Anti-viral textiles can effectively inhibit the spread of viruses and reduce the risk of cross-infection and re-infection, protecting the health and safety of individuals. In recent years, scientists have studied a variety of anti-viral substances that can prevent the spread and reproduction of viruses by inhibiting their attachment and replication. Various finishing and spinning procedures can incorporate these substances into anti-viral textiles. In order to protect against viruses, textiles should be treated with chemicals such as Sodium Pentaborate Pentahydrate (NaB5O5H2O), Triclosan, Glucopon, various metal ions, etc. These substances should be harmless to users and have no negative side effects.
One of the nanoparticles' effective and impressive mechanisms is their ability to inhibit viruses by directly penetrating the viral coronae. The mechanism also demonstrates that these nanoparticles can bind to coronavirus and prevent it from entering and attaching to host cells. Another essential mechanism of nanoparticles is their ability to inhibit virus replication. These characteristics represent a breakthrough for the global textile industry. Cationic polymers are an additional anti-microbial polymer with anti-viral properties that can be used to manufacture advanced face masks. In a two-step mechanism, cationic polymers bind cationic chitosan to silicic acid in phospholipids, thereby preventing the movement of microbial substances on the organic material. In the second step of the mechanism, chitosan molecules penetrate the coronavirus cell wall. It prevents the transformation of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA), thereby inhibiting its growth.
Significant bedding, apparel, hospitality, and fabric brands partnered with anti-viral technology providers in 2020 to test and develop new products for these cautious years. D'décor, Hollander Sleep Products, and KARMAN have partnered with HeiQ, a provider of anti-viral technology, to develop and launch anti-viral clothing, bedsheets, curtains, and household goods. Several brands have collaborated and tested their structures with anti-viral materials and products. Golds Gym, one of North America's most well-known fitness gym brands, has successfully implemented anti-viral technology on its equipment, mattresses, and walls to create a safe environment for customers and reduce the need for frequent disinfecting with harsh chemicals. Therefore, due to the development and availability of anti-viral technologies, numerous public, semi-public, and private locations will be fully equipped with anti-viral technology in the coming years, resulting in enormous market expansion opportunities.
Asia-Pacific is the most significant global anti-viral fabric market shareholder and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 17.31% during the forecast period. The Asia-Pacific region is the world's largest and most prominent textile producer, exporter, and developer. The region's textile industry market share is greater than fifty percent. The regional textile industries of numerous nations, such as India, China, and Thailand, have enormous growth and innovation potential. The hospitality industry is one of the primary revenue generators for these nations. In the COVID-19 era or the new normal of the 21st century, the application of anti-viral technology to hotel bedding, curtains, and carpets can be a significant draw for tourists over hotels that do not opt for these new anti-viral products. In addition, home textile manufacturers in China and India collaborate with providers of anti-viral technology to implement anti-viral technology on their fabric brands. By partnering with HeiQ Materials Ltd. and HealthGuard Corporation Pty. Ltd., respectively, D'Decor Home Fabrics Pvt. Ltd. and Welspun of India have introduced a variety of home textile anti-viral fabric products for consumers.
North America is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 15.41% over the forecast period. The North American region is one of the largest markets for anti-viral face masks due to the high demand generated by healthcare workers in the United States and Canada. Since 2020, the countries have actively fought the COVID-19 virus and vaccinated their entire populations. This allows apparel and home textile manufacturers to introduce new technology fabrics. These companies actively collaborate with anti-viral technology providers to incorporate their technology into their new anti-viral products. In August 2020, Hollander Sleep collaborated with HeiQ to implement Viroblock technology in their anti-viral bedding applications for the North American consumer and hospitality markets. Using ViralOff technology, Bedgear, and Polygiene collaborated in 2020 to develop and manufacture anti-viral bedsheets and mattresses. In June 2020, Noble Biometrics introduced a new laboratory-tested fabric that is effective against SARS-COV2 and can manufacture PPE clothing and face masks for the region's healthcare workers.
The key global anti-viral fabric market players are SQ Group, Peter England, Donear Industries Ltd., HeiQ Materials AG, Hollander Sleep Products, Berger Paints, Polygiene, D’Décor Home Fabrics Pvt. Ltd., Diesel S.p.A, Bedgear, Carrington Textiles Ltd, HealthGuard Corporation Pty. Ltd., Takisada-Nagoya Co., Ltd., Rudolf GmbH, Welspun, Milliken & Company, and others.