Antibacterial Additives Industry Expands With Healthcare And Automobile Sectors

The antimicrobial additives industry size will increase to USD 5.29 billion by 2032 from valued at USD 3.07 billion in 2022, it is growing at a CAGR of 5.60% between 2023 and 2032.

The industry for antibacterial additives has grown recently due to the increased public knowledge of illnesses and pathogens linked to healthcare. Parts of vehicles are treated with antimicrobial chemicals. As a result, the industry's expansion may also be influenced by the expanding automobile sector.

Market Growth:

Formulations with an active component that has antibacterial qualities are known as antimicrobial additives. The goods they are integrated into provide an additional layer of defense against stains, odors, and early deterioration because these active substances (such as silver or zinc) actively combat the development and survival of microbes on surfaces.

Antimicrobial additives can be easily incorporated into any material during production and are effective against a wide range of bacteria and fungi. The active ingredient, which becomes a fundamental component of the goods and surfaces to which it is integrated, never washes away or leaches out and continues to be secure and efficient for the entire usable lifespan of the completed good.

Due to the increased need to address the COVID-19 epidemic scenario globally, the demand for antimicrobial additives is anticipated to rise significantly in the healthcare and product application industries. The industry will benefit from the steadily increasing demand for COVID-19-related healthcare and packaging goods. As the region is home to significant healthcare product manufacturers, Asia Pacific is predicted to lead the industry for antibacterial additives.

Regional Snapshots:

The biggest industry for antibacterial additives is likely to be in the Asia-Pacific area. The industry is anticipated to expand as a result of factors like widespread utilization in the food, beverage, and healthcare industries. The industry is likely to expand as a result of the advantageous properties of antimicrobial compounds, such as the prevention of bacterial, algal, and fungus growth for materials subjected to UV radiation, unsanitary conditions, and dampness. The danger of bacterial infection in the hospital setting can be reduced by adding antimicrobial additives to medical apparatus and furniture.

During the anticipated era, it is anticipated that the European antimicrobial compounds industry will expand. The industry's development in Europe is being driven by the healthcare sector's explosive growth. During the anticipated era, growth is anticipated to be particularly strong in Germany and the UK. In North America, the industry for antibacterial compounds is growing noticeably. The demand for antimicrobial additives in North America is greatest in the developing food and beverage sector, and growing consumer tastes for packed food products are driving the industry's expansion.

Antimicrobial Additives Industry Report Scope:

Report Coverage Details
Market Size in 2022 USD 3.07 Billion
Projected Forecast Value in 2032 USD 5.29 Billion
Growth Rate 5.60% from 2023 to 2032
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Base Year 2022
Forecast Period 2023 to 2032
Regions Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa

Market Dynamics:

Drivers: Antimicrobial additives are being used more and more in the food industry

In the rapidly developing field of edible packing, fats, polysaccharides, proteins, resins, and other digestible components obtained from various unconventional sources are used either separately or in combination. The idea of active packaging, which protects both customer health and product quality, was developed as a result of edible packing containing antimicrobial components. To improve quality and safety, natural antimicrobial agents (NAMAs) such as essential oils from spices, bioactive substances from fruits and vegetables, and compounds derived from animals and microorganisms may be used in edible films as superior replacements for synthetic substances.

The majority of natural antimicrobial compounds are GRAS-approved and safer than their manufactured equivalents. The updated literature on the origins, characteristics, and possible uses of NAMAs in the food business is the main emphasis of this review. 

Restraints: Adverse health impacts of antimicrobial additives used in production 

During the production procedure, antimicrobial additives emit volatile organic compounds. Long-term exposure to VOCs can cause severe health problems like throat infections, eye discomfort, skin infections, breathing problems, and skin rashes. By serving as a barrier to the industry's expansion, such adverse effects of a production method for antimicrobial additives restrict the participation of important industry participants. However, advancements in the system for producing additives might be able to overcome this limitation.


