Waterproof Breathable Textiles Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Raw Material (Polyurethane, Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), Polyester Microfilament Yarns, Fluoropolymers, and Other Raw Materials), Textile (Densely Woven, Membrane, and Coated), End-user Industry (Garments, Footwear, Gloves, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacififc, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: <6 %

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Market Overview

The global waterproof breathable textiles market is expected to record a CAGR of around 6% during the forecast period, owing to the upsurge in preference toward high-performance and comfortable fabrics, growing fitness awareness, and increasing the use of recycled PET bottles to manufacture waterproof breathable fabrics.

  • The increasing involvement in outdoor activities and the changing fashion trends are expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
  • Advancement in plasma and silicon-based technology is likely to act as an opportunity in the forecast period. 

Scope of the Report

The global waterproof breathable textiles market report includes:

Raw Material
Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (PTFE)
Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)
Polyester Microfilament Yarns
Other Raw Materials
Densely Woven
End-user Industry
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Membrane Segment Witnessing High Growth Rate

  • By textile type, the membrane segment is expected to dominate the global market, and witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period because of its excellent mechanical properties and water resistance.
  • Membranes are extremely thin films made from polymers, and engineered in such a way that they are highly resistant to water penetration, yet allow the passage of water vapor. A membrane is only about 10mm thick and is laminated to a conventional fabric to provide the essential mechanical strength. They are of two types:
  • Microporous membranes - Microporous membranes are thin films of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) polymer that contains about 1.4 billion tiny holes per sq.cm. The hydrophobic nature of the polymer and small pore size requires high pressures to cause water penetration.
  • Hydrophilic membranes - These are very thin films of chemically modified polyester or polyurethane containing no holes, which are sometimes referred to as non-poromeric. Water vapor from perspiration is able to diffuse through the membrane in relatively large quantities.
  • Europe is one of the major markets for membrane-based waterproof textiles, owing to large numbers of climbers and walkers, many of whom require performance garments to protect them from extreme elements.
  • With the growing demand, the membrane waterproof breathable textiles are projected to dominate the market over the forecast period.
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Asia-Pacific Region to Register the Highest Growth Rate

  • In Asia-Pacific, China is the largest economy in terms of GDP. The growth in the country remains high, but is gradually diminishing, as the population is aging and the economy is rebalancing from investment to consumption, manufacturing to services, and external to internal demand.
  • China is the world’s leading textile exporter, accounting for 40% of the global textile and clothing exports. The textile and clothing industry is the largest manufacturing industry in China, with approximately 24,000 enterprises. China is the largest clothing producer in the world, and has the biggest production capacity for textile products consisting of cotton, manmade fibers, and silk.
  • The waterproof breathable textiles market in China is expected to witness rapid growth on account of increasing demand from the footwear and garment industry.
  • The market in China is primarily driven by growing consumer demand for fitness-related sports products due to increasing health awareness. This has resulted in increasing sportswear manufacturing activities in China.
  • The aforementioned points suggest that the waterproof breathable textiles market is expected to experience huge market demand in the forecast period.
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Competitive Landscape

The global waterproof breathable textiles market is partially consolidated. The major companies include W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., General Electric (eVent FABRICS), Sympatex Technologies GmbH (SympaTex), and Mitsui & Co. Ltd (pertex), Clariant, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Preference Toward High-performance and Comfortable Fabrics

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Fitness Awareness

      3. 4.1.3 Increasing Use of Recycled PET Bottles to Manufacture Waterproof Breathable Fabrics

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Involvement in Outdoor Activities

      2. 4.2.2 Changing Fashion Trends

    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 Raw Material

      1. 5.1.1 Polyurethane

      2. 5.1.2 Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (PTFE)

      3. 5.1.3 Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)

      4. 5.1.4 Polyester Microfilament Yarns

      5. 5.1.5 Fluoropolymers

      6. 5.1.6 Other Raw Materials

    2. 5.2 Textile

      1. 5.2.1 Densely Woven

      2. 5.2.2 Membrane

      3. 5.2.3 Coated

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Garments

      2. 5.3.2 Footwear

      3. 5.3.3 Gloves

      4. 5.3.4 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Clariant

      2. 6.4.2 Columbia Sportswear Company

      3. 6.4.3 General Electric (eVent FABRICS)

      4. 6.4.4 Heartland Textile Co. Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 HeiQ Materials AG

      6. 6.4.6 Helly Hansen

      7. 6.4.7 Jack Wolfskin - Ausrustung fur Draussen GmbH & Co. KGaA

      8. 6.4.8 Lowe Alpine International Srl

      9. 6.4.9 Marmot Mountain LLC

      10. 6.4.10 Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion Ltd.(PERTEX)

      11. 6.4.11 Mountain Hardwear

      12. 6.4.12 Nike Inc.

      13. 6.4.13 Patagonia

      14. 6.4.14 Polartec

      15. 6.4.15 Rudolf GmbH

      16. 6.4.16 schoeller Switzerland (Schoeller Textiles AG)

      17. 6.4.17 SympaTex Technologies GmbH

      18. 6.4.18 Tanatex Chemicals BV

      19. 6.4.19 The North Fce, a VF Company

      20. 6.4.20 Toray Industries Inc.

      21. 6.4.21 W. L. Gore & Associates Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Advancement in Plasma and Silicon-based Technology

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Waterproof Breathable Textiles Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Waterproof Breathable Textiles Market is growing at a CAGR of <6% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., General Electric (eVent FABRICS), Sympatex Technologies GmbH(SympaTex), Mitsui & Co. Ltd (pertex), Clariant are the major companies operating in Waterproof Breathable Textiles Market.

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