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Analysis of the Western European Protective Footwear Market

  • December 2013
  • 148 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 1938922


Table of Contents

The Service Sector Drives Growth

This market engineering research service presents an assessment of the protective footwear market in the Western European region. It explores the quantitative and qualitative factors influencing the Western European protective footwear market, and various sub-segments within. This research service assesses the impact of the recent recession and the strategies taken by manufacturers to remain competitive in this economic environment. In addition this report discusses the regulatory landscape as well as changing consumer needs. The key end markets covered include the construction, primary, service and manufacturing sectors. The base year for this study is 2012 with the forecast period for 2012-2017.

Executive Summary

•The Western European protective footwear market was € million in 2012 and is expected to grow to € million by 2017.
•Safety footwear market is at a mature stage in Europe. The most influential factor in this market is the current economic situation in Western Europe as it determines the total number of PPE users.
•In terms of both revenue and volumes, the German market dominates, with France and the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland following closely.
•The on-going economic recession has impacted key end markets such as manufacturing and construction, while the primary sector has been in a long-term decline.
•Strong competition from global low-cost centres, as well as the formation of distributor unions has exacerbated the situation at the expense of European protective footwear manufacturers.

CEO’s Perspective

1. The market is polarising to premium manufacturers and budget level importers at the expense of the medium price level.
2. The service sector is showing a steady growth within the forecast period, while large volume sectors, such as manufacturing, are stagnant.
3. Innovation in design to cater to changing workforce demographics and incorporating unique functionalities are key to product differentiation.
4. This market is increasingly price sensitive particularly due to competition from cheap imports and private labels.
5. Expanding the product portfolio to include other PPE and providing peripheral services adds significant value to the manufacturer’s offering.

Market Overview—Definitions

•The footwear, as described herein, corresponds to the European certification: EN ISO 20345. It does not include footwear used for casual or recreational purposes.
•The primary purpose for this type of footwear is to protect the user in their working environment.
•This market is divided intoXproduct groups:
oShoes with uppers no higher than the ankle-bone;
oBoots that rise above the ankle bone and can reach up to the knee; and
•Footwear uppers are made of leather and other materials such as synthetic textiles.
•Volume denotes the number of pairs of footwear purchased in various regions, while revenue denotes the manufacturer’s sales in euros in a specified region.
•Geographical coverage includes Western Europe as defined by the following regions: Alpine, Benelux, France, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Scandinavia, and the UK and Ireland.
•End users for protective footwear are divided into 4Xsectors: primary, manufacturing, service, and construction.

Market Overview—Geographic Scope

Geographic Scope – Western Europe
•Alpine (Austria and Switzerland)
•Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
•Iberia (Spain and Portugal)
•Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
•United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

Is the Western European protective footwear market growing, and at what rate is it expected to grow during the forecast period?
What is expected of protective footwear prices in the forecast period? How will they cope with competition from low-cost regions?
What drives and restrains the growth of the West European protective footwear market? Which sector will drive growth?
Which participants in the value chain hold a dominant influential position and how will this influence affect market dynamics over time?
Do the features in protective footwear and additional services offered by suppliers meet customer needs across all end-user areas or is there additional development needed?

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