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US Disinfectant & Antimicrobial Chemicals Demand to Reach $930 Million in 2009

Published on 2005-10-11. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND, OH -- US demand for disinfectant and antimicrobial chemicals is projected to increase 5.0 percent annually to $930 million in 2009. Advances will be driven by production increases in several key markets, including paints and coatings, plastics, and food and beverage processing. In institutional and commercial markets, gains will be prompted by concerns about E. coli, Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens, as well as by threats posed by bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

In the consumer segment, growth will be boosted by the preference on the part of consumers for hand cleansers, dishwashing liquids and other cleaning products that include antibacterial or disinfectant actives. Further advances will be limited by concerns about overuse of disinfectant actives and the potential development of resistant strains of bacteria, though concerns have not yet affected demand for these products. These and other trends are presented in "Disinfectant & Antimicrobial Chemicals," a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

Among industrial markets, growth will be led by food and beverage processing, where growth in food processing activity coupled with heightened awareness of the health risks and potential liability associated with foodborne pathogens will spur greater use of disinfectants. Gains will also be strong in the coatings market, due in large part to growth in coatings production and the ongoing shift to waterborne formulations in the industrial market. Continuing growth in plastics production overall, especially PVC production, will sustain growth for antimicrobial additives in the plastics market.

Phenolic compounds, iodophors, nitrogen compounds and organometallics will remain the largest product categories, accounting for three-quarters of demand in 2009. Phenolic compounds will be the largest single type, due to their extensive use in the large medical and food processing markets and the popularity of triclosan and triclocarban in soaps and other cleaning products. Iodophors will be the next largest type, due to their broad spectrum germicidal activity, compatibility with a variety of cleaning formulations, and synergistic action in disinfectant blends containing more than one active ingredient or an active ingredient mixed with a commodity such as isopropanol. Strong gains are also anticipated for iodophors due to growing use in surface disinfectants for food processing plants, dairies and health care facilities, and as additives for paints and coatings.

Source: Freedonia Group

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