afp_israel_palestinians_24Feb12-878x521The Tear Gas Research Connection and its partner organisations regularly provide press releases, comments, interviews and op-eds for media and public engagement. Many of the journalists who approach us come with similar questions and queries. On this page we provide answers to some of your frequently asked questions. For further discussion and comment on any of these issues, please contact us directly.

Frequently asked questions:

Q:Who are some of the major suppliers of tear gas?

Industry leaders include US-based Combined Systems, Inc. and Non-Lethal Technologies, Israel’s ISPRA and Brazil’s Condor Non-Lethal Technologies. France, India and South Africa have been long term players in the industry, with South East Asian countries are growing in the market, most notably Korean-based Daekwang Chemical and CNO Tech. Much of the United States supplies of the chemicals that go into making tear gas come from chemical manufacturers in China. In addition, many nations produce small quantities of tear gas munitions.

Q:How big is the tear gas industry?

The size of the less lethals industry–which includes tear gas–has been estimated by market researchers to stand at $880.5 million. The industry is predicted to grow to to $1.15 billion by 2018. Because the trade in less lethals is largely unregulated, most estimates of industry size are done by private market research firms whose reports are encased behind paywalls. You can get a summary of the most recent Less Lethals market research report here http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/non-lethal-weapons-market-1236.html 

Q:Where is the trade in tear gas growing?

Since the Arab Spring uprisings, the trade in less lethals has risen in the Middle East. This region has seen one of the largest increases in supply and is identified by market researchers as the key target zone for future sales. Over the past five years, Eastern African countries have acquired more tear gas. In the lead up to the World Cup and Olympics, Brazilians are also facing an increase in the use of less lethals. The frequency of these deployments can be explored in our interactive tear gas map