The antimicrobial textile market is expected to reach USD 12.3 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 5.4 % between 2019 and 2024. Rise in awareness regarding health and hygienic products and prevention against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) will drive the antimicrobial textile market.
The healthcare industry is the biggest consumer of antimicrobial textiles. The healthcare industry is required to maintain high standards of hygiene and bacteria-free environment. The industry uses antimicrobial textiles in bed & linens, surgical gowns, wound dressing cloth & bandages, and curtains to prevent infection. Manufacturers are keen on developing products that can combat Hospital-acquired infections (HAI). Use of antimicrobial textiles prevents the spread of HAI in hospitals. Antimicrobial textiles have active agents that provide antimicrobial property to the fabric against a wide range of microbes, which makes them beneficial against to curb HAI. Growing prevalence of chronic diseases such as chickenpox, diphtheria, tuberculosis, and others; the increasing incidence of cross-infection; and the rising adoption of improved healthcare services have increased the need for antimicrobial textiles in the healthcare industry. According to a report by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the direct and indirect cost of HAI is around USD 97–147 billion annually in the US. In 2011, approximately 75,000 patients died due to HAIs. All these factors are driving the demand for antimicrobial textiles from the healthcare industry.
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Medical textile application is estimated to witness the highest CAGR in the global antimicrobial textile market
The medical textile application segment is projected to witness the highest CAGR in the antimicrobial textile market in the forecast period. The medical textile application includes the usage of medical textile in the manufacture of attire, sheets & blankets, surgical supplies & wipes. Antimicrobial textiles are used to prevent Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) in healthcare facilities. Every year HAIs cost many lives along with millions of dollars as collateral. The use of antimicrobial textile in hospitals prevents HAIs from spreading, thus, saving both lives and money.
Cotton segment is expected to drive the antimicrobial textile market
Among the different fabrics used for antimicrobial textiles, Cotton is expected to have the highest demand. The use of cotton as a primary fabric for textiles will result in the application of antimicrobial active agents on cotton fabric. Also, cotton is a naturally occurring fabric and therefore more susceptible to microbial attack. This will drive the demand for antimicrobial cotton textiles during the forecast period.
North America accounted for the largest share of the antimicrobial textile market, by value. In North America, the US is estimated to be the key players in the region. Agencies such as the Centre for Disease Control(CDC) have ordered strict guidelines to be followed by healthcare facilities to combat HAIs is driving the market. Also, the demand for antimicrobial textiles in apparels and specifically in sportswear is expected to drive the demand for antimicrobial textile in the region.
The leading antimicrobial textiles manufacturers are Milliken & Co.(US), Unitika Ltd. (Japan), Trevira GmbH (Germany), Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. (Thailand), PurThreads Technologies Inc.(US), Vestagen Protective technologies Inc. (US), LifeThreads LLC (US), Herculite Inc. (US), Smith & Nephew PLC (UK), and Sinterama (Italy).
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