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Global Disposable Protective Clothing Market Projected to Grow at a CAGR of 5.9% and Generate a Revenue of $5,844.7 million by 2028

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The global disposable protective clothing market size is predicted to be valued at $5,844.7 million by 2028, surging from $3,546.0 million in 2020, at a noteworthy CAGR of 5.9%.

Impact Analysis of COVID-19 on the Disposable Protective Clothing Market

The coronavirus outbreak has led to disturb the functioning of various businesses, but disposable protective clothing market has faced positive impact in terms of demand due to unprecedented market conditions led by the pandemic. For instance, as stated on May 4, 2020, in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations social welfare organization, the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable protective clothing, is outstripping the supply availability. In the first quarter of 2020, United Nations delivered 1 million gowns, 1.8 million surgical masks, and 6.4 million gloves to the various countries across the globe. For instance, as stated on October 14, 2020, in the Economic Times, India, popular news platform, the AtmaNirbhar Bharat mission launched by Indian government in May 2020, led to successful development and indigenous supply of PPE. The government of India has set out an example by turning crisis into an opportunity. With this initiative, India is now the second-largest producer of PPE kits including disposable coveralls after China. In India there are 1,100 PPE manufacturers making the industry worth Rs7,000 crore.

Various government initiatives such as waiving tariffs on various medical goods, reducing the cost of imported PPE products, and other decisive actions are helping the people to recover from the chaotic situation. For instance, to ensure safety of Canadians, the government of Canada, is waiving tariffs on various medical goods, and will reduce the cost of imported PPE which face tariffs of up to 18 percent. This will protect the workers and ensure smooth supply chain of essential medical supplies. In addition, Canada’s plan to support its population in fighting COVID-19 by offering $50 million help to source PPE and to build domestic industrial capability needed for manufacturing of critical equipment, increasing the demand for disposable coveralls industry. In addition, as stated on November 24, 2020, in The Bruegel Newsletter, the platform focusing on improving the economic policy in Europe, the European Central Bank has introduced various fiscal measures, such as increased government spending on medical resources, public investments, offering subsidies to small and medium enterprises, cancellation of taxes, social security contributions, export guarantees, credit lines, and liquidity assistance, and others.

Global Disposable Protective Clothing Market Analysis

Disposable protective clothing market has gained huge popularity due to drastic surge in the demand from medical, healthcare, food & beverage, waste management, and manufacturing sectors. The onset of COVID-19 has led to unprecedented demand for essential medical supplies and shortage of disposable protective clothing was felt globally including high-income countries. The disposable protective clothing is designed to mitigate the health risks associated with the exposure to the hazardous workplace environments such as bacteria, viruses, physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical hazards. The use of disposable protective clothing protects medical professionals from pathogens as well as protect the patients from health risks. In addition, increase in the demand from construction & manufacturing sector owing to the risks associated with electric shocks, spills, drips, splashes, and others is estimated to drive the demand for disposable protective clothing market.

However, increase in the consumption and demand for disposable protective clothing which are generally single-use products, is negatively impacting the health and environment. Hence, such skyrocketing increase in the utilization of disposable coveralls which are usually made from plastic is leading to an increase in dependence on fossil fuels. The disposal of these products to the landfill leaches toxic chemicals in soil & water, putting the health at risk.

Latest technological innovations such as disposable PPE for food industry, antimicrobial scrubs for medical staff, and others are estimated to drive the disposable protective clothing market demand. For instance, Eagle Protect, PBC, the leading supplier of food safety and PPE products, introduced disposable PPE products for food industry such as smocks, aprons, jackets, beard covers, hats, and others. These disposable PPE products are used to prevent the transmission of various diseases such as yellow fever, West Nile virus, COVID-19 virus, avian influenza, and others. This will also reduce the risk of transmission of diseases from animals to human especially in food industry. In addition, it will assist the food industry workers to carry various services and deliveries with utmost safety without the risk of catching infections.

Global Disposable Protective Clothing Market, Segmentation

The global disposable protective clothing market is segmented based on type, application, end-use, and region.


The type segment is further classified into polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester, and others. Among these, the polyethylene sub-segment is anticipated to have a dominant market share and shall surpass $2,511.1 million by 2028, with an increase from $1,470.4 million in 2020. Polyethylene is widely used in various medical products such as personal protective equipment, packaging films, patches, and others. At present, it is largely used in single-use applications such as disposable protective clothing to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the need to sterilize and reuse the product. Polyethylene has high resistance to harsh cleaning chemicals and sterilization as well it is resistant to fading, splintering, and does not support organic growth of viruses or bacteria. The disposable protective clothing made from polyethylene provides comfort as it is flexible, durable, and can be easily molded for comfortable fit.


