Dubai, United Arab Emirates:With a revived and growing construction sector along with rapidly expanding population, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is sparing no efforts to complete with infrastructure-related projects that were slowing down or suspended during the economic downturn. The resumption of infrastructure development in various sectors such as transportation, housing, oil and gas, and utilities has widened the labour pool and thereby, raised the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) in the GCC.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.chemicals.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of the GCC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market, finds that the market earned revenues of USD 320.8 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach USD 452.4 million in 2017.
“The construction and infrastructure industries in the GCC are strongly driven by the USD 120-130 billion in awarded contracts, across various sectors. Further, the infrastructure planning towards the upcoming 2020 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, is expected to boost the PPE Market at par with the construction industry, provided all regulatory and safety compliances are met,” said Frost & Sullivan Chemicals and Materials Research Analyst.
The GCC governments are encouraging investments in the non-oil and gas-based industries in their attempt to achieve economic diversification. This has led to further investments in infrastructure and thereby, a bigger market for PPE. However, despite the market’s potential, PPE companies find it difficult to penetrate the low-end segments due to end users’ inadequate awareness and compliance with safety product standards.
There is high price sensitivity, especially among smaller contractors in the construction industry, who ignore safety standards when it comes to products such as gloves and goggles.
“It is imperative for the government and private participants to enforce safety standards and build awareness,” noted Frost & Sullivan Analyst. “Many multinationals have already launched awareness campaigns and stand to gain from the resultant goodwill.”
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Strategic Analysis of the GCC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market
Tanu Chopra, Corporate Communications - Middle East and North Africa, Frost & Sullivan, +91 9820480089