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PPE market in SEA to reach US$ 2.10B in 2025

The ASEAN personal protective equipment market size was estimated at USD 1.23 Billion in 2018 registering a CAGR of 8.0% and is expected to reach a market size of USD 2.10 Billion in 2025.

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Definition / Scope

Personal Protective Equipment is protective clothing, helmets, googles or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from infection or injury. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, chemical, electrical, heat, airborne particulate matter and biohazards. Protective Equipment can be worn for job-related occupational safety and health purposes as well as for sports and other recreational purposes. “Protective clothing” is applied for traditional categories of clothing, and “protective gear” applies to items such as pads, guards, shields or masks and others.

The purpose of Protective Equipment is to limit the exposure to hazards when administrative control or engineering controls fail and or not effective to reduce the risks to acceptable limits. PPE is required to eliminate the risk of hazards. PPE has the limitation of preventing the hazard from happening at the source and can result in employees being exposed to the hazard if the equipment fails.

The ASEAN PPE market is rapidly growing due to factors such as increased awareness among smaller and medium enterprises on the safety and protection of their workers. The PPE market in ASEAN is consistently posting higher growth rate to the tune of 8.0% CAGR.

Categories

Above the Neck Protection

It is the most basic protection used by workers in most industrial environments, above the neck protection includes head protection, eye and face protection and hearing protection.

Respiratory Protection

It includes different types of respirators that protect workers from inhaling toxic substances or airborne contaminants or to protect workers in an environment with depleted oxygen levels.

Hand Protection

It is one of the most common PPE used in many workplaces, hand protection includes protective gloves that are either disposable or reusable that are used in industrial as well as medical sector.

Protective Clothing

Different hazards requires different types of protective clothing be it hi-visibility clothing, chemical, heat and flame, antistatic, weather or chainsaw protection to protect workers’ bodies from the respective hazards. Multi-functional are differentiating the face of protective clothing.

Workwear

The main purpose of workwear is to facilitate easy identification of a company's employees and to build the corporate image of the organization. The popularity of work clothing and uniforms is growing worldwide and the market is closely driven by advancements in fabric technologies.

Foot Protection

It includes shoes and boots used to protect workers from impact and puncture hazards.

Fall Protection

It comprises of equipment used by people working at height, either to prevent from falling or to minimize impact in the event of a fall.

Gas Detection

Safety gas detectors are used in a variety of work places, ranging from oil platforms to pharmaceutical laboratories. The market is turning into service oriented business model, with manufacturers turning to value added services such as wireless communication and remote monitoring for competitive edge.

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Market Overview

  • 8.2% - The CAGR growth rate of Head, Eye and Face Protection Segment in the forecast period 2018 to 2025
  • 7.81% - The CAGR growth rate of Respiratory Protection in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 8.68% - The CAGR growth rate of Fall Protection in the forecast period 2018 to 2025
  • 8.3% - The CAGR growth rate of Hand and Arm Protection in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 8.2% - The CAGR growth rate of Protective Clothing in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 7.6% - The CAGR growth rate of Hearing Protection in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 7.8% - The CAGR growth rate of Foot and Leg Protection in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 8.0% - The CAGR growth rate of Personal Protective Equipment in the forecast period 2018 to 2025
  • USD 1.23 Billion – ASEAN Personal Protective Equipment market size in 2018
  • USD 271 Million – ASEAN Hand, Eye and Face Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 234 Million – ASEAN Respiratory Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 171 Million – ASEAN Fall Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 147 Million – ASEAN Hand and Arm Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 147.6 Million – ASEAN Protective Clothing market size in 2018
  • USD 134.5 Million – ASEAN Hearing Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 123.5 Million – ASEAN Foot and Leg Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 2.10 Billion – Estimated ASEAN Personal Protective Equipment market size in 2025
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Key Metrics

Metrics Value Explanation
Base Year 2018 Researched through internet


Market Risks

Counterfeit PPE

Counterfeit PPE’s have intruded the Safety market quite rapidly and has turned to be a new challenge in the Safety Industry and in recent years there’s a vast intrusion of items which do not meet standards with everything from safety gloves to high vis-vests. These products do not meet the stringent performance requirements set on safety standards having been made from substandard materials. This poor quality can lead to serious injury or worse if used.

