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). The report offers market size and forecasts for Armor materials in revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Armor Materials Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >7 %

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Market Overview

The Global Armor Materials Market is projected to register a CAGR of over 7% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

Due to COVID-19, many manufacturing industries were stopped due to lockdown regulations. However, many armor manufacturing companies such as TenCate Advanced Armor and NP Aerospace continued to run the production by re-organizing and ensuring the safety of employees and following government regulations to provide continuous supply to customers. For example, NP Aerospace company announced on March 2020, that the company had seen significant growth in vehicle armour, personal armour and Bomb Disposal suit product lines, which is extremely positive news and it continue to see significant ongoing activity within Protected Mobility Fleet vehicle programme with the UK MoD". Such factors boosted the market during the pandemic.

  • Over the medium term, the major factors driving the market are the development of advanced weapons and increased homeland security concerns.
  • On the flip side, the high cost of production of defense products and negative impat of COVID-19 pandemic are likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • Increasing defense budget is projected to act as an opportunity for the market in future.
  • North America region dominated the market, holding the largest share and is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

The armor materials market is segmented by product type, application, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into metal and alloy, ceramic and composite, para-aramid fiber, ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, and other product types. By application, the market is segmented into aerospace, body armor, civil armor, marine armor, and vehicle armor. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the Armor Materials Market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of revenue (USD Million).

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. 
  • Wearing body armor is almost a common practice, and in a lot of instances, mandatory among military personnel and special forces, as they help reduce fatalities in military environments.​
  • 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.
  • According to, the US military is focusing on body armors that are lightweight and have increasing scalability, such that the wearer can adjust the equipment depending on the threat level and mission at hand. Under the new Torso and Extremity Protection System (TEP), which is a part  of the new Soldier Protection System, a modular scalable vest, ballistic combat shirt, blast pelvic protection system, and a battle belt are included, which are to be provided to the armed forces. ​
  • Philippines is planning to modernize its military over the next decade, and has allocated PHP 25 billion for the same. Under this program, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is expected to be receiving more night-capable attack helicopters, fast boasts, more body armor, rifles, and helmets.​
  • The Spanish government has announced its decision to increase its military expenditure to approximately EUR 18 billion by 2024.​
  • Owing to all above mentioned factors, the body armors continue to dominate the market during the forecast period.
Armor Materials Market - Segmentation

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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.
  • According to Aerospace Industries Association, the Aerospace & Defence industry in United States posted strong annual growth with combined industry sales revenue amounting to USD 909 billion, in the year 2019. The total industry sales revenue left a significant footprint on the American economy, contributing to a combined economic value of USD 396 billion that represented 1.8% of total U.S. GDP.
  • Besides, in November 2020, the Senate was observed planning investment of about USD 1.7 billion to buy 17 more F-35 fighter jets for the military in fiscal year 2021. The plan includes order of twelve F-35As for the Air Force and five F-35Cs for the Navy and Marine Corps for a total of 96 jets in FY21.
  • These factors will drive the demand for armor materials in North America over the forecast period.
Armor Materials Market - Regional Trend

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Competitive Landscape

The armor materials market is partially consolidated. Key players in the armor materials market include DuPont, Teijin Aramid B.V., Koninklijke Ten Cate BV, NP Aerospace, and Honeywell International Inc, among others.

Recent Developments

  • In December 2020, NP Aerospace, global armour manufacturer launched the new 4030 ELITE Bomb Disposal Suit. It has extended its Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) portfolio with the launch of a next generation Bomb Disposal Suit targeting North America and other strategic global markets.
  • In November 2020, TenCate Advanced Armour Holding B.v. announced that Agilitas is signing an agreement to back the buyout of TenCate Advanced Armour Holding B.V. and its subsidiaries.
  • In July 2020, NP Aerospace announced that it has opened a new facility in London, Ontario and appointed a General Manager to drive future business growth.

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 Negative Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

    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


    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. Canada

        3. Mexico

      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 Armorsource LLC

      3. 6.4.3 ATI

      4. 6.4.4 CeramTec GmbH

      5. 6.4.5 CoorsTek Inc.

      6. 6.4.6 DSM

      7. 6.4.7 DuPont

      8. 6.4.8 Honeywell International Inc.

      9. 6.4.9 HYOSUNG

      10. 6.4.10 JPS Composite Materials

      11. 6.4.11 Koninklijke Ten Cate BV

      12. 6.4.12 Morgan Advanced Materials

      13. 6.4.13 NP Aerospace

      14. 6.4.14 PPG Industries, Inc.

      15. 6.4.15 SafeGuard ARMOR™

      16. 6.4.16 Saint-Gobain

      17. 6.4.17 Schunk Carbon Technology

      18. 6.4.18 Tata Steel

      19. 6.4.19 Teijin Aramid B.V.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Defense Budget

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Armor Materials Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Armor Materials Market is growing at a CAGR of >7% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

, DuPont, Honeywell International Inc., Koninklijke Ten Cate BV, Teijin Aramid B.V., NP Aerospace are the major companies operating in Armor Materials Market.

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