Stringent Industry Regulations for Workplace Safety and Rising Innovations in Fire Resistant Fabrics and is Bolstering the Growth of the Market. Fire Resistant Fabrics Market size is forecast to reach US$5.5 billion by 2026, after growing at a CAGR of 4.7% during 2021-2026.

The fire resistant fabrics market is growing at a significant rate as the governments of various countries are embracing strict industry regulations for modern industries to help meet the workers safety demands. Also, the demand for fire resistant fabrics is projected to rise with the innovations in fire resistant fabrics. Furthermore, since several manufacturers have a set budget for personal protective clothing and equipment (PPE) which is getting impacted by its high cost. To reduce the fire resistance clothing prices, disposable fire resistance clothing is increasingly being used to extend the life of primary fire resistant outfits and reduce the financial burden on PPE budgets. This is expected to pave the way for several fire resistant fabrics, which is a major driving force in the fire resistant fabrics industry.

Employee’s safety at workplace has progressively gained widespread attention and concern across various industries including electrical and electronics, chemical, oil & gas, mining, and petrochemical industries. Hence, new technologies, changing workforce demographics, and the need for stringent safety regulations are driving the demand for fire resistant fabrics across these industries. Furthermore, the risk associated with the workers are electric arc mostly for electrician, flash fire related to pharmaceutical, chemical, and refinery workers, and combustible dust pertaining to workers in food processing plants, paper and pulp industry, etc. To overcome on these risks, industries are following various fire resistant standards such as NFPA® 2112, NFPA® 70E, ASTM® F1506-10A, and ASTM® F1959/F1959M. These are majorly used in pharmaceutical, power, and oil & gas industries owing to high accident risk. For instance, due to growing awareness and the importance of safety, Xinke Protective, provide NFPA 2112 C/N fire resistant fabric to make workers in a safe working environment. These fabrics are made of 88% cotton and 12% nylon. Additionally, the growth of this market is also driven due to the new revisions in the NFPA 70E Standard (Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace). The NFPA 70E standard now states “employees shall wear FR clothing wherever there is a possible exposure to an electric arc flash. “Such stringent industry regulations for workplace safety are bolstering the growth of fire resistant fabrics industry. Also, with the increasing innovations in fire resistant fabricsthe market for fire resistant fabrics is estimated to rise during the forecast period. For instance, in 2019, Westex (Milliken) launched flame resistance fabric that combines ANSI-compliant high-vis with the comfort of cotton. The fabric resists shrinkage and retains full FR properties, even after years of harsh conditions and laundering. Similarly, Carrington Textiles Ltd. launched Flameban Max 260 fire resistance fabric. The fabric is produced using an innovative, patented blend of fibers and an advanced weave structure that delivers unquestionable flame resistant performance and has an electric arc flash fire protection of ATPV 9.4 cal/cm2 / ELIM 8.0 cal/cm2.Thus, manufacturers are exerting more towards manufacturing innovative fire resistant fabrics as its need and desire has evolved across various industrial verticals which is estimated to boost the market growth during the forecast period.

North America region dominated the fire resistant fabrics market in terms of revenue with a share of 35% in 2020 and is projected to dominate the market during the forecast period (2021-2026). In developing countries such as Canada and Mexico, the growing industry standards has raised the demand for fire resistant fabrics at a fast pace. The oil and gas industry is one of the key industry sectors for Mexico. It is one of the largest oil producers in the world where it has produced 2 million barrels per day in 2019.Growth in the oil and gas industry drives fire-resistant fabric demand, as NFPA 2112-certified fire-resistant clothing is required for oil and gas workers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and some other countries. Furthermore, some of the strictest mandatory flammability testing requirements for clothing in the world have been introduced by the United States and Canada. The Canadian flammability safety criteria for fabrics are set out in the Hazardous Products Act (HPA). Canada meets the standards of the Canadian General Standards Board CAN / CGSB 4.2 NO. 27.5-94. Also, the textile products manufactured, imported, marketed or sold in Canada are subject to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA). Products that do not comply with the act and regulations are prohibited from being manufactured and sold in Canada. Thus, growing usage of fire resistant fabrics in various applications in this region will further drive the market growth during the forecast period.

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Fire Resistant Fabrics Market Growth Driver

Growing demand from armed forces

Armed personnel, reporting for duty can mean exposure to many threats, including flash fires and unconventional explosive. To tackle these threats, armed forces such as military, navy, and air force are demanding self-extinguishing fabrics that won’t drip or melt when exposed to flames and are designed to protect from flames, heat, and other similar environmental concerns. For instance, on June 2019, Burlington Industries LLC, announced the supply of wool blended fabrics for New Army Green Service Uniform of the USA, specifically the jacket, tie, and bottoms. Presently, various developed and developing countries are more focusing on the enhancement of armed personnel safety. For instance, in 2018, the US Army announced that it will bring back a World War II style dress uniform including shirt, jacket and pants especially made from American wool. Such initiative by the countries drives the growth of fire resistant fabrics market over the forecast period.

R&D Investment:

The growing relevance of raw materials that provide attributes like lightweight, comfort, and long-term heat resistance has been a major motivator for corporations to increase the R&D Investments for fire resistant fabrics.

The market is likely to be driven by ongoing R&D investment for product innovation and technological developments in the realm of multi-utility protective equipment by major companies throughout the forecast period.

The Major Players in this Market Include

Technology launches, acquisitions, and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the fire resistant fabrics market. Major players in the fire resistant fabrics marketare DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Koninklijke Ten Cate BV, LENZING AG,PBI Performance Products Inc., Teijin Limited, Westex by Milliken, Gunei Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., and Taiwan K.K. Corp., among others.

Acquisition/Product Launches

In June2019, Westex by Milliken and Cone Denim has Extendedits FR Denim Partnership to provide innovative flame-resistant denim apparel fabrics for the industrial workwear market through 2025.

The COVID-19 outbreak led to major economic problems and challenges for the fire resistant fabrics industry. Since the coronavirus outbreak began in China at the end of 2019, its impact has been felt across the global apparel and textile sector which in turn has a negative impact on the fire resistant fabrics market in the year 2020. The International Apparel Federation (IAF) is adding to calls for solidarity and collaboration by the apparel supply chain and its stakeholders including governments and consumers to reduce the damage to suppliers in face of coronavirus crisis. Clothing and footwear in the U.K. retail sector was hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic in the year 2020, with expenditure estimated to decline by one-fifth, according to preliminary forecasts.

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