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Top eight players capture 65% of the protective clothing market with DuPont being the market leader
The protective clothing market includes a few dominant global players and several small regional players. A few of the key players include DuPont (U.S.), Ansell Limited (Australia), 3M Company (U.S.), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), Kimberly Clark Corp. (U.S.), PBI Performance Product Inc. (U.S.), Royal TenCate NV (The Netherlands), and Teijin Limited (Japan). The top eight players that include the above accounted for about 65% of the market in 2012.
The global protective clothing market is likely to witness a CAGR of 6.0% from 2013 to 2018. North America represents the largest market for protective clothing for this period, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East & Africa, and Latin America. In terms of end-use industry, construction & manufacturing and oil & gas are leading the clothing market globally. This can be substantiated with reason that the growth and number of people employed in these industries are the highest among all industries in the world. Considering the application, thermal and high-visibility protective clothing capture a large market share with thermal clothing offering highest revenue followed by visibility clothing. High performance fibers such as aramid blends, PBO, PBI, and UHMW polyethylene are increasingly being used in the protective clothing market.
DuPont (U.S.) is a market leader and has a strong presence globally. Its patented high performance fabrics include Kevlar and Nomex, which are benchmarks for any new material developed across the globe. The other products provided by the company include ProShield, Tempro, Tychem, Tyvek, and ProClean based clothing which provide protection against various hazards.
DuPont is one of the leading providers of fabric and clothing within the protective clothing market. The company, through acquisitions and partnerships, strives to expand its market competitiveness as well as geographic presence. It has acquired U.S.-based Tensylon, a producer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) tapes, thereby expanded its product portfolio for military and law enforcement industries. The company expanded its manufacturing capabilities for Kevlar in the U.S. to meet the growing demand for advanced materials in the emerging industries globally. DuPont, in collaboration with many industry players such as Lion Apparel (U.S.) and Ansell (Australia), develops new products thereby expanding its penetration in the protective clothing market globally.
Protective Clothing Market: Global Market Share, By Company, 2012
Source: Company Annual Reports, Press Releases, Expert Interviews, and MarketsandMarkets Analysis
Protective Clothing Market by Application (Thermal, Chemical, Mechanical, Biological/Radiation, Visibility), End-Use Industry (Oil & Gas, Construction, Health Care, Mining, Military, Firefighting) & Material - Global Trends & Forecast to 2018.
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