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Advanced Protective Gear and Armor

  • March 2015
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  • BCC Research
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  • 240 pages

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

The U.S. market for advanced protective gear and armor has reached $4.5 billion and $4.7 billion in 2013 and 2014, respectively. This market is expected to reach at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4% to nearly $5.9 billion in 2019.

This report provides:

An overview of the U.S. market for advanced protective gear and armor.
Analyses of the U.S. market trends, with data from 2013 and 2014, and projections of CAGRs through 2019.
Emphasis on the following sectors of the market:
Heat- and flame resistant clothing, including firefighters’ turnout gear for structural, proximity, and wildlands fire service, as well as industrial fire resistant garments for use in electric and gas utilities or in industrial applications in which electric arc and flash fire are hazards.
Chemical protective garments and equipment, including chemical-resistant clothing, chemical or biological warfare and protective suits, and gloves used in industrial applications. Much of this same gear can be used for biological protection.
Respirators and ancillary components for fire and chemical/biological situations.
Body and vehicular armor, including bullet and fragmentation-resistant garments used in law enforcement and military applications.
Body armor, including bullet-resistant garments used in law enforcement and military applications. The retrofitting of vehicles using the same types of materials and some of the newer engineered in-place vehicle armor.
Coverage of market aspects including raw materials, technologies, market size, and anticipated growth.

SCOPE OF REPORT


The protective clothing, gear and armor markets are a fragmented industry. There are significant and specific segments of the protective clothing, gear and armor industry. Within each of these segments are a variety of players, including government organizations that create, develop and enforce regulations and standards, raw material suppliers, fiber and fabric manufacturers, mills and fabric producers, finished goods manufacturers, and suppliers and distributors. The supply chain may be complex and at times difficult to understand. Our focus is on the major material types and the designers of the products rather than on the distributors of the products. To emphasize the complexity, it may be that one large corporation, through many of its parts, can be involved in all the sectors of the supply chain. This study of the advanced protective gear and armor markets focuses on the following major sectors in the U.S. market:
Heat- and flame-resistant clothing, including firefighters’ turnout gear for structural, proximity and wildlands fire service, as well as industrial fire-resistant garments for use in electric and gas utilities or in industrial applications in which electric arc and flash fire are hazards.

Chemical protective garments and equipment, including chemical-resistant clothing, chemical or biological warfare and protective suits, and gloves used in industrial applications. Much of this same gear can be used for biological protection.

Respirators and ancillary components for fire and chemical/biological situations.

Body and vehicular armor, including bullet and fragmentation-resistant garments used in law enforcement and military applications.

Body armor, including bullet-resistant garments used in law enforcement and military applications. This includes the retrofitting of vehicles using the same types of materials and some of the newer engineered in-place vehicle armor.

Each of these areas of the personal protective clothing/equipment industry is discussed. Within each segment—chemical/biological, fire and projectiles/ explosives—the regulations, raw materials, technologies, market size and anticipated growth are covered. Manufacturers are evaluated and listed at the conclusion of each of the appropriate sections.

Although there are frequent mentions in military documents and in the popular press concerning nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) or chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) equipment, this is excluded from our discussion. There is no truly protective clothing for severe nuclear threats such as battlefield nuclear explosions or a Chernobyl-level nuclear accident. When gamma rays are present in force and quantity, the effective absorbers might be lead or the misnomer “depleted” uranium. Respirators and clothing do help, but the best solution is situational awareness. The NBC misnomer continues; details of implied NBC are not included in this report.
The geographic scope of this report is the U.S. market.

Table Of Contents

Advanced Protective Gear and Armor

Chapter- 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary 5

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY
INTENDED AUDIENCE AND CONTRIBUTION OF STUDY
SCOPE OF REPORT
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
ANALYSTS' CREDENTIALS
RELATED BCC RESEARCH REPORTS
BCC RESEARCH WEBSITE
DISCLAIMER

Chapter- 2: SUMMARY 2

Table Summary : U.S. ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR MARKET, THROUGH 2019
Figure Summary : U.S. ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR MARKET, 2013-2019

