Global Protective Clothing Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (Flame Retardant Apparel, Chemical Defending Garment, Cleanroom Clothing, Mechanical Protective Clothing, Limited General-Use Clothing), By End-User (Oil And Gas, Chemical, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace And Defense, Healthcare, Government), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2023 To 2028

  • Published : Oct 2023
  • Report Code : KSI061613454
  • Pages : 114

The global protective clothing market was valued at US$10.711 billion in 2021 and the market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.77% thereby reaching a market size of US$16.939 billion in 2028.

The growing adoption of protective clothing plays a vital role in minimizing the potential for workers to experience life-threatening injuries. By donning protective gear, employees can carry out their tasks in a secure and comfortable environment, free from concerns about potential hazards. The demand for protective clothing is on the upswing, driven by the expansion of global manufacturing and various industrial sectors that necessitate specialized protective equipment to ensure the safety of workers. Growing emphasis on worker safety driven by government regulations is a significant force propelling the global protective clothing market growth. For instance, in 2021, the Norwegian Armed Forces (NAF) decided to incorporate Honeywell Spectra Shield® Ballistic Materials into their military equipment to enhance protection.

Rising stringent government regulations

The global protective clothing market is rising due to stringent government regulations that have been instrumental in driving the development of cutting-edge protective clothing, prioritizing user comfort and safety. Following the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employees in the oil and gas sectors are mandated to wear heat and flame-resistant attire. This requirement underscores the critical importance of protective clothing in high-risk work environments.

Growth in the prevalence of industrial accidents and fatalities

As per the US Department of Labor, protective clothing has played a significant role in reducing work-related illnesses and injuries. Protective attire provides essential safety for workers in hazardous environments, alleviating their fears, stress, and anxiety, which, in turn, enhances their productivity and efficiency. Moreover, manufacturers experience fewer lawsuits and reduced compensation costs for their employees. These factors collectively drive the global protective clothing market growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in collaboration with state agencies, conducted the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, revealing a rise in injury cases in 2021 among private industry employers. The total number of injuries recorded in 2021 was 2,654.70. Although there was a decrease of 1.8 percent from the previous year, these employers reported 2.6 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. This data highlights the ongoing importance of workplace safety and the need for continued efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.

India is anticipated to be the fastest-growing country in the Asia-Pacific region

The growing number of industrial accidents in India has provided a positive scope to the protective clothing market. For instance, according to the IndustriALL Global Union, in 2021, at least 429 accidents in major manufacturing sectors in India inclusive of mining, steel, pharmaceutical, and chemicals in which more than 700 workers got injured. The bolstering growth in these sectors has increased the probability of such accidents. For instance, according to the Ministry of Mines, in 2021, the number of reporting mines for non-metallic minerals stood at 774 which represented an addition of 6 mines over 2020’s figure of 767.

Market Key Developments

  • In February 2022, Troop Comforts Limited under the Ministry of Defense signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) for the development of smart protective clothing that could be used by security personnel.


Global Protective Clothing Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
Market Size Value in 2021 US$10.711 billion
Market Size Value in 2028
US$16.939 billion
Growth Rate CAGR of 6.77% from 2021 to 2028
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period 2023–2028
Forecast Unit (Value) USD Billion
Segments Covered Type, End-User, 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
    • Oil and Gas
    • Chemical
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Aerospace and Defense
    • Healthcare
    • Government
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • India
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global protective clothing market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.77% over the forecast period.
The protective clothing market is expected to reach a total market size of US$16.939 billion in 2028.
Protective Clothing Market was valued at US$10.711 billion in 2021.
Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the protective clothing market.
Growing emphasis on worker safety driven by government regulations is a significant force propelling the global protective clothing market growth.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


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. By Type

7.2.2. By End User

7.2.3. By Country USA Canada Mexico

7.3. South America

7.3.1. By Type

7.3.2. By End User

7.3.3. By Country Brazil Argentina Others

7.4. Europe

7.4.1. By Type

7.4.2. By End-Users

7.4.3. By Country Germany France United Kingdom Spain Others

7.5. Middle East and Africa

7.5.1. By Type

7.5.2. By Application

7.5.3. By End-User

7.5.4. By Country Saudi Arabia UA Others

7.6. Asia Pacific

7.6.1. By Type

7.6.2. By End-User

7.6.3. By Country China Japan South Korea India Indonesia Thailand Others


8.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

8.2. Market Share Analysis

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.