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Antibacterial Glass Market Size, By Application (Hospitals, Food & Beverage, Military Equipment, Household/Residential), By Active Ingredient (Silver), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Price Trends, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI444
  • Published Date: Sep 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

Antibacterial Glass Market Size

Antibacterial glass market size exceeded USD 210 Million, in 2019 and is estimated to grow at over 7.5% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. Increasing demand for antibacterial glasses from hospitals and healthcare facilities to prevent the bacterial and fungal related disease spread primarily will spur the market growth.

Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains are major threats to human health and pose significant clinical and economic challenges. The use of metallic ions such as silver, copper in glass design as an antibacterial material continuously kill bacteria on the glass surface and lower the risk of infections. This has led to increasing adoption of antibacterial glass in hospitals across the globe in last few years.

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI), also known as nosocomial infections are infections that patients contract while receiving health care. HAIs are likely to be the most common complication of hospital care. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that, in American hospitals, HAIs account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths every year resulting into positive impact on increased the antibacterial glass market demand from hospital applications.

The spread of COVID-19 across the globe has increased pressure of healthcare industry leading to increasing construction of hospitals, healthcare facilities and COVID centers to offer required treatment and beds for the patients. The pandemic has also resulting into increasing number of populations visiting hospitals per day. This will further increase the risk of HAI’s across the globe thereby driving the antibacterial glass market growth. The onset of the pandemic has further highlighted the importance of hygiene, and disinfection of medical devices thus propelling the demand for antibacterial glass.

Industry players are rapidly investing in research & development in an attempt to design high quality antibacterial glass for several applications other than hospitals, including, household, food & beverage industry, military equipment, electronics along with several others.  With increasing concern related to infectious diseases along with the performance limitations and safety of organic biocides, the antibacterial glass market poses wide range of opportunities for the market growth from wide range of application industries.

Increasing antimicrobial product adoption in consumer electronics such as tablets and phones is expected to boost the antibacterial glass market share during the forecast period. There are various antimicrobial doping systems for screen cover glass. Notably the use of medical industry grade ionic silver in screen glass to kill the microbes by the release of silver ions at a sufficiently high concentration is increasingly used in electronics industry which will have huge impact on market growth. However, low product penetration coupled with higher price associated with antibacterial glass may hamper the market growth. 

Antibacterial Glass Market Analysis

The global demand for antibacterial glass containing silver as an active ingredient is likely to surpass USD 335 million by 2026. The silver ions inside the glass performs antimicrobial action and eliminates 99% of all bacteria from the glass surface while also preventing the spread of fungi. When silver ions are diffused into the upper layers of the glass they interact with bacteria and destroy them by disrupting their division mechanism and restricting their metabolism. The antibacterial effect of the glass is ongoing, particularly in warm and moist conditions which are favoring the development of bacteria and mould.

Silver is primarily used active ingredient for manufacturing antibacterial glass owing to its better antibacterial properties and ability to inhibit with chemical bonds present in bacteria. Different silver forms such as silver zeolite, silver nanoparticles and silver salts are used as an active ingredient. These antimicrobial glasses are increasingly used in the manufacturing of wall covering, touchscreen electronic goods, defense equipment and hospitals thereby driving the antimicrobial glass market segment growth.

In addition to silver, copper is also increasingly used on account of its high antimicrobial efficacy, including the ability to destroy the superbugs and pathogens. The antimicrobial efficacy of copper makes them a valuable active ingredient in antibacterial glass manufacturing however, the downsides such as appearance, cost and metallic properties limits its application scope in antibacterial glass market manufacturing.

Global antibacterial glass from hospital applications is likely to grow with CAGR of over 8% through 2026 owing to rising demand for antibacterial products to prevent HAI’s. Increasing adoption and implementation of antimicrobial products in burn units, hematology units and oncology units as they require utmost sanitation is expected to boost the antibacterial glass market growth during forecast period.

Microbial contamination on hospital surfaces lead to infectious processes in hospitalized patients. These problems are minimized by cleaning and disinfecting programs, which use several chemical compounds such as ethanol, sodium hypochlorite, quaternary ammonium salts, and amphoteric surfactants, among others.

