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Antimicrobial Textiles Market - By Fabric (Polyester, Polyamide, Cotton), By Application (Healthcare, Apparels, Home Textile), By Active Agents (Metal & Metallic Salts, Synthetic Organic Compounds, Biobased Agents), & Global Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI2533
  • Published Date: Nov 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Antimicrobial Textiles Market Size

Antimicrobial Textiles Market size was worth more than USD 14.5 billion in 2022 and is projected to witness over 6.5% CAGR from 2023-2032. Rising demand for antimicrobial sportswear and apparel is expected to complement the industry expansion.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market

Increasing public awareness regarding health and hygiene will complement the antimicrobial textiles industry dynamics. Antimicrobial fabrics ensure protection against diseases by invading pathogens at a cellular level. Based on the compounds used, these textiles can either prevent the spread of germs or kill them altogether. Some of the commonly used antimicrobial compounds used in textile production include chitosan, quaternary ammonium, and triclosan, among others. Increasing focus on fabric treatment processes with antimicrobial compounds should favor industry statistics.

Environmental and health concerns associated with antimicrobial agents could restrain industry growth. Rigorous environmental laws on antimicrobial fibers are a major challenge for textile manufacturers. Despite the potential barrier against microbes and pathogens, these textiles are loaded with antibacterial compounds, which pose a threat to the environment. When these fabrics are washed, they often release compounds such as triclosan. These compounds pollute water bodies and put the aquatic ecosystem at risk. They can also reduce soil quality and contaminate farming land if disposed of on land.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market Analysis

Antimicrobial Textiles Market, By Fabric

Antimicrobial textiles market share from the cotton fabric segment is expected to exhibit over 2.5% CAGR between 2023-2032. Cotton is one of the most used fabrics in apparel, automobile, domestic and medical applications. A high preference for cotton fabrics can be attributed to their appealing texture, softness, comfort, and durability. Textiles made from cotton offer a hospitable environment for microbes to grow, indicating a lucrative application scope for antimicrobial coating. Cotton is also one of the most important cash crops in developing countries such as India and China with massive production output.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market, By Application

In terms of revenue share, the antimicrobial textiles market from the healthcare application is estimated to record over USD 14 billion by 2032. These fabrics are used in medical textiles for making masks, scrubs, bedding filters, laboratory coats, window coverings, surgical gowns, and other types of drapery. The rising geriatric population and high prevalence of contagious infections are accelerating the need for high-performance microbe-resistant fabrics in hospital settings.

These fabrics help healthcare facilities to offer a hygienic environment to patients undergoing long-term treatment. Hospitals and clinics are expected to contribute to the demand for antimicrobial fabrics due to the growing focus on limiting healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Antimicrobial Textiles Market, By Active Agents

Antimicrobial textiles industry share from metal & metallic salts segment is poised to exceed USD 17.5 billion by 2032. Heavy metals and metallic salts such as silver copper, silver nitrate, cobalt, zinc, nickel nitrate, and titanium oxide inactivate microbes by binding with their intracellular proteins. Silver and copper have been prominently used in textile production processes. Compounds of silver are widely used by apparel manufacturers owing to their antimicrobial properties which help invade a broad spectrum of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria such as E. Coli and Staphylococcus epidermis.  Advancements in silver-based antimicrobial textiles and fibers will positively influence the industry outlook.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market, By Region

Asia Pacific antimicrobial textiles market is projected to expand at over 8% CAGR from 2023-2032. Changing lifestyles, booming industrial sector, rising disposable income, and surging demand for innovative textiles will foster industry statistics. The demand for antimicrobial medical textiles is expected to pick up pace owing to growing private and public spending in strengthening healthcare infrastructure. Additionally, the flourishing textile sector and large footprint of fiber manufacturers in India, China, Vietnam, Japan, and Indonesia should offer lucrative scope for the development of novel antimicrobial fabrics in the region.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market Share

Some of the leading companies in the global antimicrobial textiles market include:

  • Herculite Inc
  • Unitika Limited
  • Kolon Industries Inc
  • MediTEX Technology
  • Milliken & Company
  • Sinterama S.p.A
  • Smartfiber AG
  • Miti Spa
  • Suzhou Chunshen Environment Protection Fiber Co. Ltd
  • Thai Acrylic Fibre Co., Ltd.
  • Trevira GmbH
  • TOYOBO Inc.
  • PurThread Technologies Inc
  • HeiQ Materials AG
  • Lifethread LLC.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic had a positive impact on the antimicrobial textiles industry. Fast-paced transmission of the virus, surging number of cases affected by the pandemic, and increasing hospitalization rate accelerated the need for antimicrobial medical textiles. The pandemic substantially fueled the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly face masks. Leading organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) promoted the use of face masks owing to their ability to prevent the spread of the infection. In July 2022, a group of researchers designed a new N95 face mask capable of killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus upon exposure.

The Global Antimicrobial Textiles Market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of volume in Kilo Tons and revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Fabric

  • Polyester
  • Polyamide
  • Cotton
  • Others

By Application

  • Healthcare
  • Apparels
    • Sportswear/Active Wear
    • Others
  • Home Textile
  • Others

By Active Agents

  • Metal & Metallic Salts
    • Silver & Silver Salts
    • Others
  • Synthetic Organic Compounds
  • Biobased Agents


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

  • 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
Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Hiralkumar Patel

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market size for antimicrobial textiles was worth more than USD 14.5 billion in 2022 and is expected to witness over 6.5% CAGR from 2023-2032.

Antimicrobial textiles industry share from healthcare applications is anticipated to reach over USD 14 billion by 2032 due to increasing use in curbing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Asia Pacific antimicrobial textiles is projected to exhibit over 8% CAGR from 2023-2032 driven by a large number of textile companies and fiber producers.

Herculite Inc., Unitika Limited, INNOVA TEX, MediTEX Technology, Smartfiber AG, Miti Spa, Trevira GmbH, and TOYOBO Inc are some of the leading manufacturers of antimicrobial textiles.

Antimicrobial Textiles Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 270
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 190
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