Flame-Resistant Fabrics Market

Flame-Resistant Fabrics Market Analysis by Type {Treated (FR Cotton, and FR Viscose), and Inherent (Aramid, and PBI)}; by Application (Apparel, and Non-Apparel); and by End-Use Industry (Industrial, Oil & Gas, Building & Construction, Defense &Public Safety Services, and Transportation) – Global Supply & Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2023-2035

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Report ID: 4676 | Published On: Feb 06, 2023

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Inflation and Looming Recession to Haunt Businesses:

In 2022 & 2023, market players expected to sail in rough waters; might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain. Further, U.S. economy is expected to grow merely by 3% in 2022. Purchasing power in the country is expected to fell nearly by 2.5%.
On the other hand, European countries to see the worst coming in the form of energy crisis especially in upcoming winters!! Right after COVID-19, inflation has started gripping the economies across the globe. Higher than anticipated inflation, especially in western world had raised concerns for national banks and financial institutions to control the economic loss and safeguard the interest of the businesses. Increased interest rates, strong USD inflated oil prices, looming prices for gas and energy resources due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, China economic slowdown (~4% in 2022) disrupting the production and global supply chain and other factors would impact each industry negatively.

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  •  LENZING AG, sub-brand TENCEL LUXE for lyocell filament yarn saw sales soar by five times as much in 2021 as they had in 2020, and it is on pace to double current production capacity by 25 percent in 2022 to meet rising demand. 

  •  Kaneka Corporation announced the collaboration with Kashima Antlers F.C. Co., Ltd., and both companies signed an official partnership agreement. Kaneka believes in putting wellness first, so through this collaboration, they intend to build a sustainable future and develop human and environment healthy symbiosis.

Global Flame-Resistant Fabrics Market Definition

Flame-Resistance fabric is a protective wearing that prevents burning and injury of a person in the situation of explosion or direct fire exposure.  The fabric separates the skin from the fire, by creating an impervious barrier between them. This offers efficient defense against being exposed to flames and extreme temperatures. Adopting clothing and covers made up of fire resistance fabric has become prevalent in various industries.

Given the risk of fire outbreaks in the oil and gas sector, flame-resistant materials are widely employed in this sector. Wearing garments made of flame-resistant fabric is one of the fundamental protocols followed in the oil and gas industry to prevent any burning accidents.

Fire resistance fabrics are different from conventional fabrics, as their chemical structure is different and they are made of carbon-based textiles. The chemical that has been applied to the fabric reacts with the fumes and tars produced by the cloth when a fire begins. It eventually slows down the rate at which the cloth burns by converting the gases and tars to carbon char. However, the flame retardancy of the fabric reduces with frequent dry cleaning and higher exposure to the harsh environment. Additionally, flame-retardant chemicals can be used on normal fabrics to dramatically improve the flame-retardant properties of combustible fabrics. The resistance of these fabrics is determined by their LOI value and tensile strength.

Global Flame-Resistant Fabrics Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 3 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2035)

~ USD 7 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

Global Flame-Resistant Fabrics Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023 – 2035

The global flame-resistant fabrics market is estimated to garner a revenue of USD 7 Billion by the end of 2035 by growing at a CAGR of ~6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035. Further, the market generated USD 3 billion in revenue in the year 2022. The growth of the market can be attributed to the rising cases of fire incidents, that demand the presence of firefighter assistance. Flame-resistant fabrics are highly used in the uniforms of these firefighters. These uniforms are made to endure tough and extreme situations in order to protect the clothes underneath the uniforms and also protect the firefighters. For instance, in the US around 3,800 civilian deaths and nearly 14,700 injuries were caused by 1,353,500 fires in 2021.

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In addition to this, factors that are believed to fuel the market growth of flame-resistant fabrics include rising cases of residential and commercial building fires. Furthermore, there are various construction materials that have fire-retardant abilities. Moreover, now flame-resistant fabrics are used in the home furniture.  Around 64% of civilian fatalities and nearly 54% of civilian injuries are caused by fires in one- and two-family homes. Fires in apartment buildings are to blame for about 11% of fatalities and 21% of injuries. Moreover, 8 fatalities per 1,000 reported home fires in 2021. Additionally, the rising production of automobiles is expected to boost market growth. Car seats do not normally catch fire, as they are made up of materials that have high resistance to both heat and fire flames. Nearly 80 million automobiles were produced globally in 2021. Comparing this number to the prior year, a rise of about 3% may be calculated. The top three auto and commercial vehicle makers in 2020 were China, Japan, and Germany.

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Global Flame-Resistant Fabrics Market: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising Instances of Fire Incidents – With the recent developments in various end-use industries, the probability of infrastructure having fire-related accidents has increased considerably. As flame-resistant fabrics have inherent fire-resistant properties, they make them a suitable shield against fire in an accident. Thus, the rising number of structural cases across the world, and it is forecasted to augment the market growth. Recent statistics reported that in 2020, there were almost 500,000 structure fires in the United States, an increment of 2 percent from 2019. Also, the structure fires caused approximately USD 12 billion in property damage in the same period.

  • Rising Investment in Electric Automotive Sector – The car seat covers are made from flame-resistant material and it is anticipated to boost the global flame resistant fabrics market. Moreover, EV are the fastest-growing vertical in the automotive industry. Out of the total investment in the transport sector in 2021, approximately 65% of the share is attributed to electric vehicles.  Moreover, by 2030, car-makers are expected to invest around USD 1 trillion with the aim of manufacturing nearly 54 million electric vehicles in the next few years across the globe.

