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Fire resistant fabrics are specialized fabrics designed to resist burning when exposed to open flame, explosions and arc flashes without melting. These fabrics find major application in protective clothing industry.
The market for fire resistant fabrics is estimated to grow on account of stringent industrial regulations and standards, growing concern of employers towards employee safety and the growth in end-use industries. Fluctuating raw material costs and high investments for production and technology are the restraints for the market.
Region-wise, Europe is leading the fire resistant fabrics market. Growth in Europe is attributed to the stringency in industrial regulations and standards that have increased the demand for fire resistant fabrics. South America is also estimated to have the highest growth in the market on account of the increasing demand from rising industries such as oil & gas and infrastructure among others. North America is the second largest market for fire resistant fabrics and is projected to have an average growth between 2014 and 2019. Asia-Pacific is estimated to have a steady growth in the market.
Apparel fire resistant fabrics dominated the market in 2015 and are estimated to experience a high growth on account of regulations on protective clothing such as the OSHA 2012 mandate. Non-apparel flame resistant fabrics are also estimated to grow at a steady rate on account of regulations in the furniture market, majorly for mattresses.
The report analyzes the fire resistant fabrics market trends and forecasts till 2020. The market size has been provided in terms of market volume (million sq. meter) and value ($million). The report also identifies prominent players and provides analysis for each player in terms of company overview, financials, products & services offered recent developments, and company strategy.
The fire resistant fabrics market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.4% between 2015 and 2020 to reach $5,036.2 million in 2020 from $3,869.6 million in 2015. Industrial protective clothing is the major application for the fire resistant fabrics market and is also projected to experience the highest growth.
The fire resistant fabrics industry is moving towards investments in the implementation of technologies to produce new and high-quality products with better performance and additional functionality. The R&D initiatives for developing new products along with capacity and geographic expansions for targeting emerging high growth region will benefit the fire resistant fabrics market from 2015 to 2020.