The Rise of Rubber Coated Fabric: Innovations, Properties, Production and Applications Across Industries


Rubber-coated fabric is a versatile material made by applying a layer of rubber onto various fabrics. This composite combines the flexibility and strength of fabric with the protective and waterproof properties of rubber. It finds applications in diverse industries such as automotive, aerospace, marine, and outdoor equipment due to its durability, weather resistance, and protective qualities.

The rubber-coated fabric market is projected to grow from USD 6,357 million in 2023 to USD 7,787 million by 2028, at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2023 to 2028. Various sectors, including the automotive, aerospace, healthcare, building, and sporting goods industries, are the main drivers of the need for rubber-coated fabric. The need for rubber-coated fabric is anticipated to rise as these sectors develop and innovate. 

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Based on type, the synthetic rubber coated fabric was the largest segment in 2022.  This growth can be attributed to the ability to customize synthetic rubber coatings to match specific performance needs. Manufacturers can modify the composition and attributes of synthetic rubber coatings to improve qualities including flexibility, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, and weather resistance. 

Based on application, the protective suits & gloves is estimated to grow at the highest rate from 2023 to 2028, in terms of volume. In a number of industries, the use of the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is required by strict occupational safety requirements and standards. Rubber coated protective clothing such as suits and gloves offer protection from occupational threats such as chemicals and biological agents. The need for rubber-coated fabric in the creation of protective suits and gloves is driven by compliance with these rules. 

Based on end-use, the transportation & watercraft segment is projected to be the largest market during 2023 to 2028, by value.  Fabric that has been rubber coated is good at sealing and waterproofing. Rubber coated fabric is used in transportation applications such as truck tarps, vehicle wraps and cargo containment to assist shield the cargo from moisture, dirt, and other outside elements. Rubber-coated fabric is used for boat covers, sailcloth, inflatable structures, and other parts that need to be waterproof and airtight in watercraft applications. Such uses further propel the market growth of this segment. 

Based on region, the Middle East & Africa is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR during 2023 to 2028, in terms of value. With the creation of manufacturing facilities and industrial zones, the MEA region is rapidly industrializing. Conveyor belts, seals, gaskets, and protective covers are just a few industrial uses for rubber coated fabric. Thus, rubber coated fabric is in higher demand due to the expansion of industrial sectors in the MEA region. 

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Some of the major players operating in the rubber-coated fabric market include Continental AG (Germany), Trelleborg AB (Sweden), Saint-Gobain S.A (France), Colmant Coated Fabrics (France), The Rubber Company (England), White Cross Rubber Products Limited (England), Caodetex S.A. (Argentina), Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (US). The companies have wide-spread manufacturing facilities with an established portfolio of rubber coated fabrics, global market presence, and a strong focus on strategic developments.