South America Protective Clothing market was valued at US$273.590 million in 2019. Growing concerns regarding workers’ safety across various industries is substantially bolstering the market growth of protective clothing in this region. Changes in the Brazilian Labor Code came into effect on November 11, 2017, providing specific health and safety requirements for home workers. Rising demand for firefighting services is another major factor that is significantly supporting the protective clothing market growth in South American countries. With the rise in Amazon fires last yfear in Brazil, the demand for these services has also increased, thereby augmenting the market growth of protective clothing in the region. Growing investments and favorable measures take-up by the government to ramp up the domestic industries including semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and the chemical is escalating the demand for cleanroom technology which, in turn, is further fuelling the demand for protective clothing. The presence of global chemical manufacturers in Brazil and Argentina coupled with the expansion of facilities is also propelling the regional market growth of protective clothing. For example, in August 2019, Sumitomo Chemical Company commenced the full-scale operations of Sumitomo Chemical Chile S.A. in order to strengthen its business operations related to feed additive methionine and crop protection products in the Latin American region.
The recent global coronavirus outbreak has led to a sudden spike in the demand for protective clothing and equipment worldwide such that many countries including Brazil are facing a supply shortage. The COVID-19 pandemic has surged the number of complaints by healthcare workers regarding working conditions and lack of supply of protective gear and equipment. However, this factor provides a great opportunity for protective clothing manufacturers to increase or expand their manufacturing capacity in order to supply efficiently in case of any pandemic outbreak in the future. This will bolster the protective clothing market growth in South America during the next five years.
The South 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 South American protective clothing market has been classified into oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceuticals, aerospace and defense, healthcare,and government. The South American protective clothing market has been further classified in terms of the country as Brazil, Argentina, and Others.