On the basis of application, Antimicrobial Textiles Market is classified into medical, apparel, commercial and home. In medical, it is used in blankets & sheets, curtains, surgical supplies, attires and others. Uses in these products helps the hospitals & clinics maintain hygiene and restrict disease microbes from spreading to other patients. In apparels, antimicrobial textiles find its uses in sportswear, outdoor clothing, work wear and intimates.
Sportswear accounts for the largest demand in this segment. In commercial uses it is mainly found in protective wear, tents & window covers and in industrial laundry. At home, antimicrobials are used in bedding, carpets, curtains & drapes, towels and cleaning textiles. These wide range uses are likely to boost the global antimicrobial textile market.
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Global Antimicrobial Textiles Market Size will gain exponentially from 2017 to 2024 mainly due to growing awareness regarding better healthcare practices and its superior properties. Antimicrobial fabrics are made or treated with antimicrobial chemicals which restrain the growth of bacterial microbes on the fabric. They are in huge demand from the healthcare industry as they find use in clinics and hospitals owing to hygiene and increasing healthcare awareness. They restrict the growth of microbes which further are a cause of spread of diseases. Global healthcare revenue in 2016 was valued at around 1.60 trillion. The healthcare industry is driven due to increasing number of diseases, wide spreading epidemics, increase in number of minimally invasive surgeries and next generation stents. To maintain hygiene and precautions, new and developed products are emerging in the market, one of it being antimicrobial textiles.
Apart from the healthcare industry, antimicrobial textiles market has a huge demand from the sports industry. Large scale use of antimicrobials in sports apparels and inner garments is driving the global antimicrobial textiles market demand rapidly.
Triclosan is commonly used for the production of antimicrobial textiles. Fluctuation in raw material prices due to availability of triclosan can hamper the antimicrobial textiles market growth in future. Furthermore, strict environmental regulations for the use of antimicrobials due to use of harmful chemicals can further create challenges for the global antimicrobial textiles market growth.
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On the basis of agent, the antimicrobial textiles market is segmented into metal & metallic salts, synthetic organic compounds and bio based agents. Each of these agents can be further sub-segmented in the following manner. Metal and metal salts can be sub-segmented into silver, zinc, copper, titanium dioxides and others. The synthetic organic compounds can be further bifurcated as Polyhexamethylene Biguanides (PHMB), zinc pyrithione, triclosan, quaternary ammonium compounds and N-Halamine. This segment is projected to be the second largest segment in the antimicrobial textiles market owing to its effectiveness against a wide range of microorganisms. Bio-based agents are classified as herbal extracts, chitosan and natural dyes.
Considering geography, the global antimicrobial textiles market is divided into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. Significant investment in industries, rising disposable income of people, changing lifestyles and increasing economic growth rates has led the antimicrobial textile market in Asia Pacific. Moreover, the expanding medical industry with response to growing awareness of health and hygiene is further expected to augment the antimicrobial textiles market. Due to technological advancement in Europe and North America, the healthcare industry in these regions is likely to witness steady gains in the forecast period. The antimicrobial textiles market in North America is yet to witness growth owing to lesser development in the economy and comparatively lower standard of living.
Prominent players operating in the global antimicrobial textiles market include Herculite Products Inc., Trevira GmbH, Biocote Limited, Lonza Group Ltd., The Dow Chemical Company, BASF SE, Unitika Trading Co., Ltd., Sciessent LLC, Microban International, Ltd., Sanitized AG, Vestagen Protective Technologies, Inc, Purthread Technologies, Inc., Milliken Chemical and Lifethreads LLC to name some.
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