The usage of antimicrobial additives in the packaging industry will witness considerable revenue growth at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2016 to 2025, as per Grand View Research. These additives are added to the plastic productsto prevent spoilage of food, beverages, and medicines due to microbial contamination. Moreover, the rising number of fast food chains and restaurants are anticipated to drive the demand for packaging thereby increasing product demand. In addition, the increasing usage of these additives in the paper for packing medicines and food will create immense growth opportunities over the forecast period. Antimicrobial Additives market size worth US$15.34 bln by 2025. Further key findings from the report suggest:
- The global antimicrobial additives market demand was 57.4 kilo tons in 2015 and is projected to grow significantly on account of swift healthcare expansion in emerging countries such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.
- Europe accounted for 22.5% of the global volume share in 2015 and is anticipated to witness growth amid rising consumer demand for antimicrobial packaging, healthcare, food & beverage and paints & coatings products in the upcoming years.
- Inorganic antimicrobial additives are expected to witness significant volume growth at a CAGR of 8.3% from 2016 to 2025 on account of increasing usage of silver ion. Excellent antimicrobial properties along with low toxicity of silver will spur market demand in the future.
- Companies are focusing on extensive research to develop innovative products and technologies. For instance, in October 2016, Sanitized AG introduced Sanitized PL 14-32, a highly effective product for long-lasting antimicrobial protection for flexible polymer applications.
Antimicrobial additives market is estimated to be worth US$3.95 bln by 2021 amid huge demand from APAC, as per Research and Markets. The growth of the antimicrobial additives market is primarily triggered by its huge demand from the Asia-Pacific region and growing end-use industries such as healthcare, packaging, food & beverage, construction, and automotive. The government proposals in Asia-Pacific to improve public infrastructure and rising cash-intensive non-residential construction are driving the antimicrobial additives market. This, in turn, is contributing to the increasing demand for antimicrobial additives in the Asia-Pacific region. Silver-based antimicrobial additives are projected to grow with the highest CAGR between 2016 and 2021, amid higher demand owing to their non-toxic, environmental friendly and high thermal stability properties. Also, the increasing demand from various end-use industries such as healthcare, packaging, food & beverage, construction, and automotive is fueling the growth of the silver-based antimicrobial additives market. Since silver is the major type of antimicrobial additive, its growing demand drives the antimicrobial additives market. Research and Markets further states that the global antimicrobial additives market size is expected to reach US$15.34 bln by 2025. The growing demand for healthcare products such as medical devices and disposables in emerging economies including India and China will fuel growth over the forecast period. Furthermore, increasing awareness among consumers regarding hospital acquired infections (HAIs) is expected to propel the demand for products with antimicrobial properties further.
Antimicrobial additives market value to increase to US$16.2 bln by 2025, as per Future Market Insights, at a healthy CAGR of 8%. The benefits offered by antimicrobial products include quality enhancement of equipment/materials in terms of resistance towards microbial growth, improved product performance, and durability. Preference towards hygienic and disposable products and increasing health awareness are other key factors fuelling demand. Some antimicrobial additives are hazardous to the environment when disposed. Research initiatives by environmental institutions suggest that anti-bacterial chemicals constitute a significant portion of soil and water contaminants. The issue of safe disposal and harmful effects of these additives on the eco-system is identified as a restraining factor for the growth of the market. Use of antimicrobial additives in healthcare products, such as medical devices and disposable hygiene products is identified as one of the key trends in the market. Stringent environment regulations have prompted antimicrobial additives manufacturers to innovate and launch new compositions in order to meet the safe disposal and anti-bacterial properties criterion.
On the basis of applications, the antimicrobial additives market is segmented into paints and coatings, inks, paper, plastics, fabric/textile, silicone and rubber, and other applications. On the basis of the end use industry, the antimicrobial additives market is segmented into building and construction, healthcare, automotive, electronics, food and beverages and other end-use industries. On the basis of regions, the global antimicrobial additives market is segmented into seven key regions, including Asia Pacific, North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa and Japan.
As of 2014, the plastics application was the largest segment in the global antimicrobial additives market, followed by paints and coatings, and textile. The plastics application segment is projected to remain the largest segment throughout the forecast period, corresponding to incremental opportunity of US$ 2954 Mln between 2015 and 2025. As of 2014, food and beverages was the largest end-use industry segment in the global antimicrobial additives market, followed by healthcare. Both these segments are expected to offer similar incremental $ opportunity for the antimicrobial additive manufacturers during the forecast period. Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) accounted for the largest market value share of the global antimicrobial additives market, followed by Western Europe, North America and other regions. Developing regions including APEJ, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa collectively accounted for more than 50% share of the overall market in 2014 and are further expected to gain market share by 2025. The BRICS antimicrobial additives market is projected to account for a significant share of the overall market by the end of forecast period and is anticipated to expand at a promising CAGR of more than 9% during the forecast period.