The massive growth of Waterproof Breathable Textiles Market can be credited to the public awareness of the health hazards of synthetic fabric, such as respiratory disorders, cancer, skin allergies, infertility, and contact dermatitis, owing to the toxic chemicals this fabric contains. With respect to the ongoing global trend of using eco-friendly products, synthetic fabric is being replaced by bio-based fabric, especially for sportwear, which will provide an impetus to global waterproof breathable textiles market size.
Prominent companies have been striving hard to manufacture fabrics that are organic and do not cause health issues. One of the foremost players, W L Gore & Associates, dominated the competitive landscape of waterproof breathable textiles industry in 2014, having accounted for more than 65% of the overall revenue. The dominance of the company can be attributed to its vast product portfolio including the popular GORE-TEX fabric, that is famous among the business circles for providing comfortable, long-lasting weather protection for myriad applications such as the automotive, healthcare, defense & military, and apparel sectors.
Europe waterproof breathable textiles market size by textile, 2012-2022 (USD Million)
Other leading firms operating in global waterproof breathable textiles market are SynpaTex and Polartec. SynpaTex provides high grade laminates, membranes, and other advanced technologies for materials such as workwear, accessories, footwear, and apparel. The membranes manufactured by this company are recyclable, PFC-free, eco-friendly, and PTFE-free. Many other firms have been manufacturing similar bio-based products to maintain their position in waterproof breathable textiles industry, which is anticipated to cross a revenue of USD 2.18 billion at a CAGR of 5.4% over 2015-2022.
Active sportswear is one of the major applications sector of waterproof breathable textiles market, subject to the fact that sportswear needs to be breathable to provide ventilation to perspiring skin. These textiles are light, comfortable, water-resistant, and offer breathability. Having held a valuation of more than USD 1200 million in 2014, waterproof breathable textiles industry from active sportswear is anticipated to cross USD 1800 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.3% over 2015-2022. This segment will continue to remain one of most prominent applications and is predicted to account for more than 80% of the overall waterproof breathable textiles market share by 2022.
Subject to the textiles’ superior qualities, they are also used for garments, accessories, and footwear for adventure sports such as snow sporting (snow skiing, snowmobiling, etc.), mountaineering, water sports, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. Waterproof breathable textiles industry size from other applications such as the aforementioned, is predicted to cross USD 300 million by 2022. The increasing occurrence of such sport activities will spur APAC waterproof breathable textiles market size, which is anticipated to surpass a revenue of USD 576 million by 2022, with a CAGR projection of 6.5% over 2015-2022. In addition, the rising consciousness regarding health and fitness will lead APAC waterproof breathable textiles industry to register a rate of 7.2% in volume.
These textiles are classified into membranes, coatings, and densely woven textiles. Densely woven waterproof breathable textiles market will exceed USD 231.5 million by 2022, growing at a rate of more than 5% over 2015-2022. These products comprise cotton microfilament yarns with a trodden weave structure and are always in high demand across the medical, corporate, and military sectors.
Membranes dominated the product segment of waterproof breathable textiles industry in 2014, having held approximately 71% of the overall share. These products offer high water resistance, breathability, and ventilation, owing to which membrane waterproof breathable textiles market will grow at a rate of more than 5.5% over 2015-2022.
These textiles are used to manufacture products such as garments, footwear, and gloves. Waterproof breathable textiles industry from footwear is likely to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% over 2015-2022, subject to the textiles’ properties of extreme strength, water resistance, light weight, and insulation. Footwear manufactured from high grade membranes has been gaining popularity in sporting events such as running, swimming, and cycling. Owing to the superior textile features, WBT market size from footwear is forecast to exceed USD 550 million by 2022.
Garments dominated the product segment of waterproof breathable textiles industry in 2014, having contributed to over 62% of the overall share. The increase in the number of sporting events around the world demand the usage of high grade garments, which will impel waterproof breathable textiles market from garments, slated to grow at a rate of 5.1% over 2015-2022. These products possess the traits of breathability, durability, light weight, and high strength, owing to which they are used to manufacture tents, trekking gear, mountaineering garments, and backpacks. This will subsequently expedite waterproof breathable textiles industry size from garments, which was valued at USD 875 million in 2014.
Speaking of the geographical trends, Europe was declared the prominent region in 2014, having contributed to a major share of waterproof breathable textiles market. With a valuation of more than USD 450 million in the year 2014, Europe waterproof breathable textiles industry size is anticipated to cross USD 650 million by 2022, growing at an annual growth rate of 4.7% from 2015-2022. This growth can be primarily credited to the growing awareness pertaining to health and fitness and the numerous sport activities that take place in the region.
Changing consumer lifestyles across the North American frontier demand the usage of waterproof, lightweight, ventilated, and comfortable apparels, subject to which North America WBT market size will exceed USD 600 million by 2022.
Key players in waterproof breathable textiles industry include Columbia Sportswear, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Jack Wolfskin, APT Fabrics, Helly Hansen, The North Face, Heartland Textiles Co. Ltd., and Nike. These companies strive to manufacture high quality apparel such as hunting jackets, swimwear, skiwear, cycling wear, golf-wear, sailing clothing, mountaineering jackets, hiking shoes, rainwear, and windbreakers for sport activities and defense applications. These firms also aim to reduce operational and product costs by developing the apparel in low-cost regions.
Rising usage of recycled PET bottles to develop fabric will also propel waterproof breathable textiles market. For instance, Nike has been manufacturing its products using recycled PET bottles, lately. Many companies are working toward manufacturing PFC-free, recyclable, and PTFE-free products, thereby fueling global waterproof breathable textiles industry size.