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Ultraviolet Disinfection Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By End-use (Municipal, Residential), By Application (Water & Wastewater, Air Treatment), By Component Type, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2028

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-660-8
  • Number of Pages: 167
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global ultraviolet disinfection equipment market size was valued at USD 7.13 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.1% over the forecast period. Increasing demand for ultraviolet (UV) disinfection equipment in healthcare facilities is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth. The rising prevalence of COVID-19 cases coupled with the increasing R&D spending is expected to boost the demand for UV disinfection equipment over the forecast period. Furthermore, factors, such as disruptions across several end-use industries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased concerns about germs, are expected to have a positive impact on the market growth.

U.S. ultraviolet disinfection equipment market size, by component type, 2018 - 2028 (USD Million)

UV air purification is a proven technology, and in many cases, the WHO and CDC have promoted the use of purification in laboratories, hospitals, operating rooms, and universities. In addition, UV air purifiers are recommended to improve air quality in both the residential and commercial sectors to remove particulate matter and dust, which is speculated to curb the spread of coronavirus. The novel coronavirus pandemic has put a few healthcare systems under immense pressure and stretched others beyond their capacities.

Now with the increasing cases of the disease, a lot of hospitals have started incorporating UV systems to disinfect the high-risk indoor setting, which, in turn, is expected to increase the product demand over the coming years. UV disinfection systems have minimum environmental impact compared to sodium hypochlorite and chlorine gas as UV is mostly affected by the electrical grid composition. This makes it a versatile technology.

As more and more electricity sources are becoming green, UV is expected to reduce its environmental footprint. Public health departments have recognized UV disinfection systems as an effective method of treating drinking water, reclaimed water, and wastewater. This has encouraged countries across the globe in incorporating these systems as they are safe and do not require any harmful chemicals to protect water resources and achieve sustainability goals.

Component Type Insights

The UV lamps segment led the market in 2020 with a revenue share of 36.4%. Low-pressure bulbs are mostly used in applications where the flow rates are low and exposure times can be longer. Amalgam lamps are used in commercial-type applications as they can efficiently treat microbiological contamination. Quartz sleeves are expected to last up to 8 years and are generally replaced after five years, according to the U.S. EPA wastewater technology fact sheet. Quartz sleeve fouling is usually caused because of the formation of algae, magnesium, and calcium ions, and the iron layer formed due to low maintenance of the equipment.

Reactor chambers are estimated to witness a steady CAGR of 11.4% from 2020 to 2028. Reactor chambers are usually made of stainless steel on account of high fire, heat, and corrosion resistance. These reactors are easy to install, head losses lower than 0.5 meters, and provide high flow capacity despite their smaller dimensions. Electronic ballasts comprise several electronic components acting together as a power supply. These ballasts can send an electrical current up to 50,000 pulses per second. Electronic ballasts are more efficient, lighter in weight, and smaller in size compared to magnetic ballast. They also produce less noise & heat and provide longer lamp operating life.

Application Insights

The others segment led the market and accounted for 41.7% of the global revenue share in 2020. Exposing the specific UV dose to the food packaging products, such as containers, boxes, lids, and foils helps decontaminate the surface of these products, thereby preventing the contact of microbes with the food products. Most of the educational facilities are in areas of high population density, and the air can be polluted by a wide range of contaminants in both indoor and outdoor spaces. As a result, a wide range of schools and educational institutions have started utilizing air purifiers, such as UV disinfection systems, to curb the spread of coronavirus and reduce indoor air pollution.

Since the onset of COVID-19, countries have witnessed an increased demand for processed fruits and vegetables, poultry, and others, wherein consumers are visiting retail stores for stockpiling these products. The risk of exposure to respiratory pathogens in a closed environment is higher than in an open environment, hence more and more retail store owners are using UV air disinfection systems. This, in turn, is estimated to boost the segment growth over the forecast period. Poor indoor air quality leads to several health problems, such as allergies and asthma, which affect both breathing and the overall well-being of humans. UV air purifiers are specially designed to use UV-C light to inactivate microorganisms and airborne pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, and molds.

End-use Insights

The municipal segment led the global UV disinfection equipment market in 2020 with a revenue share of 44.9% on account of the increased penetration of the technology in water & wastewater treatment plants in developed countries. Several municipal wastewater treatment plants have started adopting UV disinfection treatment solutions over conventional technologies as it is cost-effective, safe, and eco-friendly. Increasing consumer awareness regarding air pollution, coupled with the rising prevalence of airborne diseases has forced manufacturers to invest in green technologies to curb the pollution levels across the globe. As a result, manufacturers are combining technologies, such as UV disinfection, filtration, and photocatalytic purification, which can eliminate all sources of air pollution with a minimum environmental footprint.

