Waterproof breathable textiles are designed to protect an individual from rain, wind, or other weather conditions. They are designed to allow water vapor to diffuse while maintaining the body temperature. Major factor driving growth of the global waterproof breathable market is growing demand for multifunctional and light weight garments among consumers. However, low maintenance, repeated washing and wearing can affect fabric’s DWR treatment – a factor that may hamper growth of the global market.
The global waterproof breathable textiles market has been segmented on the basis of raw material, textile, product type, and region. On the basis of raw material, the market is segmented into polyester, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyurethane, and others. Polyurethane segment holds major share in terms of revenue and expected maintain its dominance in the near future. Increasing use to make sportswear and rain wear due to its low cost and water resistance properties are factors expected to fuel growth of polyurethane segment in the target market.
On the basis of textile, the market is segmented into coated, densely woven, and membrane. Membrane segment anticipated to dominate the global market in terms of revenue over the forecast period, due to increasing use in sports apparels. On the basis of type, the market is segmented into gloves, footwear, and garments. Footwear segment hold major share in terms of revenue and expected to witness significant growth in the near future.
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Based on the region the target market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The market in Asia Pacific dominates the global market in terms of revenue and expected to witness fast growth over the forecast period, owing to increasing use of waterproof breathable textiles coupled with growing textile manufacturing companies in emerging economies especially in China, India, Japan, and others.
Key players operating in the global waterproof breathable textiles market include W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., General Electric Company, Sympatex Technologies GmbH, Mountain Hardwear, Inc., The Columbia Sportswear Company, Clariant International AG, Marmot Mountain, LLC, Polartec, LLC, Patagonia Inc., and Schoeller Textil AG.