Protective Textiles are textile products and related materials used in the manufacture of protective clothing for personnel working in hazardous environments. Protective clothing includes garments for protection from the harmful chemical environment, extreme temperature environments, low visibility, ballistics, and protection from other types of severe impact hazards. Protech products are also used for sensitive instruments during high-risk engagements and procedures. Protech products include bullet-proof jackets, radiation protection textile/NBC suits, high-altitude clothing, fire-retardant fabrics and apparel, ballistic protective clothing, high-visibility and foul weather clothing, chemical protective clothing, industrial gloves, radiation protection textiles, etc.

Defense/Civil Defense are industries which rely heavily on technology. Apart from hi-tech weaponry and ammunition, the induction of technical textiles in this sector has revolutionized the concept of security. It is the new range of chemicals and fabrics being used by the armed forces that have redefined safety parameters for the military. From specialized clothing to hi-tech accessories, technical textiles have made it big in the defense sector.

Not only defense but the protective clothing cover garments and accessories intended to protect people from dangerous or hazardous materials and processes during the course of their work or leisure activities. These textiles enhance performance by ensuring wind or waterproofing, flame retardancy, breathability, lightness, etc. in clothing used by firemen, Para-military forces & security forces.


  • 3.4%

    Expected CAGR by 2025

Bulletproof jackets, High altitude clothing, industrial gloves, and fire retardant apparels and fabrics are the biggest component of the segment. Other key segments are outer protective clothing and high visibility clothing.

The global protective textiles (Protech) market was valued at USD 5,708 million in 2016. Factors such as concerns regarding worker safety, protection from fire, chemical agents, and disabling & life-threatening injuries among workers are raising the demand for the high-performance fabrics.

Increased construction spending in emerging countries is expected to trigger the demand for specialty workwear in buildings and construction, which in turn is anticipated to drive the growth of the market. The surge in demand for protective textiles in the chemical industry is expected to benefit the overall sector.


The major application under the segment have been listed as under:

  • Bullet Proof Jackets
  • Fire retardant Apparels
  • Fire retardant Fabrics
  • Nuclear and Biological Suits
  • Chemical Protective Clothing
  • High visibility clothing
  • Industrial gloves
  • High Altitude Clothing
  • Other Protective clothing – Windcheater and raincoats