Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Market USD 10.37 Billion in 2032

The global respiratory protective equipment market is forecasted to grow at a rate of 7.3% CAGR from USD 6.02 Billion in 2023 to USD 10.37 Billion in 2032. Due to the adoption of stringent regulatory policies combined with increasing awareness about workplace safety are the main factors driving growth in this market.

Rising innovation to develop RPEs with durable and lighter components to sustain the depleting environments is likely to propel growth. Technological innovation, coupled with the increasing customer preferences for protective equipment that provide security with better aesthetics, is expected to boost respiratory protective equipment market growth. In addition to this, safety standards by regulatory agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), mainly in Europe and North America, are expected to boost its demand in these areas.

Moreover, to fight against this corona pandemic, the healthcare workers require these masks that are as per OSHA’s recommendation. International Standards Organization (ISO) is developing respirator performance standards for all types of industrial activities that include oil and gas, mining, construction, chemical, healthcare, and fire services. Revisions like these in performance standards are estimated to drive new technologies and instigate manufacturers to cater to a broader array of customer requirements.

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The growing transportation, along with increasing construction spending and oil and gas industries in the Asia Pacific, particularly in Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and India, is likely to augment the product demand. The market in this region will spur owing to rising infrastructure spending, high industrial production output, and high consumerism in these economies.

Personal protective equipment is finding increased application amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Respiratory protection programs among the workers of the oil and gas and mining sector have organized these programs to create more awareness among the population. There is various type of PPEs, and the most common is the n95 masks, which is gaining traction amidst the pandemic. In the current situation, the healthcare sector has the highest demand for the market product, especially a full-face respirator. Demand for personal protective equipment in hospitals will further propel market demand.

Product Outlook:

Due to high employee productivity offered by the Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR)  to aid in reducing worker stress and fatigue along with providing protection and breathing resistance against gases, vapors, and hazardous particles. The demand for the product is estimated to grow.

Motor blowers are used in these respirators to force ambient air through air-purifying elements. SCBA provides pure and dry compressed air to a full facepiece mask through a hose, and the air can be exhaled into the environment. Before entering the environment that is Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH), it must be worn. Owing to its increasing penetration in the mining, oil & gas, and petrochemical or chemical industries, the product is estimated to witness significant growth.

Distribution Channel Outlook:

Among the distribution channel segment of this market, direct/institutional sales lead the market, and it continues to dominate with an estimate to register a CAGR of 7.3% during the forecasted period. For the procurement of RPE, one new trend in the market is the integration of e-commerce channels. In India, the B2B e-commerce market is still at an early stage and shows a high opportunity for growth. By 2020, the market is anticipated to reach USD 700 billion. In India, the procurement of RPE through e-commerce channels is gaining momentum.

End-User Outlook

Hydrogen sulfide gas is hazardous to humans. Oil and gas wells release this gas; therefore, fatal respiratory injuries or deaths can occur at these workplaces. Furthermore, during hydraulic fracturing, employees using hazardous chemicals are exposed to dangerous byproducts of oil and gas. Experts predict that rising offshore and onshore drilling activities coupled with the rising workforce will boost the demand for RPE from the oil and gas industry.

On account of a massive number of hazards associated with mining like inhalation of toxic gases and contact of chemicals to the skin, which can put the life of employees at risk or cause diseases, product penetration in the mining industry is estimated to grow.

Firefighters are exposed to a variety of carcinogenic and toxic compounds. Inhalation of hot gases and such compounds can result in chronic and acute health effects like reduction in lung capacity, damage to the lungs, and changes in pulmonary function. With the increasing number of fire incidences combined with the capability of RPE to protect firefighters from inhaling such harmful compounds is expected to further drive the demand.

Regional Outlook:

Growing transportation with increasing construction spending and oil & gas industries in the Asia Pacific, particularly in Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and India, is likely to increase the product demand.  The regional demand will grow due to increased infrastructure spending, high industrial production output, and high consumerism in these economies. An increasing number of automotive projects along with oil and gas exploration activities in Brazil and Ecuador may drive growth over the forecasted period.

The rising construction spending and industrial manufacturing in the Middle East and Africa will register growth. Furthermore, experts predict that increased healthcare expenditure and aging demographics will boost the growth, as the healthcare sector’s RPE requirement would rise.

In Europe, the rising number of investments in riot control activities, and the military will propel market growth. Furthermore, rising demand for aerospace equipment, pharmaceutical products machinery, and agricultural products is estimated to drive the regional RPE industrial growth.


