Antimicrobial Additives Market Size, Share, Opportunities, And Trends By Type (Organic, Inorganic), By Application (Plastics, Paints, Coatings, Others), By End-User (Healthcare, Packaging, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2024 To 2029

  • Published : Jan 2024
  • Report Code : KSI061616443
  • Pages : 141

The antimicrobial additives market is projected to grow considerably during the forecast period

The antimicrobial additives market is expanding primarily due to rising demand for these additives to stop bacteria from growing on plastic and medical equipment surfaces. The growth will be witnessed throughout the forecast period. Moreover, technological advancements in antimicrobial additive products for halting the spread of infection are also expected to fuel the antimicrobial additives market growth. For instance, in December 2019, Parx created a technology that makes plastics resistant to the growth of bacteria and biofilm adhesion by utilizing the bodies' trace elements. There is no migration, and no hazardous or poisonous substances, silver, nanomaterials, or biocides are used.

Increasing demand in the healthcare sector

Antimicrobial additives are primarily used by the healthcare sector, which is expected to dominate the global market. Additives with antimicrobial properties play a major part in stopping the spread of illnesses that are acquired in hospitals. Antimicrobial additives are expected to rise globally as a result of providing integrated and durable antimicrobial protection to any product used in healthcare settings. It can be found in medical plastic parts such as catheters that are inserted into the body and left there for extended periods exposed to physiological fluids. Anticipating growth and driving the overall market, the primary process of infection associated with these kinds of healthcare equipment starts with floating bacteria adhering to the plastic exterior and fighting disease by avoiding the attachment of bacteria.

Based on type, the inorganic segment is expected to grow considerably

Over the forecast period, the demand for the inorganic segment is expected to grow due to the high demand for additives based on silver, copper, and zinc. Because of their non-toxicity, long-lasting effectiveness, environmental friendliness, high thermal stability, and ability to inhibit microbial growth, silver-based products are used as antimicrobial agents. Since zinc pyrithione is an excellent antibacterial additive, it is added to materials that are susceptible to mould spores and fungal exposure. Paints, coatings, and polymers are examples of underlying substrates or layers in preservative and sterilized applications where copper salts offer antimicrobial protection.

High demand for plastic antimicrobial additives market

Due to the widespread use of plastic in numerous end-user industries, including construction, automotive, and packaging, the plastic segment is expected to dominate. Plastic can grow microorganisms such as mould and bacteria. Antimicrobial additives, which provide resistance against a variety of microbes, are thus added during the plastics production process. This contributes to the long-term durability of plastic products. Plastics are widely used in breathing apparatuses, food containers, soap dispensers, surgical instruments, and other items. This will increase the need for antimicrobial additives during the forecast period.

Growing awareness of health and hygiene

The global market for antimicrobial additives is significantly influenced by rising public and personal awareness of the value of hygiene and health. The need for antimicrobial additives is being driven by consumers' desire for products that provide improved protection against harmful microorganisms. Industries like healthcare, food and beverage, and personal care are also expected to increase the antimicrobial plastic market size during the forecast period.

Rising concerns regarding microbial contamination

Microbial contamination endangers human health as well as product integrity and safety. Preventing microbial growth and cross-contamination is becoming more and more important to industries like healthcare, food processing, and packaging. Moreover, the adoption of antimicrobial additives is fueled by their ability to effectively address these issues which leads to the market growth.

Rising technological advancements

The development of materials in science and technology has resulted in the creation of antimicrobial additives that are more durable and efficient. To increase these additives' performance, safety, and compatibility with a range of materials, manufacturers and researchers are constantly coming up with new ideas. This leads to an expansion of their applications and the expansion of the market.   For instance, Mereway Bathrooms became the latest company to utilize Radical Materials' SteriTouch antimicrobial technology in October 2021. The finest materials and outstanding antibacterial performance are combined in the Lustre premium vanity countertop line, which is available in a variety of creative finishes.

Asia Pacific antimicrobial additives market is projected to grow at a high rate during the forecast period

Throughout the forecast period, the Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to grow considerably in the antimicrobial additives market. The market is anticipated to grow due to factors like its widespread application in the food and beverage and healthcare industries. Antimicrobial additives' advantageous properties, such as their ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria, algae, and fungi in materials exposed to moisture, UV light, and unhygienic conditions, are anticipated to fuel market expansion. The risk of bacterial attack in the healthcare environment can be reduced by adding antimicrobial additives to medical equipment and furnishings. The increasing need for inorganic additives in paints, coatings, textiles, polymers, and other applications is expected to fuel market expansion throughout the forecast period.

Market key launches

  • In July 2023, a strategic partnership was formed between BioCote Limited and Eco Finish to utilize BioCote technology for antimicrobial surfaces in residential and commercial pools. The solution's antimicrobial additives are designed to prevent the growth of bacteria, algae, viruses, and other microorganisms, giving swimmers an extra layer of safety and protection.
  • In May 2021, Avient declared the introduction of GLS thermoplastic elastomer formulations with antimicrobial technology to provide defence against the growth of microorganisms. The antimicrobial additives help protect moulded plastic components by preventing 99.9% of bacterial growth and thwarting the growth of mould and fungi.
  • In March 2021, Lonza Specialty and LifeClean International inked a distribution contract in March 2021 to market healthcare disinfection products in Europe. These solutions have strong antibacterial properties and a brief contact time.


  • By Type
    • Organic
    • Inorganic
  • By Application
    • Plastics
    • Paints
    • Coatings
    • Others
  • By End-User
    • Healthcare
    • Packaging
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Others


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Market Definition

1.3. Scope of the Study

1.4. Market Segmentation

1.5. Currency

1.6. Assumptions

1.7. Base, and Forecast Years Timeline


2.1. Research Design

2.2. Research Data

2.3. Validation


3.1. Key Findings


4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5.1. Introduction

5.2. Organic 

5.3. Inorganic


6.1. Introduction

6.2. Plastics

6.3. Paints

6.4. Coatings

6.5. Others 


7.1. Introduction

7.2. Healthcare

7.3. Packaging

7.4. Others


8.1. Introduction 

8.2. North America

8.2.1. USA

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1. Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. Germany

8.4.2. France

8.4.3. United Kingdom

8.4.4. Spain

8.4.5. Others

8.5. Middle East And Africa

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. UAE

8.5.3. Israel

8.5.4. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. China

8.6.2. Japan

8.6.3. India

8.6.4. South Korea

8.6.5. Indonesia

8.6.6. Taiwan

8.6.7. Others


9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Market Share Analysis

9.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix


10.1. BASF SE

10.2. RTP Company

10.3. Milliken Chemical

10.4. BioCote Limited

10.5. Microban International

10.6. Clariant AG

10.7. PolyOne Corporation (Aviant)

10.8. Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

10.9. Life Materials Technologies Limited

10.10. SteriTouch Limited

10.11. Sanitized AG


RTP Company

Milliken Chemical

BioCote Limited

Microban International

Clariant AG

PolyOne Corporation (Aviant)

Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

Life Materials Technologies Limited

SteriTouch Limited

Sanitized AG