Chapter- 3: OVERVIEW 23

BRIEF INDUSTRY VIEW
BACKGROUND
BALLISTIC BODY ARMOR STANDARDS
MARKET DRIVERS
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
ROLE OF NONGOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Chapter- 4: THERMAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING 80

BACKGROUND
INDUSTRY TERMS
FIREFIGHTING ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES WITH FLAME-RETARDANT CHEMICALS
CLEANING AND REPAIRING GEAR
FLAME-RETARDANT MATERIALS FOR GARMENTS
WATER-RESISTANT AND FLAME-RESISTANT MATERIALS FOR GARMENTS
CONSTRUCTION OF STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTERS' GARMENTS
MAJOR TYPES OF FLAME-RESISTANT/FIRE-PROTECTIVE APPAREL
SUPPLY CHAIN
PURCHASING CRITERIA
LEADERS IN STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING APPAREL
FUNDING
MARKET VALUE
STRUCTURE OF THE FLAME-RESISTANT/FIRE-RETARDANT GARMENT AND FIBER INDUSTRY

Chapter- 5: CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING 37

BACKGROUND
PROTECTION LEVELS DEFINED
OCCUPATIONS NEEDING CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL GEAR
PROCEDURES
NONWOVEN MATERIALS FOR CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL GARMENTS
IMPROVEMENTS IN BARRIER PROPERTIES
SPECIAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR THE MILITARY
STRATEGIC PLANS FOR PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE GARMENT MARKET
INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Chapter- 6: ANCILLARY PROTECTIVE GEAR: RESPIRATORS, GLOVES AND HEAD PROTECTION 67

BACKGROUND
NOTE ON NUCLEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR
RADIATION, CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL PROTECTION
SELECTION OF RESPIRATOR TYPE
IDENTIFICATION OF FILTERS, CARTRIDGES AND CANISTERS
ATMOSPHERE-SUPPLYING RESPIRATORS
SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS (SCBA)
AIR-SUPPLIED RESPIRATORS
COMBINATION RESPIRATORS
AIR-PURIFYING RESPIRATORS
SELECTED CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL DECONTAMINATION OR DETECTION DEVICES
ASZM-TEDA CARBON FOR RESPIRATORS
CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL THREATS
MARKET VALUE OF RESPIRATORS
INDEX OF MAJOR RESPIRATOR COMPANIES
PROTECTIVE GLOVES
IMPROVED PROTECTIVE GLOVE MATERIALS
APPROVED GLOVE MATERIALS
TRACKING GLOVE MANUFACTURERS
GLOVE-MAKING TECHNIQUES
COMBAT/ASSAULT GLOVES
VALUE OF PROTECTIVE GLOVES
MARKET STRUCTURE FOR PROTECTIVE GLOVES
INDEX OF MAJOR PROTECTIVE GLOVE MANUFACTURERS
PROTECTIVE HEAD GEAR/COMBAT HELMETS
FACE AND EYE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
MANUFACTURERS OF HEAD PROTECTIVE PRODUCTS

Chapter- 7: BALLISTIC BODY AND VEHICLE ARMOR 26

HISTORICAL EVOLUTION
BODY/BALLISTIC ARMOR
VALUE CHAIN
ENHANCED SMALL ARMS PROTECTIVE INSERT (ESAPI)
NONMILITARY USE OF BODY ARMOR
BALLISTIC BODY ARMOR STANDARDS
ASSEMBLY AND TESTING OF BODY ARMOR
CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARMOR
MILITARY PROTECTIVE BODY AND VEHICLE ARMOR
DESIGN CHANGES
OTHERS
INTERCEPTOR BODY ARMOR SYSTEM
VEHICLE ARMOR
FUTURE MATERIALS
MILITARY VEHICLES
RHEOLOGICAL FLUIDS
MANUFACTURERS' MARKET SHARE FOR BODY ARMOR
CERAMIC MATERIALS
METALS
VALUE BALLISTIC BODY AND VEHICLE ARMOR

