Advanced Protective Gear and Armor

Jun 2011| AVM021G| BCC Publishing

Report Highlights

The US market for advanced protective gear and armor was worth $4 billion in 2010 and the figure is expected to reach $5.2 billion in 2015 for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1%, between 2010 and 2015.

Report Scope

The protective clothing, gear, and armor markets are a fragmented industry. There are significant and specific segments of protective clothing, gear, and armor industry.  Within each of these segments are a variety of players, including government organizations that create, develop, and enforce regulations and standards, raw material suppliers, fiber and fabric manufacturers, mills and fabric producers, finished goods manufacturers, and suppliers and distributors. The supply chain may be complex and at times difficult to understand. Our focus is on the major material types and the designers of the products rather than on the distributors of the products.  To emphasize the complexity, it may be that one large corporation through many of its parts can be involved in all the sectors of the supply chain.  This study of the advanced protective gear and armor markets focuses on the following major sectors in the U.S. market:

  • Heat- and flame resistant clothing, including firefighters’ turnout gear for structural, proximity, and wildlands fire service, as well as industrial fire resistant garments for use in electric and gas utilities or in industrial applications in which electric arc and flash fire are hazards.
  • Chemical protective garments and equipment, including chemical-resistant clothing, chemical or biological warfare and protective suits, and gloves used in industrial applications.  Much of this same gear can be used for biological protection.
  • Respirators and ancillary components for fire and chemical/biological situations.
  • Body and vehicular armor, including bullet and fragmentation-resistant garments used in law enforcement and military applications.
  • Body armor, including bullet-resistant garments used in law enforcement and military applications. The retrofitting of vehicles using the same types of materials and some of the newer engineered in-place vehicle armor.

Each of these areas of the personal protective clothing/equipment industry is discussed.  Within each segment—chemical/biological, fire, and projectiles/ explosives—the regulations, raw materials, technologies, market size, and anticipated growth are covered.  Manufacturers are evaluated and listed at the conclusion of each of the appropriate sections.

Although there are frequent mentions in military documents and in the popular press concerning nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC or NBCR) equipment, this is excluded from our discussion.  There is no truly protective clothing for severe nuclear threats such as battlefield nuclear explosions or a Chernobyl-level nuclear accident.  When gamma rays are present in force and quantity, the effective absorbers might be lead or the misnomer "depleted" uranium.  Respirators and clothing do help, but the best solution is situational awareness.  The NBC misnomer continues; details of implied NBC are not included in this report.

The geographic scope of this report is the U.S. market.

Analyst Credentials

Anna Welch Crull, a chemist and experienced private consultant, is qualified in electrochemistry, polymers, membrane materials, and advanced materials.  Ms. Crull has worked with BCC, Inc. (now BCC Research) for 30 years and has authored more than 112 technical/marketing reports, helped establish 10 technical newsletters, and assisted in numerous special consulting studies and conferences for more than 35 corporations and intelligence for U.S. government entities.  She has worked for the U.S. Army Materials Command on rocket technology, propellants, and explosives. 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.

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Full Report: Advanced Protective Gear and Armor367 $2,750 Free
Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION6Free
Chapter- 2: SUMMARY3$250Free
Chapter- 3: OVERVIEW30$225Free
Published - Aug-2007| Analyst - Anna Welch Crull| Code - AVM021F

Report Highlights

  • 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.

Published - Sep-2005| Analyst - Anna Welch Crull| Code - AVM021E

Report Highlights


  • 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.
Published - Nov-2002| Analyst - Joy Anderson LePree| Code - AVM021D

Report Highlights

  • 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.

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