Antimicrobial Textiles Market Size By Fabric (Polyester, Polyamide, Cotton), By Application (Healthcare, Apparels, Home Textile), By Active Agents (Metal & Metallic Salts, Synthetic Organic Compounds, Biobased Agents), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

Published Date: Apr 2020  |  Report ID: GMI2533  |  Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hemant Pandey

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 191   |   Base Year: 2019

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Antimicrobial Textiles Market size was valued at around USD 10.48 billion in 2019 and will showcase a growth rate close to 9.8% CAGR from the period of 2020 to 2026. Increasing healthcare spending across the globe coupled with development of new products for healthcare applications will boost the product sales over the projected time period.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market Statistics

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Antimicrobial textiles are fibre-based substrates which have been applied with antimicrobial agents at the surface, or incorporated into the fibres, that enable a product to kill or prevent the growth of microorganisms. The usage of products mainly started for military personnel during the World War II, though later it was commercialized for the development of a more eco-friendly product portfolio.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year:2019
Market Size in 2019:10.48 Billion (USD)
Forecast Period:2020 to 2026
Forecast Period 2020 to 2026 CAGR:9.8%
2026 Value Projection:20.50 Billion (USD)
Historical Data for:2016 to 2019
No. of Pages:191
Tables, Charts & Figures:251
Segments covered:Fabric, Application, Active agent, Region
Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing health spending across the globe
  • Rising public awareness about health and hygiene
  • Rising demand for antimicrobial sportswear and apparel
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Environment and human health concerns regarding antimicrobial agents
  • Stringent environment regulation

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Rising health expenditures across the globe will propel product penetration

Antimicrobial textiles continue to play an important role in controlling the spread of infectious microorganisms as well as odour control. Moreover, HAIs are the major threats in healthcare facilities, where patients have compromised immunity and higher risks of contracting infections & diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S., one in 25 hospital patients, approximately, 722,000 people, contract at least one HAI. This will lead into growing usage of these textiles in healthcare sector, thereby supporting the growth of antimicrobial textiles market.

The textile’s ability to retain moisture and large surface area forms a suitable environment for the microorganism growth. This has resulted into unpleasant effect on both the end user and the host. According to a study by Morais and colleagues in 2016, population of some bacteria cell gets doubled in every 20 to 30 minutes under ideal conditions.

This concludes that under ideal conditions one bacteria cell can be increased to 1,048,576 cells just in seven hours. This may adversely affect the health of end user. To minimize growth or kill the microorganism, antimicrobial fabrics are highly effective, which is expected to drive the antimicrobial textiles market growth over the study timeframe.

The global demand for sportswear and apparel is continuing to rise owing to the growing awareness about fitness and health. This rise is attributed to several factors such as growing awareness about fitness, rising disposable incomes, rising warble technology, etc. The promotion of healthier & physically active lifestyle will increase the demand. Consumers are also looking for apparels with antimicrobial properties to prevent odour & bacterial growth during physical activities. All these will further support the antimicrobial textiles market expansion over the forecast timeframe.

Antimicrobial fabrics are treated with antimicrobial agents, which are witnessing more consumption in textiles. However, there are some environmental concerns regarding these agents. Antimicrobial agents such as silver nanoparticles and triclosan are harmful. These agents can become dislodged from textiles during laundering and enter the local water sources via drains, polluting the environment. However, development of new textile and fabrics which not released active agent during washing will support the antimicrobial textiles market trends.

Polyester are most popular amongst several fabrics owing to ease availably of material

Antimicrobial Textiles Market by Fabric

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Polyester fabrics are dominating the antimicrobial fabrics consumption with nearly half of global antimicrobial textiles market share. The easy availability of polyester fibres and their ability to be blended with several other fibres such as cotton, vinyl, among others are driving their usage over the other fabrics. Polyester antimicrobial textiles are widely used in healthcare and home textile applications.

The development of several antimicrobial fabrics, such as Trevira CS, Trevira CS Bioactive, SILVADUR, among others, are promoting the usage of these textiles. Newly developed fabrics do not release active agents during washing, thereby minimizing water population along with long lasting antimicrobial properties. Additionally, massive volume share is mainly due to promising product characteristics at competitive prices in comparison with other fabrics such as cotton and polyamide.

