- Recent virus outbreaks and threat of pandemics are expected to open up high potential opportunities for existing as well as new entrants in the global disposable face masks market.
- Factors that are expected to restrain revenue growth of established players include local or domestic and small-scale manufacturers providing low-quality face masks in the global disposable face masks market.
- During the outbreak of the corona virus, a number of manufacturers have increased the cost of masks substantially.
Disposable face masks are worn by medical personnel, industry workers, sanitation workers, laboratory personnel, police and security personnel, airport security personnel, general public, and practically by anyone opting to add an extra measure of safety and hygiene to their daily routine. Face masks covered in the global disposable face masks market are the types used to cover the nose and mouth of the wearer to safeguard against contamination, infection, or exposure to potential viruses and foreign or potentially harmful elements in the surroundings.
The global disposable face masks market report covers advanced non-woven masks, protective masks, dust masks, and others. Product types included are general medical masks, surgical masks, and others.
Among some of the many factors driving growth of the global disposable face masks market include increasing incidence of hospital acquired infections (HAIs), and a rapidly increasing aging population globally. These factors are resulting in rising prevalence of age-related diseases and conditions, increasing number of surgical procedures and surgeries, increasing investment in healthcare facilities and sector, and expanding and improving healthcare sector in developing economies.
Recent outbreaks of viruses such as anthrax, influenza, avian bird flu, swine, flu, Ebola, and the more recent corona virus in China, has resulted in a substantial increase in sales of medical masks around the world, and this is currently the primary factor driving growth of the global disposable face masks market.
Rising adoption of masks as a precaution among healthcare personnel at the workplace, and among the general public as a result of virus outbreaks is expected to continue well into the future and drive growth of the global disposable face masks market. Air pollution, vehicle engine and industrial facility emissions, and dust and related allergies and effects is also expected to continue to support market growth to a significant extent over the forecast period.
Recent virus outbreaks and threat of pandemics are expected to open up high potential opportunities for existing as well as new entrants in the global disposable face masks market. Factors that are expected to restrain revenue growth of established players include local or domestic and small-scale manufacturers providing low-quality face masks in the global disposable face masks market. This is projected to impact sales and revenues of established players in the global disposable face masks market.
The upside however, is that there are challenges for such players in the disposable face masks market to secure original and approved certification from the relevant regulatory bodies that are authorized and recognized in the global disposable face masks market. In addition, disposable face masks have proven to have low effectiveness s against infectious diseases such as Ebola, which could result in reduced demand for such products in the event of outbreaks.
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A trend observed in the global disposable face masks market during the outbreak of the corona virus is that a number of manufacturers have increased the cost of masks substantially, in some cases to exceed 200 percent the actual cost or original wholesale cost, and distributors and retailers further increased the cost in parallel.
Market Segment Analysis
By Product Type: Among the product type segments in the global disposable face masks market, the protective mask segment accounted for a relatively higher share than other types, as this type is used to safeguard against contraction of contagious pathogens, disease causing germs, and from other airborne infections.
By Application: The industrial segment is projected to continue to dominate the other application segment in terms of revenue share in the global disposable face masks market over the forecast period. Factors such as increasing industrialization globally, and mandatory safety regulations implemented by government bodies in various countries, including developing economies such as India and China, are among others are attributable to this growth.
By After-treatment Device: The offline segment in the global disposable face masks market currently accounts for highest revenue share, and this is expected to continue over the forecast period. However, owing to increasing preference for online purchasing and ease and convenience, and availability of a range of products along with high visibility on e-Commerce platforms, coupled with increasing Internet penetration, is expected to support and sustain revenue growth of the online channel global disposable face masks market in the near future.
The market in North America continues to dominate markets in other regions due to continuous practice or habit among residents in the US and Canada to wear face masks on a regular basis owing to pollution, hay fever, and threat of potential viruses, and fear of germ and biological warfare and terrorist attacks. In addition, presence of a large number of major players in the region supports market growth.
Currently, the market in Asia Pacific is registering a substantial rise in demand and increasing exports of medical masks in countries in the region owing to the corona virus outbreak in Wuhan Province in China, and further proliferation into neighboring countries. The market for medical masks in Europe has been registering rapid and major growth as a result of a potential outbreak of the virus in countries in the region. Governments in countries in the Middle East & Africa are also implementing mandatory use of face masks and deterring entry of visitors and tourists into the region if these individuals are entering from countries that have registered cases of corona virus.
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