A zinc-based antimicrobial technology has been developed by the Dutch and Italian start-up Parx Materials. Parx Materials uses ionic zinc instead of zinc pyritihone, in contrast to the majority of other products based on zinc. The fact that Parx Materials' technology doesn't depend on zinc ions getting inside microbes distinguishes them in another way. Plastics made with Parx Materials' masterbatch are antimicrobial by preventing adhesion. The first stage in the creation of a biofilm for bacteria is adhesion, which is necessary to promote growth in nutrient-poor habitats like those found on hard surfaces. However, after spending 3 to 4 hours on a Parx Materials surface, planktonic microbes merely die.

Nowadays, the majority of antimicrobial goods on the industry depend on microbes consuming harmful metal ions. However, this puts pressure on microbes to create systems to release the ions, systems that can also release medicines. Antibiotic-resistant microbes are less likely to develop when an antimicrobial device works without interacting with other substances.

Product Type Insights:

The industry for inorganic antibacterial compounds is currently the largest; growth is anticipated during the projection period. The inorganic antimicrobial additives industry is expanding due to the increased demand for inorganic antibacterial additives like silver and copper. Plastic or polymer materials can profit from adding inorganic silver and copper antimicrobial compounds to their goods. The effectiveness of inorganic antimicrobial additives against microbes is outstanding.

Application Insights:

The antimicrobial chemicals industry is dominated by the plastics sector. The plastic surface is more likely to have bacteria and pathogens on it. Numerous plastic products, such as pipelines, vehicle seats, sporting goods, electronics, and medical equipment, use antimicrobial additives.

Additionally, it is anticipated that the paint segment will grow considerably during the forecast time. Particularly in metropolitan areas, antimicrobial paints or varnishes are becoming more popular because they provide an extra layer of defense against algae and black mould.

End-User Insights:

In 2022, the hospital sector produced the most revenue. Antimicrobial compounds for plastic or polymer offer sufficient defense against illnesses linked to healthcare. There is a chance of transmitting infections because so much medical apparatus comes into touch with flesh and is frequently inserted into the body. During the anticipated timeframe, the food and beverage sector is anticipated to gain the largest industry share. Another sector of the industry for antimicrobial compounds is automobiles.

Recent Development:

  • In August 2022, DuraTech, a new invention from Microban International, was revealed. The antimicrobial chemicals industry is where Microban International concentrates on creating environmentally friendly solutions. An antibacterial ingredient with exceptional washability is called DuraTech. After 75 launderings, this technology keeps odor-causing microorganisms at bay. With the potential to produce unpleasant odors, stains, and early product degradation, harmful germs can develop on cotton products. DuraTech constantly strives to prevent this from happening. 
  • In October 2022, Copptech's antibacterial technology received a £5 million investment from Foresight Group, a publicly traded private equity and infrastructure investment company.  
  • In July 2022, G6 Materials, headquartered in Ronkonkoma, introduced the Breathe+ antimicrobial filtering device. This antibacterial graphene air filtering device gets rid of germs, grit, dander, and pollen. According to claims, the antimicrobial system is perfect for both residential and workplace settings.  
  • In June 2022, to broaden its selection of microbial additives with super nanoparticles and other cutting-edge features, FiteBac Technology revealed a collaboration with Siltech. FiteBac wants to support medical and dentistry services with its cutting-edge antimicrobial additive qualities during the collaboration time. 
  • In May 2022, Behr Paint Company, based in the United States, introduced Behr Copper Force Interior Paint as an additional coat of antimicrobial and antiviral defense. The Corning Guardiant antibacterial copper ion technology that powers the Behr Copper Force Paint removes germs and viruses from the surface. This indoor paint comes in 2,000 different hues.

Major Key Players:

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Life Material Technologies Limited
  • Clarient Chemicals India Limited
  • AkzoNobel N V
  • Nanobiomatters
  • Sanitized A.G

Market Segmentation:

By Product Type

  • Organic Microbial Additives
  • Inorganic Microbial Additives

By Application

  • Paints
  • Fabric/Textile
  • Inks
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Silicone
  • Rubber

By End-Use

  • Construction
  • Food & Beverage
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare
  • Others

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