Flame retardant apparels find applications in a range of industries, including but not limited to, oil & gas, building & construction, electronics & electric power generation, automotive, and chemical industry. The broader developments in these industries has a significant impact on the fortunes of flame retardant apparel manufacturers.
The flame retardant apparel market remains highly consolidated with tier I and tier II companies accounting for nearly 30-40% and 40-50% revenue share respectively.
Use of personal protective equipment in high-risk industries that can pose serious harm to workers’ health is mandated by occupational safety organizations across the world. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has developed regulations, such as 29 CFR1910.269, that mandate employers to provide flame retardant apparels or clothing to employees that are exposed to the hazards of flames or electric arcs in the work premises. Worker safety regulations are also being implemented strictly in developing countries, which has led to a spurt in flame retardant apparel sales in recent years. These macro trends are likely to influence flame retardant apparel market in the future.
Manufacturers in the flame retardant apparel market need to comply with regulatory requirements before marketing and selling their products. For example, the European Commission recently introduced the EU Regulation 2016/425 concerning the quality of personal protection equipment. The NFPA 2113 standards established by the National Fire Protection Association define the safety requirements associated with the selection, care, use, and maintenance of flame-resistant garments including flame retardant apparels.