North America Respiratory Protective Equipment Market Share was USD 2.01 billion in 2019 and will grow at a CAGR of 4.7% up to 2026.
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Rapid industrialization across North America is a key factor contributing to North America RPE market growth. Owing to safety applications of the different types of respiratory protective equipment in numerous end-use industries, such as chemical manufacturing, oil & gas, construction, marine, mining, metal fabrication, sports & entertainments, etc. the industry is witnessing rapid growth.
North America is one of the predominant regions in the respiratory protective equipment market owing to consciousness toward personal wellbeing and strict regulations concerning labor safety. The rapidly developing regional medical & healthcare industry is also expected to drive the market. This is due to the extensive use of RPE by doctors, patients, hospital staffs, and visitors to deliver oxygen and avoid the inhalation of contaminated air. Reusable half face masks and full-face masks are widely used in the construction industry to avoid the inhalation of dust particles of sand, plaster of Paris, cement, etc. However, respiratory protective equipment manufacturers are investing heftily to improve the above-parameters of RPE, which ultimately results in increasing production cost and subsequently the final product price. The resulting high cost of the product may have negative effects on the North America market.
Respiratory protective equipment is classified as supplied air respirators, air purifying respirators, and others. Air purifying respirators are of two types, i.e., powered and unpowered, whereas supplied air respirators contain airline respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus. The air purifying respirator market is expected to grow steadily, contributing to the maximum share in the respiratory protective equipment market. Growth is due to the widespread usage of air purifying respirators by workers in several end-use industries to protect against dust particles, smoke, fumes, silica particles, vapors, mists, and other pollutants.
Respiratory protective equipment finds applications in many end-use industries, such as chemical manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, food, pulp & paper, agriculture, military, medical & healthcare, etc. to protect workers employed in hazardous environments. The RPE market from industrial applications is expected to grow at the highest CAGR. High growth is attributed to the increased awareness of stringent safety regulations, concerning the use of RPE by various regulatory bodies such as OSHA.
Major industry players in the North America market are 3M Company, Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), Alpha Pro Tech, Honeywell International, Inc., Bullard, Delta Plus Group, RPB Safety LLC, The Gerson Company, Intech Safety Pvt Ltd., ILC Dover, and Kimberley Clark Corporation.