Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056
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Covid-19 driving unprecedented growth for antimicrobial industry
IDTechEx has recently launched ‘Antimicrobial Technology Market 2021-2031’, a market research report covering additives and coatings that imbue surfaces and products with the ability to remove microorganisms such as bacteria, virus, and fungi.
This market has received significant attention from governments, industry, and even consumers over 2020, due to the technology's potential to address transmission of Covid-19, with some companies experiencing triple- and quadruple-digit growth. Antimicrobial films and antimicrobial face masks are just two of the best-selling product types during the pandemic.
Antimicrobial technologies, as covered in the brand new IDTechEx report, continuously remove (deactivate or destroy) microorganisms with little if any human intervention. Microorganisms that are targeted by these technologies can cause serious harm to human health and damage to property. The limitation is that antimicrobial surfaces do not replace the need for frequent cleaning.
IDTechEx's latest report, ‘Antimicrobial Technology Market 2021-2031’ examines key antimicrobial technologies utilised by the industry. These include silver-based, copper-based, zinc-based technologies that leverage the oligodynamic effect of metals, as well as coatings containing silane quaternary ammonium compounds, and titanium dioxide, which utilise mechanical and chemical mechanisms respectively.
The report highlights companies commercialising each technology, including a comparison of efficacy claims and interviews with companies.
In addition to the core technologies, IDTechEx has identified an additional 10 technologies of interest. These include innovative methods to stabilise and localise traditional disinfectants, as well as biomimetic technologies such as peptides and dyes.
IDTechEx has identified over 100 companies that have developed antimicrobial technologies, including over 60 companies focusing entirely on antimicrobial product development. Though the antimicrobial properties of materials such as silver and copper have been known for centuries, it is only recently that the commercialisation of these technologies has increased significantly. The report also includes a discussion of business models, market sizing, market outlook, market forecast, and the effect of the pandemic on this industry.
IDTechEx has tracked 60+ companies in the new report.
Aside from fighting the -19 pandemic, antimicrobial technologies are utilised in healthcare, food, agriculture, transport, construction, marine, and textiles industries. Antimicrobial technologies have a wide range of applications, from saving lives by preventing nosocomial infection to prolonging the lifetime of outdoor furniture to improving indoor air quality.
The new report provides a comprehensive overview of the antimicrobial industry, including insights obtained from primary interviews with industry players. With high demand and awareness of antimicrobial technologies, companies should strike while the iron is still hot. Though vaccination efforts will allow the world to move on from Covid-19, the key lesson to be learned is that the groundwork needs to be laid down today in order for the world to be ready for the next pandemic.
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