • Table Nonfatal Occupational Injuries & Illnesses Involving Days Away from Work* by Major Industry Sector and Category of Illness, Private Industry, 2006
      • Table Number of Nonfatal Occupational injuries & Illnesses Involving Days Away from Work by Selected Injury or Illness Characteristics and Major Industry Sector, 2006
      • Table Number of Nonfatal Occupational injuries & Illnesses Involving Days Away from Work by Selected Injury or Illness Characteristics and Major Industry Sector, 2006
      • Table Percent Distribution of Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Involving Days Away from Work, by Major Industry Sector, 2006
      • Table Private Sector Fatalities, by Industry and Event, 2006
      • Table Fatal Occupational Injuries, by Industry Sector, 2003
      • Table OSHA's 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations for 2007, with 2006 Comparison
      • Table U.S. Population by Age Group, 2000, 2005 and 2010 (in millions)
      • Table Number, Incidence Rate and Median Days of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders That Required Days Away from Work, by Age Group, 2006
      • Rising Insurance Costs
        • Table Insurance Plan Cost per Hour Worked and Percent of Total Compensation, by Industry, Second Quarter 2004 - Second Quarter 2007
      • Generation Terror
      • The Style, Custom & Comfort Overriding Factors
      • Protect from Nanotech
  • Distribution and Promotion Trends
    • Marketing & Promotion
      • Table Upcoming Safety Conferences and Expos, 2008
    • New Product Introductions
      • Table Selected New Protective Products, 2007
  • End-User Segments Analysis
    • Overview
      • Table Nonfatal Occupational Injuries & Illnesses Involving Days Away from Work, by Major Industry Sector and Category of Illness, Private Industry, 2006
      • Table Number of Nonfatal Occupational injuries & Illnesses Involving Days Away from Work, by Selected Injury or Illness Characteristics and Major Industry Sector, 2006
    • Natural Resources & Mining Sector
    • Construction Sector
    • Manufacturing Sector
    • Security and Emergency Services
      • Table Employment in Selected Major Protective Service Occupations, 2003 vs. 2006
      • Table Number of Firefighters and Fire Departments, 1996-2006
      • Table Number of Response Calls Requested, 2006
      • Table Firefighter Fatalities, 2003-2006
      • Table Total Injuries, by Type, in Firefighting, 1996-2006
      • Table Number of Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Employees, 2002-2006 (in thousands)
      • Table Total Number of Assaults, Assaults with Injuries on Law Enforcement Officers (in thousands) and Rate per 100 Officers Employed, 2002-2006
      • Table Total Number of Fatalities, Feloniously Killed and Accidentally Killed and Rate per 100,000 Officers Employed, 2002-2006
  • Selected Marketers

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