Masks are used for covering the mouth and nose of the wearer, and helps the wearer to protect themselves from breathing hazardous substances. The germs survive on mask for different time durations ranging from few hours to few weeks. Therefore, the used masks should not be thrown away, as it could cause different health hazards to people who come in contact with such masks. The masks should be disposed of carefully as instructed on the mask kits.

The global disposable and reusable masks market is estimated to account for around US$ 1,075.3 million in terms of value in 2019 and it is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period (2020-2027).


The disposable and reusable masks market is expected to be driven by the increasing number of viruses and respiratory diseases across the globe. The World Health Organization reported a total of 413,467 cases of Coronavirus across the globe as on March 25, 2020. Among this, the major affected countries include The Americas, China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, Spain, Germany, and France. There is a tremendous increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in several economies across the globe. This increasing pandemic has led to an increase in demand for personal protective equipment. Furthermore, the World Health Organization projected that the frontline health responders across the globe would require 89 million masks every month to protect themselves from the virus.

The leading global market players such as 3M, Prestige Ameritech, and Honeywell have increased the production capacity of masks for fulfilling the increasing demand. The governments of numerous countries across the globe are requesting the general public not to buy the special mask such as N95, for ensuring their appropriate and timely supply to the healthcare professionals. 

Market Opportunities

The Europe region is experiencing significant growth in the disposable and reusable masks market, owing to the increase in number of surgical procedures such as cholecystectomy, hysterectomy, and hip replacement surgeries in countries such as Belgium, France, Austria, Sweden, and the U.K. The hospitals and clinics are using disposable respiratory masks for ensuring higher safety and also for reducing the chances of developing infections. Thus, increasing number of surgical procedures will lead to an increase in demand for disposable respiratory masks during the forecast period.

Key Takeaways:

Among distribution channel, the drug stores segment held dominant position in the global disposable and reusable masks market in 2019. The growth of this segment can be attributed to the introduction of different schemes by the governments of several economies to deal with the ongoing shortage of masks during times of pandemic COVID-19. For instance, in Taiwan, to curb panic buying and the hoarding of face masks, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced a name-based rationing system for face masks for ensuring universal access to face masks along with fairness and transparency of resources allocation.

Amongst all the regions, the Asia Pacific region is expected to be the largest market for disposable and reusable masks over the forecast period. The growth of the market is driven by the surge in demand for respiratory protection from numerous countries such as China, India, and other Southeast Asian countries. These countries have made huge investments in construction and industrial sectors, which might result in huge air pollution, thereby increasing demand for masks.

Market Trends

As per a study conducted by the United Nations department of economic and social affairs, the urban population of emerging economies will reach 5.3 billion by 2050. Among this, Asia Pacific region would account for approximately 63% (3.3 billion people) and Africa would account approximately 20% of the world’s urban population. These urban areas are experiencing a severe increase in the epidemics and pandemics. The pandemics experienced by the urban population of emerging economies include plague, Spanish flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and coronavirus amongst others. With increasing geriatric population, the instances of viral infections could rise leading to increase in demand for the disposable and reusable masks.

Competitive Landscape

KEY players operating in the global disposable and reusable masks market include DACH Medical Group Holding AG, Honeywell International Inc., Kimberly-clark Corporation, KOWA Company Ltd., Moldex-Metric, SAS Safety Corp, Shanghai Dasheng, Sinotextiles Corporation Limited, Te Yin Company, The 3M Company, The Gerson Company, and Uvex Group.

Market Taxonomy

By Type

  • N Series Mask
  • P Series Mask
  • Medical Mask
  • Others

By Application

  • Industrial Use
  • Medical Use
  • Daily Use

By Distribution Channel

  • Hospitals/Clinics
  • Drug Stores
  • Online Stores

By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa


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