PPE not eliminating the hazard but just protects

PPE is the last line of defence in protecting the workers from hazard in the workplace. Before requiring workers from wearing PPE to protect from a type of hazard, the employer must try to eliminate the hazard or reduce it as much as possible. PPE is not the most effective safety measure, because it places only a barrier between the worker and the hazard. The hazard still exists if the right PPE is not worn properly or when it is needed or the PPE fails (for example, gloves leak) the worker is not protected.

Pricing Pressures

Pricing pressures are being felt by the companies because of the rising competition among the industry players, hence pushing companies to reduce the prices of their products, which directly influences the business metrics of the companies such as revenue, turnover, profit and EBITDA margins and lowers profits from the industrial activities.

Top Market Opportunities

Demand for multipurpose equipment

Significant growth in the demand for multipurpose equipment which includes boots, face masks, hard hats, ear plugs, respirators, gloves, harnesses and high-visibility clothing. Among them, the demand for hand gloves is relatively higher and the trend is anticipated to remain so over the next few years. Also the use of protective gear significantly reduces the cuts by sharp edges, severe impact from falling objects, and provides protection against construction debris owing to boost product demand over the forecast timeframe, thereby, propelling PPE market growth.

Smart PPE

Smart PPE saves time and improves productivity through connectivity, live updates and remote communication. Sensors automate processes that previously required human intervention. Daily inspection of containers can be replaced with a smart app and sensors that monitor for leakage or temperature changes. When a leakage is detected the smart system sends an alert to the control room. The sensors in combination with connectivity to mobile apps and data storage on the cloud, create a safer environment and save both end-users and their employers valuable time and cost. Saving lives and actively preventing injury cuts down costs associated with workplace accidents. Smart sensors and components, in combination with connectivity and data storage enable personal protective equipment to offer better health and safe protection.

Incorporation of advanced monitoring equipment in PPE

When PPE is not used, head injuries are set to happen at 9% of incidents and 84% of this is set to happen for not wearing the helmet. Conditions like this can be prevented by applying monitoring technologies to comply with safety standards proposed by OSHNET. Recent advancements in edge computing has given rise to novel applications designed to process data right at its source effectively minimizing latency and allowing real-time processing. The incorporation of advanced monitoring equipment in PPE is set to drive the growth of the market.

Market Drivers

Adoption of stringent regulatory framework

Supported by stringent industrial employee protection norms by OSHNET, NOISH and NFPA to improve working conditions mainly in the areas of potential hazards which is likely to drive personal protective equipment market size. These products are used to protect body from injury, infection and accidental damage. It guards wearer from physical, electrical, chemical, airborne particulate, and biohazards.

Increasing awareness about importance of workplace safety

Rising awareness among employees regarding safe & secured working conditions is projected to help the personal protective equipment (PPE) business flourish over the next few years. Escalating product use in oil & gas, construction, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, chemicals, transportation, and food sectors is projected to favourably leverage the growth of personal protective equipment market in the years ahead. Risks of accidents for the workers involved in the activities such as land clearing, digging, blasting, trenching, and boring will further stimulate the business sphere.

Growing incidents of occupational injuries and fatal accidents

Growing incidences of occupational injuries and fatal accidents has highlighted importance of personal protective equipment mainly in oil & gas, chemical, construction, food and pharmaceutical industries. The occupational accident is severe if the employee dies or if he or she suffers a permanent or severe injury. Severe injuries are for example as listed below:

  • Long bone fractures or fractures which may need surgery
  • Difficult spinal fractures
  • Viscerocranial fractures
  • Multiple rib fractures and hemothorax
  • Severe skull compound fractures
  • Severe fractures to neck, chest or lumbar spine
  • Severe dislocation causing permanent injury
  • Loss of limb for example a finger or part of it, shortening of limb
  • Injury to the abdominal cavity organs requiring surgery
  • Brain injury leaving also light injuries
  • Loss or permanent weakening of speech, sight or hearing, loss of eyes
  • Burn or similar injuries to skin requiring skin transplantation, extensive burns or frostbites
  • Severely disfiguring deformities, for example loss of ear lobe or nose or part of it or other severe deformity
  • Permanent severe health harm or a life-threatening disease or lesion

The number of workplace fatalities in ASEAN. were estimated at 30 per thousand in 2018. Availability of varied product range in different grades, quality and features along with comfortable fitting has led to increase in adoption of these products, thus driving PPE industry growth.

