The global antimicrobial additives market size was valued at USD 2.87 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% from 2023 to 2030. Swiftly growing population and urbanization coupled with the increasing awareness regarding health issues in emerging economies of Asia-Pacific are likely to assist end-use industries, which in turn is expected to escalate the demand over the forecast period. The demand for antimicrobial additives is expected to increase majorly in the healthcare and packaging application industry owing to the increase in demand to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic situation around the world. The continuously rising demand of healthcare and packaging products for COVID-19 will positively impact the market. Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the rinsing demand of antimicrobial additives as the region has major healthcare products manufacturers.
After the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Japan, India and Indonesia are expected to contribute towards the growth of construction sector in the Asia-Pacific owing to increasing consumer disposable income and rising government spending on large infrastructural projects. Ascending demand for commercial, residential and institutional buildings in China, on account of growing population, is in turn, contributing to the growth of market.
The U.S. market is expected to witness moderate growth over the coming years. High demand for advanced healthcare services owing to the availability of well-developed healthcare infrastructure and reimbursement coverage is anticipated to drive the growth of medical devices industry in the U.S. Constantly rising patient population on account of aging and an increase in the number of car accidents is projected to propel the need for surgeries. Thus, the country is anticipated to maintain its demand for healthcare antimicrobial additives throughout the forecast period.
However, stringent regulations have made antimicrobial additives suppliers introduce and set up new compositions in order to meet the safe administration and anti-bacterial properties standards such as Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) EU 528/2012 and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Thus, the presence of stringent regulation is expected to hamper the growth of antimicrobial additive market over the forecast period.
Inorganic type segment led the market and accounted for more than 53.0% share of the global revenue in 2022. High demand silver-based, copper-based, and zinc-based additives is projected to fuel the growth of inorganic segment demand over the forecast period. Silver-based are used as antimicrobial agents owing to their properties such as non-toxicity, continual performance for a long duration, environment-friendly nature, high thermal stability, and protection against microbial growth. Zinc pyrithione is added to the materials that are prone to exposure to mold spore and fungi as the additive offers excellent antibacterial protection. Copper salts provide antimicrobial protection in preservative and sterilized applications with underlying substrates or layers being paints, coatings, and polymers.
Organic antimicrobial additives, when used with products and materials such as paints and coatings, provide long-lasting protection against stain and odor-causing microbes as well as biodegradation. For example, triclosan inhibits the growth of microbes with the help of a chemical reaction, which results in penetrating and damaging their cell walls. As the cell wall perforates and excludes the metabolites, other cell functions are damaged, which prevents microbes such as algae and bacteria from duplicating. The growth of organic antimicrobial additives market is expected to be sluggish over the forecast period due to the ban on the sales and use of OBPA and triclosan, which can be attributed to their high levels of toxicity.
Plastic application segment led the market and accounted for more than 34.0% share of the global revenue in 2022. This high share is attributable to extensive utilization in the production of soap dispensers, food containers, surgical products, and breathing devices owing to the adaptable nature of plastics. Plastic is susceptible to microbial growth including bacteria and mold, which is expected to negatively impact the functional lifetime of a product. Antimicrobial additives are incorporated during the production process of plastics and offer resistance against various microbes, thus, resulting in long-term durability of plastic products.
Antimicrobial additives find their application in all the types of paints and coatings including solvent, water, and oil as well as powder-based coatings. Specialty, industrial, and decorative coatings are considerably benefitted from antimicrobial additives. For instance, silver-based additives give cost-effective protection solutions when used with paints. The additives added in inks and lacquers impart durable top-coat protection when applied on paper, metal and plastic.
Pulp & paper is a highly diverse industry as it comprises specialized papers (intended for currency printing, tissue production and newsprint) and paperboards intended for packaging applications. Paper is prone to the fast accumulation of dirt, which provides an opportunity for microbes to colonize on the paper. Thus, it is crucial that the paper products have microbe-resistant properties before being handled in various end-use applications.
Healthcare end-use segment led the market and accounted for more than 26.0% share of the global revenue in 2022. This high share is attributable to rising demand of healthcare products due to rising old age population and growing healthcare awareness among the consumers. Healthcare environment plays a key role, especially in Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). HAIs which are additional infections that occur in patients during their stay in hospitals, and fatal and generally caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria.
According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 25 patients is diagnosed with HAI in the U.S. each year. HAIs can lead to prolonged stay in hospital, readmission after discharge, and increase in expenses of patients. Thus, these challenges have led to increased interest in developing strategies and products to reduce the risk of HAIs. Incorporation of antimicrobial additives in healthcare furnishings and medical equipment is a step toward minimizing the risk of bacteria attack in healthcare environment.
