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West European Market for Textiles in Personal Protective Equipment
published in Issue 60, 1st quarter 2005
As legislation on health and safety at work has gained momentum, so also has the West European market for personal protective equipment. The driving force has been the European Union, which has enacted regulations and created industrial standards that are binding upon its member states. Other European countries, although not themselves members of the EU, have inevitably found themselves drawn into this process.
The textile elements of personal protective equipmentóprotective clothing and glovesóconstitute a major component of the West European personal protective equipment market. Together, the two accounted for 57.5% of the total value in 2000, growing to an estimated 59.8% in 2004 and to a forecast 61.8% in 2008. By the end of this period they are expected to generate as much as Euro2,976 mn (US$3,777 mn) in sales revenue compared with Euro2,417 mn in 2003, representing a compound average growth rate of 4.2% per annum over the period.
Individually, protective clothing is the biggest sector within the European market for personal protective equipment. End users spend almost twice as much on protective clothing as on head protection, or gloves or footwear. Sales of protective clothing in Western Europe are forecast to grow at a compound rate of 5.5% a year between 2003 and 2008, from Euro1,425 mn (US$1,612 mn) to Euro1,862 mn. Meanwhile, sales of protective gloves are forecast to grow by an average of 2.3% a year, from Euro992 mn to almost Euro1,114 mn.
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