Global PPE market to reach $20.5 billion by 2018
Hearing protection is one area of PPE that will especially benefit from the explosive growth in infrastructure, commercial and residential construction in the huge Asia-Pacific market, which includes booming China. Construction sites are notorious for impact noise and overall high noise levels. Increasing numbers of HPDs include communications capabilities for high noise environments where team work is important, such as construction.
Technology developments will continue to drive demand for PPE since at the core, PPE has and will continue to remain functional and performance driven products. The rising consumer emphasis on style, fashion, design and aesthetic appeal are all apparent in today’s hearing protection product lines.
Infusion of fashion elements is forecast to be the highest in PPE product categories like earmuffs, safety goggles, safety shoes, etc., which are witnessing an explosion of colors, designs and styles. A key advantage of fashionably designed protective wear is higher compliance with regard to PPE use among workers. Colorful HPDs make monitoring compliance easy for safety managers.
An array of products and solutions are now being offered with an option for customization wherever required. This has been true in the past several years with hearing protection custom fitting.
As stated by the new market research report on Personal Protective Equipment, the United States remains the largest regional market worldwide. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market with dollar sales waxing at a CAGR of about 4.6% over the analysis period. Protective Gloves represents the largest product segment, while Respiratory Protection Equipment is the fastest growing segment during the analysis period.
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