Workwear Market Size, Share, trends & demand forecast-2028

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Workwear Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Product Type (Top Wear, Bottom Wear, Coveralls), Category (Men, Women, Unisex), End Use (Construction, Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Healthcare, Others)

Publication Month: Jul 2022 | Report Code: TIPRE00029507 | No. of Pages: 157 | Category: Chemicals and Materials | Status: Published

The workwear market is projected to reach US$ 45,743.96 million by 2028 from US$ 30,400.65 million in 2021. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2021 to 2028.

Workwear are safety apparels and uniforms worn at the work, especially the work which involves manual labour. They promote the safety of the worker and ensuring the healthy working environment. Workwear is widely used in various sectors including oil & gas, chemicals, constriction, healthcare, hospitality, agriculture, mining, and others. Over the past few years, the workers safety concerns among industrial sectors are rapidly increasing. Various government and safety association are imposing industrial guidelines to ensure the safety of workers, which has surged the demand for workwear.

In 2020, North America held the largest share of the global workwear market, and Asia Pacific is estimated to register the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. In 2021, International Labour Organization (ILO) stated that more than 1.1 million people lose their lives to occupational accidents or work-related diseases in Asia Pacific every year. Various APAC countries, such as India, have the least protected, least informed, and least trained workforce. Women, children, disabled workers, migrant workers, and ethnic minorities are the most affected population and are often involved in occupational accidents. Hence, to reduce such occupational accidents and injuries, several industries, such as construction, manufacturing, and oil & gas, are extensively investing in the work safety of their employees.

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Report Coverage - Workwear Market
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Market Size Value inUS$ 30,400.65 Million in 2021
Market Size Value byUS$ 45,743.96 Million by 2028
Growth rateCAGR of 6.1% from 2021 to 2028
Forecast Period2021-2028
Base Year2021
No. of Pages157
No. of Tables86
No. of Charts & Figures81
Historical data availableYes
Segments coveredProduct Type, Category, End Use
Regional scopeNorth America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America
Country scopeUS, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina
Report coverageRevenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
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Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Workwear Market

The oil & gas, construction, chemicals, healthcare, and other industrial sectors faced unexpected challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Government restrictions, such as lockdowns, production shutdowns, travel bans, and border restrictions, disrupted the global supply chains in 2020, leading to a shortage of raw materials and labor, hampering the operations of various small-scale and large-scale workwear manufacturers. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 created the significant demand for healthcare workwear such as masks, gowns, and PPE kits to reduce the spread of virus and keep healthcare workers safe. However, the supply of healthcare workers was hampered owing to the various government restrictions imposed such as lockdown and boarder closing.

In 2021, various economies and industries resumed operations as governments announced the relaxation of the previously imposed restrictions. Manufacturers were permitted to operate at full capacity, which helped them overcome the demand and supply gaps. Thus, the workwear manufacturers focused on increasing their production to revive their businesses.

However, the demand for workwear increased owing to the rise in demand for workwear in the healthcare sector in order to ensure the safety of the healthcare staff. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the rise in demand for healthcare PPE to protect the healthcare personnel involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, and this subsequently drove the healthcare workwear market globally. The COVID-19 outbreak across developed and developing countries has created a significant demand for healthcare PPE products such as gloves, gowns, coveralls, face shields, face masks, and goggles. Companies operating in various sectors paused their production and converted their facilities to produce healthcare workwear such as masks, gowns, and PPE kits.

Workwear Market Breakdown, by Region

Workwear Market Breakdown, by Region

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Market Insights
Introduction of Stringent Government Regulations Trends Drive Workwear Market

The lack of knowledge regarding workplace safety and probable health hazards at workplaces among workers is a significant concern across the world. To raise awareness regarding the same, many government and non-government organizations are introducing various programs and campaigns related to the health and safety of the workers. According to the American Standard Organization, in North America, the US Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standardizes the field of occupational safety and health standards. Organizations involved in the development of standards for protective clothing include the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), American National Standard Institute (ANSI), American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), and Industrial Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).

Product Type Insights

Based on product type, the workwear market is categorized into topwear, bottomwear, and coveralls. The topwear segment held the largest share in the market in 2021. However, the coveralls segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Coveralls are single or double pieces of clothing worn to protect the full human body at the workplace. These coveralls are mainly made from nylon, cotton, and polyamide fibers. They are generally used in chemical processing plants and industries, such as paints & coatings and oil & gas, owing to the high risk of occupational hazards. They protect workers from chemical, mechanical, thermal, and biological hazards. Moreover, the increasing occupational safety and awareness, aided by the regulations set in place by the governing bodies, has significantly propelled the demand for workwear.

Workwear Market, by Product Type – 2021 and 2028

Workwear Market, by Product Type – 2021 and 2028

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Category Insights

Based on category, the workwear market is segmented into men, women, and unisex. The men segment held the largest share of the market in 2021, whereas the women segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth of the corporate sector is a major driving factor for the topwear segment as internal policies allow an employer to set dress codes that employees are required to follow. Moreover, the growing awareness of employee safety in all end-use industries has increased the demand for topwear.

End Use Insights

Based on End Use, the workwear market is segmented into oil and gas, construction, chemicals, healthcare, and others. The construction segment accounted for the largest market share in 2020. Construction workers are involved in many challenging tasks, such as constructing or tearing down buildings, removing hazardous materials, digging tunnels and mines, and laying concrete/asphalt. The construction sector faces numerous challenges pertaining to employee safety. Hence, increasing challenges of work safety are driving the demand for workwear. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration report 2019, construction workers have a high fatality rate, i.e., 20%.

