Antimicrobial Additive Market

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>Antimicrobial Additive Market Expected to reach a high CAGR 7% By 2029:

Antimicrobial Additive Market is Segmented By Type(Organic, Inorganic), By Application(Plastic, Paints and Coatings, Pulp and Paper, Others), By End-User(Healthcare, Packaging, Food & Beverag, Construction, Automotive, Others), and By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029.

Antimicrobial Additive Market is estimated to reach high at a CAGR of 7% during the forecast period (2022-2029).

Antimicrobial Additive Market



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

By Type, By Application, By End-User, By Form, and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other key insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

An antimicrobial is a substance that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial agents can be grouped according to the microorganisms they act against. The agents are mainly classified as antibiotics, which are used against bacteria, antifungals used against fungi and antivirals used against viruses. Antimicrobial agents that kill microbes are microbicides and those that only inhibit their growth are called bacteriostatic agents.

The main classes of antimicrobial agents are disinfectants such as bleach, which kill a wide range of microbes on non-living surfaces to prevent the spread of illness, antiseptics applied to living tissue to prevent infection and antibiotics. Sterilizers are those agents that destroy all microorganisms on the applied surface.

Antimicrobial additives are formulations that contain active ingredients that have antimicrobial properties. Metals such as silver and zinc are the main active ingredient in additives. Antimicrobial agents are mainly used in polymers, plastics, paints and coatings across various industry verticals for hygiene and sanitation purposes.

Antimicrobial Additive Market Dynamics

The rising demand from end-use applications mainly drives the demand for antimicrobial additives. It is an important driver for the global market. The safety concerns of antimicrobial additives are a key factor in limiting the growth of this market.

Increasing concerns about hygiene and sanitation

The popularity of antimicrobial additives has grown rapidly in recent years, particularly due to increasing attention paid to cleanliness and hygiene. The demand has only exploded due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic since scientists discovered that the coronavirus remains on surfaces for as long as 48 hours after exposure.

Despite social distancing, facemasks and strict sanitation and hygiene measures, it is nearly impossible to keep every surface sanitized. Hence, there is a need for self-cleansing properties for surfaces to sterilize surfaces from viruses and pathogens to reduce the risk of spread. With the COVID-19 caseload increasing, there is a strong demand for antimicrobial additives in various applications despite rising vaccination rates. The growing concerns about hygiene and sanitation are a key driver for the growth of the global antimicrobial additives market.

Volatility in the prices of raw materials

The prices for raw materials of antimicrobial additives have witnessed volatility and fluctuations in recent years. The main raw materials used in manufacturing antimicrobial additives products are metals such as silver, copper and zinc. The cost of raw materials is very high due to cyclical fluctuations. The high cost of silver antimicrobial agents limits their use in various products, especially for emerging markets such as the Asia-Pacific.

Silver and zinc, which are the main raw materials used to produce antimicrobial additives, are actively traded commodities on global markets and their prices fluctuate at regular intervals due to market forces. The fluctuations ultimately influence the final cost of antimicrobial additives.

In recent years, the soaring prices of silver have led manufacturers to look for alternatives despite its well-known properties. The cost of manufacturing silver antimicrobial additives has increased in recent years, impacting the products' overall cost and affecting the manufacturers' profit margins. The volatility in the prices of raw materials is a key challenge for the growth of the market.

COVID-19 impact analysis

The global antimicrobial additive market experienced relatively low impacts on value chains in production and sales in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction and automotive applications saw steep declines since government-imposed lockdowns and restrictions brought a prolonged halt to manufacturing activities globally. Many small and medium scale companies in the supply chain were facing bankruptcy due to a collapse in demand.