  • Fire Incidents in the Oil & Gas Industry– In the Cuban city of Matanzas, a fire started by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility raged out of control on August 2022, causing 121 injuries from four explosions and flames, while 17 firefighters are still missing.

  • Growing Expenditure on Advanced Materials and Chemicals– In 2019, the global research and development expenditure spending on advanced materials and chemicals accounted for USD 40 billion. Moreover, in 2022, the sector spent nearly USD 42 billion on R&D globally.

  • High Employment Rate in Material Science Field – In May 2019, there were 6,700 active materials scientists working in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Moreover, it is expected that, between 2020 and 2030, the employment rate of chemists and materials scientists in the area will increase by 6%. Over the following ten years, there are expected to be over 9,100 opportunities for chemists and materials scientists combined globally.


  • High manufacturing and installation costs of new equipment- The market for fire-resistant fabrics is constrained by high manufacturing costs and significant expenditures on new technology innovation and installation. For investors and manufacturers in the flame-resistant fabrics business, the high costs of maintenance along with the increased expenditure on research and development activities are providing a barrier.
  • The process of the raw materials used for manufacturing the flame-resistant fabric is escalating
  • The technology used for production is complicated

Flame-Resistant Fabrics Market Segmentation

The global Flame-Resistant fabrics market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by the end-user industry into industrial, oil & gas, building & construction, defense & public safety services, and transportation. Out of the five types of end-use industry, the oil & gas segment is estimated to gain the largest market share over the projected time frame. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the higher number of oil reserves in the world, followed by a higher number of people employed in the oil & gas industry. There are around 1240 billion barrels in OPEC countries and nearly 3 billion in non-OPEC countries. Furthermore, according to the International Labor Organization, the petroleum industry directly employs close to 6 million people, while it indirectly generates over ten times that many jobs. Moreover, owing to gaseous air or liquid leaks, the possibility of fire exists in the majority of operations. Therefore, it is necessary for workers in the oil and gas industry to wear clothing made up of heat-and-flame resistance fabric.

The global flame-resistant fabrics market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by application into apparel and non-apparel. Amongst these two segments, the apparel segment is expected to garner a significant share. The growth of the apparel segment is ascribed to a rise in the number of firefighters employed for public safety. Along with public safety, they are also responsible for their own safety. Flame-resistant fabrics are the most commonly used for making jackets and uniforms for firefighters, these uniforms are fire and shockproof, helping to prevent the firefighter from catching on fire or getting burned by a nearby fire. The National Fire Department Registry has 27,183 fire departments in the United States. Moreover, in 2020, there were around 1,041,200 career and volunteer firefighters in the United States. Out of which, a total of 676,900 volunteer firefighters and 364,300 career firemen made up the total number of firefighters. Furthermore, the overall number of firefighters working in Japan in 2021 was roughly 167 thousand, a small increase from 166 thousand the year before.

Our in-depth analysis of the global Flame-Resistant fabrics market includes the following segments:

            By Type

  • Treated
    • FR Cotton
    • FR Viscose
  • Inherent
    • Aramid
    • PBI

           By Application

  • Apparel
  • Non-Apparel

           By End-Use Industry

  • Industrial
  • Oil & Gas
  • Building & Construction
  • Defense & Public Safety Services
  • Transportation

Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market Regional Synopsis

The Asia Pacific flame-resistant fabrics market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the fire incident that takes place in various industries, such as oil & gas, automobiles, and others. The workers in these industries can be helped with clothes made up of flame-resistant fabrics. For instance, a massive fire breakout at the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Haldia Refinery in West Bengal resulted in at least three worker fatalities and more than 44 injuries. Along with this, the majority of workers had suffered serious injuries and many employees were also at the critical stage of burning. Additionally, a similar incident took place at the textile and industrial goods plants in China, the fire was ignited from welding work and wrapped around 38 workers to death and 2 people suffered grave injuries. The market size in the region is also expected to expand on account of rising investment in the automotive industry. Apart from giving just protection against fire, the flame-resistant fabrics have amazing durability for the seat covers as well. By 2030, around USD 715 billion would be invested in rail infrastructure in India.


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Top Featured Companies Dominating the Global Flame Resistant Fabrics Market

    • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
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    • Evonik Industries AG
    • Huntsman International LLC
    • Kaneka Corporation
    • Lenzing AG
    • Milliken & Company Group
    • PBI Performance Products
    • Solvay
    • Toyobo Co., Ltd.
    • Teijin Aramid B.V.

Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the flame-resistant fabrics market?

Ans: Increasing incidences of fire accidents in oil and gas industries, rising investment in the automotive sector, higher fire incidents in buildings, a and rise in the research and development of advanced materials are the major factors driving the market growth.

2) What would be the CAGR of flame-resistant fabrics market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~6% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023 – 2035.

3) What are the challenges affecting the flame-resistant fabrics market growth?

Ans: High cost of raw materials, the rising cost of manufacturing, and the deployment of equipment and complex production are estimated to be the growth-hindering factors for the market expansion.

4) Which region will provide more business opportunities for growth of flame-resistant fabrics market in future?

Ans: The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

5) Who are the major players dominating the flame-resistant fabrics market?

Ans: The major players in the market are Evonik Industries AG, Huntsman International LLC, Kaneka Corporation, Lenzing AG, Milliken & Company Group, PBI Performance Products, Solvay, Toyobo Co., Ltd., Teijin Aramid B.V., DuPont de Nemours, Inc., and others.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the flame-resistant fabrics market?

Ans: The market is segmented by type, application, end-user industry, and by region.

8) Which segment captures the largest market size in the application segment in the flame-resistant fabrics market?

Ans: The apparel segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2035 and display significant growth opportunities.

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