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Personal Protective Clothing: Providing Performance, Safety and Comfort

Personal Protective Clothing: Providing Performance, Safety and Comfort

Personal protective clothing is one of the largest single segments of the performance apparel industry and is a major component of personal protective equipment (PPE). In most developed countries, PPE markets are characterised by their extreme competitiveness and maturity, and this has restrained their potential for growth. As a result, several PPE suppliers have been targeting developing markets in a bid to maintain their sales growth targets and enhance their global competitive position. Another challenge is to persuade workers to wear appropriate personal protective clothing whenever they face an occupational hazard. Workers are demanding increasingly that their protective clothing not only safeguards their health in the workplace but is also comfortable to wear -- and manufacturers are responding accordingly. As a result, the use of high performance fabric with moisture management and thermal regulation properties has become widespread. Such factors have become powerful selling tools and are key to increasing compliance with regulations which call for the use of personal protective clothing. Furthermore, there is a drive for the personal protective clothing industry to become more sustainable by reducing consumption of petroleum-based materials and using sustainable raw materials and processes. This report provides an analysis of the PPE market and presents the key challenges facing suppliers of personal protective clothing. In addition, it includes detailed information on the main categories of personal protective clothing, the fibres and fabrics used in the manufacture of personal protective clothing and the latest product innovations in the sector. Furthermore, it provides information on the stringent standards and regulations enforced within the industry and provides an outlook for the future.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
    • Table Overview of the global personal protective equipment (PPE) market
    • Table Types of hazards in the workplace and related personal protective equipment (PPE) options
  • MARKET FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
    • Factors affecting the market
  • SUPPLIERS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
    • Table Key players in the global market for personal protective clothing and accessories, 2015
  • MAJOR TRENDS IN THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING INDUSTRY
    • Comfort
    • Design and fashion
      • Design
    • Fashion
    • New product developments
    • Emerging technologies
    • Commitment to sustainability
  • KEY CHALLENGES FACING SUPPLIERS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
  • THE NEED FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Table World: workplace injuries, 2010-13 (frequency ratea)
    • Physical hazards in the working environment and their effects
    • Health-related hazards in the working environment and their effects
    • Protection of objects and equipment in the working environment
  • MAIN CATEGORIES OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Table World: use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by industry, 2013
    • Table Key categories of personal protective clothing and their purposes
  • FIBRES AND FABRICS USED IN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Table Fibres and fabrics used in personal protective clothing
  • STANDARDS
  • REGULATIONS
  • INNOVATIONS IN PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Ansell: HyFlex gloves for cut protection applications
    • Bulwark and Milliken: IQ Series flame resistant (FR) protective apparel
    • Coats: Flamepro flame resistant (FR) and cut resistant yarn
    • Coats: Signal flame resistant (FR) reflective tape
    • DSM: Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology material for ballistic protection
    • Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Mikrosysteme und Festkörper- Technologien: gloves which detect toxic substances
    • G&K Services: flame resistant (FR) knitwear
    • G&K Services: Vented flame resistant (FR) uniforms
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL): material which repels chemical and biological agents for use in military uniforms
    • Mount Vernon FR: amDry fabric finish for protective workwear
    • Mount Vernon FR: Amtex TC flame resistant (FR) fabrics
    • Mount Vernon FR: FlexTex flame resistant (FR) fabric for protective workwear
    • Mount Vernon FR and Carhartt: extremes arctic flame resistant (FR) workwear
    • National Safety Apparel (NSA): CarbonComfort flame resistant (FR) workwear
    • Schoeller: pyroshell flame resistant (FR) fabrics
    • Teijin Aramid: Twaron 550F1000 lightweight aramid yarn for anti-ballistic and anti-stab products
    • TenCate Protective Fabrics: TenCate Gemini XTL for firefighters' turnout gear
    • TenCate Protective Fabrics: TenCate Millenia for firefighters' turnout gear
    • Victor Group: Ecoshield environmentally friendly flame resistant (FR) fabric
  • OUTLOOK

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