The major players operating in the workwear market include Carhartt, Inc.; Aramark; Alisco Group; Alexandra; 3M; A. LAFONT SAS; Fristads Kansas Group; Hultafors Group; and Lakeland Industries, Inc. These companies are emphasizing on new product launches and geographical expansions to meet the growing consumer demand worldwide. They have a widespread global presence, which provides them to serve a large set of customers from all over the world and subsequently increases their market share. These market players focus heavily on new product launches and regional expansions to increase their product range in specialty portfolios.

Report Spotlights

  • Progressive industry trends in the workwear market to help companies develop effective long-term strategies
  • Business growth strategies adopted by the workwear market players in developed and developing countries
  • Quantitative analysis of the market from 2019 to 2028
  • Estimation of global demand for workwear
  • Porter’s Five Forces analysis to illustrate the efficacy of buyers and suppliers in the workwear market
  • Recent developments to understand the competitive market scenario
  • Market trends and outlook, as well as factors driving and restraining the growth of the workwear market
  • Assistance in the decision-making process by highlighting market strategies that underpin commercial interest
  • Size of the workwear market at various nodes
  • A detailed overview and workwear industry dynamics
  • Size of the workwear market in various regions with promising growth opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

The major players operating in the global workwear market are Carhartt, Inc.; ARAMARK; ALSICO GROUP; Alexandra; A. LAFONT SAS; 3M; Fristads; Honeywell International Ltd.; Hultafors Group; and Lakeland Inc.
Increasing demand from emerging economies anticipates lucrative growth for the workwear market. The growth of the workwear market is directly influenced by the increasing demand from emerging economies across the globe. Various emerging economies such as China, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia are experiencing rapid development in various industrial sectors such as construction, chemicals, healthcare, and mining. Governments of these emerging economies are increasing their focus on infrastructure development. The increasing development in various industrial sectors of emerging economies has resulted in a demand to maintain the safety of the workers while working, which in turn is fueling the need for workwear in these countries. Thus, rapid development in industrial sectors of emerging economies is anticipated to pose a growth opportunity for the workwear market during the forecast period.
Based on product type, topwear segments mainly have the largest revenue share. The topwear segment mainly includes shirts, t-shirts, jackets, and aprons. They are often made from cotton, silk, wool, polyester, polyamide, nylon, and acrylic fibers. The growth of the corporate sector is a major driving factor for the topwear segment as internal policies allow an employer to set dress codes that the employees are required to follow. Moreover, the growing awareness of employee safety in all end-use industries has increased the demand for topwear. In the healthcare industry, nurses, doctors, and other staff usually come in contact with many bodily fluids and disease-causing germs. The use of antibacterial aprons and scrubs can protect healthcare staff and patients. Hence, such antibacterial, stain-free topwear has high demand in the healthcare sector.
North America accounted for the largest share of the global workwear market. Increasing cases of occupational injuries, an increase in the number of surgeries and occupational deaths, high demand for safety apparel, growing expenditure on work safety by the end users such as oil and gas, food, automotive, and the presence of major market players are some of the prominent factors propelling the workwear market growth in North America. In addition, stringent government regulations in the region regarding the safety of working professionals in factories and on-site workers, coupled with penalties for non-compliance with the standards, augmented the adoption of workwear. The rise in demand for industrial workwear, mainly from oil & gas, chemical, construction, healthcare, and other industries, is fueling the market growth in the region.
Based on the end use, healthcare segment is projected to grow at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. The healthcare industry is one of the prominent end users of workwear. There is a global shortage of workforce in the healthcare industry. Many healthcare centers are offering job opportunities. Hence, the rising need for a workforce in the healthcare sector, followed by recruitment, is projected to surge the demand for workwear. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the government regulatory bodies such as World Health Organization (WHO) and UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth (UHC) are focusing on investments in education and job creation in the healthcare sector to achieve the goals of improved health outcomes, global health security, and inclusive economic growth. Hence, the rising investment in healthcare workforces is driving the workwear market worldwide.
Increase in number of industrial accidents is driving the workwear market. Industrial accidents are one of the major concerns across various industrial sectors. These accidents have severe consequences on human health. There have been numerous cases of accidents at work globally in various industries such as construction, oil & gas, and mining. Owing to the increasing number of industrial accidents, employers are adopting several standards defined by national and international organizations to ensure the well-being and safety of their employees at the workplace. Industrial workwear is designed to provide protection and comfort to users and help them avoid severe fatalities at the workplace, thereby improving the working efficiency of the workers. The functional workwear provides safety and durability while working across diversified industrial bases. Thus, an increase in industrial accidents and work-related mortality has surged the demand for the use of workwear to ensure the workers’ safety, which, in turn, is contributing to the market's growth.

The List of Companies - Workwear Market

  1. Carhartt, Inc.
  4. Alexandra
  6. 3M
  7. Fristads
  8. Honeywell International Ltd.
  9. Hultafors Group
  10. Lakeland Inc
  • Highlights key business priorities in order to assist companies to realign their business strategies.
  • The key findings and recommendations highlight crucial progressive industry trends in the global workwear market, thereby allowing players to develop effective long-term strategies.
  • Develop/modify business expansion plans by using substantial growth offering developed and emerging markets.
  • Scrutinize in-depth the market trends and outlook coupled with the factors driving the market, as well as those hindering it.
  • Enhance the decision-making process by understanding the strategies that underpin commercial interest with respect to products, segmentation, and industry verticals.
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