Budget cuts compel manufacturers to offer high-quality, affordable PPE, finds Frost & Sullivan's Visionary Science team
SANTA CLARA, California, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Material and technology innovations in the firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) segment have made it possible to manufacture lightweight and ergonomic PPE
North American Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment Market, Forecast to 2020, part of Frost & Sullivan's Future of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Growth Partnership Subscription, expects that the market will grow from $756.3 million in 2015 to $858.8 million in 2020, driven by unit volume increases in the turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) segments. Related studies from this subscription include construction PPE, respiratory protective equipment and industrial protective equipment. All studies in the subscription provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.
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"The search-and-rescue approach to firefighting in North America puts firefighters in close proximity to fires, which necessitates higher protection," said Frost & Sullivan Visionary Science Research Analyst Sanjana Prabhakar. "Firefighter PPE used in North America is heavier and more sophisticated than PPE used in other countries necessitating significant investments in R&D."
While spending on essentials is likely to remain unaffected in large, professionally run fire departments, smaller, rural fire departments are expected to face budget cuts. In response, PPE manufacturers are likely to do away with inessential trimmings while providing optimal thermal performance at low prices, without compromising on comfort.
"Thermal imaging technologies for budget-conscious users are likely to disrupt the industry going forward," noted Prabhakar. "Bluetooth, radio-frequency identification, near-field communication and long-range radios will be introduced as add-ons, enhancing the value to PPE."
Despite budget restrictions, the market for firefighter PPE is expected to grow steadily due to:
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