Research/reports – equipment- Swine flu aids growth in products market
The report analyses the recent and current trends in the health and safety products market, with commentary on the main product sectors and future prospects. Hygiene products are the largest sector of the health and safety products market, with an estimated 44-per-cent market share. According to the report, high-profile media interest in outbreaks of MRSA and epidemiological diseases, such as swine flu, are likely to bolster the sector further.AMA separates the rest of the market into PPE (43 per cent); first-aid products (11 per cent); and safety signs (2 per cent). It says the PPE sector has benefited from an increase in demand following changes in legislation, and the threat of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and bird flu. By contrast, the first-aid products sector has experienced low growth over the last three years, while the safety signs market has also slowed significantly.The report also suggests that price competition has been intensifying due to the gain in share of unbranded and own-brand products, and the increasing use of lower-value disposable items. Distribution remains relatively fragmented, says the research, reflecting a wide range of end-use applications. However, the general industrial distributors and health and safety specialists account for around 50 per cent of the market share.Providing insight into the future prospects for the market, the report predicts an annual growth rate slightly higher than the rate for the period 2003-2008.The report is available in hard copy or electronic format for £625. It can be ordered online at www.amaresearch.co.uk or by calling 01242 235724.