Global ultraviolet disinfection equipment market share, by end-use, 2020 (%)

In recent years, in developing economies, industrial activities and urbanization have led to environmental deterioration because of untreated or inadequately treated industrial wastewater effluents. As a result, the demand for UV disinfection for industrial wastewater treatment is gaining popularity as virtually all microorganisms are susceptible to chemical-free UV disinfection. The demand for UV decontamination tunnels and UV surface disinfection conveyers is increasing as they reduce microbiological contamination on the surface of food products, packaging materials, medical equipment, and pharmaceuticals. This, in turn, is estimated to boost the demand for UV disinfection equipment across industrial end-use at the fastest CAGR of 11.7% over the forecast period.

Regional Insights

North America led the global market and accounted for a revenue share of over 32% in 2020. Increasing investments in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and automotive sectors of the U.S. and Canada are expected to play a crucial role in triggering the demand for wastewater treatment, and consequently UV disinfection equipment over the forecast period. Europe is one of the most polluted regions across the globe on account of the rising industrialization and urbanization. In addition, the developing automotive market, favorable industrial policies, and economic development in the region are some of the prominent factors that boost the product demand for air purification.

The product demand in water and wastewater treatment is estimated to witness significant growth in Australia over the forecast period. Water & wastewater recycling has become a key component of the overall municipal and industrial water management in the country. Optimization of existing recycling technologies and the development of novel recycling techniques are some of the key agendas for researchers in Australia. The rising pollution levels and increasing prevalence of airborne diseases in the U.S. have resulted in the growth of awareness among the consumers, which is augmenting the product demand for air purification. Favorable investments in the water treatment industry on a domestic level are expected to have a positive impact on the regional market over the forecast period.

Key Company & Market Share Insights

Major manufacturers are increasing their focus on product innovations and technological advancements owing to the rising demand for devices equipped with UV technology amid the COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, GermFalcon is using a UV-C light system that is explicitly designed for airplanes and can disinfect a 30-row aircraft in less than three minutes. In addition, Puro is supplying UV-C light to New York City transportation services to clean subway cars and buses.

Manufacturers are also undertaking other strategies, such as mergers & acquisitions, to strengthen their foothold in the global market. For instance, in March 2018, Kuraray Co., Ltd. acquired Calgon Carbon Corp., which aided Kuraray to gain a global presence in filtration media and activated carbon market. Some prominent players in the global ultraviolet disinfection equipment market include:

  • Xylem

  • Trojan Technologies

  • Halma PLC

  • Calgon Carbon Corp.

  • Atlantic Ultraviolet Corp.

  • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC

  • Advanced UV, Inc.

  • American Ultraviolet

  • Atlantium Technologies Ltd.

  • Dr. Hönle AG

  • Lumalier Corp.

  • Xenex


  • S.I.T.A. Srl

  • Hitech Ultraviolet Pvt. Ltd.

Ultraviolet Disinfection Equipment Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 11.56 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 8.39 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 12.1% from 2020 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2020 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2020 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Component type, application, end-use, and region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Italy; China; India; Japan; Australia; Brazil; Argentina; South Africa; UAE

Key companies profiled

Xylem Inc.; Trojan Technologies; Halma PLC; Kuraray Co., Ltd; Atlantic Ultraviolet Corp.; Evoqua Water Technologies LLC; Advanced UV, Inc.; American Ultraviolet; Atlantium Technologies LTD.; Dr. Hönle AG; Lumalier Corp.; Xenex; ENAQUA; S.I.T.A. Srl; Hitech Ultraviolet Pvt. Ltd.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global ultraviolet disinfection equipment market report on the basis of component type, application, end-use, and region:

  • Component Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • UV Lamps

      • Mercury

        • Low-pressure

        • Medium-pressure

        • Amalgam

      • Xenon/LED

    • Ballasts/Controller Units

    • Quartz Sleeves

    • Reactor Chambers

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Water & Wastewater Treatment

    • Air Treatment

      • Residential

      • Healthcare Facilities

      • Retail Shops

      • Offices

      • Hospitality

      • Schools & Educational Institutions

      • Industrial

      • Others

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Municipal

    • Residential

    • Commercial

    • Industrial

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Argentina

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • UAE

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