Flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel: balancing protection, comfort and durability
Flame resistant fabrics play a crucial role in providing protection from hazards such as heat, flames, electric arcs and molten metal. As such, they are widely used in the manufacture of protective apparel for personnel working in a number of industries, as well as for firefighters and military personnel. Manufacturers of flame resistant fabrics have a broad range of flame retardant finishes and inherently flame resistant fibres from which to choose when developing their products. Also, the range of flame resistant fabrics available is extremely diverse and includes denim style fabrics, fleece fabrics, heavy duty fabrics, knitted fabrics and lightweight shirt fabrics. Manufacturers of flame resistant fabrics are continuing to innovate, and there is a trend towards the development of flame resistant fabrics which incorporate additional properties such as breathability and moisture management in order to improve comfort. Overall, global demand for flame resistant fabrics is forecast to grow at a healthy pace in the coming years, reflecting the implementation of stricter safety standards and a spur in infrastructure projects in developing markets. However, the market faces some challenges -- notably those associated with environmental sustainability. This report provides a wealth of information on recent developments in the market for flame resistant fabrics, and discusses the opportunities and challenges facing the market. Topics explored in the report include: markets for flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel; the flammability of different fibres; factors affecting the flammability of apparel; measuring flame resistance; testing the flammability of fabrics designed for use in the manufacture of consumer products; different types of flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel; flammability regulations; standards for flame resistant personal protective apparel; key producers of flame retardant finishes and additives and their products; and key producers of flame resistant fibres, yarns and fabrics and their products. Also, the report provides an outlook for the future.
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