Tear gas is manufactured and sold on a global scale. Industry leaders include US-based Combined Systems, Inc. and Non-Lethal Technologies, Israel’s ISPRA and Brazil’s Condor Non-Lethal Technologies. Every year the latest less lethal devices are put on display for international buyers at expo centres around the world, such as London’s Counter Terror Expo and Milipol in Paris and Qatar. Teargas makes up just one part of a vast counter-uprising economy.
Since the mid-1990s, counter-resistance products began to be transnationally mass-marketed on a global scale, drawing on the Northern Ireland and Israeli “experiences” in the occupied territories to bring weapons such as rubber bullets to broader consumer bases. Making up part of a vast security economy, this industry is predicted to grow to $1.15 billion in 2018. Every year the latest less lethal devices are put on display for international buyers at expo centres around the world. The recent surge in uprisings since the Arab Spring is cited as a major factor for this market growth.