Rapid Industrialisation

Industrialisation and urban renewal has caused widespread problems relating to environments such as water, sanitation and health. At the same time exposure to indoor and outdoor environments has also given impact to the occupational safety and health whilst working. Rapid industrialization has led to robust growth in manufacturing, food, transportation and pharmaceutical industries which will positively favour industry growth. Companies are setting up safety guidelines and initiated workers training programs to generate awareness towards PPE equipment and increase their usage, thus promoting product demand. In addition, many organisations are providing safety devices on the occupational sites to reduce fatal injuries which is another driving factor towards PPE market growth.

Insurance

Insurance for Occupational hazards is being made mandatory in all of the ASEAN countries by the respective governments to spread awareness and protect employees from occupational hazards. Some governments like Thailand, Singapore allows only the employers to subscribe for insurance programmes for their employees while some governments like Indonesia enables employees to sign up for insurance programmes. The various schemes that cover insurance for occupational hazards in ASEAN region includes

Indonesia

Jamsostek insurance program The following compensation rates are currently in force:

For the first four months of disability, full month’s wages.

For the following four (4) months, 75 percent of his or her month’s wages.

After eight months, 50 percent of his or her month’s wages.

Thailand

Workmen’s Compensation Fund The risk rating of establishment type determines the compensation scheme under this programme. There are 131 different types of industrial classification for which the rates range from 0.2% to 1.0% of wages which is considered to be the “Basic Rate”. The contributions are assessed on total wages of employees up to a maximum of 240,000 baht/year/person.

Singapore

Work Injury Compensation Act

The insurance claim amounts for the various conditions are as follows

Death: Minimum claim of USD 69,000 and a Maximum claim of USD 204,000

Total Permanent incapacity: Minimum claim of USD 88,000 and a Maximum claim of USD 262,000

Medical Expenses: up to USD 36,000 or 1 year from date of accident or whichever first.

Malaysia

Employees Social Security Act

The insurance claim amounts for the various conditions are as follows

Rate of Permanent Disablement Benefit

The daily rate of Permanent Disablement Benefit is 90% of the employee’s average assumed daily wage, subject to a minimum of RM 30.00 per day or a maximum of RM 118.50 per day.

Medical Benefit

Employees suffering from employment injuries or occupational diseases may receive free medical treatment at SOCSO’s panel clinic or Government clinic / hospital until they are fully recovered.

Rate of Temporary Disablement Benefit

The daily rate of Temporary Disablement Benefit is 80% of the employee’s average assumed daily wage. The minimum rate is RM 30.00 per day while the maximum rate is RM 105.33 per day.

Vocational rehabilitation that includes:

Training in courses such as electrical, sewing, radio/TV repair, typing and others. All expenses incurred for the above rehabilitation facilities will be borne by SOCSO based on stipulated rates, terms and conditions.

Philippines

Employees Compensation Commission (ECC)

The employees are offered insurance via the SSS,GSIC insurance programmes which are umbrella programmes under Employees Compensation Commission (ECC). Under the programme on the average, employees compensation benefits pay only about 30 percent of medical costs and some cash-income benefits from loss of wages due to absences

Vietnam

Vietnam Duty of Care and Occupational Health and Safety (VOHA)

The rate is salary of at least 30 months and the allowance if they die or they lose more than 81% of their working capacity. There are specific regulations for the cases between 5% - 81%. - Employees are subsidized by the employer at the rate of more than his/ her salary of 12 months if the accident is their fault.

Market Restraints

Complexity in manufacturing process

All Personal Protective Equipments must conform to basic safety and performance standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act. To conform to such standards it involves complex production steps. The Complex manufacturing process owing to strict product quality standards with the burden of commoditization of products may act as restraining factor, thus affecting PPE market price trend.

Increased automation in end-use industries

Due to factors such as High productivity, High Quality and Increased Safety Medium and Large enterprises are adopting Automation. Due to minimal human intervention, automation provides higher degree of safety hence Organisations around ASEAN are adopting automation to increase Occupational Safety. Increasing automation in industries is reducing manpower size in industries. Automated process in industries and construction sites requires fewer workers and results in the decrease use of personal protective equipment.

