Protective Textiles Market By Type (Aramids, Polyolefin, Polyamide, PBI), By Application (Thermal, Chemical, Ballistic, Mechanical, Electrical), By End-Use (Construction, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Mining, Healthcare), By Region and Forecast Period 2022 – 2030. (Updated Version Available)

Report ID - MRC_1172 | Pages - 268 | Category - Smart Textile

Market Insights:

Protective Textiles Market is worth USD 8.8 Billion in 2021, registering a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period (2022-2030), and the market is projected to reach around USD 16.3 Billion by 2030.

Protective textiles are referred to the textiles designed to shield the wearer from hazardous environmental conditions which result in severe injuries or death. Protective textiles are majorly divided into industrial and technical textiles such as agriculture, industrial, military, sports, medical, and space-protective textiles. Furthermore, there are a numerous variety of personal protective textiles that suits a certain type of end user’s need. Moreover, there are three kinds of protective textiles named UV & heat protection, skin protection, and footwear protection. Though there is existing awareness of workers’ safety and health, there are still high rates of such accidental circumstances, especially in mining and drilling operations. Furthermore, the changing needs of the consumer along with the innovations in technology for durable fabrics to improve safety further leads to the expansion of the market. Typically, significant raw materials for protective textiles include natural synthetic polymers, fibers, and polyethylene.

The market of North America is experiencing a high increase in industrialization that is responsible to drive the market demand owing to growing industry standards towards employee safety in the region. The Protec industry in the U.S. is differentiated by enormous industry standards for the safety of workers, which is anticipated to drive the demand for the commodity in the region.

Market Dynamics:


The growth of improvement in safety regulations is one of the significant factors driving the growth of the market. Additionally, increasing advancement in technology and rising manufacturing facilities in emerging economies are other factors propelling protective textile market growth. Furthermore, the factors like growing terror threats throughout the world have increased the utilization of defensive clothing and bulletproof jackets produced from specialty fabrics, which propels the growth of the industry during the forecast period. Typically, the immense growth of manufacturing facilities in developing countries is one of the driving factors which is augmenting the growth of the protective textiles market in the forecast period.


To reduce the cost of production and increase their profits, some of the market players are manufacturing low-cost protective textiles with degraded quality. This is one of the major restraints which hampers the growth of the market. Furthermore, escalated price in the market of protective clothing for specialized clothing is one of the major drawbacks that affect the market growth. Additionally, the local market faces huge restraints in the production of cost-effective and quality protective clothing due to the high-priced raw materials. Thus, the above-mentioned factors are responsible for the slow growth of the market during the projected period.

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 had a negative the protective textiles market in many different regions of the world. Due to the shutdown of manufacturing facilities all over the world, the demand for protective textiles has declined which has affected the market drastically. In the context of the gas and oil industry, the market growth witnessed a significant decline during the COVID outbreak. Furthermore, the shortage of raw materials and disruption in the supply chain posed negative impacts on the market due to the pandemic. However, post-pandemic there was a positive effect on the growth of the market due to the rise in industrial manufacturing processes along with the surged consumer safety awareness.

Protective textile Report Coverage:

Report Attributes Report Details
Study Timeline 2016 – 2030
Market Size in 2030 (USD Billion) 16.3 Billion
CAGR (2022-2030) 7.1%
By Material Type Aramids, Polyolefin, Polyamide, PBI
By Application Thermal, Chemical, Ballistic, Mechanical, Electrical
By End-use Construction, Manufacturing, Oil and gas, Mining, and Healthcare
By Geography North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa
Key Players Royal Ten Cate NV, DuPont, Schoeller Textil AG, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc, and Teijin, Royal Ten Cate, W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., Honeywell, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

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Market Segment Analysis:

By Material Type

On the basis of material type, the market is segmented into aramids, polyolefin, polyamide, and polybenzimidazole (PBI). Aramids held the largest share of 32% in the protective textiles market statistics in 2021. Aramids are extensively utilized in protective textiles as compared to carbon fibers and glass. Thus, these aramids are incorporated due to the extraordinary effect of energy absorption and resistance capacity, low melting point, high strength, high fabric integrity at elevated temperatures, and low flammability. Furthermore, aramids like para-aramid and mete aramid are not easily damaged which also safeguards against dangerous UV radiation. Typically, aramids have exceptionally high tensile strength and thermal resistance. The PBI segment is also extensively utilized in the building of a wide range of thermal resistance textile products. These products find their increased usage in the aerospace, firefighting, military, automotive, and other industries.

By Application

The application segment of the protective textile market is divided into thermal, chemical, ballistic, mechanical, and electrical. The ballistic clothing segment is expected to develop as the fastest-emerging application and is anticipated to credit for a revenue share of 31.2% in 2021. Defense is the largest consumer of ballistic protective textiles. The usage of Protech commodities in the defense sector incorporates bulletproof jackets, NBC suits, high-altitude textiles, and fire-retardant apparel. Furthermore, heat & flame-resistant textile is the second largest emerging application owing to the continuous occurrence of fire hazards during oil/gas fire, chemical spill, airports, and electrical overload. Enabling the workforce to execute their duties effectively while safeguarding them from extreme heat is one of the significant factors for the thermal protection apparel market growth.

By End-use

The end-user segment of the market comprises construction, manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, and healthcare industries. The healthcare sector holds the largest share of over 40.2% in 2021. Protective textiles are utilized to safeguard both patients and hospital staff from bacteria, viruses, hazardous chemicals, and other microorganisms. These protective textiles are built from high-performance fibers like aramid which prevent dangerous bacteria. Additionally, the manufacturing industry segment is also boosting the protective textiles market growth during the forecast period. The manufacturing industry has several operations which are risky by nature such as trenching, excavating, digging, boring, and concreting. Thus, the above-mentioned factors are responsible for the augmented demand for protective textiles in terms of reduced risks to the labor force.

By Geography

The regional segment includes Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Africa, Latin America. The North American region is expected to receive substantial gains during the forecast period in terms of value. The set of regulations in this area mandates the utilization of highly durable and high-performance textiles that can safeguard the wearer from multiple threats. North America is a huge exporter of protective and technical textiles to nations like China, India, South Korea, Brazil, and Japan. The North American market is significantly driven by innovations. Recently Europe has contributed to the protective textile market statistics by increasing usage in the construction and manufacturing industry.

Protective textiles Market Competitive Landscape:

The competitive analysis of the market has been assessed in the report, besides the detailed profiles of the major players in the industry. Major players in the global market of protective textiles are investing in research and development to enrich and improve their product portfolios. Furthermore, they are aiming at collaborations, mergers, and acquisitions to retain a competitive edge in the market. Key players in the market include-

Recent developments

  • In May 2016, SIOEN Industries, a Belgium company have announced an innovative product named W-air for all kinds of seasons. This kind of protective textile will provide durability with comfort.
  • In October 2017, a prominent Japanese firm called Teijin Limited introduced a cooling vast that safeguards firefighters with heat resistance and reduces body heat by utilizing small electric fans.

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Protective Textiles Market By Type (Aramids, Polyolefin, Polyamide, PBI), By Application (Thermal, Chemical, Ballistic, Mechanical, Electrical), By End-Use (Construction, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Mining, Healthcare), By Region and Forecast Period 2022 – 2030. (Updated Version Available)
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