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Key Opportunities and Challenges in Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market

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Published on : Jul 01, 2016

Flame resistant fabrics are made out of natural or synthetic fibers and are used for the manufacturing of garments, furnishings, and apparels in industries such as that of transportation, oil and gas, hospitality, military, and healthcare. The soaring expenditure on protective clothing within the defense industry is poised to stimulate the demand for flame resistant fabrics. 

  • Regulations Posed by Governments Globally Propel Demand for Flame Resistant Fabrics: The growing count of regulations and restrictions imposed by the governing bodies for the protection of both government workers and civilians globally are anticipated to raise the demand for flame resistant fabrics. Additionally, the suits that the firefighters wear are inherently flame resistant. This is why these suits require an approval from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and an acknowledgement via the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). All of these organization have a particular level of control on the market for flame retardant fabrics so to assure a control on the quality.
  • Growing Demand from Defense Industry: The flame resistant fabrics are also gaining a huge demand from the defense industry. These protective clothing include garments as well as related gear in order to present protection from high temperature environments and low visibility conditions. These fabrics are utilized to protect human bodies and for reducing the probability of injuries in the defense industry. 
  • Soaring Cost of Materials May Pose a Challenge to Market Growth: The market for flame resistant fabrics is poised to expand in the coming years with a whopping 67.0% CAGR between 2013 and 2020. However, the soaring cost of materials for making flame resistant fabrics makes it impossible to employ these finishing agents and fabrics in some industries. This is owing to the low-budget of these industries and the absence of awareness amongst individuals. This has resulted in the lower adoption of flame resistant fabrics in firefighting and law enforcement, although the industry is rising exponentially within the sector or transport due to the increasing proliferation of a variety of flame resistant products. 

In addition, not all the textiles made out of flame-resistant fabrics are washable and may lose their flame resistant property if washed. This may also pose a negative impact on the growth of the global flame-resistant fabric market.