High price of specialized clothing

High temperature protective clothing such as proximity suits, fire entry suits, gloves and aluminized clothing are offered at higher prices ranging to a few 1000 USDs. The high price of specialized clothing does not appeal to the budget constraints of small and medium enterprises, hence acting as a barrier for the adoption of required Protective Equipment.

Emergence of New Occupational Hazards

Infectious diseases are a threat to public health in ASEAN countries, regardless of their level of social and economic development. Exposure to electrical and magnetic field causes Ultra-violet radiation and infrared radiation, since there exists no to minimal Protective equipments from these conditions, it can cause serious ailments such as cancer and reproductive disorders.

Industry Challenges

Higher Raw material costs

Raw materials required for the production of PPE are used extensively across various industries, thereby creating a competition in their procurement. This competition in procurement of raw materials leads to higher price of raw materials. Rise in the prices of the advanced fibers like aramid for the production of such equipment may hinder market growth over the next few years.

Demand for increased comfort along with functionality

The primary purpose of personal protective equipment (PPE) is to prevent injury. But comfort, fit and style are also important because these features can dramatically influence whether workers actually make proper use of it. It has been noted that up to 96.2% of employees used one or a combination of PPE. Only 8% of the workers felt their respirators were comfortable, 30% tolerated their respirators, and 62% rated them as uncomfortable. The percentage of employees who rated their PPE (other than a respirator) as comfortable ranged from 32 to 52%. For comfort factor, coveralls/aprons rated 52%, safety glasses 51%, rubber gloves 42%, and hearing protectors 36%. PPE was tolerable (just acceptable) for about 30% of the employees. To increase the effectiveness and safety of PPE, the human-factor aspects of PPE design should be emphasized more and quality improvement should cover the wearability of PPE.

Technology Trends

High-Visibility Clothing

High-visibility protective clothing helps the workers employed in construction. They are particularly used by workers employed in road construction, infrastructure projects like metro rail, and the mining industry. Reflective materials and fluorescent colors are used in these clothes, providing clear visibility even while working at night. This protects the workers from any possible hazard or accident by providing third parties such as drivers and co-workers a clear view from any angle.

Smart Helmets

Smart Helmets are the ones that come with integrated sensors to monitor the external environment and situations thereby significantly enhancing the protective function of the helmet and ensures that the helmet is worn. The global smart helmet market is in its nascent phase of development. Penetration and adoption of smart helmets have started to gain significant momentum in the market. With the augmented use of smart helmets in industries such as construction set to rise. As more wearables come to construction, this will also change how PPE is used in the field.

IoT in PPE

IoT is applied in Construction industry in the form of GuardHat which provides remote guidance and alerts when the worker is near moving equipment or if an area is dangerous. It can also detect in real time whether an environment is toxic, and in a self-styled way monitors the physical condition of the worker. IoT can also be enabled in Harnesses, Jackets and Shoes. The Jacket enabled with IoT detects high level of Carbon monoxide and a warning message is sent to all workers concerned via a connected vest with vibration motors communicating with the wearer. Also the shoes enabled with IoT can call a colleague for help when they detect that the wearer is carrying an overweight load. Reduced costs, improved worker productivity and a decrease in worker injury are driving the development of smart wearables and sensors in industrial environments. More companies each year adopt sensors and connectivity to yield greater value, not only through the promise of data, but also by providing better safety and long-term cost savings through active prevention of accidents. These products measure and react, but ultimately, they protect the individual and prevent health issues and tragic situations.

3D Printing in PPE

Most PPE products are currently mass–produced in an identical format, but it is now possible to customise these with an industrial 3D printer. For example, safety helmets have already been printed based on 3D scans of an individual’s head. It doesn’t actually matter if one item or one thousand are produced using 3D printing, as the price of production per item remains the same. And as these costs start to drop, mass manufacturing using 3D printers is expected to grow. Industrial 3D printers can also use as many as 10 materials at a time to make complex, multi-component objects at a relatively cheap cost. This means there is the potential to use new materials of varying degrees of transparency, flexibility and strength to create safer and more resistant PPE equipment.

