The global antimicrobial additives market size was valued at USD 2.5 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5% from 2021 to 2028. Rising population and rapid urbanization in emerging economies of Asia Pacific are likely to boost the growth of the end-use industries, which, in turn, is expected to escalate the product demand over the forecast period. The product demand is expected to increase majorly in the healthcare and packaging application industries. Rising demand for healthcare and packaging products, due to the growing number of Covid-19 cases around the world, is projected to support the market growth. Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the global market on account of the strong presence of the major healthcare product manufacturers.
After the pandemic, Japan, India, and Indonesia are expected to contribute to the growth of the construction sector in the Asia Pacific region 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 a growing population, is in turn, contributing to the growth of the market.
The market in the U.S. is expected to witness moderate growth over the coming years. High demand for advanced healthcare services owing to the well-developed healthcare infrastructure and reimbursement coverage plans is anticipated to drive the growth of the medical devices industry in the country. Constantly growing target population and rise in the number of car accidents are projected to propel the demand for surgeries. This, in turn, will drive the product demand in the country in the years to come.
However, stringent regulations have made the antimicrobial additives suppliers introduce and set up new compositions 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, such stringent regulations are expected to hamper the market growth over the forecast period.
The inorganic type segment led the market and accounted for more than 52% share of the global revenue in 2020. High demand for silver-, copper-, and zinc-based additives is projected to fuel the segment growth over the forecast period. Silver-based products are used as antimicrobial agents owing to their properties, such as non-toxicity, continual performance for a long duration, eco-friendly nature, high thermal stability, and protection against microbial growth. Zinc pyrithione is added to the materials that are prone to exposure to mold spores 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 the organic type segment is expected to be sluggish over the forecast period on account of the ban on the sales and use of OBPA and triclosan due to their high levels of toxicity.
The plastics application segment led the market and accounted for more than 33% share of the global revenue in 2020. This high share is attributed to the extensive utilization of plastic in the production of soap dispensers, food containers, surgical products, and breathing devices owing to its adaptable nature. 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 to offer resistance against various microbes, thus, resulting in enhanced durability of plastic products. Antimicrobial additives have application in all types of paints and coatings, such as solvent-, water-, oil-, and 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, thus, the paper products must have microbe-resistant properties before being handled in various end-use applications.
The healthcare end-use segment led the global market and accounted for more than 25% share of the global revenue in 2020. The segment is estimated to expand further at the fastest CAGR from 2021 to 2028 due to the rising demand for healthcare products as a result of the growing geriatric population. The healthcare environment plays a key role, especially in Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). HAIs, additional infections that occur in patients during their stay in hospitals, are fatal and generally caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 25 patients is diagnosed with HAI in the country each year. HAIs can lead to prolonged stays in the hospital, readmission after discharge, and an increase in expenses of patients. Thus, these challenges have led to increased interest in developing strategies and products to reduce the risk of HAIs. The incorporation of antimicrobial additives in healthcare furnishings and medical equipment is a step toward minimizing the risk of such infections.
The food & beverage end-use segment is expected to witness a considerable 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. The increasing population and changing lifestyle of consumers are anticipated to drive the product demand in the food & beverage sector over the forecast period.
Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted for over 37% share of the global revenue in 2020. The market is driven by the growth of the major end-use industries, such as automotive, healthcare, construction, food and beverage, and packaging. The robust manufacturing base of the automotive industry in China, Japan, and India coupled with increased sales of passenger vehicles is anticipated to augment the product demand. 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 the automobile industry, which, in turn, is expected to increase the product consumption in automobile applications.
Industrial expansion in the region is anticipated to augment the demand for antimicrobial additives in industrial machinery, equipment, and containers. The growing construction industry in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific and increased infrastructure spending by the governments of India and China are also among the key factors responsible for driving the product demand. However, the regional market was adversely affected by the Covid-19 owing to limited cross-border trade among the economies. The healthcare end-use segment is driving the product demand in the region owing to the rising usage of syringes, surgical drapes, and personal protective clothing.
The global market is significantly fragmented owing to the presence of a large number of manufacturers across the globe. Global players face intense competition from each other as well as from regional players, who have a strong awareness of regulations and suppliers in the markets.
Prominent players are involved in activities, such as merger & acquisition, expansion of manufacturing facilities, investments in R&D, and seeking opportunities to vertically integrate across the value chain. For instance, in August 2018, LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V. expanded its polymer business by acquiring A. Schulman Inc. 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 the global antimicrobial additives market include:
NanoBioMatters Industries S.L.
Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.
Life Materials Technologies Ltd.
LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.
Plastics Color Corp.
Market size value in 2021
USD 2.7 billion
Revenue forecast in 2028
USD 4.7 billion
CAGR of 8.5% from 2021 to 2028
Base year for estimation
2016 - 2019
2021 - 2028
Volume in tons, revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2021 to 2028
Revenue forecast, volume forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Type, application, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; 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 Ltd.; Microban International; Clariant AG; PolyOne Corp.; Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.; Life Materials Technologies Ltd.; SteriTouch Ltd.; Sanitized AG; Dow, Inc.; LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.; Plastics Color Corp.; Lonza
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This report forecasts revenue and volume growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global antimicrobial additives market report on the basis of type, application, end-use, and region:
Type Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)
Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)
Paints & Coatings
Pulp & Paper
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 Million, 2016 - 2028)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global antimicrobial additives market size was estimated at USD 2.5 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 2.7 billion in 2021.
b. The global antimicrobial additives market is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate of 8.5% from 2021 to 2028 to reach USD 4.7 billion by 2028.
b. The inorganic type segment led the global antimicrobial additives market and accounted for more than 52% share of the global revenue in 2020.
b. The plastics application segment led the global antimicrobial additives market and accounted for more than 33% share of the global revenue in 2020.
b. Asia Pacific dominated the global antimicrobial additives market and accounted for over 37% share of the global revenue in 2020.
b. Healthcare dominated the antimicrobial additives market with a share of 25% owing to their increasing utilization for Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) and medical devices.
b. Some key players operating in the antimicrobial additives market include BASF SE; LyondellBasell Industries Holdings B.V.; NanoBioMatters S.L.; BioCote Limited; RTP Company; Clariant AG; Microban International; PolyOne Corporation; and Sanitized AG.
b. Key factors that are driving the market growth include increasing the use of antimicrobial additives in the manufacturing process of medical devices such as guidewires, guiding catheters, access systems, and sheaths to prevent microbial growth.
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