Niche market identification is crucial for survival within the highly competitive U.S. industrial protective footwear industry. Footwear suppliers believe that safety footwear markets need invigoration through stimulus from new applications and industries, rather than from expansion within the old.
Demand will come from the growing service-sector industries, including restaurants and hotels, as well as from first responders, the military, law enforcement and others concerned with hazardous materials. The advancements in product materials, design, and construction that are required to supply these industries are expected to drive the market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (environment.frost.com), U.S. Markets for Industrial Protective Footwear, reveals that market revenue totaled $65.4 million in 2004 and is expected to reach $74.2 million in 2011.
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“The market has been primarily concentrated around industries where workers require some form of insulation from acids, oils, chemicals, and/or moisture,” says Frost & Sullivan Program Manager Tom Wood. “These have traditionally included red meat and poultry processing as well as agricultural, chemical, and petrochemical applications.”
Average product quality is high, making all but the most specialized products interchangeable. In a market that provides low margins to suppliers, innovation is difficult to achieve and exploit. Most manufacturers distinguish themselves, however, by offering superior or unique services.
Businesses should focus not only on their services, from a maintenance standpoint, but also on the quality of their offerings and aftermarket services. Companies are learning to become more flexible in considering current technological offerings as well as possible industry or application specific modifications and customization. Product innovation will play a key role in individual companies’ success. Many major market players have also either obtained ISO 9000 certification or are in the process doing so. Widespread industry interest awaits those who can be the first to market with a durable, lightweight, slip-resistant, static-dissipative, comfortable, and low-cost boot.
Manufacturers have to pay special attention to comfort, because if the material used is an irritant, the footwear is not likely to be used.
Discomfort has been a problem with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) work boots, for example, as they are heavy and difficult to walk in. Developments in lightweight composites are expected to minimize, if not eliminate, this concern.
“While manufacturers and importers alike need to stress the efficacy of existing, proven products and materials, they also need to continuously research alternatives from other available resins and polymers,” observes Wood. “‘Tariffs’ and/or ‘quotas’ designed to protect domestic suppliers are established and maintained with reference to specific materials used in the footwear’s construction.”
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