The global modacrylic fiber market is expected to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period. The report “Global Modacrylic Fiber Market: Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020–2025)” by ResearchAndMarkets.com states that one of the main factors driving the market is the growing demand for modacrylic fiber for use in protective apparel. However, an EPA regulation on the use of residual monomers in modacrylic fiber is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
Modacrylic fiber is a manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polymer composed of less than 85% but at least 35% by weight of acrylonitrile units. It is widely used in high-performance protective clothing, such as firefighting turnout gear, because the material possesses flame resistance combined with other desirable textile properties, such as durability and good hand feel.