The global market for antimicrobial textiles is benefitting from the demand for fabrics that can prevent infections and diseases. Apart from offering comfort and breathability, antimicrobial textiles also inhibit the growth of bacteria such as CRE, VRE, and MRSA. The usage of antimicrobial products has been increasing in recent times on account of the rising concerns over hygiene in people. Moreover, health experts have made ardent efforts to educate people about the importance of antimicrobial products, which has given an impetus to the market.
The healthcare industry extensively uses these textiles to cater to the requirements of a clean, hygienic, and disease-free environment. It is anticipated that the rising awareness about the congeniality of antimicrobial textiles would prompt several other industries to use them. Textiles can be imparted a microbial nature with the help of extrusion of additives, or by applying pigments and dyes to the finished product. The method used for converting textiles into antimicrobial textiles usually depends on the final use of the fabric. A report by Transparency Market Research (TMR) is an apt representation of the global market for antimicrobial fabrics. The report, titled, “Antimicrobial Textiles Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 – 2026” could act as a focal point for market players to gauge the progress of the market over the given timeframe.
The development of technologies and processes that require the use of antimicrobial textiles has led to the growth of the global market. Antimicrobial fabrics are also available in the form of clothes, sportswear, bath linen, bedsheets, pet bedding, and curtains, among others. The sports industry has lately become a prominent consumer of such fabrics on account of the ease they offer during strenuous activities and their anti-infection properties. Furthermore, antimicrobial fabrics also eliminate body odor and harmful microbes that aren’t entirely washed off in other textiles. The healthcare industry is expected to remain at the forefront of generating demand in the market over the coming years. It is imperative upon GPs, surgeons, and other health experts to maintain disease-free premises within the healthcare units. Patients are, hence, required to wear clothes made of antimicrobial fabrics throughout their treatment at hospitals and healthcare centers.
Despite the relevance of antimicrobial textiles across several industries, the market suffers hindrances from several factors. Primarily, the use of chemicals such as triclosan in antimicrobial products for industrial applications is posing a threat to market growth. Besides this, the strict regulations against the use of harmful chemicals to synthesize antimicrobial textiles could also obstruct growth. The fluctuations in the price of raw materials has also proved to be a bane for the market. Nevertheless, the rising awareness about the benefits of antimicrobial textiles is expected to outdo the odds.
The rapid advancements in the healthcare sector across the Asia Pacific region has placed the region at the top among others in the market for antimicrobial textiles. Moreover, rising awareness coupled with the emergence of affluent customers has also played a part in enhancing the prospect of market growth in Asia Pacific. Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Western Europe, Latin America, and North America are amongst other key regional segments.
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The leading players in the global antimicrobial textiles market include Trevira GmbH, Lonza Group AG,Life Threads LLC, Microban International Ltd., Sciessent LLC, The Dow Chemical Company, Unitika Trading Co. Ltd., SANITIZED AG, BASF SE, and Milliken Chemical.