The efficiency of these products is influenced by different factors, such as chemical concentration, type and frequency of application among several others. Antibacterial glass eliminates micro-organisms as soon as they come into contact with the surface of the glass resulting into continuous and efficient disinfection of hospital premises thereby augmenting the antibacterial glass market revenue.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the world’s inefficiency in dealing with infectious disease and response capabilities. The spread of COVID-19, increasing establishment of new hospitals and healthcare facilities to deal with COVID-19 across the globe is projected to augment infrastructure development in healthcare industry. Antibacterial glass market forecast is expected to have a crucial role to play as well as will witness a positive demand, with increasing investment in healthcare infrastructure to face the COVID-19 pandemic across several countries over the new few years.


North America demand should surpass USD 65 million by 2026 owing to increasing application scope in food & beverage manufacturing industry. U.S. accounted for the largest market share in North American antibacterial glass market. Food processing companies needs to keep the surfaces sterile to maintain the hygiene and reduce the risk of fungal and bacterial infections to the workers and the consumers through the food.

The presence of large number of food processing companies across the region is projected to boost the demand for antibacterial glass over the forecast period.

An increasing demand for the antibacterial glasses from households to prevent bacteria-related diseases and maintain the overall health and reduce the changes of visiting hospitals during this COVID pandemic is projected to fuel the antibacterial glass market growth from the region. Places such as bathrooms and washrooms in the homes that are damp are more likely to augment the growth of bacteria.

With the rise in disposable income and the improving standard of living of the urban population there is an increasing use of antibacterial glass in the households which will fuel the product demand in North American market.

Antibacterial glass consists of active ingredients such as silver, copper among others which are the metallic ions of costly metals. These active ingredients increase the cost of antibacterial glass for their applications in hospitals, food & beverage industries, households as larger surfaces need to be cover with them. The high cost of silver is limiting the implementation in the healthcare sector.

In addition to that, cost associated with R&D will further increase the cost of antibacterial glass for application industries. Presence of several other alternatives such as the antibacterial sheets are expected to be used as antimicrobial products considering its high effectiveness and low cost in inhibiting the growth of bacteria is another major factor hampering the antibacterial glass market growth.

Antibacterial Glass Market Share

Global antibacterial glass industry dominated by major players including

  • AGC Glass Europe
  • Corning
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Essex
  • Glas Trosch Holding
  • Sprinz
  • Vetraria Bergamasca Tecnovetro
  • Morley
  • Beijing JiYan-Tech
  • NSG
  • BÜFA Glas
  • Archello
  • Ishizuka
  • Sprinz

Companies are rapidly engaged in new product development, material research, marketing and branding initiatives in a bid to improve brand equity and capture maximum market share.

Antibacterial glass market manufacturers are focusing towards R&D to enhance their technical expertise of producing products and improve the manufacturing processes. AGC Glass Europe has introduced antibacterial glass with the silver ions inside the glass for various application including hospitals, health spas, pharmacies. This product has ability to destroy 99.9% of bacteria that forms on surface and prevent the spread of microbial germs.

The antibacterial glass market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry trends, with estimates & forecast in terms of and revenue (USD Million) from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Active Ingredient

  • Silver
  • Others

By Application

  • Hospitals
  • Food & Beverage
  • Military Equipment
  • Household
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Poland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Thailand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
    • South Africa
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global antibacterial glass industry is expected to achieve $355 million by 2026 and is poised to record over 7.5% CAGR.
The global silver-based antibacterial glass market size may be worth over USD 335 million by 2026, as the silver ions, through antimicrobial action, help eliminate 99% of bacteria from the glass surface.
Hospital applications may expand at 8% CAGR through 2026, powered by rising antibacterial product demand from hospitals, for HAI prevention.
AGC Glass Europe, Corning, Saint-Gobain, Essex, Glas Trosch Holding, Sprinz, Vetraria Bergamasca Tecnovetro, Morley, Beijing JiYan-Tech,NSG, BÜFA Glas, Archello, Ishizuka and Sprinz are some of the top contributors in the industry.
North America antibacterial glass industry size may exceed USD 65 million by 2026, on account of rising application scope in the F&B manufacturing industry.

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  • Base Year: 2019
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 109
  • Countries covered: 18
  • Pages: 120
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