Workwear refers to clothing used by the employees in order to perform their work professionally and safely. Broadly, workwear market can be segmented into ordinary or general workwear, corporate wear and protective or safety clothing. Ordinary workwear includes general trousers, skirts and shirts, whereas, corporate wear are designed apparels which follow specific colour and design so that professionals maintain smart and business-like appearance. Protective clothing are designed to safeguard personnel who are working in hazardous conditions. Protective clothing are made by special fabrics which are acid, fire, bullet, heat and chemical proof. The protective clothing are used across various industries like, firefighting, healthcare, manufacturing & construction, oil & gas, military and mining. Of these, general or ordinary workwear controls majority of the global workwear market, followed by corporate wear and protective clothing respectively.
Post-recession, global workwear market also witnessed a slump due to reduction in employee intake across most of the sectors like manufacturing, mining, construction and other support industries. However, current improvement in economy has placed the workwear market on track and has resulted in uptick in workwear demand.
North America is the leading market for workwear, followed by Europe. Developing countries are also witnessing increase in demand for workwear due to growing economy and increasing influence of workwear trends in developed countries. The emerging markets are also exporting workwear textiles to developed countries.
Protective clothing, which is an integral part of overall workwear market, is also witnessing growth owing to increasing safety awareness among employees & employers and industrialization of emerging economies. Multifunctional protective clothing, which can safeguard employees against multiple hazards, is an emerging trend in safety clothing market. In addition, manufacturers are introducing various R&D programs in order to develop advanced and lighter protective clothing.
Global workwear market is highly competitive with number of players operating across various industry segments. Major companies operating in protective clothing include Honeywell, Kimberly Clark, Asatex AG, Ansell Limited, among others.
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