Advanced Protective Gear and Armor
The U.S. market for advanced fire protective clothing, armor, biological/chemical protective clothing, and respirators, gloves and other ancillary protective gear is expected to be worth $3.3 billion in 2007. This is expected to increase to over $4.5 billion in the next five years, a compound average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6%.
The largest single segment, 60%, of the 2007 protective gear and armor market is in the ancillary gear market.
Body and vehicular armor is currently a $404 million sector that will see a 10% compound annual growth rate over the next five years.
Advanced protective clothing and associated gear is an industry that plays a critical role in the protection of firemen, police officers, military personnel, and industrial workers. Concerns for general worker safety, including protection from death and disabling injuries and illnesses, as well as protection from the specific threats of chemicals, biological agents, fire, bullets, and fragmentation particles, result in an entire industry devoted to personal protective equipment and gear. This equipment includes everything from chemical protective garments and suits to firefighters' turnout gear to industrial fire retardant garments to bullet-resistant vests to respirators. Military armor for vehicles and to a greater extent for personnel has become another advanced industry segment.
While this type of protective gear and armor industry has seen a few new standards and regulations, there have been significant revisions and additions to the existing standards for worker protective clothing in the areas of chemical protection, fire protection, and bullet-resistant garments. Viewing what is available to the military, first responders seek to upgrade the protective gear that they have.
This BCC Research market research report provides an overview of major trends within the personal protective equipment industry and market analyses for each end-use segment focusing on the advanced materials in use. Historical data, as well as 5-year forecasts for the years 2007 to 2012 are provided to demonstrate market sizes, changes and dynamics.
SCOPE OF STUDY
This report contains:
- Descriptions of various types of protective gear and armor, their material types and the designers of the products
- The current market status for advanced protective gear and armor in the U.S., and forecasts of growth over the next five years
- An examination of personal protective industry regulations and standards
- Technological issues crucial to the industry.
The material researched and presented in this report is based on information gathered from personal contacts within government agencies, individuals involved in materials and manufacturing, industry consultants, and to some degree, on the authors' personal experience.
Additional data was obtained from reviews of secondary sources, such as trade publications, trade-associated company literature, government documents, and patents. This was done in an effort to supplement the application, market, and trend data gathered from primary sources. All monetary projections presented in this report are reported in constant U.S. dollars.
Anna Welch Crull, a chemist and long-time private consultant, is experienced in electrochemistry, polymers, membrane materials, and advanced materials. Ms. Crull has worked with BCC, Inc. for 30 years and has authored 100 technical/marketing reports, helped establish 10 technical newsletters, and assisted in numerous special consulting studies for more than 30 corporations and intelligence for the U.S. government. She has worked for the U.S. Army Materials Command on rocket technology, propellants and explosives. She has co-authored several documents with Col. Hooker including an earlier BCC Research report on protective gear and armor. Her specialty is market evaluations and commercialization of new technology. Ms. Crull is a graduate of the School of Engineering, University of Mississippi and holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Missouri.
Colonel Dick Hooker (USA, Ret.) was a journalist prior to entering the army as an infantry officer. Col. Hooker spent half of his military career abroad, with European service, three tours in Vietnam, where he commanded an infantry battalion, and then as an intelligence officer and foreign-area specialist with U.S. embassies and military missions in Asia and the Middle East. Col. Hooker was an instructor in the Army's armor school for several years. He has co-authored global studies on water and wastewater global markets, advanced military battery technology, and fuel cell markets in stationary and transportation applications and on protective gear and armor. A private consultant, Hooker has worked with BCC Research for 7 years, specializing in military applications for advanced technologies. He is a graduate of the School of Liberal Arts, University of Mississippi and attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi and the University of Kansas.
The U.S. market for advanced protective clothing, armor, respirators and protective gloves now is valued at about $2.3 billion per year and is expected to increase to more than $3.35 billion by 2010, rising at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 7.9%.
Armor, body and vehicular, is a $356 million-a-year industry at present that is expected to increase to $628 million by 2010, at an AAGR of 12%.
The advanced fire protective garments market is valued at $429 million and should reach $606 million by 2010. Structural/proximity firefighters protective clothing is more than half the value of this sector.
Chemical/biological exposure protection is valued at $340 million and is expected to increase at an AAGR of 8% through 2010, while ancillary gear is valued at more than $1.2 billion and expected to reach slightly over $1.6 billion by 2010.
The total U.S. market for protective clothing and body armor was $1.6 billion in 2001. Expected to rise at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 7.5%, the market will reach $2.2 billion by 2006.
Chemical-resistant garments will climb at an AAGR of 7.9% over the five-year period from $931 million to $1.3 billion.
Fire protective garments will rise from $544 million in 2001 to $705 million in 2006 at an AAGR of 5.9%.
Bullet-resistant garments will rise the fastest, at an AAGR of 10% over the fiveyear period, from $133 million to $214 million in 2006.
The industry historically has been a slow grower, with most segments only seeing about 2% to 3% growth per year on average.
Government grant programs that allocate significant funds to police and fire departments for the purchase of protective garments are driving growth.