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Antimicrobial Textiles Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Fabric (Polyester, Polyamide, Cotton) and Application (Healthcare, Apparel, Home Textile), By Active Agents (Metal & Metallic Salts, Synthetic Organic Compounds, Bio-based Agents), Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI2533
  • Published Date: Dec 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Antimicrobial Textiles Market size exceeded USD 11.73 billion in 2020 and is poised to register over 9.2% from 2021 to 2027 owing to rising concerns to prevent Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) coupled with increased demand for safer and preventive materials in the healthcare industry. These fabrics are widely used in the healthcare industry.

The increasing consumer demand for quality home textiles that support their healthy lifestyle choices, followed by rising investments in research & development to develop new products, and demand for antimicrobial tissue from different end-users will enhance the sector growth.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market Outlook

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The exponential spread of COVID-19 across the globe along with the rising requirement for smart medical textiles in healthcare facilities has boosted the antimicrobial textiles market. Several industry participants are escalating their production capabilities to support the regional & other governments in these situations. For instance, in March 2020, Milliken & Company announced that it has scaled up the production of BioSmart fabric to support front-line medical employees.


Antimicrobial textiles offer several benefits in sensitive and home environments such as reduction microbe growth and odor control. Home textiles have always been a major part of the global textile trade. In recent years, the growing economy has enabled families to invest in home textiles. High disposable income and high awareness about hygiene have boosted antimicrobial home textiles demand in developed economies.

Rising awareness of public health coupled with population growth has increased healthcare spending by governments around the globe. For instance, it is estimated that the U.S. will spend 18% of its GDP in the healthcare sector in 2021. Key economic and demographic factors in the healthcare sector will bolster the antimicrobial textiles market statistics in the coming years.


Cotton fabric will showcase a fast-paced growth

  Antimicrobial Textiles Market by Fabric

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The antimicrobial textiles market from cotton fabric is expected to surpass USD 10 billion by 2027 and growing at a CAGR of around 9.3% from 2021 to 2027. Cotton is a widely used fabric in the healthcare and apparel markets. Several advantages associated with this fabric, such as comfort in wearing, soft, and durable, are increasing its demand in the apparel application.

Polyester fabrics dominate the consumption of antimicrobial fabrics with almost half of the global market share and are likely to showcase a CAGR of over 9.2% through 2027. The easy availability of polyester fibers and their ability to be blended with various other fibers, such as cotton, and vinyl, among others, pushes their use over other fabrics. Antimicrobial polyester fabrics are widely used in healthcare applications and home textiles.

The healthcare sector is likely to showcase significant growth

  Antimicrobial Textiles Market by Application

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Healthcare sector accounted for above 45% of the overall market share in 2020 and is set to witness a CAGR of around 8.9% through 2027 due to the extensive use of these textiles in a variety of products including surgical gowns, curtains, sheets, and masks, among others. In addition, the development of new medical textile products with controlled release properties will continue to support the antimicrobial textiles market growth during the projected timeframe.

The metal & metallic salts segment is anticipated to generate a revenue of around USD 13 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 9.3%. Metals, such as silver and copper, are widely used in textile applications. Silver agents are embedded in apparel owing to their high antimicrobial properties. Growing usage of silver-based metallic agents and the development of new silver-based antimicrobial textiles & fibers are further expected to drive product demand over the study timeframe.

Europe is estimated to be the foremost regional market

  Antimicrobial Textiles Market by region

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Europe antimicrobial textiles market is expected to cross USD 6,991.6 million by 2027 owing to the rising usage of antimicrobial textiles in healthcare and apparel applications. Government support and several funds available through projects, such as Horizon 2030, for the development of new textiles will further drive industry expansion.

The establishment of new commercial projects in regional countries, such as Russia, and the integration of such projects with academic institutions to promote research activities will further drive the regional market outlook over the forecast timeframe.


Latin America antimicrobial textiles market is slated to exceed USD 1,270.2 million by 2027 owing to the rising demand for textiles in healthcare and home textiles applications. Growing awareness about hygiene and a positive outlook for the apparel industry will drive market share. Several trade agreements between Mexico, the U.S., and European Union countries are further expected to drive industry expansion over the projected timeframe.


Some of the major industry participants in the antimicrobial textiles industry include Kolon Industries, Milliken & Company, Toyobo Co., Ltd., Unitika Ltd., Trevira Gmbh, and Thai Acrylic Fibre Co., Ltd., among several others. These companies have a stronghold on the market with positive brand images, thus creating a significant barrier for new entrants to the industry.

The antimicrobial textiles market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in kilo tons and revenue in USD million from 2017 to 2027 for the following segments:

By Fabric

  • Polyester
  • Polyamide
  • Cotton

By Application

  • Healthcare
  • Apparel
  • Home textiles

By Active Agents

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

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • New Zealand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hiralkumar Patel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Antimicrobial textiles market is expected to achieve $22.16 billion by 2027 and may record 9.2% CAGR from 2021 to 2027.

The antimicrobial textiles market from cotton fabric may exceed USD 10 billion by 2027, registering 9.3% CAGR through 2027, driven by the many advantages provided by cotton, such as durability, comfort, and softness.

Healthcare application accounted for around 45% of antimicrobial textiles market share in 2020 and may record 8.9% CAGR through 2027, driven by the rising product usage in surgical masks, sheets, gowns, and curtains.

Europe market is anticipated to achieve $6.99 billion by 2027, on account of the increasing product use across apparel and healthcare sectors.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 270
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 190

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