PPE Market in the US 2016-2020

  • Published: Oct 2016
  • Pages: 78
  • SKU: IRTNTR10571

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This market research study analyzes the leading vendors such as Honeywell, 3M, DuPont, and Kimberley Clark in the PPE market in the US. A competitive analysis of this market is also presented by product type (head, eye, and face protection, hearing protection, protective clothing, respiratory protective equipment, foot and leg protection, fall protection, and hand and arm protection) and end-user industry (manufacturing, oil, gas, and mining, construction, and others).

Overview of the PPE market in the US

As per Technavio’s market research analysts, the PPE market in the US will grow at a CAGR of almost 8% between 2016 and 2020. The market for PPE in the US is primarily driven by the manufacturers who offer support services such as identifying and selecting the correct PPE for a specific application. Vendors such as 3M, Honeywell, DuPont, and MSA Safety are also providing hands-on training support for wearers such as programs on comprehending various features of the product and their application in specific scenarios. Through such training programs, they focus on creating awareness of various workplace hazards and facilitate risk reduction by educating wearers about the appropriate use of personal protective equipment. Moreover, these training sessions increase wearer compliance, thereby positively driving the growth of the overall market.

The latest development in this market is the emergence of smart PPE, which is technologically advanced in terms of safety, style, and comfort. Manufacturers in the market are introducing integrated PPE with smart features, such as Bluetooth, sensors, and wireless technologies for workers in severe work conditions. They are incorporating app-based services for worker protection, equipment replacements, and emergencies that respond quickly. Such smart solutions not only provide timely backups of worker data but also help to monitor the tasks carried out by the worker. 

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The PPE market in the US has a limited occupation of foreign vendors as over 75% of PPE vendors present in the US are indigenous. Intense competition prevails in the market due to the presence of several vendors. The major players such as Honeywell, 3M, and DuPont have established positions in the market and have a strong market presence. These vendors focus on product launches and product improvements that ensure maximum safety and meet standards set by OSHA. They also aim towards capturing greater market shares by acquiring medium-sized manufacturers of PPE.

Leading players in the market are -

  • Honeywell
  • 3M
  • DuPont
  • Kimberley Clark

Other prominent vendors in the PPE market in the US include Alpha ProTech, Ansell, CarbonX, Chaicago Protective Apprael, Cintas, Ergodyne, Global Glove and Safety Manufacturing, ILC Dover, John Tillman, Kappler, Lakeland Industries, Magid, MCR Safety, MSA Safety, National Safety Apparel, Oberon, Radians Safety, Weldas, Steel Grip, and Sellstrom.

Segmentation by product type and analysis of the PPE market in the US

  • Head, eye, and face protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Protective clothing
  • Respiratory protective equipment
  • Foot and leg protection
  • Fall protection
  • Hand and arm protection

Hand and arm protection accounted for the largest share of the PPE market in the US in 2015. Hand and arm protection include products such as gloves, wrist cuffs, and sleeves. The main reason for this segment’s growth is because of its use in a wide range of industries. The consumption volume of these products is high across most labor-intensive industries since they are the primary protection for hands. Vendors are offering cut-resistant gloves and sleeves made of high-performance fabrics for specific applications such as wood cutting, metal fabrication, and welding.

Segmentation by end-user industry and analysis of the PPE market in the US

  • Manufacturing
  • Oil, gas, and mining
  • Construction

In 2015, the manufacturing segment was the largest end-user industry in the PPE market in the US, in terms of revenue. PPE has a wide range of applications across several manufacturing sectors, including heavy industries in shipbuilding, steel industry, and machine manufacturing and light industries such as food processing and textile manufacturing. Several organizations in these industries face occupational hazards that necessitate the use of PPE such as cuts, fumes, and aerosols.

 Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the PPE market in the US?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the PPE market in the US?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the PPE market in the US?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the PPE market in the US?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of APAC, Europe, North America, and ROW.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the PPE market in the US?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Market overview
  • Vendor segmentation
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Global PPE market
  • PPE market in North America
  • PPE market in US
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by product type

  • Overview
  • Hand and arm protection market in US
  • Protective clothing market in US
  • Foot and leg protection market in US
  • Respiratory protection market in US
  • Head, eye, and face protection market in US
  • Hearing protection market in US
  • Fall protection market in US
  • PPE market in US by product type: Summary

PART 07: Market segmentation by end-user industry

  • Overview
  • PPE market for manufacturing industry in US
  • PPE market for oil, gas, and mining industry in US
  • PPE market for construction industry in US
  • PPE market for other industries in US

PART 08: Market segmentation by region

  • Overview

PART 09: Market drivers

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13: Market trends

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Key vendor ranking
  • Other prominent vendors
  • Product portfolio analysis

PART 15: Key vendor analysis

  • Honeywell
  • 3M
  • DuPont
  • Kimberley Clark

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

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  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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