Regulatory Trends

Regulation in Indonesia

Jamsostek insurance program

The main law providing workers with work-related injury insurance is the Jamsostek program. Under the regulations (Goverment Regulations No 14 of 1993, Article 2 Paragraph 3) on the implementation of the Jamsostek insurance program a company must registered its workers in the Jamsostek Program, if they employ more than 10 people. In addition, whereas in previous years, the worker needed to rely on the employer to register him or her, a revision to the program allows the workers to register themselves.

The employer or the worker himself or herself can register directly at the nearest Jamsostek office. Registrants may receive assistance from Jamsostek staff in filling out of the forms and other procedures. Employers may also register members of their workforce with other compensation or insurance programs.

Rates of compensation

If a work accident happens, workers who are registered with the Jamsostek Program will receive some compensation. In general the following rates will apply. For transportation to take the worker from the place of the accident place to hospital, the following rates apply

  • Across the land/ river / lake: Rp. 750.000
  • Across the sea: Rp. 1,000,000
  • By airplane: Rp. 2,000,000

Workers registered with Jamsostek who suffer a work-related injury at work will be hospitalised until they are well or cured and will receive compensation while unable to work. The following compensation rates are currently in force:

  • For the first four months of disability, full month’s wages.
  • For the following four (4) months, 75 percent of his or her month’s wages.
  • After eight months, 50 percent of his or her month’s wages.

Regulation in Thailand

Workmen’s Compensation Fund

The Workmen’s Compensation Fund provides Employment Injury Benefits to employees in Thailand.

The Workmen’s Compensation Scheme is financed by employers only at rates based on risk ratings of establishment type, classified by industrial classification. At present, there are 131 industrial classifications for which the rates range from 0.2%-1.0% of wages.This rate is called “Basic Rate”. The contributions are assessed on total wages of employees up to a maximum of 240,000 baht/year/person.

After an employer has contributed to the Fund for four years, the contribution rate which was based initially on industrial classification is adjusted annually based on “Experience rate”. The contribution rate is increased or decreased for the next year to reflect actuarial experience, total contribution is divided by total compensation to obtain loss ratio.

The experience rate will decreased in proportion from 20% to 80% if the enterprises have statistics of low compensation payment or none. If any employer has high number of work injury or compensation claim due to its negligence, the contribution rate will be increased in proportion of 20% to 150%. This can motivate employers to realize the importance of safety in their workplaces.

Regulation in Singapore

Work Injury Compensation Act

The Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) lets employees make claims for work-related injuries or diseases without having to file a civil suit under common law. It is a low-cost and quicker alternative to common law for settling compensation claims. The act offers compensation for a period of 1 year regardless of the salary level.

Regulation in Malaysia

Occupation Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

In Malaysia, the principal legislation that deals with employment health and safety is the Occupation Safety and Health Act 1994 (OSHA). Aside from the OSHA, other laws such as the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 (SOCSO) provides for employees compensation in the event of an employment injury.

Regulation in Philippines

Occupation Safety and Health Standards

Employees Compensation Commission (ECC)

The ECC is a quasi-judicial agency mandated by law to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related contingencies. Its main functions are to formulate policies and guidelines for the improvement of the employee’s compensation program (compensation package for public and private sector employees and their dependents in the event of work-related contingencies), and to review and decide on appeals of all compensation claims from the Insurance Systems (SSS, GSIS) in the country (11). The ECC is a quasi-judicial agency mandated by law to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related contingencies. Its main functions are to formulate policies and guidelines for the improvement of the employee’s compensation program (compensation package for public and private sector employees and their dependents in the event of work-related contingencies), and to review and decide on appeals of all compensation claims from the Insurance Systems (SSS, GSIS) in the country. On the average, employees compensation benefits pay only about 30 percent of medical costs and some cash-income benefits from loss of wages due to absences.

Regulation in Vietnam

Vietnam Duty of Care and Occupational Health and Safety (VOHA)

The Safety legislation suggests that the employee is compensated by the employer when an accident occurs or they suffer from occupational disease. The rate is salary of at least 30 months and the allowance if they die or they lose more than 81% of their working capacity. There are specific regulations for the cases between 5% - 81%. - Employees are subsidized by the employer at the rate of more than his/ her salary of 12 months if the accident is their fault.