List of Tables

Summary Table : U.S. ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR MARKET, THROUGH 2019
Table 1 : PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING CHARACTERISTICS
Table 2 : AGENCIES INVOLVED IN SETTING PROTECTIVE GEAR STANDARDS
Table 3 : REFERENCED ASTM STANDARDS RELATING TO TEXTILES
Table 4 : CLASSES OF FABRIC FLAMMABILITY
Table 5 : APPLICATIONS FOR META-AND PARA-ARAMIDS
Table 6 : COMPARATIVE PROPERTIES OF WOVEN PBI, NOMEX IIIA AND FLAME-RETARDANT COTTON
Table 7 : LIMITING OXYGEN INDEX (LOI) OF SELECTED FIBERS
Table 8 : OUTER SHELL POLYMER MATERIAL MARKET SHARE BY TYPE, 2013
Table 9 : MARKET SHARE OF MOISTURE BARRIER MATERIALS BY TYPE, 2013
Table 10 : MARKET SHARE FOR THERMAL BARRIER MATERIALS BY TYPE, 2013
Table 11 : U.S. MARKET SHARE OF STRUCTURAL FIRE SERVICE GARMENT MANUFACTURERS, 2013
Table 12 : VALUE OF U. S. FIRE PROTECTIVE GARMENT INDUSTRY BY TYPE, THROUGH 2019
Table 13 : 1OSHA REGULATIONS RELATIVE TO THE CHEMICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING INDUSTRY
Table 14 : ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SOURCES
Table 15 : TYPES OF CHEMICAL PROTECTIVE GARMENTS
Table 16 : KEY OCCUPATIONS NEEDING CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
Table 17 : SELECTED MATERIALS FOR CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, BY BRAND
Table 18 : OTHER CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
Table 19 : POLYMER MATERIALS USED IN CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE GARMENTS
Table 20 : U.S. VALUE OF CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE GARMENTS, THROUGH 2019
Table 21 : MARKET SHARE FOR U.S. CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE GARMENTS BY COMPANY, 2013
Table 22 : INFORMATION REQUIRED BY OSHA EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRE
Table 23 : NIOSH LOGIC FOR SELECTION OF PROPER RESPIRATOR
Table 24 : ESTIMATED U.S. MARKET SHARES OF ATMOSPHERE SUPPLYING RESPIRATOR MANUFACTURERS, 2013
Table 25 : TYPES OF RESPIRATOR FACEPIECES
Table 26 : ESTIMATED U.S. MARKET SHARE FOR PROTECTIVE AIR PURIFYING RESPIRATORS, 2013
Table 27 : PROJECTED VALUE OF U.S. RESPIRATOR MARKET BY TYPE, THROUGH 2019
Table 28 : VOLTAGE PROTECTION FOR PROTECTIVE GLOVES
Table 29 : CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL LISTED GLOVE MATERIALS
Table 30 : VALUE OF U.S. PROTECTIVE GLOVES, THROUGH 2019
Table 31 : CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE GLOVE MARKET LEADERS BY MARKET SHARE, 2013
Table 32 : VALUE OF HEAD PROTECTIVE GEAR, THROUGH 2019
Table 33 : ESSENTIAL NIJ BODY ARMOR STANDARDS
Table 34 : CONSIDERATIONS FOR MILITARY BODY ARMOR DESIGN
Table 35 : U.S. MARKET SHARE OF TECHNICAL FIBER MANUFACTURERS FOR BODY ARMOR BY COMPANY, 2013
Table 36 : U.S. MARKET FOR BALLISTIC BODY AND VEHICLE ARMOR, THROUGH 2019

List of Figures

Summary Figure : U.S. ADVANCED PROTECTIVE GEAR AND ARMOR MARKET, 2013-2019
Figure 1 : WORLD TRADE CENTER 9/11
Figure 2 : MILITARY UNIFORM OF ADVANCED FIBERS WITH GEAR
Figure 3 : FIRE PROXIMITY SUIT
Figure 4 : WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER'S GEAR
Figure 5 : CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTION SUIT
Figure 6 : RESPONDER HAZMAT SUIT FROM DUPONT
Figure 7 : TYVEK MILITARY FIELD GEAR
Figure 8 : ILLUSTRATION OF SELECT MOLDEX MASK BY 3M
Figure 9 : SCAPE CBRN30 RESPIRATOR
Figure 10 : INTERCEPTER VEST AND CERAMIC PLATES
Figure 11 : CAIMAN MRAP
Figure 12 : MRAP-ATV VERSION

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