Face mask market to reach USD 3.14 billion by 2026

April 20, 2020

The research report on ‘face mask market’ is an important resource for all manufacturers, decision-makers, shareholders, and other market participants, offering them an in-depth analysis of every factor impacting the growth of global face mask market during the period of 2015-2026. This market analysis encompasses vivid growth drivers, strategic product launches, threats and challenges providing a comprehensive understanding of the pivotal aspects of the industry along with the future growth prospects. The report also delivers a detailed analysis on the type and application segmentation of the global market. the segmental analysis proposed sales, revenue analysis and forecast.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has enabled the global face mask industry to surpass a mammoth of USD 7.24 billion in 2019, increasing at a CAGR of 153.1 per cent through 2020. In line with this, the market is further estimated to be valued at USD 3.14 billion in 2026, while depicting a growth rate of -12.99 per cent over 2020-2026.

Face mask is an essential PPE which is generally used to filter the air entering the nose and mouth along with blocking harmful gases, and toxic contamination from entering and leaving the mouth and nose of the user. It is commonly made out of gauze or paper, etc.

These PPE have a certain filtering effect on the air entering the lungs. Use of face masks stands as an appropriate option when respiratory infectious diseases are rampant, or the wearer is working in a dusty or polluted environment. These face masks are fundamentally categorized into N95, N100, P95, P100, and R95, whose market reach is expected to grow manifold in the upcoming years. All of these masks are NIOSH approved.

  • N95 masks: The mask or respirator is a PPE that meets the NIOSH air filtration rating of filtering at least 95 per cent of the airborne particles. Although the mask is protective against particulates, it remains ineffective for gases or vapors. This respirator requires a fine mesh of synthetic polymer fibers to filter out toxic particles. Moreover, these have been proclaimed functionally equivalent to certain respirators regulated under vivid jurisdictions.
  • N100: N100 is one of the NIOSH certified dust masks which is suitable for filtering out non-oily dust with an efficiency of nearly 99.97 per cent.
  • P95: NIOSH approved, P95 masks are ideal for use in oil based environments, like petrochemical and pharmaceutical sectors, where these PPE possess the ability to filter out over 95 per cent of the toxic contaminants.
  • P100: P100 masks pose 99.97 per cent filtration efficiency against oil-based and non-oil based particulates. Like P95 masks, these masks are also used in pharmaceutical and petrochemical sectors.
  • R95: Under NIOSH classification system, N rated masks can only be used for non-oil particles. However, R rated masks may be used in settings that contain oily particles. Along with providing safety against oily particles, these R95 masks have an 8-hour service life.


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Unveiling application trends across face mask industry:

Considering the application segmentation, the worldwide face mask industry is bifurcated into medical use, industrial use, and daily use. According to the market analysis, these application sectors are expected to accrue significant proceeds over the forecast period.

Before the spread of COVID-19 the demand for daily use masks was comparatively higher than that of the aforementioned medical masks. Since masks, in most of the countries, were not daily grade equipment, the annual demand for 5 billion masks was for medical and industrial use, while the proportion of daily consumption of general public was very limited.

Out of production of all masks, the output value of daily use protective masks was only 12 per cent. However, given the grim situation, the rapidly rising demand for masks is mainly generated by the public owing to the need for new pneumonia epidemic prevention. Enumerated are the application of these masks:

  • Medical use masks: These masks are commonly composed of non-woven fabrics and the core structure of these is a 3-layer non-woven SMS sandwich structure. The outer S layer fabric is antifoam, the inner S layer fabric is hygroscopic, while the middle m layer filters out bacteria and suspended particles. Also, the non-woven fabric for mask is made out of PP polypropylene fiber.
  • Industrial use masks: Industrial masks, with the specifications of HT-P gas and liquid filter materials, protective masks non-woven fabrics, PP melt blown microfiber non-woven fabrics, are massively used in purification treatment of medical sterile room, protection and purification industry, supporting filtration of pharmaceutical equipment, and water treatment industry.
  • Daily use masks: Daily masks have been abundantly used in Japan in order to prevent pollen allergy and simultaneously preventing against the spread of influenza.

Geographical insight of face masks market:

China has been deemed to emerge as the world’s largest producer and exporter of masks over the past few years. The production of masks in normal years account for nearly 50 per cent of the global output, 70 per cent of which is for export. It has been observed that 90 per cent of American masks are traded in from China and over 70 per cent of Japanese masks are dependent on China.

In wake of the current situation, the country’s recent mask production has increased ten folds to 120 million per day as the region has registered a corona positive patient count that has hit nearly 500 thousand, while the acceptance of these face masks has augmented greatly in the European and American countries.

Despite this, the global supply and demand gap of masks still cannot be alleviated. Moreover, considering the escalating corona cases, the global daily demand for masks may reach hundreds of millions, with innumerable overseas orders critically rising.

The daily production output of masks in China has been massively growing in the last one month. As per statistics rolled out by the National Development and Reform Commission, the daily output of ordinary masks, medical masks, and medical N95 masks, in China have reached 110 million, 116 million, 5.2 times and 12 times of the level as on February 1, respectively, immensely influencing the contraction between supply and demand of these masks.

these, the daily production of medical N95 masks is over 16 times of that of February 1, which efficiently solves the protection requirement of front line ‘warriors’ of coronavirus.

Prior to the epidemic outbreak, the everyday output of face masks in China registered a valuation of 20 million, maintain a growth rate of 10 per cent in the past five years. According to estimates, the annual output of masks in China in 2018 was 4.5 billion while in 2019 it was 5 billion. Now with a 330-day production duration, the daily output is likely to be 15 million.

Besides, the overall production of masks is predicted to account for USD 10.1 billion by 2020 in China compared to USD 5 billion in 2019. The production is likely to exhibit a CAGR of 153.1 per cent in 2020 and would likely subside in 2021, with a production value of USD 5.3 billion and growth rate of -10.91 per cent over 2020 to 2026.

Some of the key players partaking in the global face mask industry include Honeywell, 3M, Uvex, KOWA, and McKesson. According to the report, 3M has emerged as the largest manufacturer of face masks with its global market share accounting for 8 per cent in 2017, followed by Honeywell and KOWA.

The worldwide face mask industry is divided on the basis of type, application, regional aspects, and competitive landscape:

Face Mask Market Type Analysis (Revenue, USD Million, 2015-2026)

  • Hospital Mask
  • Industrial Mask
  • Dental Mask
  • Veterinary Mask
  • Other

Face Mask Market Application Analysis (Revenue, USD Million, 2015-2026)

  • Pharmacy & Drugstore
  • Supermarket & Mall
  • Online Channel

Face Mask Market Regional Analysis (Revenue, USD Million, 2015-2026)

  • China
  • U.S.
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • France
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Australia
  • Taiwan
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Others

Face Mask Market Competitive Landscape Analysis (Revenue, USD Million, 2015-2026)

  • 3M
  • Honeywell
  • KOWA
  • Uvex
  • McKesson
  • MolnlyckeHealth
  • Halyard Healthcare
  • Hakugen
  • CM
  • Shanghai Dasheng
  • Sinotextiles
  • Irema
  • BDS
  • Winner Medical