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[ FEATURE ]

A NEW AGE IN

BALLISTICS
PROTECTION
Once confined to the military and law enforcement,
body armor sales are growing in new markets.
by Debra Cobb

T

HE MARKET FOR BALLISTIC PROTECTIVE CLOTHING HAS
traditionally functioned as a small slice of the military and law
enforcement protective markets. Today, however, demand for
such apparel is growing at an unprecedented rate across the globe,
reflecting changing political and social circumstances. Factors including
the modernization of military forces in developed and emerging nations,
international and domestic terrorism, and civil unrest have combined with
breakthroughs in technology to expand the market for both tactical and
concealed body armor.
According to The Global Body Armor and Personal Protection Market 2020-2030 on
ReportLinker, North America will spend a cumulative $12.4 billion on body armor over
the next 10 years, a 34.5 percent share of the global market. The soft armor segment
will account for 28.2 percent of global sales, according to the report, with enhanced
ballistic textile technologies engendering increased interest in lighter, more comfortable,
concealable protection for the military, law enforcement, first responders and private
citizens. In fact, the recently published report may already be old news, with U.S. body
armor suppliers currently adding personnel and reporting long lead times for customers.

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