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Global Statistics Representing Antimicrobial Additives Market Scenario

Antimicrobial additives are chemical ingredients or specific solutions that are infused into a product during manufacturing process. These additives kill microorganisms or inhibit their growth until product shelf life. Moreover, they can improve the performance of a surface by permanently reducing negative effects of microbes. This has enabled manufacturers to offer products that are cleaner, safer, and more hygienic to use, giving them an instant competitive advantage.

Microorganisms can interfere with a wide variety of materials such as food & beverages, plastics, paints & coatings, and pharmaceutical product and interrupt the working mechanism. With the growing health-conscious population, researchers have demonstrated that 9 out of every 10 consumers are now searching for products containing a proven and trusted antimicrobial technology.

The market is majorly driven by growing number of end use industries, increasing use of silver based products as antimicrobial additives, and growing adoption of antimicrobial products. Several end-use industries such as paper & pulp, building & construction, commercial, healthcare, and automotive are using antimicrobial additives at some stage of the manufacturing process. An increase in the vehicle production and investment in the overall manufacturing sector is driving the demand for antimicrobial additives in paints & coatings industry. Additionally, the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry as well as personal care & cosmetics industry leverage the benefits provided by these antimicrobial additives.

The silver ion-based inorganic formulation has been used for centuries as a biostatic agent and continues gaining tremendous attention particularly in pharmaceutical and personal care products. Silver has broad-spectrum activity, low toxicological profile and is suitable for deployment in a broad range of products. An electrochemical reaction releases silver ion when contracted by moisture. These ions penetrate microbes rendering them unable to grow, function, or reproduce.

Global antimicrobial additives market is expected to reach USD 14,656 million in 2028 from USD 9,476 million in 2018 at a negative CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period 2019–2026

Segment Analysis

Antimicrobial additives utilize over 25 different organic and inorganic antimicrobial technologies, each customized for maximum performance for effective use across a variety of industries such as consumer goods, household items, construction products, and healthcare industry.

On the basis of type, market is bifurcated into: organic formulation and inorganic formulation. Organic formulations are further segmented into arsenic-based formulations and non-arsenic based formulations. Non-arsenic-based-formulations is sub-segmented into triclosan, non-metal biocides, and others. Inorganic formulation is segmented into silver, copper, zinc. Inorganic formulation holds the major share in the market and is the fastest growing segment by types owing to its various advantages over organic formulation. Organic antimicrobial additives are small molecules, incompatible with the polymer matrix, and diffuse with the surface of product where they can interact with microorganisms. Organic formulations display biostatic effect—prevention of reproduction of the organism and are utilized in disposable items rather than durable goods with longer lifespan as there is the possibility of leaching out of the polymer and being thermally unstable.

Antimicrobial additives kill microorganisms such as protozoans, bacteria, and fungi or inhibit their growth. Antimicrobial additives are used in number of applications such as PU foam, plastic, paints, and coatings, pulp and paper, and others. Additionally, these additives are also used on a larges scale in various food items, medicines, polymers, and others. Untreated plastic articles can be attacked by various microbes resulting into unpleasant odors, discoloration, and polymer degradation. Antimicrobial additives play a vital role in inhibiting the growth of microorganisms in plastics. These additives can be incorporated with plastic resins at the time of compounding or molding and provides a biocide treatment to control microbes.

Moreover, there are number of plastic articles, which are suitable for antimicrobial treatment such as sports and recreation equipment, textile firms & fibers, general household goods, food processing and handling machinery, and others. Therefore, with the increasing use of plastic in household goods, industries, cosmetics, and others, global antimicrobial additives market is projected to witness significant growth during the forecast period 2018–2025.

For instance, Sanitized, one of the leading producers of antimicrobial hygiene functions and material protection for textiles and plastics, has recently developed a new product for long-lasting antimicrobial protection for flexible polymer applications.

Companies are focusing on formulating a variety of antimicrobial additives to meet the specific requirements of product innovator and end-user. Consistent efforts have been made to develop new formulations to cater to ever-growing demand for trusted antimicrobial technology.

The food and beverage industry innovated to add value and meet evolving consumer specific demand. Rising demand for processed food, growing disposable income, and hectic work schedule are likely to drive the demand for food and beverage processing industry. Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) in 2015 estimated India’s food processing industry at USD258 billion and it is expected to reach USD482 billion by 2020.

Regional Analysis

Geographically, the global antimicrobial additives market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and LAMEA (Latin America, and the Middle East, & Africa).

Asia Pacific antimicrobial additives market is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period

Increasing demand for antimicrobial additives from the building and construction industry, increasing economic growth especially in healthcare and packaging industries, and rapid industrialization are the key factors for market growth in this region. India is the major contributor to the market growth and is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period. The construction industry in India is witnessing rapid growth due to expanding manufacturing capabilities and increasing consumption. Moreover, the construction industry is the second largest sector in India after agriculture. India is projected to become one of the leading construction markets in the world by 2025 owing to various activities such as buildings, urban infrastructure, roads, irrigation, and railways. The increasing industrialization and globalization, especially in the developing countries such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea are propelling the growth of the market in Asia Pacific.

Key Players

Some of the key players in the global antimicrobial additives market are Clariant International Ltd, Valtris Specialty Chemicals Limited (Akcros Chemical Inc.), Ecolab Inc, Sanitized AG, Troy Corporation, DowDuPont Inc., Microban International, Ltd. (W.M. Barr & Company, Inc.), Stepan Company, BASF SE, Thor Group Limited ,and others

Our Report Covers

  • Historical inferences, findings & analysis of the market from 2013 to 2018
  • Projections and performance forecast analysis for the future from 2019 to 2028
  • Production and consumption point of view (POV) analysis
  • Market drivers, restraint and opportunity analysis, to define market dynamics covering industry, regulatory, innovation, technological & pricing trends
  • Comprehensive competitive landscape mapping with recent development covering market leadership, competency, sustainability, and prospects

Antimicrobial Additives Market Segmentation

By Types

  • Organic Formulations
    • Arsenic-Based Formulations
    • Non- Arsenic-Based Formulations
      • Triclosan
      • Non-Metal Biocides
      • Others
    • Inorganic Formulations
      • Silver
      • Copper
      • Zinc
      • Others

By Application

  • PU Foam
  • Plastic
  • Paints and Coatings
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Others

By End User

  • Commercial
    • Food and Beverage Processing
    • Packaging Materials
    • Building Materials
    • Others
  • Households
    • Appliances
    • Personal Care Products
    • Other Consumer Products
  • Construction Products
    • Flooring
    • Adhesive
    • Sealant
    • Others
  • Healthcare
    • Hospital Beds
    • Medical Devices
    • Carts
    • Others

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • LAMEA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Global Antimicrobial Additives Market is expected to reach USD 14,656 million in 2028 from USD 9,476 million in 2018 at a negative CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period 2019–2026
Inorganic formulation segment is expected to be leading segments in Antimicrobial Additives Market during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific is expected to hold the highest market share in Antimicrobial Additives Market.
In 2018 Global Antimicrobial Additives Market was valued at USD 9,476 million.
Increasing industrialization and globalization are the key factor expected to drive the Antimicrobial Additives Market during forecast period.
Clariant International Ltd, Valtris Specialty Chemicals Limited, Ecolab Inc, Sanitized AG, Troy Corporation are the top players in Antimicrobial Additives Market.


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