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End-user Preference for Ergonomic, Lightweight Protective Equipment will Transform the Market

March 17, 2017

LONDON --- End-user preferences for ergonomic, lightweight, carcinogen-blocking personal protective equipment (PPE) advances drive new growth opportunities for manufacturers in the Western Europe's Firefighter PPE market. Additionally, add-on technologies that keep firefighters secure and connected such as voice communication equipment, sensors, thermal imaging cameras and localization systems are expected to gain traction in the market. To gain a competitive advantage, manufacturers must provide innovative, smart-enabled PPE, which enables firefighters to speed up the search-and-rescue process. PPE that lends itself to easy decontamination is also likely to gain acceptance.

Western European Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment Market, Forecast to 2021 is new analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Future of Personal Protective Equipment Growth Partnership Service programme. The study finds that the Western European firefighter PPE market generated revenues of 465.4 million EUR in 2016. The market is likely to grow at a steady pace in the absence of any major headwinds.

Other developments include:
•The fastest-growing markets are self-contained breathing apparatus, turnout gear and fire helmets. Growth is augmented by factors such as renewal of contracts, technology-driven upgrades, changing end-user needs and replacement cycles.
•Fire departments are examining their decontamination protocols for firefighter PPE. The efforts are likely to result in changes such as the use of separate washers.
•End users are receptive to the addition of add-on technologies, specifically voice communication equipment in self-contained breathing apparatus.
•Demand for firefighter PPE is increasing due to longer fire seasons and extreme weather events.
•Revisions to European Standards for firefighter safety drive product portfolio upgrades.

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