According to a report,”North America & Europe Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution Market Analysis By Product (Head, Eye & Face Protection, Hearing Protection, Protective Clothing, Respiratory Protection, Protective Footwear, Hand Protection), By End-use, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 – 2025“, published by Grand View Research, Inc., The North America and Europe PPE distribution market is expected to reach USD 28.95 million by 2025. Shifting consumer trend towards online spending coupled with growing connectivity across various countries has offered access to international brands and the new entrants as well.
Low investment and risks associated with e-commerce business platforms has enabled various distributors to enhance their regional presence, thereby accessing untapped markets in Europe. Financial liabilities associated with store operation and maintenance costs has urged distributors to shift towards online business platforms over the past few years. Grainger has recently shut down multiple offices and has invested in upcoming warehouse projects at remote locations, so as to compete with e-commerce giants such as Amazon and enhance its stake in PPE distribution market.
Key Takeaways from the report:
Hand protection emerged as largest product segment product demand in Germany was valued over USD 400 million in 2016
Head, eye, and face protection is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 6% from 2017 to 2025. Product demand in the U.S. is expected to be valued over USD 1.6 billion by 2025
Protective footwear distribution in North America was valued over USD 1.3 billion in 2016. Growing concern towards workplace fatalities associated with chainsaws, electric shock, and associated risks in mills and energy sector is expected to steer product demand over the forecast period.
Manufacturing sector is anticipated to lead the PPE product segment North America and Europe. Product demand in France is expected to generate revenues worth over USD 450 million by 2025.
PPE distribution market in food & beverage sector in Belgium was valued over USD 17 million in 2016. Growing concern towards food contamination during ingredient mixing, cutting, and dispensing is anticipated to drive protective clothing demand.
Product demand in pharmaceutical sector is anticipated to witness moderate growth over the forecast period. PPE distribution in pharmaceutical in Switzerland is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 5% over the next eight years.
The safety supplies sector in North America is anticipated to witness significant growth of over 7% from 2017 to 2025. Fall protection and respiratory equipment are expected to contribute towards personal protective equipment distribution market growth over the long term
Personal protective equipment distribution in Germany is expected to exceed USD 3.3 billion by 2025
Key players include Grainger, Total Safety, Mallory, J&K Ross, Kellner & Kunz, Haberkorn Group, Alsico Laucuba, GCE Group, AB Safety NV, ORR Safety, and Etra Oy.
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North America is anticipated to emerge as the fastest growing regional market with a CAGR of 7.4% from over the next eight years. PPE demand in North America is characterized by rapid growth in segments such as heat and fire retardant protective clothing. This growth is attributed to various revisions in the industry standards by regulatory agencies such as OSHA, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Europe accounted for over 50% of the revenue share in 2016. The personal protection equipment manufacturing and distribution markets are governed by the European Union PPE Directive 89/686/EEC. This directive has issued legal obligations to ensure that safety equipment provides the highest level of protection against workplace hazards.
North America and Europe PPE distribution industry is highly competitive in nature as the mortar and brick stores compete with e-commerce based multinationals for sustaining their market share. Shifting consumer preference towards online shopping has resulted in financial loss for the retail stores in U.S., Canada and various countries in Europe. This is expected to steer consolidation among domestic safety wear suppliers, in order to enhance their logistics capabilities and subsequently the market share.
While companies such as Protek, Vanzeebroeck NV, A3 Safety, and Domeyer are involved in B2B clientele, companies such as J&K Ross, GenXtreme, AB Safety, Kellner & Kunz, and Safety Management Italy are utilizing e-commerce platforms for managing PPE distribution in Europe.
Leading e-commerce companies in industrial safety supplies industry include Grainger and Amazon. Other key players in North America include Total Safety, Mallory, J.J. Keller, DXP Enterprises, and ORR. Key players in Europe include Kellner & Kunz, Haberkorn Group, Alsico Laucuba, AB Safety NV, GCE Group, and Etra Oy.
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