Global Protective Clothing Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Type (Flame Retardant Apparel, Chemical Defending Garment, Cleanroom Clothing, Mechanical Protective Clothing, Limited General-Use Clothing), And By End-User Industry (Oil And Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace And Defense, Healthcare, Government), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

  • Published : Aug 2022
  • Report Code : KSI061613454
  • Pages : 114

The global protective clothing market was valued at US$9.349 billion in 2020.

The protective clothing demand is rising due to an increase in manufacturing and other industrial units around the world that require specific protection equipment for workers' security. The rising concerns over worker safety and awareness for controlling industrial accidents and fatalities. The demand is increasing as there is a need for more manufacturing products to meet the requirements of the world. The increasing government rules and regulations regarding workers' safety at workstations are driving the market for protective clothing. Protective clothing protects the staff, employees, or workers from any hazards or risks that may arise while at work.

The increased use of protective clothing reduces the risk of workers suffering life-threatening injuries. The use of protective clothing helps the worker to work in a protective environment and in a comfortable manner without thinking about the risk of any hazard. This will not only help in protection but also increase the efficiency of the worker, leading to providing better results at work. In a few countries, it has been made mandatory to provide workers with protective equipment for their safety. The increasing research and development in making it lightweight, comfortable, and with higher chemical and mechanical resistance will further increase the demand for protective clothing.

The global protective clothing market is segmented by type, end-user industry, and geography. Segmentation on the basis of type is done by flame retardant apparel, chemical defending garments, cleanroom clothing, mechanical protective Clothing, and limited general-use Clothing. Segmentation on the basis of the end-user industry is done by oil & gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and defense, healthcare, and government.

Flame retardant is majorly used in the oil and gas industry

Protective clothing is used for different purposes according to the needs of the industry. Every type of clothing helps in protecting the user from different things according to their occupation. Flame retardant protective clothing is majorly used by firefighters, the oil & gas industry, and anywhere there are high chances of catching fire at the time of production. The fire retardant protects against fire by not letting the fire and heat pass through the clothing, giving enough time for controlling the fire and disposing of it. The fire retardant is used to protect against breve fires, flash fires, jet fires, and pool fires.

Chemical retardant protective clothing is highly used in pharmaceuticals where there is a higher use of chemicals, and its spoilage may cause burns and injuries. Cleanroom clothing is used in electronic manufacturing facilities, laboratories, clinical and pharmaceutical industries, and the healthcare sector to keep it clean and not to catch any kind of microbes or infectious viruses that may cause danger to health. Cleanroom protective clothing is also used to prevent product contamination from minute harmful chemicals and particles in the workplace, like in labs and research and development centres. The different uses of protective clothing according to the needs are growing the market in their respective industries with the advancement in technology.

Healthcare and Pharmaceutical companies usually use cleanroom clothing

Healthcare and pharmaceutical industries use cleanroom clothing for protection from particles, microbes, or infectious viruses that may cause danger to health. The increase in the use of cleanrooms in the healthcare industry will further increase the market for cleanroom clothing. The manufacturing sector is seeing a rise in demand for protective clothing due to increasing government rules and regulations for monitoring companies to see whether they provide a safe working environment or not.

The strict government rules and regulations have helped in manufacturing innovative protective clothing for the user's comfort and safety. Protective clothing is highly used by industries to reduce on-job injuries and causalities. The increasing industries in developing countries like India and China are further growing the market for protective clothing. The increasing research and development with an increase in investment by companies will further increase the applications and their demand. The defence sector is also contributing greatly to the growth of protective clothing due to the increase in usage by forces to protect soldiers from enemy attacks. The increasing use of protective clothing in various industry verticals will drive the market during the forecast period.

By geography, North America has a notable share of the market

Regionally, the global protective clothing market is classified into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and the Asia Pacific. North America is expected to witness a notable market share in the protective clothing market due to high awareness among people about safety and the precaution that need to be taken when working in a high-risk workplace. The advancement of technology and its early adoption have increased the market for protective clothing in the North American region.

The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the protective clothing market. It is due to an increasing number of manufacturing facilities across various end-user industries like pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, defense and aerospace, oil & gas, chemicals, and healthcare. The rise in stringent rules and regulations regarding the safety and security of workers, the increase in policies and measures to be taken, and the increasing workforce in the region are expected to positively affect the protective clothing market.

