Stringent Occupational Health & Safety Mandates Drives the Global Personal Protective Equipment Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

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GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Personal Protective Equipment markets. The global market for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is expected to reach US$20.5 billion by 2018, primarily driven by factors such as growing employment rates in developing countries, increasing emphasis placed by organizations on worker health/safety issues, stricter Government legislations and stringent Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) mandates. Technology innovations and increased industrial activity from developing markets such as Asia-Pacific also augurs well for the market.

Personal Protective Equipment: A Global Strategic Business Report

Follow us on LinkedIn – Growing instances of workplace accidents has brought to fore the importance of worker safety and the need for personal protection equipment for ensuring the same. The recent spate of workplace related accidents such in the tsunami-stricken nuclear reactors in Japan highlights the need for special equipment and technology for plant operators for protection against hazardous exposure to harsh environmental conditions like radiation, heat and humidity. Designed to protect workers from workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with radiological, chemical, physical, mechanical, and electrical reactions or other workplace hazards, personal protection equipment is finding growing adoption among employers. Although demand stands largely triggered by legislative obligations, growing awareness among plant operators to protect employees against workplace dangers is also driving growth. The disproportionately higher costs associated with employee/worker injuries, loss in productivity/performance due to mishaps, and penalties paid for violation and non-conformance of OHS laws also provide enough business case for employers to invest significantly in personal protection equipment.

Resurgence in industrial activity and output in developed countries post recession, partially supported by federal stimulus grants is helping drive growth back on track in these markets. This is largely because higher the number of employees working in a plant/facility, greater will be the need for personal protection equipment. In developing countries, strong economic growth, rising industrial output, massive shifting of production bases to low cost Asian countries, rising level of export oriented manufacturing, robust construction activity, and government initiated infrastructure development activity, will drive future gains in the global personal protective equipment market.

Growing emphasis placed by organizations on providing safe working environment in a bid to attract prospective employees is also helping drive demand for PPE across the globe. Stricter government mandates and stringent Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards as mandated by regulatory bodies such as The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), are additionally compelling employers to invest on PPE. The growing threat of chemical terrorism including radiological and nuclear terrorism and the ensuing investments made by governments to combat the threat by building terrorism response and disaster management teams too bodes well for the market.

Technology developments will continue to drive demand for PPE since at the core, PPE has and will continue to remain functionality and performance driven products. The rising consumer emphasis on style, fashion, design and aesthetic appeal will nevertheless help drive growth in the fringe end of the market. Infusion of fashion elements is forecast to be the highest in PPE product categories like earmuffs, safety goggles, safety shoes, etc., which are witnessing an explosion of colors, designs and styles. A key advantage of fashionably designed protective wear is higher compliance with regard to PPE use among workers. Under this scenario, manufacturers are lapping up the proffered opportunities by developing products which combine safety and protection with style, and comfort. Manufacturers are expected to place dual emphasis on performance and fashion in equal measure, given that consumers still prefer functionality and safety over fashion and style.

A staggering array of products and solutions are now being offered, with an option for customization wherever required. Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) are used by equipment manufacturers to enhance design, engineering patterns, shorten production time, and improve quality. Self-contained breathing apparatus featuring value additions such as communication devices, global positioning systems and monitors will score the highest gains in the marketplace. Personal protective clothing equipped with hybrid materials, smart fabric technology and nanotechnology will witness rising demand.

As stated by the new market research report on Personal Protective Equipment, the United States remains the largest regional market worldwide. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market with dollar sales waxing at a CAGR of about 4.6% over the analysis period. Protective Gloves represents the largest product segment, while Respiratory Protection Equipment is the fastest growing segment during the analysis period.

Key players in the marketplace include 3M Company, Alpha Pro Tech Ltd., Ansell Limited, Avon Rubber P.L.C. , BartelsRieger Atemschutztechnik GmbH & Co., Bekina NV, Grolls AB, Capital Safety Group Ltd., Defense Industries International Inc., Drägerwerk AG & Co. KgaA, E.D. Bullard Company, Eurodress GmbH, Gateway Safety Inc., Honeywell Life Safety, Interspiro AB, Jallatte Group, JSP Ltd., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kwintet AB, Lakeland Industries, Inc., MAPA Spontex, Inc., MCR Safety, Mine Safety Appliances Company, Moldex, Saf-T-Gard International, Inc., and Scott Safety, among others.

The research report titled "Personal Protective Equipment: A Global Strategic Business Report" announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, drivers, challenges, product/player profiles, technological developments, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates and projections in value (US$) for major geographic markets such as the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America. Product markets analyzed include Protective Clothing, Respiratory Protection Equipment, Eye & Face Protection Equipment, Hearing Protection Equipment, Head Protection Equipment, Fall Protection Equipment, Gloves and Footwear. Key end-use segments analyzed for the global market include Automotive, Food Processing, Healthcare, Construction, Utilities, Pulp & Paper, and Others.

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About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a leading publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company currently employs over 800 people worldwide. Annually, GIA publishes more than 1300 full-scale research reports and analyzes 40,000+ market and technology trends while monitoring more than 126,000 Companies worldwide. Serving over 9500 clients in 27 countries, GIA is recognized today, as one of the world's largest and reputed market research firms.

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