Food & beverage end-use segment is expected to witness above average growth rate over the forecast period supported by continuous utilization of additives in shelving, flooring, food processing equipment, ice making machines, storage containers, water coolers, and water hydration systems in the food & beverage industry. Increasing population and changing lifestyle of consumers is anticipated to drive the demand for antimicrobial additives in the food & beverage sector over the forecast period.
Asia Pacific dominated the antimicrobial additives market and accounted for over 38.0% share of the global revenue in 2022. The market is driven by the growth of the major end-use industries such as automotive, healthcare, construction, food and beverage, and packaging. Robust manufacturing base of automotive industry in China, Japan, and India coupled with increased sales of passenger vehicles is anticipated to augment antimicrobial additives market growth in the near future. In addition, favorable policies such as foreign direct investments (FDI) and Make in India implemented by the government of India are expected to create ample growth opportunities for automobile industry, which, in turn, is expected to increase the consumption of antimicrobial additives in automobile applications.
Industrial expansion in the region is anticipated to augment the demand for antimicrobial additives in industrial machinery, equipment, and containers. Growing construction industry in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific and increased infrastructure spending by the governments of India and China are the key factors responsible for driving the product demand over the forecast period.
The growth of antimicrobial additives market in Asia Pacific is projected to be negatively impacted by COVID-19 as there is limited cross-border trade among the economies. Healthcare end-use segment is driving the demand for antimicrobial additives in the region owing to the rising demand for syringes, surgical drapes, and personal protective clothing. The demand for antimicrobial additives in various end-use segments such as automotive, building & construction, textiles, and consumer goods is expected to grow in the near future, after the current lockdown situation in several country is revoked.
The global market is found to be significantly fragmented in nature owing to the presence of large number of manufacturers across the globe. The global players face intense competition from each other as well as from regional players, who have strong awareness of regulations and suppliers in the markets.
Prominent players involved in the marketplace are continuously engaged in merger & acquisition activities along with the expansion of manufacturing facilities, investments in research & development activities and seeking opportunities to vertically integrate across the value chain. For instance, in August 2018, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. has expanded its polymer business by the acquisition of A. Schulman Inc. This acquisition strengthens the company’s presence into high-margin end markets such as automotive, packaging and electronic goods. In November 2019, Sanitized AG partnered with Bodo Moller Chemie for the distribution of sanitized antimicrobial additives in the Eastern Europe market. Some prominent players in global antimicrobial additives market include:
NanoBioMatters Industries S.L
Momentive Performance Materials Inc.
Life Materials Technologies Limited
LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
Plastics Color Corporation
Market size value in 2023
USD 3.10 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 5.63 billion
CAGR of 8.9% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Volume in Tons, Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Type, application, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; and MEA
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy; China; India; Japan; Brazil; Argentina; GCC Countries; South Africa
Key companies profiled
NanoBioMatters Industries S.L; BASF SE; RTP Company; Milliken Chemical; BioCote Limited; Microban International; Clariant AG; PolyOne Corporation; Momentive Performance Materials Inc.; Life Materials Technologies Limited; SteriTouch Limited; Sanitized AG; Dow Inc.; LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.; Plastics Color Corporation; Lonza
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This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global antimicrobial additives market report based on type, application, end-use and region:
Type Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2018 - 2030)
Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2018 - 2030)
Paints & Coatings
Pulp & Paper
End-use Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2018 - 2030)
Minimally Invasive Medical Products
Re-usable Medical items
Controlled Release Packaging
Food & Beverage
Building & Construction
Faucets & Fixtures
Sealants & Grouts
Automotive & Transportation
Light Commercial Vehicles
Heavy Commercial Vehicles
Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Mn; 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global antimicrobial additives market size was estimated at USD 2.87 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 3.10 billion in 2023.
b. The global antimicrobial additives market is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate of 8.9% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 5.63 billion by 2030.
b. The inorganic type segment led the global antimicrobial additives market and accounted for more than a 53% share of the global revenue in 2022.
b. The plastics application segment led the global antimicrobial additives market and accounted for more than 34% share of the global revenue in 2022.
b. The Asia Pacific dominated the antimicrobial additives market with a revenue share of 38% in 2022. The regional market is driven by the growth of the major end-use industries, such as automotive, healthcare, construction, food and beverage, and packaging.
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