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Disposable Face Mask Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • ID: 5026018
  • Report
  • July 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 117 Pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
until Sep 30th 2021


  • 3M
  • Ansell Limited
  • Cardinal Health Inc.
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Kimberly-Clark

The Disposable Face Mask Market is expected to register a CAGR of 19.5% during the forecast period.

The Official United Kingdom guidance released in February 2020 claimed that standard and respirator masks provide 80% protection against SARS-CoV-2. By March 2020, Public Health England amongst other significant associations around the world has issued guidance on when to use the different kinds of masks and for different situations. This is likely to have a positive impact on the market studied. In 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 89 million medical masks are required for the COVID-19 response each month, along with 76 million examination gloves and 1.6 million medical goggles, globally. WHO also estimates that the industry must increase manufacturing by 40% and urges governments to act quickly to boost supply and is expected to fuel the disposable face mask market.

The major factor driving the growth of the market is rising pollution levels, rapid industrialization, rising awareness about health protection. In addition, the rising number of surgeries being performed on a daily basis across the world with the unprecedented spread of coronavirus promoting the adoption of disposable face masks.

Additionally, the increasing awareness of aesthetics, globally, augments the number of cosmetic surgeries. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.6 million cosmetic procedures, and 6.8 million reconstructive procedures were performed in 2020 in the United States. A disposable face mask acts as a protective barrier between the surgical teams and patients. It also helps in preventing germs and reducing the chances of being affected by environmental contaminants and therefore they are rapidly procured in surgical procedures.

In addition, as per State of Global Air 2018, a report published by the Health Effects Institute , around 95% of the world’s population resides in areas where which do not meet the minimum levels of PM 2.5 set by World Health Organization guideline for healthy air. Thus, the surging pollution level across the globe will result in triggering the disposable face market. Furthermore, rising airborne diseases, increasing consumption of masks for personnel use, increase in cases of hospital-acquired infections will also create a lucrative opportunity for disposable face masks.

Key Market Trends

Based on product, Non-Woven Face Mask is Expected to Share Largest Market Share

A non-woven face mask is a mask that protects the user's respiratory tract and filters the air that the user breathes in, thus providing protection from various diseases which may arise due to virus transmission. The mask covers the whole face and protects the face from dust or microorganisms, which may harm the skin. To add better particle blocking capabilities to this layer, fibers can be modified with an additive during extrusion before undergoing an electret charging process. The charged fibers are more effective in keeping particles out.

Non-woven disposable face masks are cheaper to make and cleaner to their disposable nature. These are made with three or four layers, which is creating a positive impact on the growth of the segment.​ Non-woven masks are manufactured using plastic variants such as polypropylene to provide protection against various types of infections at workplaces. These masks do not contain latex, Polyvinylchloride, and DEPH (di(2- ethylhexyl) phthalate,) material. Non-woven face covers are principally used in the hospital industry and are manufactured using two to three layers of protection. Users prefer these masks for the superior protection they offer against allergic reactions to consumers with sensitive skin.

There has been several product launches in the market which are augmenting the growth of segment. For instance, in March 2020, China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) has built a new meltblown non-woven fabric production line in eastern China's Jiangsu Province in order to bolster the raw material supply of face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Such increasing production lines and significance of the non-woven face masks is augmenting the growth of the segment.

North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Share in the Market and Expected to do Same in the Forecast Period

In North America, the demand for medical safety equipment like face masks has increased over the years primarily due to increasing outpatient visits and the rising geriatric population. Other factors like an outbreak of COVID-19 also seem to impact the market positively for the short term.

As per the data of the American Hospital Association (AHA) in the United States, the number of hospital admissions in the country has continuously increased over the years. For instance, as per the report data, there were around 439.86 million outpatient visits in community hospitals in 1996, which increased to nearly 599.55 million by 2006, to 747.09 million in 2016, as per 2018 report by AHA. Also, As per the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), in 2019-2020, there were around 3 million acute inpatient hospitalizations in Canada, and the hospitalization rate was 7,699 per 100,000 in 2019-2020.

Moreover, the United States has been severely affected by the spread of a recent outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, government and regulatory bodies are taking measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. Companies are also taking the initiative to develop and provide masks to healthcare professionals and others. For instance, SpiderTech launched (May 2020) a disposable face mask “DIY kinesiology tape masks” that helps in reducing the contaminants that can be caused due to continual wearing of the masks. Hence, these factors are expected to boost the growth of the market.

Competitive Landscape

The Disposable Face Mask Market is fragmented competitive and consists of several major players. Some of the companies which are currently dominating the market are uvex group, 3M, Honeywell International Inc, Moldex-Metric, Inc., Kowa Company, Ltd., The Gerson Company, SAS Safety Corp, and Kimberly-Clark. The market players are focusing on novel product development and product launches. For instance, in August 2020, KARAM, launched its 'Disposable Face Masks range' to offer protection against viruses, bacterial microorganisms, dust, pollen and smoke.

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  • 3M
  • Ansell Limited
  • Cardinal Health Inc.
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Kimberly-Clark
1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.2.1 Rising Pollution Level
4.2.2 Rapid Industrialization
4.2.3 Rising Awarness about Health Protection
4.3 Market Restraints
4.3.1 Higher Raw Material Cost
4.4 Porter's Five Force 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

5.1 By Product
5.1.1 Non-woven Masks
5.1.2 Dust Masks
5.1.3 Protective Masks
5.2 By Application
5.2.1 Industrial
5.2.2 Personnel
5.3 By Distribution Channel
5.3.1 Online
5.3.2 Offline
5.4 Geography
5.4.1 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.4.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Spain Rest of Europe
5.4.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India Australia South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.4.4 Rest of the World

6.1 Company Profiles
6.1.1 Uvex group
6.1.2 3M
6.1.3 Honeywell International Inc
6.1.4 Moldex-Metric, Inc.
6.1.5 Kowa Company, Ltd.
6.1.6 The Gerson Company
6.1.7 SAS Safety Corp
6.1.8 Kimberly-Clark
6.1.9 Ansell Limited
6.1.10 Cardinal Health Inc.
6.1.11 DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
6.1.12 Hartalega Holdings Berhad

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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Uvex group
  • 3M
  • Honeywell International Inc
  • Moldex-Metric, Inc.
  • Kowa Company, Ltd.
  • The Gerson Company
  • SAS Safety Corp
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Ansell Limited
  • Cardinal Health Inc.
  • DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
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