Key Developments in the Market

  • In April 2022, Toray Industries Inc launched its new offering, LIVMOA 4500AS, a disposable personal protective clothing. The new product meets the JIS T 8115 Type 4 standards for "Spray-tight" chemical protective apparel. Due to the use of seam tape, it also provides superior water resistance, breathability, and dust protection.
  • In December 2021, a UK-based global distributions and services group completed the acquisition of US-based Tingley Rubber Corporation, a manufacturer of durable PPEs. Through this acquisition, the former was able to enhance its PPE apparel portfolio and marks its 14th acquisition in 2021.
  • In April 2020, Shadow Works launched innovative Personal Protective Equipment for first responders in partnership with Wonder Hoodie. The latter employed the former's patented SWX textile to develop puncture-resistant washable gloves and bulletproof jackets and hoodies. By integrating its technology and innovative product design, the duo has created high-performance apparel for the personnel working in fire and military services.

COVID-19 Impact on Protective Clothing Market:

COVID-19 had a positive impact on the global protective clothing market. The rapid emergence of the pandemic had caused the demand for personal protection equipment to drastically increase due to the high deployment of healthcare professionals to attend to infected patients. Subsequently, a significant shortage was witnessed in the initial phase of the pandemic. To address this issue, in March 2020, the World Health Organisation requested that manufacturers increase the production of PPEs by 40% to meet the increasing demand. Furthermore, the organization also estimated that over 89 million medical masks and 76 million goggles would be consumed every month. Owing to such developments, the market witnessed an upward trend amid the pandemic.

Global Protective Clothing Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2020  US$9.349 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR during the forecast period
 Base Year  2020
 Forecast Period  2022–2027
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments Covered  Type, End-User Industry, And Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered DuPont, Honeywell International Inc., MCR Safety (Acquired by Bunzl Plc), Lakeland Industries, Inc., MSA Safety Inc., 3M, ANSELL LTD., Protective Industrial Products, Inc., ILC Dover LP, Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Type
    • Flame Retardant Apparel
    • Chemical Defending Garment
    • Clean Room Clothing
    • Mechanical protective clothing
    • Limited General-Use Clothing
  • By End-User Industry
    • Oil and Gas
    • Chemical
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Aerospace and Defense
    • Healthcare
    • Government
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Israel
      • UAE
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • India
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Others

1.1. Market Overview
1.2. COVID-19 Scenario
1.3. Market Definition
1.4. Market Segmentation

2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3.1. Research Highlights

4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porter's Five Force Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5.1. Introduction
5.2. Flame Retardant Apparel
5.3. Chemical Defending Garment
5.4. Clean Room Clothing
5.5. Mechanical protective clothing
5.6. Limited General-Use Clothing

6.1. Introduction
6.2. Oil and Gas
6.3. Chemical
6.4. Pharmaceuticals
6.5. Aerospace and Defense
6.6. Healthcare
6.7. Government 

7.1. Introduction
7.2. North America
7.2.1. USA
7.2.2. Canada
7.2.3. Mexico
7.3. South America
7.3.1. Brazil
7.3.2. Argentina
7.3.3. Others
7.4. Europe
7.4.1. Germany
7.4.2. France
7.4.3. United Kingdom
7.4.4. Spain
7.4.5. Others
7.5. Middle East and Africa
7.5.1. Saudi Arabia
7.5.2. Israel
7.5.3. UAE
7.5.4. Others
7.6. Asia Pacific
7.6.1. China
7.6.2. Japan
7.6.3. South Korea
7.6.4. India
7.6.5. Indonesia
7.6.6. Thailand
7.6.7. Others

8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
8.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
8.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
8.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

9.1. DuPont
9.2. Honeywell International Inc.
9.3. MCR Safety (Acquired by Bunzl Plc)
9.4. Lakeland Industries, Inc.
9.5. MSA Safety Inc.
9.6. 3M
9.8. Protective Industrial Products, Inc.
9.9. ILC Dover LP
9.10. Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.


Honeywell International Inc.

MCR Safety (Acquired by Bunzl Plc)

Lakeland Industries, Inc.

MSA Safety Inc.



Protective Industrial Products, Inc.

ILC Dover LP

Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd.