Flame resistant fabrics have been chemically engineered for resisting ignition and for the prevention of fire spreading to areas vulnerable to it. The majority of flame resistant fabrics have inherent flame resistant properties, while treated flame resistant fabrics have flame resistant fibers coated on them. Flame resistant fabrics are usually manufactured from natural or synthetic fibers. Amongst these, synthetic fibers, including aramid, acrylic, and polyester, are derived from natural fibers and petroleum. Flame resistant fabrics are utilized in numerous applications such as firefighting uniforms, work wear, residential and commercial furnishings, law enforcement services, and transport for minimizing fire hazards.
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Increasing Regulations by Governing Bodies to Boost Flame Resistant Fabrics Markets
The flame resistant fabrics market is majorly fuelled by the increasing regulations by governing bodies for the protection of both government as well as civilian workers. In addition, the high demand from numerous end-use industries, particularly the oil and gas industry, has also impacted the market positively. Furthermore, the presence of numerous fabric-fire treatments including BS-476 and CRIB-5 is also predicted to stimulate the growth of the market. The rising number of fire hazards, including combustible dust explosions and flash fires within the paint, food processing, and paper and pulp industries, is also augmenting the growth of the market for flame resistant fabrics.
On the other hand, the absence of awareness about safety regulations within regions such as Asia Pacific and the soaring costs of flame resistant fabrics in comparison to traditionally used materials are amongst the major factors impeding the growth of the market.
Industrial Protective Clothing Accounted for More than 50% in 2013
On the basis of application, the flame resistant fabrics market is segmented into law enforcement and firefighting services, industrial protective clothing, transport, and others such as home furnishings, etc. Amongst these, the segment of industrial protective clothing is a key segment and in 2013 this segment accounted for a share of more than 50% in the market for flame resistant fabrics. On the other hand, the segment of firefighting services and law enforcement also emerged as a prime application segment of the market. This is owing to the use of flame resistant fabrics in uniforms for navy, firefighting, military, and air force personnel.
Europe Flame Resistant Fabrics Market held the Largest Share of Over 35% in 2013
In terms of geography, the market is segmented into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). Amongst these, in 2013, Europe led the market and constituted a share of more than 35% in the market. This region is poised to maintain its superiority till 2020. On the other hand, Asia Pacific stood as the second largest market in the same year and was trailed by North America. On the basis of volume, the North America regional market is predicted to rise at a CAGR of more than 5.0% from 2014 to 2020.
The prominent players operating in the market are Milliken & Company, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Lenzing AG, TenCate, and Teijin Aramid, among others.