Rapid sales growth forecast for smart PPE
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The report estimates that the value of PPE sales will increase from $2.4 billion in 2022 to $9.5 billion by 2031, at a compound annual growth rate of 13.4%.
The demand for PPE is primarily driven by the need to reduce injuries in labour-intensive industries such as construction, automotive, manufacturing and food processing. Common injuries in these sectors include cuts, abrasions, and hand injuries, which result in time off work and financial compensation claims.
Smart PPE combines traditional PPE with electronic components that collect data about usage, health, and work environment details such as temperature and hazards. PPE made from advanced materials can also be classed as smart PPE.
Despite the many benefits of smart PPE, low compliance rates by workers have been identified as a major challenge to market expansion. For instance, smart PPE eyewear can be uncomfortable to wear, making workers more reluctant to use them.
Smart PPE is also being used as a preventive measure against Covid-19 and other viruses. DuPont has developed PPE made from their Nomex fabric designed to provide better protection from airborne diseases.
Overall, the PPE market is expected to experience significant growth in the years to come, driven by the need to reduce injuries and the growing demand for smart PPE. To fully realise the potential of the PPE market, it is important to address issues of compliance and user reluctance to adopt new technologies.
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