Market Growth of N95 and Other Masks Continues as Things Return to Normal with Mass COVID-19 Vaccinations

Although the coronavirus outbreak has caused unforeseen growth in the mask market, it will not immediately come to naught in the “post”-COVID era. Read on to see why.

LONDON, March 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The unprecedented coronavirus outbreak has caused an increase in demand for critical medical devices for the prevention of COVID-19, resulting in significant and rapid growth in the face mask market and mask markets N95. As the pandemic is brought under control, with an increase in mass vaccination campaigns, demand for PPE, and in particular N95 respirators and surgical masks, is expected to return to more “normal”, pre-pandemic levels. However, it might be farther than expected, as many countries around the world, including Australia, Italy, Botswana, Switzerland are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

Also, given how quickly health services have run out of PPE, it is likely that in the future they will be better prepared and hold more stocks of PPE so that they are readily available when needed. In addition, the gradual easing of mask supply constraints, the rapid development of activities regarding the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, government approvals for vaccinations and the restart of regular hospital activities across the world are expected to offer huge potential for masks during the forecast period.

Global face masks market size is expected to grow from $12.37 billion in 2021 for $13.46 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8%. The global market size for N95 respirators and other surgical masks is then expected to reach $18.1 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 7.7%.

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Nanotechnology and Masks

Nanotechnology is widely used by N95 respirators and other surgical mask manufacturers to increase mask functionality. Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter at the atomic, molecular and supramolecular scale. It uses various chemical active groups to capture the natural nanoparticles such as viruses to utilize a very large specific surface area, thus improving the efficiency of the respirator. This technology is also used by mask manufacturers to maintain the filtering capabilities of the mask even after washing.

Regional outlook

Asia Pacific has the largest market share for N95 respirator masks and other surgical masks, accounting for 51.0% of the global market in 2021. It was followed by North America, Western Europe and other regions. Going forward, according to TBRC’s face mask and surgical mask market research, the fastest growing regions in the face mask market will be Asia Pacific and the South America.

The key players and their strategies

The global face masks (N95 respirators and other surgical masks) market is moderately fragmented, with a large number of regional players operating in the market. The top ten face mask market competitors accounted for 16.48% of the total market in 2021. Major market players are Honeywell International Inc., BYD Co. Ltd., The 3M Company, Intco Medical Technology Co. Ltd., Unicharm Corporation.

Strategies adopted by players in the Masks (N95 Respirators and Other Surgical Masks) industry include expansion of existing production facilities, establishment of new production facilities, strategic agreement with vendors or raw material suppliers and innovative product launches.

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