Protective Clothing Market for Life Sciences Industry - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Protective Clothing Market for Life Sciences Industry can be segmented by Products (Suits/ Coveralls, Gloves, Aprons, Facemasks and Hats, Protective Eyewear and Cleanroom Goggles, Footwear and Overshoes, and Wipes), by Type (Disposable and Reusable), by Application (Cleanroom Clothing, Radiation Protection, Viral Protection, and Chemical Protection), and by Geography.

Market Snapshot

protective clothing market for life sciences
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 6.1 %

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Market Overview

The Protective Clothing Market for Life Sciences Industry was valued at USD 2842 million in 2020 and expected to reach USD 4063 million by 2026 and grow at a CAGR of 6.1% over the forecast period (2021 - 2026). Generally, the relative growth of the life sciences segments is linked to the expenditure of the regional markets for healthcare and innovation.

  • The life sciences sector can be broadly categorized into three major segments (based on the applications of protective clothing), - pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical. Generally, the relative growth of the life sciences segments is linked to the expenditure of regional markets for healthcare and innovation. In the current market scenario, almost all economies, especially developing economies, are increasing their spending on healthcare and innovation.
  • Owing to the emerging manufacturing activity in the pharmaceuticals sector, the demand for protective clothing to be used in the preclinical and early-phase drugs and in production environments are expected to experience increased demand. For example, the Chinese market is vibrant with preclinical and early-phase drugs, and is a growing hub of biotech activity and creates opportunity in the region.
  • According to the World Health Organization, medical devices comprise all the tools used in the diagnosis or treatment of ailments, ranging from surgical scissors to pacemakers and complex scanning equipment. Medical device equipment is classified into Class I, Class IIA, Class IIB, and Class III, based on the risk involved in handling the material, which makes the demand recurring from this sector in the life sciences industry. All these factors complement the need for market studied.
  • Amid the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, the pandemic has created an unprecedented proliferation for the demand for protective clothing across the world. The public is scrambling for the mandated masks, whereas healthcare workers are struggling to get the safe care in the face of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) shortage, including, masks, N-95 respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns or coveralls, gloves, etc.
  • In April 2020, Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) has mentioned that, the Vietnamese garment manufacturers has quickly shifted its production line for manufacturing additional medical face masks and protective clothing for export to countries that have impacted hard. The association has also mentioned that it is following the tandards and regulations set by US and European Union (EU) markets.

Scope of the Report

Protective clothing is a garment or a piece of equipment that is designed to protect the wearer's body from injury or infection and addresses the hazards that include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter.

The study characterizes the protective clothing industry based on the product such as suits/ coveralls, gloves, aprons, facemasks and hats, protective eyewear and cleanroom goggles, footwear, and overshoes, wipes, and by type that include disposable and reusable.

Suits/ Coveralls
Facemasks and Hats
Protective Eyewear and Cleanroom Goggles
Footwear and Overshoes
Other Products
Cleanroom Clothing
Radiation Protection
Bacterial/ Viral Protection
Chemical Protection
Other Applications
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of the Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of the Asia Pacific
Rest of the World (Latin America and Middle East and Africa)

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Key Market Trends

Outbreak of Covid-19 will Boost the Demand for PPE Kits

  • Based on WHO modelling, an estimated 89 million medical masks are required for the COVID-19 response each month. For examination gloves, that figure goes up to 76 million, while international demand for goggles stands at 1.6 million per month.
  • Since January, 3M has doubled production of N95 respirators to 1.1 billion per year at its global manufacturing facilities, including in the U.S., Asia and Europe. 3M will double its capacity again to 2 billion per year within the next 12 months. The company produced more than 1 million N95 respirators/day in the U.S. for healthcare workers (in April 2020).
  • India, which was not manufacturing even a single personal protective equipment (PPE) kit, is now producing 2.06 lakh PPE kits daily within two months after the coronavirus outbreak.
  • With the increasing cases of COVID-19, the requirement of personal protective equipment (PPE) has crossed the adequate supply, which results in a major shortage in some geographies. As per Mordor Intelligence analysis, shortages of PPE kits and medical supplies will exist for years without government bodies' firm strategic steps.
  • Furthermore, institutions across the globe have donated a significant number of PPE products, which further helped society fight with the virus. For instance, in March 2020, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has donated thousands of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits from across campus. To respond to the unprecedented requirement, a cross-campus team at MIT was working to solicit and gather any extra, unopened PPE products from laboratories at MIT.

