The Europe, Middle-East and Africa riot control equipment market is projected to grow with a CAGR of more than 3% during the forecast period.

  • The increasing violent protest and riots in countries like Nigeria, South Africa, France, Russia, and Sudan are generating demand for the procurement of new riot control equipment.
  • The development of advanced less-lethal weapons like dropping low-velocity ammunition, pepper sprays, and other less-lethal weapons, may help the growth of the market during the forecast period.
  • However, the policy changes by the governments and regulatory bodies resulting in a ban on the use of offensive equipment are anticipated to hamper the growth of the riot control equipment market in these regions.

Key Market Trends

Increasing Riots and Mass Movements in the Region

There is an increase in the overall mass movements and revolution against the local governments in Europe, Middle-East and Africa. In France, in early 2019, there were protests against the government and various policies made by the government. The protestors have burned cars and motorcycles and to disperse crowd the police had to use tear gas. Similar incidents have taken place in Hungary, Siberia, and Russia among other countries in Europe against various government policies, which lead to the use of crowd control and dispersing measures by law enforcement agencies. In addition to these in Middle-East and Africa region, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, and Jordan saw significant protests in 2019 due to political concerns and government policies. Such increasing anti-government protest movements have made the governments deploy new strategies with advanced technology and increased resources for crowd dispersing. This is expected to generate demand for new riot control equipment by the police and law enforcement agencies.

Europe Held the Highest Market Share in 2019

The European region of the market accounted for the highest share in 2019. Due to growing dissatisfaction with the government, various countries like Greece, Russia, Romania, and Belgium, among others, are involved in riots and demonstrations. These increasing riots have led to government procurement initiatives of new riot control equipment. In Russia, there are many instances of riots in the past year. For instance, in July 2019, there were more than 20,000 people on streets demanding fair elections. The police have used riot gear like batons and pepper spray to suppress the crowd. National Guard of Russia has installed laser and a sonic sound system on two minivans in November 2018 worth USD 995,250 to disperse the protesters. Such installations and procurements are anticipated to accelerate the growth of the market in the coming years.

Competitive Landscape

Some of the prominent players in the Europe, Middle-East and Africa riot control equipment market are Lamperd Less Lethal, The Safariland Group, PACEM Defense LLC, Rheinmetall AG, and EnGarde Body Armor. Other than the international players, there are regional players in the market that support the local police and law enforcement agencies in the region. Nurol Holding Inc. and Katmerciler A.S. are two players in the market that have the majority of the share for water cannons and anti-riot vehicles in Turkey. The development of new protective equipment, like shields, vests, and helmet with new materials for high strength and lightweight is anticipated to help the players expand their presence in the EMEA region.

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