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North America Riot Control Equipment Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2030)

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  • 75 Pages
  • May 2021
  • Region: North America
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4758288
The North America Riot Control Equipment Market was valued at USD 1.61 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow with a CAGR of 4.32% during the forecast period (2021-2030).

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the economy of the region resulting in a GDP decline of more than 3%, the pandemic did not diminish the sales of the riot control equipment in the region in 2020. On the contrary, the region has witnessed several protests condemning the imposition of coronavirus restrictions and the lockdowns, which has resulted in the law enforcement agencies using riot-control equipment to tackle the crowds.

Furthermore, the social uprising in the US against the use of excessive force by the authorities in the form of the Black Lives Matter Movement has resulted in several demonstrations and gatherings that have turned violent and led to massive property damages on some occasions. This has led to authorities restocking on their riot control equipment to effectively control the situation and prevent any loss of life and property in the future, thereby driving the market growth.

The development of advanced less-lethal weapons like dropping low-velocity ammunition, pepper sprays, and other less-lethal weapons, may help the growth of the market during the forecast period.

However, the policy changes by the governments and regulatory bodies resulting in a ban on the use of several types of less-lethal offensive equipment are anticipated to hamper the growth of the riot control equipment market in the region during the forecast period.

Key Market Trends

Law Enforcement Agencies are the Biggest Consumers of Riot Control Equipment

Currently, the demand from the law enforcement segment is experiencing the highest growth in the market and is anticipated to continue its dominance during the forecast period. Several protests in the region are necessitating the procurement and deployment of riot control equipment by law enforcement agencies. With the escalating tensions in the US and protests all over the country for a large part of the year 2020, the demand for riot control equipment has increased. Also, occasional riots and civil unrest, such as demonstrations and protests in cities in Canada, have led to the police forces resorting to the use of less-lethal weapons, which collectively shall have a positive impact on the growth of the market. For instance, in April 2021, the protests in Montreal, Canada opposing the pandemic restrictions imposed on the region to control the coronavirus have turned violent which has resulted in the police using tear gas and charging the crowd. The growth in such instances is expected to drive the procurement of riot-control equipment by the Law-enforcement agencies during the forecast period. A report from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police also revealed that the use of less-lethal extended-range impact weapons by the police is on the rise across Canada. According to the report, an average of five extended-range weapons were shot at suspects between 2010 and 2017, but by 2019, there were 30 instances where officers deployed the weapons in such instances, which signifies the growing usage as well as the demand from the segment.

United States is Expected to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

The US is one of the most prolific users of riot control equipment, due to the occurrence of frequent and large-scale riots in the country. The year 2020 has witnessed one of the largest social movements in the history of the country, in the form of the racial unrest related to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. As a consequence, federal agencies have bolstered their stocks of crowd-control gear including tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets, among others. It was estimated that the sales of riot control equipment have more than doubled between May and August 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Following this, the capitol riots that occurred in January 2021 also led to a large-scale deployment of law enforcement and military personnel, who also used the riot control equipment to control the crowd. It was also said that several police officers faced equipment shortages while handling the crowd. Such factors are expected to result in higher procurement of the equipment in the coming future. The country is also conducting several R&D projects to develop superior less-lethal weapons and other riot control equipment. For instance, the Pentagon's Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office (JIFCO), formerly the Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate, along with a host of private arms companies, has spent decades testing everything from long-range wireless Taser bullets to sonic guns that can disable a car engine from 150 feet away. The R&D of several less-lethal weapon technologies, such as the Laser-induced Plasma Effect Blaster, Carbon Nanotube Thermophones, Pre-Emplaced Electric Vehicle Stopper, and Variable Kinetic System, are underway. As of 2020, JIFCO was acquiring a long-range projectile delivering TASER-like stun effects. Such developments are expected to drive the growth of the market in the country during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The prominent players in the North America riot control equipment market are Combined Systems Inc., TASER Self-Defense (Axon Enterprise, Inc.), Safariland LLC, AARDVARK, and Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc. Companies are trying to enhance their distribution network with the help of strategic collaborations and partnerships. For instance, in February 2021, Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc. entered into a distribution agreement with Valentis, a security logistics and risk management solution provider. Following the signing of the agreement, Valentis has added the Lamperd Less Lethal products to its own logistics and support network service, which is expected to help the collective growth of both companies. Players are also investing in the R&D of new technologies to incorporate them into their future product portfolio. In December 2020, Safariland, along with Flying Cross, announced the joint launch of an innovative virtual sizing technology called XpertFit that provides a contactless self-measuring method of taking body measurements with a mobile phone, which the officers can use when ordering body armor and safety uniforms. The focus on the R&D of such technologies is expected to drive the growth of the players during the forecast period.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD billion)
5.1 Product Type
5.1.1 Personnel Protection Equipment
5.1.2 Crowd Dispersal Equipment
5.2 End-user
5.2.1 Law Enforcement
5.2.2 Military and Special Forces
5.3 Country
5.3.1 United States
5.3.2 Canada
6.1 Company Profiles
6.1.1 Armor Express
6.1.3 Aspetto Inc.
6.1.4 Combined Systems, Inc.
6.1.5 TASER Self-Defense (Axon Enterprise, Inc.)
6.1.6 Safariland, LLC
6.1.7 Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc.
6.1.8 NonLethal Technologies, Inc.
6.1.9 Byrna Technologies Inc.
6.1.10 PACEM Defense LLC
6.1.11 EDI-USA
6.1.12 Paulson Manufacturing
6.1.13 Rheinmetall AG

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Armor Express
  • Aspetto Inc.
  • Combined Systems, Inc.
  • TASER Self-Defense (Axon Enterprise, Inc.)
  • Safariland, LLC
  • Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc.
  • NonLethal Technologies, Inc.
  • Byrna Technologies Inc.
  • PACEM Defense LLC
  • Paulson Manufacturing
  • Rheinmetall AG