Armor Materials Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Product Type (Metal and Alloy, Ceramic and Composite, Para-aramid Fiber, Ultra-high-molecular-weight Polyethylene, and Other Product Types), Application (Aerospace, Body Armor, Civil Armor, Marine Armor, and Vehicle Armor), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

North America

Largest Market:

North America


7 %

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Market Overview

The global armor materials market is expected to register a CAGR of around 7% during the forecast period. The major factors driving the market are the development of advanced weapon and increased homeland security concerns.

  • High cost of production of defense products is likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • Increasing defense budget is projected to act as an opportunity for the market in future.

Scope of the Report

The armor materials market report includes:

Product Type
Metal and Alloy
Ceramic and Composite
Para-aramid Fiber
Ultra-high-molecular-weight Polyethylene
Other Product Types (Including Fiber Glass, etc.)
Body Armor
Civil Armor
Marine Armor
Vehicle Armor
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Body Armors Application Expected to Lead the Market

  • Homeland security concerns have made it necessary for all countries to have well-trained defense forces. Requirement for army training is increasing owing to the increasing bilateral tensions between the nations.
  • For homeland security, soldiers are meant to fight, for which they require weapons, vehicles, and body shields to protect them.
  • During wars, soldiers have to wear body armor and carry weapons, such as guns, grenades, etc. Hence, these are to be made available to military personnel during wars. Every year, more individuals join the army, creating a further demand for armors and weapons.
  • Increasing terrorist attack threats, such as the ISIS attack in some of the countries of Middle East are leading to an increase in counter terrorist operations and preventive measures. 
  • Countries across the globe invest heavily in maintaining the sufficient supply of all such goods in anticipation of war. Armor materials are used extensively to produce body armors, weapon armors, armored vehicles, tankers, etc. Hence, the demand for armor materials is driven considerably by the increasing homeland security concerns.

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North America to Dominate the Market

  • North America region dominated the global market share. The United States is one of the largest consumers of armor materials globally.
  • This is majorly owing to the rising homeland security concerns due to terrorism. United States was the largest military spending nation. The United States was the largest military spending nation with the largest military forces globally.
  • There are emerging geopolitical and bilateral tensions between the major nations. Furthermore, the increasing terrorist activities lead to the increasing procurement of armor materials to manufacture defense equipment.
  • United States also struck a major deal with Saudi Arabia for arms deal sales, along with the sale of F-35 combat aircrafts.
  • Lockheed Martin, which is the largest domestic manufacturer of fighter jets, announced its decision to nearly triple its annual production to more than 160 jets, by 2023.
  • The US army also announced its plans on spending about USD 1.4 billion on manufacturing of light weight tanks project, over the forecast period
  • These factors will drive the demand for armor materials in North America over the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The armor materials market is partially consolidated. Key players in the armor materials market include DuPont, Teijin Limited, Koninklijke Ten Cate BV, Morgan Advanced Materials, and Honeywell International Inc, among others.

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Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Development of Body Armor and Advanced Weapons

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Homeland Security Concerns

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Cost Of Production Of Defense Products

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

    5. 4.5 Technological Snapshot

    6. 4.6 Patent Analysis

    7. 4.7 Product Manufacturing Standards


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Metal and Alloy

      2. 5.1.2 Ceramic and Composite

      3. 5.1.3 Para-aramid Fiber

      4. 5.1.4 Ultra-high-molecular-weight Polyethylene

      5. 5.1.5 Other Product Types (Including Fiber Glass, etc.)

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Aerospace

      2. 5.2.2 Body Armor

      3. 5.2.3 Civil Armor

      4. 5.2.4 Marine Armor

      5. 5.2.5 Vehicle Armor

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Mexico

        3. Canada

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Colaborations and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share/Ranking Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 3M

      2. 6.4.2 Armor Designs Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Armorsource LLC

      4. 6.4.4 ATI

      5. 6.4.5 CeramTec GmbH

      6. 6.4.6 DuPont

      7. 6.4.7 Honeywell International Inc.

      8. 6.4.8 HYOSUNG

      9. 6.4.9 JPS Composite Materials

      10. 6.4.10 Koninklijke Ten Cate BV

      11. 6.4.11 Morgan Advanced Materials

      12. 6.4.12 PPG Industries Inc.

      13. 6.4.13 Royal DSM NV

      14. 6.4.14 Safeguard Armor LLC

      15. 6.4.15 Saint-Gobain

      16. 6.4.16 SCHUNK GmbH

      17. 6.4.17 Tata Steel

      18. 6.4.18 Teijin Aramid BV

      19. 6.4.19 Coorstek Inc.

  7. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Defense Budget

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