Hygiene Consciousness among People and Demand from Healthcare Sector to Boost Global Antimicrobial Textiles Market

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.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market Dynamic Business Environment during 2017-2025

Antimicrobial Textiles Market: Snapshot

The global antimicrobial textiles market has exhibited steady growth in the last few years and considering its relatively recent emergence, the growth rate of the market is also promising. The consistent demand for antimicrobial textiles from consumers has been facilitated by the comfort they provide by eliminating the risk of microbial contamination through clothing. Bacterial and fungal infections represent a significant risk for the skin and can develop into more serious conditions. Their elimination is thus a considerable benefit for wearers.

Rising pollution levels in urban centers across the world have also been a major contributor to the global antimicrobial textiles market. Environmental and water pollution can lead to significant concentration of pathogens, which can easily be transferred to individuals through their clothes. Antimicrobial textiles are thus being demanded more and more in urban centers across the world, where pollution concerns are often the highest.

Rising countries in Asia Pacific are likely to remain a leading contributor to the global antimicrobial textiles market in the coming years, as the tropical region faces significant problem from microbial diseases. The mounting pollution levels in countries such as China and India are a major factor for the Asia Pacific antimicrobial textiles market, as the rapid urbanization and industrial development in these two dynamic industrial powers have caused significant concerns in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai, and New Delhi.

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Apart from personal use, the manufacturing sector and the healthcare industry are also likely to be key consumers in the antimicrobial textiles market in the coming years. The steady investment in the healthcare sector across the world is thus a major driver for the antimicrobial textiles market.

Global Antimicrobial Textiles Market: Overview

The use of antibacterial chemicals in textiles has significantly increased in the past few years. The rising consumer demand for textiles with high comfort and aesthetic appeal, as well as high levels of performance, protection, and easy-maintenance properties has led to the increased use of textiles with antibacterial protections in apparel varieties such as socks and innerwear. The use of chemicals capable of resisting the growth of other microbes such as mildew and fungus in textiles is also rising at a significant pace.

This report on the global antimicrobial market presents a detailed overview of the market’s present growth dynamics and vast projections regarding its future growth prospects. A thorough analytical view of the market and its segments, factors such as drivers, restraints, trends, opportunities, and regulatory scenario across key regional market is included in the report. A detailed analysis of the market’s competitive landscape is also included in the report, along with recommendations relating to most promising sectors and regions is also included.

Global Antimicrobial Textiles Market: Drivers and Restraints

Some of the key factors driving the global market for antimicrobial textiles are the rising demand for high-performance and microbe resisting fabrics across a continuously rising set of application areas and technological advancements in terms of manufacturing such textiles. The intensifying competition owing to the rising number of companies in the market is leading to an increased focus on research and development practices aimed at the development of active ingredients that do not cross the skin barrier or irritate it and have a strong safety profile. These developments are also expected to have a significant impact on the overall global demand for antimicrobial textiles over the report’s forecast period.

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However, the presence of some environmentally undesirable chemicals such as triclosan in some of the most common antimicrobial products used for industrial operations could restrain the growth of the market to a certain extent. Strict environment sustainability regulations across several regional markets are expected to lead to vast growth challenges for textiles using antimicrobial products containing these and other harmful chemicals.

Global Antimicrobial Textiles Market: Geographical Dynamics

Of the key regional markets for antimicrobial textiles, the Asia Pacific market has emerged as one of the most promising one in the past few years. The regional market has observed growth at the fastest pace in terms of both volume and value and has remained the center for several technological advancements. The thriving industrial sector of the region, the vast rise in affluent consumers, changing lifestyles, and the increased demand for innovative textiles are some of the key factors to have boosted the demand for antimicrobial textiles in the region. Moreover, the rising applications of antimicrobial textiles in industries such as manufacturing and healthcare are also driving the market.

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Global Antimicrobial Textiles Market: Competitive Landscape

Some of the key players operating in the global antimicrobial agents market are Sciessent LLC, SANITIZED AG, Milliken Chemical, Vestagen Protective Technologies, Inc., Herculite Products, Inc., Unitika Trading Co., Ltd., Trevira GmbH, The Dow Chemical Company, Lonza Group AG, PurThread Technologies, Inc., BASF SE, BioCote Ltd., and Microban International, Ltd.

The high level of competition in the market and the rise of several domestic players claiming sizeable share in the global market have compelled established vendors to focus more on collaborations, mergers, and acquisitions to expand their geographical reach and product portfolios. In the next few years, strategic collaborations with vendors in developing and high-growth regional markets such as Asia Pacific and Latin America are expected to grow in numbers as companies look to exploit growth opportunities in these regions.