Middle East & Africa PPE Market Research Report – Segmented By Product, End User & Country (KSA, UAE, Israel, rest of GCC countries, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Sudan, rest of MEA) - Industry Analysis on Size, Share, Trends, COVID-19 Impact & Growth Forecast (2024 to 2029)

Updated On: January, 2024
ID: 11927
Pages: 100

MEA PPE Market Size (2023 to 2028)

The size of the personal protective equipment market in the MEA region is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR from 2023 to 2028.

Conventions on worker health and safety issues and practices, such as total quality management (TQM), are expected to stimulate demand for PPE, forcing industries to comply with regulations regarding employee safety in the job workplace. Additionally, regulators in the Middle East and Africa have imposed strict regulations on employers to adopt PPE to keep employees safe due to the growing dangers.

Growing health concerns, the increase in the number of surgeries, and the growth of viral diseases like COVID-19 and Ebola in developed and developing regions are driving demand for protective equipment as it helps minimize the risk of exposure to the virus. For example, the Ebola virus outbreak in 2016 has left its mark thus far, leading to an increase in PPE demand from the medical / healthcare sector during the forecast period. For example, in 2018, the Ebola epidemic in Central Africa is fueling demand for personal protective equipment and PVC-based medical devices. At the same time, the increase in cosmetic and plastic surgeries among young people is also contributing to the growth in the scope of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

Moreover, the agencies and the market players are expected to promote such measures to strengthen the safety standards, which act as a driver for the MEA PPE market during the forecast period.

The use of poor-quality PPE and the arrival of new manufacturers without PPE regulation guidelines will increase competition for existing key players and create product quality challenges during the forecast period.

Impact of COVID-19 on the MEA PPE Market:

The high and uncontrolled growth of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the huge demand for protective equipment. Still, due to supply constraints and the sudden outbreak, there is a shortage of personal protective equipment in the world. In addition, many MEA countries face this deficit, and to overcome it, they use less protective PPE as masks for screening procedures for infections in hospitalized patients. In addition, these countries require non-PPE manufacturers to produce protective equipment to meet demand. Thus, facing a critical imbalance situation for supply chain for PPE.

This research report on the MEA PPE market has been segmented and sub-segmented into the following categories:

By Product:

  • Head, Eye & Face Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Protective Clothing
    • Heat & Flame Protection
    • Chemical Defending
    • Cleanroom Clothing
    • Mechanical Protective Clothing
    • Limited General Use
    • Others
  • Respiratory Protection
    • Air-purifying Respirators
    • Supplied Air Respirators
  • Protective Footwear
    • Leather
    • Rubber
    • PVC
    • Polyurethane
    • Others
  • Fall Protection
  • Hand Protection
    • Disposable Gloves
      • By Type
        • General Purpose
        • Chemical Handling
        • Sterile Gloves
        • Surgical
        • Others
      • By Material
        • Natural Rubber
        • Nitrile
        • Neoprene
        • Vinyl
        • Others
    • Durable Gloves
      • Mechanical Gloves
      • Chemical Handling
      • Thermal/Flame Retardant
      • Others
  • Others

By End-User:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chemicals
  • Food
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Mining
  • Others

By Country:

  • KSA
  • UAE
  • Israel
  • rest of GCC countries
  • South Africa
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Egypt
  • Sudan
  • rest of MEA

This region is characterized by strict industrial regulations and growing concern over cases of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. These factors are expected to drive the PPE market in the region.

The government of South Africa has formulated national health plans, which are expected to positively influence demand for low-cost drugs in the coming years, especially generic drugs. In addition, several multinational manufacturers in the life sciences industry are present in the country through direct manufacturing facilities or distribution networks. The significant presence of pharmaceutical companies in the country indicates the growing need for protective clothing, such as face shields, gowns, and gloves. As a result, the South African market for PPE for the life science industry is on a growth path.

South Africa has manufactured many items for use as personal protective equipment, including 2,005,000 surgical masks and 216,500 KN95 respirators. This has been produced for the exclusive use of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers to protect them from any infection.

Egypt is known for its booming pharmaceutical and healthcare markets in the MENA region. In addition, economic and regulatory reforms in the country have caught the attention of several international pharmaceuticals and healthcare providers, who have invested heavily in the development of Egypt healthcare industry and pharmaceutical markets. Hence, the growth of these industries will be beneficial for the growth of the PPE market during the forecast period.


3M, Honeywell International, Inc., DuPont, Cardinal Health, Medline Industries, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ansell Ltd., MSA Safety Inc., and O&M Halyard, Inc. are some of the notable companies in the MEA PPE market.

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