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Demand for flame resistant apparel to grow by 6.5% by 2027
Buoyed by strong growth prospects, manufacturers of flame resistant apparel are focusing on developing flame resistant apparel that is comfortable, stylish, sustainable and innovative, according to a report in quarterly ‘Performance Apparel Markets’. The demand for flame resistant apparel is forecast to grow by 6.5 per cent per annum between 2018 and 2027.
Healthy growth is also forecast for flame resistant fabrics, fibres and chemicals. Growth will be due in part to greater demand in the Asia-Pacific region and in South America where a spur in infrastructure projects is set to take place, and in the Middle East where the oil and gas industry is set to grow.
The report, titled ‘Flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel: balancing protection, comfort and durability’, was published in issue 65 of ‘Performance Apparel Markets’ brought out by global business information company Textiles Intelligence.
At the same time, a number of industries--including motor racing and the power industry--are becoming increasingly concerned about worker safety, reflecting the implementation of stricter safety standards.
Reflecting the potential for growth in these markets, a number of manufacturers are investing in new technologies to enable them to produce high quality flame resistant apparel which is also fashionable, is comfortable and offers a number of additional performance properties like breathability and moisture management.
Manufacturers are also developing flame-resistant denim fabrics, and fabrics which are thinner, lighter and have a soft handle. They are also developing mid-range fabrics suitable for flame resistant coveralls, according to the report.
Meanwhile, a number of companies are questioning the environmental sustainability of their products, and are avoiding the use of flame retardant treatments which contain toxic or bioaccumulative chemicals. (DS)