North America Protective Clothing market was valued at US$2,155.270 million in 2019. Strict workers’ safety regulations in countries like the U.S. and Canada is the major driver of the protective clothing market in North America. As per the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations under the United States Department of Labor, workers are required to use personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to minimize exposure to hazards at the workplace that cause serious injuries and illnesses. These equipment include gloves, respirators, vest or full-body suits, glasses, and shoes.
Expanding industries such as oil and gas, chemical, and aerospace and defense in North American countries is significantly boosting the demand for protective clothing in the region. According to the EIA (U.S. Energy Information Administration), the U.S. surpassed Saudi Arabia in 2018 to become the world’s largest petroleum producer. Recently the global chemical manufacturer Dow has announced to incrementally expand the capacity at its ethylene facility in Western Canada by approximately 130,000 metric tons by adding another furnace. The presence of major as well as a large of protective clothing manufacturers in the region also contributes to the region’s market growth. In February 2019, a leading North American supplier of hand protection and general safety products, Protective Industrial Products, Inc. (PIP), announced that the company had signed a definitive agreement to acquire West Chester Protective Gear (Cincinnati, Ohio) which is also a global leader in providing personal protective equipment to both industrial and retail channels.
The global COVID-19 outbreak has substantially boosted the demand for protective clothing in this region. With the continuous rise in the number of patients suffering from coronavirus, countries are increasingly demanding both protective equipment as well as protective clothing in order to further prevent the spread of this deadly virus.
The North American Protective Clothing market has been segmented based on the type, end-user industry, and country. By type, the market has been segmented as flame retardant apparel, chemical defending garment, cleanroom clothing, mechanical protective clothing, and limited general-use clothing. By the end-user industry, the North American protective clothing market has been classified into oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and defense, healthcare,and government. The North American protective clothing market has been classified in terms of the country as the U.S., Canada, and Mexico