  • The demand for respirators, masks, gloves, and protective clothing, have increased significantly as the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the RPE market positively. The employees of many sectors like aerospace, manufacturing, have been supplied RPE to protect them from the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this, the manufacturers are working to full strength to supply RPE across the regions because of the increasing demand-supply gap.
  • RPE manufacturers like Honeywell and 3M are working to provide an “uninterrupted supply” of RPE during this corona pandemic. However, in March 2020, 3M had warned United States President, Mr. Donald Trump, that ceasing exports under the Defense Production Act will make RPE masks less available in the United States of America.
  • Among the end-user segment of this market, oil and gas are dominating the market presently, but according to reports, healthcare and pharmaceutical are anticipated to register the highest CAGR of 8.0% over the forecasted period. Moreover, as this corona pandemic has spurred an unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment all across the globe, healthcare and pharmaceutical are expected to witness an increase in market share in the coming few years.
  • Among the type segment of this market, Air Purifying Respirators (APRs) led in 2019 and are expected to dominate with an estimated CAGR of 7.7% during the forecasted period. These APRs are used against particulates like smoke or fumes to protect the workers against harmful gases and vapors. Moreover, in Southeast Asia and Africa, the growing construction industry is anticipated to have a positive influence on the product demand over the coming few years.
  • According to the recent report of National Statistics Health & Safety Executives, approximately 12,000 workers die each year in the U.K., around 67% of which are due to exposure to asbestos. Hence, global growth is attributed to the adoption of stringent regulatory policies by the likes of OSHA.
  • Among the regional segment of the respiratory protective equipment market, North America is leading the market for the past few years and will continue to dominate with an estimated CAGR of 7.6% during the forecasted period. North America is leading this segment due to huge healthcare spending, strong consumer awareness, and widespread usage in the military and law enforcement. Moreover, strict regulations regarding the use of protective equipment in industries also boost this market in North America.

Competitive Landscape

The companies operating in the market can be segmented on the offering of products for applications including paper fabrics, detergents & soaps, and plastics, among others. Key companies in the market comprise MSA Safety, 3M, Honeywell International, Alpha Pro Tech, Dragerwerk, Kimberly-Clark, Bullard, Gentex, Avon Protection Systems, and Jayco Safety Products, among others.

The players operating in the market have undertaken a number of strategies related to the market in the period 2023-2020. Some of the key highlights are:

  • On 6th April 2020, The Trump Administration collaborated with 3M to import USD 166.5 Billion additional respirators into the United States over the coming few months.
  • In April 2020, an industrial AI company, SparkCognition, announced that it is set to join initiatives started by several businesses to manufacture prototype ventilators and face masks using 3D printers.

Start-up Traction

The industry offers numerous growth opportunities. Thus, a number of start-ups providing innovative products and technologies have been entering the market. Some of them include Resonance, Voodoo Manufacturing, and Formlabs.

Resonance, launched by Lawrence Lenihan, is using its factory to make face masks for consumers on the island and beyond in the Dominican Republic.

Deal Landscape

Mergers and Acquisitions are an integral part of the respiratory protective equipment industry. Along with the companies operating in the market, other key market players have also been entering the industry.

  • On 6th April 2020, The Trump Administration collaborated with 3M to import USD 166.5 Billion additional respirators into the United States over the coming few months.
  • In April 2020, an industrial AI company, SparkCognition, announced that it is set to join initiatives started by several businesses to manufacture prototype ventilators and face masks using 3D printers.

Expert Insights:

Reports and Data forecast promising developments for increased application of Respiratory Protective Equipment’. According to industry experts, the use of Respiratory Protective Equipment packaging is gaining traction in the COVID-19 pandemic. New companies entering the industry would emphasize developing through innovative solutions, thereby providing products to cater to the varying need of the end-user industries.

Segments Covered in the report:

This report forecasts revenue growth at a global, regional & country level, and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2023 to 2032. The scope of the report can be defined as:

For the purpose of this study, have segmented the global Respiratory Protective Equipment market on the basis of type, distribution channel, end-user, and region:

Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2023-2032)

  • Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Supplied-Air Respirators

End-User Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2023-2032)

  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Defense & Public Safety Services
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Others

Distribution Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2023-2032)

  • Direct/Institutional Sales
  • Retail Sales

Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; 2023-2032)

  • North America
    • U.S
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K
    • France
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Rest of APAC
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of LATAM
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Rest of MEA

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