Strip curtains are transparent, bendable plastic strips that can be installed in an open doorway to act as a secondary barrier or door replacement. Strip door curtains are much more flexible than ordinary doors and enable you to walk or drive through them with minimum of effort. They act as a secondary barrier that can hold their shape to inhibit contaminants from spreading, but at the same time, allow easy passage. Strip curtains are economical, easy to install, flexible, and suitable for use in low-temperature environments.
The U.S Strip curtain market is segmented into type, end-user, and region. Based on type, the market is categorized into light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty. Based on end-users, the market is segmented into manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, packaging, and others. Based on the region, the U.S strip curtain market is categorized into Northeast, Midwest, South, and West. The growth in the manufacturing sector and the need for energy-efficient systems at the workplace are likely to create upswings for market growth.
The U.S. strip curtains market valued at USD 228.3 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period, generating USD 378.8 million by 2025.
Ability to Reduce Energy Bills Drive the Market Growth
Strip curtains help reduce energy bills, which drives their demand in various sectors. They are generally used to create a separation between two areas such as the warehouse's different departments, a cold area and a room-temperature area (as in a food production facility), or inside and outside. Strip curtains allow the efficiency of a door with the convenience of not having to open or close one. They offer excellent insulation while allowing the same amount of light into the building as windows by blocking most warm air and decreasing temperature dispersion, effectively reducing energy bills. Thus, companies across sectors prefer these curtains, which augments market growth.
Stringent Government Regulations to Upsurge the Market Growth
Stringent government regulations to provide safer working environments for employees propel the demand for strip curtains in the market. They help in maintaining cleanliness in workplaces and reduce noise cost-effectively. They also facilitate the easy movement of goods or equipment and prevent fluctuation in temperature with the added security of easy passage with a visual pathway.
Several federal and international standards and regulations permit the use of strip curtains in food facilities, refrigeration storage, and the pharmaceutical industry when all the relevant criteria related to the environment and safety, among others, are met, bolstering the market growth.
Fluctuating Raw Material Prices Can Hamper the Market Growth
Volatile raw materials prices used in making strip curtains, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), may hinder the market growth. Some regions have abundant raw material availability while others solely rely on imports. This difference in availability leads to a surplus or deficit in certain regions, causing fluctuations in the material costs.
Medium Duty Segment to Dominate the Market
Based on type, the medium-duty are expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. Medium duty strip curtains refer to curtains ideal for commercial pedestrians, external pedestrian access, shop fronts, and trolley access. These curtains are suitable for industrial and commercial door applications, including factories, kitchens, food processing plants, transport terminals, retail stores, supermarkets, cold storage, and hospitals. They have a thickness of 300 mm x 3 mm and are clear, allowing complete visibility. Attributing to their self-closing dual swing action, they keep out drafts, dust, and pests and provide outstanding results in applications with safety, hygiene, temperature, and noise-reducing properties.
Food and Beverage to Hold Largest Share in the End-User Segment
Based on end-user, food and beverage segment is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. Strip curtains are widely used in the food and beverage sector as they are easy to install and maintain, and offer several benefits. These curtains protect food from dust or temperature variations and have anti-bacterial and anti-insect properties with optimum thermal insulation.
For instance, if dry foods are exposed to moisture, the resultant mold and bacterial growth can lead to spoilage and food-borne illnesses. Without proper temperature regulation, the shelf life of some foods may decrease, which necessitates the use of insulating barriers, such as strip curtains. These curtains also minimize air-borne contaminants and maintain food hygiene, thereby aiding compliance with government norms and regulations. Strip curtains prevent hygiene hazards in food storage and manufacturing facilities.
Packaging Segment to Hold Considerable Share in the Market
Strip curtains are the preferred choice when it comes to maintaining ambient temperature in warehouses where packaging takes place since they present the simplest way to control humidity and temperature and prevent the ingress of dust and insects cost-effectively. They also keep out unwanted pests, restrict the movement of air pollutants, and reduce the noise of nearby machinery.
The ability of strip curtains to prevent the spread of micro-organisms plays a key role in the packaging industry. Even in conditions otherwise considered hygienic, humidity can create problems. Packaging keeps consumable goods from spoiling and prolongs their shelf life; however, the presence of moisture in a warehouse, for example, can cause metal cans to corrode and paper packaging to break down. Such package deterioration can cause food contamination or spoilage. Heat can further deteriorate food packaging, particularly if it comes from sunlight. Therefore, packaging facilities extensively adopt strip curtains to keep products and packaging materials safe.
North America — a pioneer in technological development — is one of the key manufacturers and consumers of strip curtains. According to the International Monetary Fund World Economic, North America ranked first globally in terms of nominal GDP and second in terms of purchasing power in 2018. Its nominal GDP accounted for USD 19.39 trillion in 2017 and is expected to touch USD 24.53 trillion by 2023.
The manufacturing sector in the U.S. is the biggest in the region. The largest manufacturing industries in the U.S. by revenue include petroleum, steel, automobile, aerospace, and chemical, among others. As per the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers based in the U.S. account for around 11.39% of the country's total output and employ around 8.5% of the workforce. The total output in 2018 was around USD 2,334.60.
The U.S. has one of the largest pharmaceutical sectors, which propels the demand for strip curtains. In 2017, North America alone accounted for 48.1% of global pharmaceutical sales, whereas Europe accounted for around 22%. According to IQVIA, in 2018, the U.S. market accounted for 64.1% of the total sales of new medicines. Favorable government policies, such as the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the U.S. Global Health Initiative, have proliferated healthcare spending in the region. As per the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. spent around USD 10,209 per capita in 2017.
Strip curtains help maintain the required temperature and provide a barrier that prevents dust and insects from entering the premises. They also maintain privacy while allowing ventilation. Demand from the U.S. pharmaceutical sector is expected to augment the strip curtain market during the forecast period. The automobile industry in the U.S. is one of the largest in the world. As per the International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. Department of Commerce, the total sales of light vehicles were pegged at around 17 million units in 2018. And the total foreign direct investment in the automotive sector touched USD 115 billion in 2018. Further, R&D investments amounted to USD 105 billion in the same year. These factors present a favorable backdrop for the growth of the automobile industry, where strip curtains are used in manufacturing plants to mitigate sound pollution in workspace, prevent dust intrusion, and create a comfortable working environment. Thus, the growth of automotive manufacturing will bolster the demand for strip curtains during the forecast period.
U.S. Strip Curtain Market: Segmentation
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