Growing health related concerns and advantages of antimicrobial fabrics are drive its usage in healthcare

Antimicrobial Textiles Market by Application

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Healthcare dominates the antimicrobial textiles market and accounted for over 45% consumption in 2019. Widespread usage of these textiles in several products such as surgeon’s gowns, bedsheets, curtains, masks, among others is the major factor for such massive consumption from the healthcare sector. Growing requirement to limit the HAIs coupled with the rising demand for advanced safety products in healthcare applications will drive the antimicrobial textiles market demand.

Further, the development of new products that are offering controlled release properties to medical textiles will further support market growth in the near future. The pandemic situation of COVID-19 in 2020 across the globe is expected to showcase sudden increase in demand from healthcare sector.

Competitive prices of synthetic organic compounds will drive its consumption

Synthetic organic compounds will witness gains of 8.3% CAGR, as these agents are widely used in the antimicrobial textiles market owing to cost efficient option compared to metal & metallic salts and biobased agents. Synthetic organic compounds include a wide range of active agents such as QACs, triclosan, among others.

Triclosan is an odourless synthetic chlorinated bisphenol with excellent biocide properties. This type of active agent is used in polyester, nylon, cellulose acetate, acrylic, and polypropylene fibres. However, the toxicity of some synthetic organic compounds may hamper the requirement of these agents over the study timeframe.

Rising textiles shipments and booming apparel industry will drive product sales in North America

Antimicrobial Textiles Market by Region

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North America will showcase considerable growth owing to the growing U.S. textiles industry. North America recorded over 25% of revenue shares in 2019. According to National Council of Textile Organizations, in 2018, the U.S. textiles shipment generated revenue around USD 76.8 million, showcasing growth of around 5.20% compared to 2017.

The development of new fabrics coupled with the presence of several industry players in the region is supporting the antimicrobial textiles market growth over the forecast timeframe. Further, industry participants are upscaling their production to support the healthcare industry’s requirement for masks and other medical textiles amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Product development will form the basis for higher share of key participants

The market is highly fragmented and product development has enabled the industry participants to enhance their offerings for end users, thereby increasing their market shares. For instance, in in October 2018, Trevira GmbH launched high end polyester textiles such as Trevira CS and Trevira CS Bioactive for healthcare and home textiles application. The key players involved in antimicrobial textiles industry includes, Kolon Industries, Milliken & Company, Toyobo Co. Ltd., Unitika Ltd., Trevira Gmbh, Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd., among several others.

Antimicrobial textiles market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in kilo tons & revenue in USD million from 2016 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Fabric

  • Polyester
  • Polyamide
  • Cotton
  • Others

By Application Type

  • Healthcare
  • Apparel
  • Home textiles
  • Others

By Active Agents

  • Metal & metallic salts
  • Synthetic organic compounds
  • Bio-based agents

By Region:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • New Zealand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The antimicrobial textile market in bbbb exhibited a revenue of USD 10.48 billion.
The antimicrobial textile market is poised to observe a crcr of 9.8% over 2020-2026.
According to the report published by Global Market Insights Inc., the antimicrobial textiles business is supposed to attain $20.50 billion by 2026.
Increasing health spending across the globe, rising public awareness about health and hygiene, and rising demand for antimicrobial sportswear and apparel are major factors expected to drive the growth of global market.
Herculite Inc.., Unitika Limited, INNOVA TEX, Kolon Industries, Inc. (Kolon), MediTEX Technology, Milliken & Company, Sinterama S.p.A., Smartfiber AG, Miti Spa (STARTEX silver technology), Suzhou Chunshen Environment Protection Fiber Co. Ltd are some of the top contributors in the industry.
The polyester fabrics segment registered a major market share in 2019 and is projected to record a remarkable growth rate throughout the forecast period.

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  • Published Date: Apr 2020
  • Pages: 191
  • Tables: 223
  • Charts / Figures: 28
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Countries covered: 20

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