As legislation on health and safety at work gathers momentum, so does the West European market for personal Protective Equipment (PPE), according to a report by Frost & Sullivan in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets, published by Textiles Intelligence.
Protective clothing and gloves- the predominant textile-based sectors of the PPE market will generate almost Euro 3 bn a year in sales revenue by 2008, compared with less than Euro 2.5 bn in 2003. In 2004, protective clothing and gloves accounted for an estimated 59.8% of the total market for PPE in Western Europe, up from 57.5% in 2000. By 2008 it is forecast that their share will reach 61.8%.
Individually, protective clothing is the largest sector of the market for personal protective equipment (PPE) in Western Europe. End-users spend almost twice as much on protective clothing as they do on head protection, gloves or foot-wear. Sales of protective clothing are expected to grow from Euro 1.4 bn in 2003 to almost Euro 1.9 bn in 2008, equivalent to a growth rate of almost 5.5% a year.
Meanwhile, sales of protective gloves In Western Europe are cast to grow by 2.3% a year between 2003 and 2008, from Euro 992 mn to around Euro 1,114 mn. When it comes to choosing PPE products and suppliers, performance in hazard protection is obviously the number one priority. But it seems that many companies may be happy to sacrifice comfort in use if there is a lower price option on offer.