Global N95 Mask Market 2020-2025

March 24, 2020
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N95 Grade Medical Protective Mask is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve efficient filtration of airborne particles. The N95 respirators when subjected to testing are expected to block at least 95% of 0.3 micron particles, hence the name N95 respirators. These N95 Respirators are not oil proof.

Info Graphic: N95-Mask-Market


There are other masks with P and R rating similar to N rating which are oil proof. Some of the masks with different ratings are:

N95 – Not oil resistant and filters at least 95% of airborne particles

R99 – Oil resistant and filters at least 99% of airborne particles

P100 – Oil proof and filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles

The N95 masks have seen uncontrollable rise in demand from all over the world due to spread of COVID-19 pandemic.


By Geography

  • Top 60 countries with highest COVID-19 infections 

By Distributor

  • Hospital / Clinic
  • Drug Store
  • Online Store

By Exhalation Valve

  • Mask with Exhalation Valve
  • Mask without Exhalation Valve


China used to produce about more than half of the world’s mask production. Daily production was about 20 million units per day. Ever since the pandemic broke out first in China in December 2019, there had been temporary shutdown of the factories causing disrupt in production of these masks. Now, that factories are commencing slowly they are finding it hard to meet even the local demands and are not able to respond to global orders.

Factories that used to make phones and cars are turned to produce masks. Machines that once churned out fibrous material for diapers and sanitary pads are being re-tooled to produce materials for masks these days.

The below info graphic shows the share of hospitals, drug store and online store distribution channel:







The N95 respirators are available in 2 variants with respect to exhalation valve, one being without the valve, where it is just the layers of filter and the strap. This is cheaper in cost, but since they pose breathing difficulty for the people it is less preferred.

Info Graphic: N95 Mask Market


The masks with the exhalation valve make it easier for breathing and reduce sweat. Hence, these are in demand and are used extensively by the medical personnel. These masks are undoubtedly expected to hit high sales in the days to come.



USA has second most number of mask production firms in the world. However, due to pandemic they are falling short by long distance trying to meet the demands. They have about only 1% of required masks required to combat the outbreak. They are planning to buy 500 million masks for the nation stockpile. Prestige Ameritech largest US surgical mask manufacturer, said to have received a request to supply 1.5 billion masks.

In US, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the public to not to buy the N95 masks so as to limit its supply to medical personnel. Instead it has asked the consumers to stay at home and avoid being exposed to virus. But the public are paying no heed to this as the fear has taken over them and the demand for N95 masks have risen to all time high.



Europe has its own standard i.e. EU 143 and EU 149. Based on these standards there are few mask ratings, FFP2 is one of them. FFP2 respirators are approximately closer to N95 masks. LVMH luxury conglomerate has committed to supply 40 million FFP2 masks for France from a Chinese distributor.


KN95 is the N95 equivalent respirator as per Chinese standard. China the worst affected country by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been producing the masks at rapid rate. They produce about 200 million masks a day as of March 2020, which is 20 times more compared to what they used to produce in February 2020.

Out of these 200 million China produce only 600,000 standard N95 masks used by medical personnel.



In countries like Japan and Germany doctors are being told to reuse the mask they get daily due to lack of supply.

Countries like South Korea, Russia, Thailand, Taiwan and Germany have announced ban on export of masks and other protective gears in view of local demand and nation stockpile in case of unprecedented events.


Info Graphic: N95 Mask Market


3M US MNC is expected to produce 35 million respirators a month and are strived to prioritize the supply to medical personnel first and then to the public.

Greece to get 500,000 masks mainly consisting of FFP2 masks from China



The over reliance on one country (China) has caused a serious imbalance in the market of the surgical masks and respirators. On parallel, Chinese engineering firms have started to build loads of machines that churn out the fibrous material; even though it takes time the production of masks is expected to skyrocket in months to come.



The outbreak has led to constant and rigorous working of various companies towards mass production of surgical and N95 masks. Honeywell and 3M multinational conglomerate companies are leading the production in US and other plants across the world. Prestige Ameritech limited to mask production has been supplying to countries all over the world. Shanghai Dasheng and Te Yin are some of the respirator manufacturers from China. DACH Schutzbekleidung GmbH (Germany) and Cambridge Mask Co (UK) are some of the European mask manufacturers.


  1. 3M
  2. Honeywell
  3. Prestige Ameritech
  4. Kimberly-Clark
  5. KOWA
  6. Shanghai Dasheng
  7. Vogmask
  8. DACH Schutzbekleidung GmbH & Co. KG
  9. Te Yin
  10. Gerson
  11. Hakugen
  12. Cambridge Mask Co
  13. Cardinal Health




  1. Possible expected demand of N95 Masks, by Top 60 countries
  2. Market Size and Forecast( Volume and Value), by Product Type- 2020-2025
  3. Common Policy shifts announced by governments and organizations such as WHO, IEF
  4. Budget allocated for emergency funding, by country 
  5. Country-wise plans to combat such situations in the future
  6. Domestic production volume and overall shortage of Product in all 60 countries
  7. Global competitive Landscape, Market share and Company Profiles
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