Food processing, sanitary and healthcare applications saw robust growth. The main reason behind the growth was the stockpiling of essential goods, a rise in e-commerce and delivery services and healthcare-related activities due to the pandemic. However, supply was uneven due to lockdown and other restrictions that scaled back manufacturing operations. Global production is expected to recover by the end of 2021.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been mild for the antimicrobial additive market due to consistent sales volume. Major manufacturing companies had cut capital expenditure in response to the downturn caused by the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic will not have a major impact on the long-term growth prospects of the global antimicrobial additive market since companies are expected to gradually ramp up capacity utilization as economic activity returns to pre-pandemic levels. The demand for antimicrobial additives remains strong and is expected to grow gradually in the coming years.

Antimicrobial Additive Market Segment Analysis

The global antimicrobial additive market is segmented into type, application, end-user and region. The antimicrobial additive market is segmented into organic and inorganic based on type. Inorganic is leading in this segmentation since it is the most widely used type of antimicrobial additive. Silver and zinc are the most common active ingredient in inorganic additives. The metal ions of silver and zinc are well known to have antimicrobial properties. The ions puncture holes in the outer membrane of bacteria and thus ensuring their destruction. Hence, they are widely used in antimicrobial additives. Organic antimicrobials are difficult to extract and are therefore expensive, thus preventing their wider adoption within the market.

Antimicrobial Additive Market Geographical Analysis

Asia-Pacific is leading in the global antimicrobial additive market. The region accounts for the largest market share, primarily due to the large concentration of manufacturing industries. The region is home to rapidly industrializing countries such as China, India, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia and highly advanced industrialized nations such as South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

China is one of the largest markets for antimicrobial additives in the world. The major use of antimicrobial additives in China has been polymer, paints, coatings and paper processing industries. Japan, Taiwan and South Korea are leading paints, coatings and plastics producers.

China is also the largest automobile producer globally, with more than 26 million passenger and commercial vehicles produced in 2021. Antimicrobial additives are used to treat the interior surfaces of automobiles. India, Japan and South Korea are also major automotive producers in the region.

India is also generating significant demand for antimicrobial additives. India's major demand in the packaging and plastics sectors is rising e-commerce activity. The Asia-Pacific region will continue to retain the largest market share in the global antimicrobial additive market in the coming years.

Antimicrobial Additive Market Competitive Landscape

The global antimicrobial additive market is competitive due to the availability of a wide variety of antimicrobial additives that cater to end-users different types of applications. Some of the major players contributing to the growth in the segment are BASF SE, Dupont, LyondellBasell Industries Holding B.V., BioCote Limited, Milliken & Company, Avient Corporation, Addmaster Ltd, Nolla Antimicrobial Oy, Sciessent LLC, Life Material Technologies Limited. The major players in the global antimicrobial additives market adopt growth strategies such as new product launches, innovating new formulations, joint ventures and collaborations, contributing to growth of the global industry.


Overview: BASF SE is a multinational chemicals company among the largest chemical producers in the world. The company produces various vitamins and supplements, animal feed formulations and various chemicals such as pesticides, plastics, industrial solvents, catalysts and coatings. The company operates 390 production sites in more than 80 countries through its network of subsidiaries and joint ventures. BASF SE was founded in 1865 and is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Product Portfolio

Irgaguard B 6000 is an inorganic antimicrobial agent with silver and zeolite as an active ingredients. It is mainly intended for transparent applications such as films and sheets for packaging. Typical polymers are PE, PS, PVC and others. Irgaguard B 6000 prevents the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast on plastic surfaces.

Key Developments: In April 2020, BASF SE announced the doubling of production of its antimicrobial additives to meet the growing demand due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. The increased production will be mainly handled by BASF SE's factories in the Asia-Pacific region.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Projected CAGR value of the Antimicrobial Additive Market?

Antimicrobial Additive Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% during the forecasting period 2022-2029.

Which region controlled the global market during 2022-2029?

North America region Controls the Antimicrobial Additive Market during 2022-2029

Which is the fastest growing region in the Antimicrobial Additive Market?

Among all regions, Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market share during the forecast period 

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