Demand for PPE is set to rise in conjunction with the growing global awareness of the need to provide safe working environments.
"The recent boom in the Russian construction industry, especially in Moscow, saw rapid increase in accidents and injuries to workers," notes Frost & Sullivan Programme Manager Dr. Brian Balmer. "The situation reached such an unacceptable level, that the city's mayor, Yury Luzhkov, had to intervene to resolve the issue."
This had an instant effect on the PPE market, with companies witnessing an immediate impact on their sales to the construction industry. Products such as fall protection benefited substantially, with increasing orders being placed for them.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (chemicals.frost.com), Russian PPE Markets, finds that the markets earned revenues of over €677.0 million in 2008 and estimates this to reach €1.3 billion in 2015. The study covers the following segments: head, eye & hearing protection; respiratory protection; protective clothing, gloves and footwear.
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Continued transparency over issues such as industrial accident rates will sustain PPE sales to the construction industry, driving market penetration rates. The mining industry also offers significant growth opportunities for the adoption of PPE.
Organic growth is possible in sectors where penetration levels are still relatively low. This applies most to gloves and above-the-neck PPE in Russia. As potential users at the lower end of the scale gradually recognise the importance of using effective PPE, demand for certified products will continue to rise.
However, the process of changing current attitudes will be slow. This is partly because of the lack of financial resources available for end-user companies to spend on PPE. Moreover, customers tend to be complacent, convinced about the efficacy of the conventional equipment that they have been using thus far.
"PPE suppliers still encounter customers with the view that 'if we could work with the equipment we had 40 years ago, we can still work like that now'," explains Dr. Balmer.
The best way to encourage workers to wear appropriate PPE is developing application-oriented products. For instance, users are aware of the need to wear gloves, but choose not to, because cheap and bulky gloves seriously hinder their ability to perform their jobs. In this particular case, marketing efforts must therefore focus on the dexterity offered by the new generation of modern gloves.
In May 2007, the Russian government signed a federal law which includes PPE as one of a set of product groups that will be updated as "priority directives" by 1st January 2010. The updates are expected to further harmonize Russian legislation with WTO (World Trade Organization) rules on international trade and bolster the domestic PPE market.
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