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Asia-Pacific to Witness the Highest Growth

  • Asia-Pacific is emerging as one of the fastest-growing markets, aided by proactive measures taken by the regional governments of countries, like India and China, to develop local manufacturing and innovation centers.
  • Jiangsu, a Chinese province, has one of the largest biopharmaceutical and medical device industries in China. Major pharma companies and CMOs such as WuXi AppTec (Shanghai, China), Siegfried Holding AG (Zofingen, Switzerland), and AstraZeneca (Cambridge, UK) have manufacturing facilities in Jiangsu.
  • Asia-Pacific region offers an emerging scope for medical tourism, since people are traveling to these countries due to the increase in quality services and technological advancement in the healthcare and medical sectors. According to the Medical Tourism Association, the cost saving is 90% when a patient gets treated in a developing country, rather than his/ her home (developed) country.
  • According to the Microsoft Asia News Center, Asia-Pacific’s healthcare organizations track business improvements of up to 21% due to digital transformation.
  • Moreover, in August 2019, DuPont Safety and Construction launched the Kevlar and Tychem hand protection portfolio of glove and sleeve solutions in the Indian market. The solution is designed to increase workplace protection in hazardous environments from automotive applications to sanitation, manufacturing, and subsurface oil and gas exploration. The company is offering reliable hand protection solutions to meet the latest industry standards.

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Competitive Landscape

The Protective Clothing Market for Life Sciences Industry is consolidated in nature. Major companies, like E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Ansell Limited, and 3M Company, design and manufacture clothes to protect medical personnel from serious workplace injuries.

  • April 2019 - Honeywell acquired Norcross Safety products LLC., a manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) for approximately USD 1.2 billion. The acquisition is expected to provide Honeywell a complete platform in a fragmented, global segment that is expected to yield substantial growth opportunities. Investing in Norcross allows Honeywell to fully participate in the broad and highly regulated industrial safety marketplace.
  • March 2019 - Ansell launched the MICROFLEX MidKnight XTRA, a nitrile exam glove tested against both fentanyl and gastric acid to simulate real-world overdose situations. The gloves are designed for first responders as well as a range of workers who may come into contact with fentanyl or its analogues during the course of their work, including corrections officers, healthcare professionals, laboratory technicians, and janitorial staff.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Strict Regulatory Standards Pertaining to Patient Safety

      2. 5.1.2 Growth in Biotechnology and Healthcare Spending

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Increased Demand for Outsourcing and Automation in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

    3. 5.3 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry


    1. 6.1 Products

      1. 6.1.1 Suits/ Coveralls

      2. 6.1.2 Gloves

      3. 6.1.3 Aprons

      4. 6.1.4 Facemasks and Hats

      5. 6.1.5 Protective Eyewear and Cleanroom Goggles

      6. 6.1.6 Footwear and Overshoes

      7. 6.1.7 Wipes

      8. 6.1.8 Other Products

    2. 6.2 Type

      1. 6.2.1 Disposable

      2. 6.2.2 Reusable

    3. 6.3 Application

      1. 6.3.1 Cleanroom Clothing

        1. Pharmaceutical

        2. Biotechnology

        3. Medical

      2. 6.3.2 Radiation Protection

      3. 6.3.3 Bacterial/ Viral Protection

      4. 6.3.4 Chemical Protection

      5. 6.3.5 Other Applications

    4. 6.4 Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of the Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of the Asia Pacific

      4. 6.4.4 Rest of the World (Latin America and Middle East and Africa)


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 E. I. DuPont De Nemours and Company

      2. 7.1.2 Kimberly Clark Corporation

      3. 7.1.3 Ansell Limited

      4. 7.1.4 3M Company

      5. 7.1.5 Honeywell International Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 Lakeland Industries Inc.

      7. 7.1.7 Irudek Group

      8. 7.1.8 Berkshire Corporation

      9. 7.1.9 Kappler Inc.

      10. 7.1.10 Tronex International Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Protective Clothing Market for Life Sciences Industry market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Protective Clothing Market for Life Sciences Industry is growing at a CAGR of 6.1% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

E. I. DuPont De Nemours and Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Ansell Limited, 3M Company, Honeywell International Inc. are the major companies operating in Protective Clothing Market for Life Sciences Industry.

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