Plastics In Personal Protective Equipment Market

The global plastics in personal protective equipment market size was valued at USD 3.8 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.0% from 2020 to 2027. Increasing demand for plastics in the production of personal protective equipment, which are used in various industries including construction, chemicals, food processing, and others, is projected to support the plastic in PPE market growth over the forecast period. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic situation, the demand for various PPE products, such as gloves, face masks and shields, head covers, shoe covers, and protective gowns, has increased. This, in turn, is driving the demand for plastics in PPE in head, eye & face protection, protective clothing, and respiratory protection applications.

The respiratory protection segment, in particular, is expected to register the fastest growth rate over the forecast period. The rapid expansion of the construction industry in emerging markets, such as Brazil, China, India, and Mexico, is expected to drive the demand for PPE products, such as safety vests & belts, helmets, and gloves, over the forecast period, thereby supporting market growth.

Moreover, increased foreign investments in the construction sectors of these countries, as a result of flexible FDI norms and the need for redevelopment of public and industrial infrastructure, will drive the market. The growing demand for pharmaceuticals and chemicals to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic situation is also driving the product demand, which will propel the market growth over the forecast period.

Polyethylene (PE) product segment led the market and accounted for more than 25% share of the global revenue in 2019. This significant share is attributed to it’s the properties of PE, such as excellent resistance against chemicals like solvents, alcohols, and dilute acids. Polyethylene is primarily used to manufacture gloves, protective suits, head covers, helmets, face shields, and others. The ability of the material to provide moisture barrier is driving its demand across several applications.

Polypropylene (PP) is widely used in the production of protective suits and shoe covers, which have a high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing corona positive cases and the resultant rise in the number of healthcare facilities across the globe are driving the demand for protective suits for doctors and other healthcare workers. This will drive the segment growth over the forecast period.

Polyester is projected to be the fastest-growing product segment over the forecast period. Rising demand for polyester can be attributed to increasing production of safety vests, gloves, helmets, masks, knee pads, and several other products, which are used in industries, such as construction, oil & gas, and food processing. The rising number of construction & infrastructure development activities is expected to drive the PPE products demand, which will boost the segment growth over the forecast period.

The hand protection application segment led the market and accounted for more than a 29% share of the global revenue in 2019. Amid the global pandemic situation, most of the people have started using surgical gloves to protect themselves from the coronavirus, which is a major factor boosting the segment growth.

Gloves are used in various industries, such as construction, electrical and electronics, and food processing. Depending upon the requirement, such as electrical insulation, chemical resistance, water & moisture barrier, and others, theses hand protection gloves are produced. The demand for these gloves will increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Various automotive companies such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, and Tesla have started producing face masks to cater to the rising demand for PPE, which will contribute to the market growth.