Other Key Market Trends

There does not exist PPE for conditions such as Noise pollution and exposure to ultra-violet radiation. Also there exists minimal level of Protective Equipment for exposure to Electrical and Magnetic Fields which can cause conditions such as Cancer, Reproductive dis-orders, slowing of heart rate and electroencephalogram (EEG) changes after exposure to relatively weak electric and magnetic fields is experienced. Hence Industry players must innovate to produce technologically advanced equipments to prevent from such exposure.

Market Size and Forecast

ASEAN market size

The Southeast Asia personal protective equipment market size was estimated at USD 1.23 Billion in 2018 registering a CAGR of 8.0% and is expected to reach a market size of USD 2.10 Billion in 2025.

Indonesia

Indonesia PPE market size was estimated at USD 444.17 Million in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% from 2016 to 2025 to reach a market size of 761.23 Million in 2025.

Vietnam

Vietnam is estimated to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period on account of rapid industrialization coupled with shifting base of several manufacturing firms from China to Vietnam due to favourable financial incentives from the government. The market size of the Vietnam PPE market is estimated to be USD 160 Million in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9% to reach a market size of USD 292.49 Million in 2025.

Malaysia

Growing investments in the manufacturing industry including machinery, semiconductor, aeronautical, and textile is also expected to drive the market in Malaysia. Moreover, stringent safety norms like The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 of Malaysia coupled with heavy penalties on non-compliance is expected to drive the market in this region.

The industry in Malaysia is expected to register notable gains on account of increased investments in infrastructure development. In addition, improving economic growth of the country is expected to result in the rise in the manufacturing industry, thereby augmenting product demand. The market size of the Malaysian PPE market is estimated to be USD 320 Million and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% to reach a market size of USD 548.42 Million in 2025.

Singapore

Singapore has the highest level of compliance with the safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The market size of the Singapore PPE is estimated to be USD 260 Million and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.3% to reach a market size of USD 454.33 Million in 2025.

Thailand

Owing to rapid Industrialisation and rising investments in Infrastructure of up to USD 25 Billion in 2018, the PPE market is experiencing rapid growth. The market size of the Thailand PPE market is estimated to be USD 216 Million and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.2% to reach a market size of USD 375.01 Million in 2025.

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Market Outlook

  • 8.2% - The CAGR growth rate of Head, Eye and Face Protection Segment in the forecast period 2018 to 2025
  • 7.81% - The CAGR growth rate of Respiratory Protection in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 8.68% - The CAGR growth rate of Fall Protection in the forecast period 2018 to 2025
  • 8.3% - The CAGR growth rate of Hand and Arm Protection in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 8.2% - The CAGR growth rate of Protective Clothing in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 7.6% - The CAGR growth rate of Hearing Protection in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 7.8% - The CAGR growth rate of Foot and Leg Protection in the period 2018 to 2025
  • 8.0% - The CAGR growth rate of Personal Protective Equipment in the forecast period 2018 to 2025.
  • USD 1.23 Billion – ASEAN Personal Protective Equipment market size in 2018
  • USD 271 Million – ASEAN Head, Eye and Face Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 234 Million – ASEAN Respiratory Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 171 Million – ASEAN Fall Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 147 Million – ASEAN Hand and Arm Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 147.6 Million – ASEAN Protective Clothing market size in 2018
  • USD 134.5 Million – ASEAN Hearing Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 123.5 Million – ASEAN Foot and Leg Protection market size in 2018
  • USD 2.10 Billion – Estimated ASEAN Personal Protective Equipment market size in 2025
  • USD 470.5 Million - Estimated ASEAN Head, Eye and Face Protection market size in 2025
  • USD 396.12 Million - Estimated ASEAN Respiratory Protection market size in 2025
  • USD 306.23 Million - Estimated ASEAN Fall Protection market size in 2025
  • USD 256.87 Million - Estimated ASEAN Hand and Arm Protection market size in 2025
  • USD 256.26 Million - Estimated ASEAN Protective Clothing market size in 2025
  • USD 224.60 Million - Estimated ASEAN Hearing Protection market size in 2025
  • USD 208.93 Million - Estimated ASEAN Foot and Leg Protection market size in 2025

Competitive Landscape

PPE market participants must tailor products to the requirements of the industry, while employing cost-efficient business practices to ensure that the end product remains competitive in terms of price. Becoming a one-stop shop to meet the varied PPE needs of the domain will enable manufacturers to build a solid customer base and strengthen their footprint in PPE market.

