The global biocides market size is projected to reach USD 10.2 billion by 2027, as per a new report by Vision Research Reports.
The global biocides market size was valued at USD 7.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.6% from 2020 to 2027.
The market is expected to be majorly driven by the growing demand from the water treatment, wood preservation, and paints and coating applications across the globe. The growth can be attributed to continuous investments in R&D, development of synergic chemistries for product diversification, innovation, enhanced performance, and application expansion.
A significant rise in the adoption of high-performance chemicals to enhance the durability and shelf life and prevent deterioration caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, has driven the consumption of biocides across the end-use industries. Biocides are classified as oxidizing or non-oxidizing, depending on their mechanism of action against microbial growth. Acids, bases, quaternary ammonium compounds, chlorine, aldehydes, and peroxygen compounds among others are the key feedstock chemicals used in their formulations.
The market is expected to witness an increase in demand from North America and Europe, prominently driven by the water treatment and wood preservation industries. However, a temporary decline in sales from wood preservation application is observed due to the construction activities at halt amidst the pandemic. Regulatory bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) regulate the marketing, selling, and application of biocides in these regions.
In the Asia Pacific, countries such as China and India, which are the prominent drivers of the market, witness strong demand for the product from cleaning products. This demand has risen steeply in 2020 after the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19, not only in the Asia Pacific but also across all the regions. However, the ongoing transition in China with stricter environmental regulations and higher labor wages has created uncertainties in the small to medium-sized local market players and international players dependent on imports from China. In addition, as a consequence of strict regulations, the cost of registration of a biocidal product in the European Union is relatively high, which has restricted the expansion of the market regionally.
Constant R&D amongst the key global players has driven the introduction of innovative and novel formulations. Regulatory compliance at the national and international levels for sustainable production and distribution has increased the acquisition of certifications, such as the EPA, among the manufacturers involved in domestic as well as offshore businesses. Integration in terms of raw material manufacturing, formulating, and distribution is highly observed in the market. Key global players such as BASF SE, Solvay SA, and Lonza have integrated operations in terms of biocide manufacturing and formulating.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for the product declined from the pulp and paper, oil & gas, HVAC, boilers, plastics, paints and coatings, and personal care industries. On the contrary, its demand spiked from the cleaning products, such as disinfectants and sanitizers, in an attempt to curb the virus spread.
Shanghai Zhongxin Yuxiang Chemicals Co. Ltd.
Iro Group Inc.
Hubei Jinghong Chemicals Co. Ltd.
Wuxi Honor Shine Chemical Co. Ltd.
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
Food and Beverage
Paints and coatings
Oil and Gas
Pulp and Paper
Middle East & Africa
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