New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/08/2016 -- Gas mask popularly known as respiratory protection agent is a mask used to protect the person wearing it from inhaling airborne pollutants and toxic gases from external environment or the place where the person is working. Gas mask forms a sealed cover over the nose and mouth from where most of the inhalation takes place. Gas mask can also cover eyes and other valuable soft tissues of the face and protect the person from inhaling harmful gases from the environment.
Global gas market is bifurcated into six major product category dust Masks, air purifying respirators (APRs), powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), airline supplied respirators, self contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs) and emergency escape hoods. Dust Masks and air purifying respirators hold the largest market share under product category. Industrial sector is the largest consumer of gas masks. Workers ware the masks to protect them against inhaling hazardous gases, vapors, particulates, chemical agents, biological contaminants, radiological particles or other hazards. Other major end-users are mining, healthcare, fire services and the military.
North America has the largest market share for global gas masks products, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific. North America and Europe accounts for more than two-fifth of the global gas masks market. Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness higher growth compared to other region. Increasing number of manufacturing facilities and infrastructure development in the emerging countries such as China, India and European nations is expected to boost the global gas masks market. For infrastructure development, the U.K government's public sector investment is expected to rise by USD 4.9 billion in 2012-13 to about USD 77.7 billion in 2013-14. It is further expected to increase to about USD 83.0 billion in 2014-15.
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Rapid industrialization with increasing number of manufacturing facilities is driving the global gas masks market. Additionally, improvement in the infrastructure facilities in the developing nations such as India, China is expected to drive the global market. Increasing investment in construction of roads, residential buildings, healthcare centers and educational institution is further expected to increase demand of gas masks.
Global gas masks market is dominated by multinational companies. However, there are some small manufacturers of gas masks operation in the market, but at regional level. Some of the major companies operating in the global gas masks market are 3M Company, Ansell Healthcare Products LLC, Honeywell, Gateway Safety Inc, Bekina NV, Alpha Pro Tech Ltd, Moldex-Metric Inc and Wells Lamont Industry Group.