The application segment is further classified into chemical, biological, mechanical, thermal, and others. Among these, the chemical sub-segment is anticipated to have a dominant market share and shall surpass $1,769.8 million by 2028, with an increase from $1,042.3 million in 2020. The disposable protective clothing is widely used in chemical sector to protect the workers from exposure to toxic chemicals which can take a toll on their health. The use of protective clothing provides safety to the workers and helps them in performing their tasks smoothly. Many chemicals pose invisible hazards to health as various chemicals have high toxicity, reactivity, flammability, and corrosiveness.


The end-use segment is further classified into healthcare, manufacturing, food processing, and construction. Among these, the healthcare sub-segment is anticipated to have a dominant market share and shall surpass $2,360.0 million by 2028, with an increase from $1,376.9 million in 2020. The disposable protective clothing plays a crucial role in healthcare sector as it acts as a barrier between disease-causing bacteria viruses and human body. Disposable protective clothing protects the body from contamination from various bacteria and viruses such as COVID-19 virus. The disposable protective clothing in healthcare sector offers optimum protection against biological hazards and prevents the penetration of any chemical or biological agent inside the human body. For instance, doctors use disposable protective clothing during surgery to protect themselves and the patients from any biological hazards. Also, the visitors who are visiting any patient who is in isolation is advised to wear disposable protective clothing as the illness can spread easily.  


The disposable protective clothing market for the Asia-Pacific region is projected to witness rapid growth. This region’s market generated a revenue of $1,217.3 million in 2020 and is projected to reach up to $2,080.1 million by 2028. Asia-Pacific countries such as China, Malaysia, and others are largest exporters of various personal protective equipment (PPE) products such as gloves, disposable protective clothing, eyewear, shoe covers, and others. For instance, as stated on March 26, 2020, in the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the non-profit research organization, the world is dependent on China for the imports of PPE due to coronavirus outbreak. In addition, China accounted for 43% of world imports of protective garments, face shield, masks, gloves, goggles, and others during the pandemic. In addition, to address the shortage of PPE, many garment manufacturers in Asia-Pacific region shifted towards the manufacturing of PPEs such as disposable protective clothing. For instance, in India, Gokaldas empire, the garment center located in Bangalore, caters to 50% of India’s PPE kits requirement. In addition, more than 600 companies in India are now lab-certified PPE manufacturers. All these factors ae estimated to drive the demand for disposable protective clothing in the Asia-Pacific region during the forecast period.

Top 10 Major Key Players in the Global Disposable Protective Clothing Market are -

  1. Honeywell International Inc.
  2. 3M
  3. Ansell Ltd.
  4. DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  5. Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  6. International Enviroguard
  7. Derekduck Industry Corp.
  8. Lakeland Industries, Inc.
  9. Drägerwerk AG
  10. Asatex AG

Along with the company profiles of the key players in the market, the report includes the Porter’s five forces model that gives deep insights into the competitive environment of the market.

Porter’s Five Forces Analysis for the Global Disposable Protective Clothing Market:

  • Bargaining Power of Suppliers: The disposable protective clothing market players buy various raw materials such as such as non-woven polypropylene fabric, breathable polyethylene film, and others from various suppliers located across the globe. However, rapid surge in demand for disposable protective clothing due to COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the number of suppliers. Due to this, the manufacturers can choose any supplier based on competitive pricing which reduces the suppliers’ bargaining potential. 
    Thus, the bargaining power of suppliers is moderate.
  • Bargaining Power of Buyers: In this market, the concentration of buyers is high. This is majorly owing to high demand for disposable protective clothing from healthcare, pharmaceutical, food manufacturing, chemical processing, and other industries. 
    Thus, buyer’s bargaining power will be high.
  • Threat of New Entrants: The threat of new entrants is high as government initiatives such as low tariffs on import, tax subsidies, and others have encouraged local manufacturers and start-up companies to shift their focus towards manufacturing of disposable protective clothing. 
    Thus, the threat of the new entrants is high.
  • Threat of Substitutes: The presence of alternatives such as reusable PPE which reduces the cost of purchasing new PPE is estimated to affect the disposable protective market demand. However, due to rapid spread of COVID-19 virus it is recommended to use only disposable protective clothing to avoid contamination and spread of disease.   
    Thus, the threat of substitutes is low.
  • Competitive Rivalry in the Market: The disposable protective clothing market players are focusing on enhancing their production capacity to meet the increasing demand for disposable protective clothing. In addition, various local companies such as garment manufacturing companies have evolved as PPE manufacturers. 
    Therefore, competitive rivalry in the market is high.
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