The competitive landscape for the PPE industry will be very different in 2025, driven by innovation, disruptive business models, and advent of smart and wearable PPE products transforming the workplace to a connected domain enhancing worker safety and productivity. Understanding the dynamics of supply chain forces and staying up-to-date with market happenings such as emerging new sales channels, trending end-user preferences, impact of technology and emergence of smart and connected PPE, is crucial for growth in the PPE market.

Competitive Factors

Technological innovation

Wearable technology and wireless technology are among the major trends to be observed in PPE industry to reduce risk and accidents at work place. PPE suppliers would shift to partnering suppliers/service providers equipped with best technology

Product differentiation

Differentiation looks to make a product more attractive by contrasting its unique qualities with other competing products. Successful product differentiation creates a competitive advantage for the product's seller, as customers view these products as being unique or superior.

Key Market Players

The 3M Company, main operating areas of the company includes industry, worker safety, health care, and consumer goods. The variety of products offered by the company includes adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, personal protective equipment, window films, paint protection films, dental and orthodontic products, electronic materials, medical products, car-care products, electronic circuits, healthcare software and optical films.

Honeywell International Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate company that offers a variety of commercial and consumer products, engineering services and aerospace systems for a wide variety of customers, from private consumers to major corporations and governments. The company operates four business units, which includes Honeywell Aerospace, Home and Building Technologies (HBT), Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS), and Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies.

Uvex Winter Holding GmbH & Co. KG is an international company with the companies uvex safety group, uvex sports group and Filtral group . The company produces and sells protective and safety products in the professional, sports and leisure sectors. uvex is the market leader for bicycle helmets.

Ansell is an Australian company which manufactures protective industrial and medical gloves and condoms.

3M Scott Fire & Safety primarily manufacters respiratory and personal protective equipment including supplied air and air purifying respirators, compressors, gas detection systems and thermal imaging cameras. In 2001 it was acquired by Tyco International and in 2017 it was acquired by 3M.

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, commonly referred to as DuPont is an American conglomerate. DuPont has developed many polymers such as Vespel, neoprene, nylon, Corian, Teflon, Mylar, Kapton, Kevlar, Zemdrain, M5 fiber, Nomex, Tyvek, Sorona, Corfam, and Lycra. DuPont developed Freon (chlorofluorocarbons) for the refrigerantindustry, and later other refrigerants. It also developed synthetic pigments and paints including ChromaFlair.

Top Glove Corporation Berhad is a rubber glove manufacturer. The company owns and operates 40 manufacturing facilities in Malaysia, Thailand, China and marketing offices in Malaysia, United States and Germany.

Alpha Pro Tech is in the business of protecting people, products and environments. It accomplishes this by developing, manufacturing and marketing a line of high-value protective apparel, infection control products and a line of construction weatherization building products for the housing market. The products are sold both under the "Alpha Pro Tech" brand name as well as under private labels.

ATG Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Is a manufacturer of Protective Gloves for various environments such as dry, wet, oily or chemical.

Mallcom (India) Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, sells, and exports personal protective equipment in India and internationally. The company offers head protection equipment covering head, face, and eye protection; hand protection gears, such as driving and welding gloves; body protection products that include industrial work wear, profile clothing, winter protection, uniforms, and corporate casual wear; direct injected polyurethane safety footwear; and harnesses and accessories for fall. Mallcom (India) Limited was founded in 1983 and is based in Kolkata, India.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is an American multinational personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products.

Strategic Conclusion

The Southeast Asia personal protective equipment market size was estimated at USD 1.23 Billion in 2018 registering a CAGR of 8.0% and is expected to reach a market size of USD 2.10 Billion in 2025.

The growth of the market is restrained by factors such as Complexity in manufacturing process, Increased automation in end-use industries, High price of specialized clothing, Emergence of New Occupational Hazards.

The growth of the market is driven by factors such as Growing incidents of occupational injuries and fatal accidents, Rapid industrialisation.

Further Reading

Appendix

  • USD - US Dollar
  • PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
  • CAGR - Compounded Annual Growth Rate
  • ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian Nations


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