Antibacterial glass prevents the spread of bacteria and fungi on its surface by inhibiting their division mechanism. It can be designed via infusion of silver ions into the upper layers of the glass, or by coating the glass with antibacterial agents such as silver, copper, zinc, titanium, etc. AGC Glass Europe has patented the development of infused antibacterial glass; it was launched in 2007 and is targeted at the healthcare domain.
Growing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) or nosocomial infections are expected to drive the antibacterial glass market in the coming years. Traditional techniques of decontamination such as washing hands at periodic intervals are insufficient in a healthcare setting. Antibacterial glass provides an effective solution against bacteria such as MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), which is resistant to certain antibiotics. In addition, the market for antimicrobial coatings on medical devices is expected to witness growth over the forecast period, thus propelling the demand for antibacterial glass. However, consumer awareness regarding the role of antibacterial glass in minimizing infections is low, especially in developing nations. Users are price sensitive and the added cost of antibacterial glass as compared to its traditional alternative is among the key factors restraining industry growth.
Europe is expected to remain the market leader over the forecast period due to high degree of acceptance of antibacterial glass coupled with the presence of key players such as AGC Glass Europe in the region. The European market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2012 to 2018, significantly higher than the global average of 6.3%. In terms of application, hospitals held the highest market share, and were valued at USD 53.3 million in 2012. Household and other applications are expected to witness slow growth in the coming years.
Silver was the largest market in terms of active ingredients. AGC Glass Europe uses silver to infuse glass and make it antibacterial nature, while other companies use silver and other ingredients such as zinc and copper for coating the glass.
The market is highly consolidated, with companies such as AGC Glass Europe and Nippon Sheet Glass involved in manufacturing of antibacterial glass through infusion and coating respectively. Majority of industry participants have distribution networks and are not involved in the production process. Key players include AGC Glass Europe, Saint-Gobain, Nippon Sheet Glass, BÜFA Glas GmbH & Co. KG, etc.
Antibacterial glass is developed in order to impart bactericidal and fungicidal properties on its surface. The glass is designed in a manner such that it prevents the spread of fungi as well as eliminates majority of the bacteria that form on its surface. It is developed via one of two processes: infusion and coating. Furthermore, antibacterial glass can also be developed using an active ingredient other than silver. These include copper and zinc; however, majority of the antibacterial glass developed employs silver as the active ingredient, in line with AGC’s development process. On account of its properties, this glass is used where a sterile environment is required, for example in hospitals, bathrooms, hotels, etc. Technological advancements and the ready acceptance of health-improving devices are expected to be the key contributors for increasing demand for antimicrobial coatings. Additionally, the healthcare industry is a highly lucrative end-use industry for antimicrobial coatings.
The report analyzes and estimates the antibacterial glass market on a global level in terms of revenue (USD Million) from 2012 to 2018. It analyzes the various factors that drive and restrain industry growth, along with their expected impact over the forecast period. The study also examines and explores potential opportunities for increasing profitability of market participants in the coming years.
The antibacterial glass report segments the global market on the basis of active ingredients into silver and other active ingredients such as copper, zinc, titanium, etc. It also segments the market in terms of application into hospitals, food and beverage, military, household, and other applications. In order to better understand the market, it has been segmented on the basis of geography into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). All the aforementioned segments have been estimated in terms of revenue (USD Million) from 2012 to 2018.
The antibacterial glass study includes value chain analysis which provides insight into the various stakeholders in the industry. It also includes Porter’s five forces analysis, which derives the degree of competition in the antibacterial glass market based on supplier power, buyer power, and threat of new entrants and substitutes. Market attractiveness analysis has been provided in order to identify market segments with high expected potential.
Owing to complete lack of secondary data in terms of quantitative analysis, market estimates and forecasts in this study have been majorly derived through exhaustive primary interviews with key market participants. Additionally, ‘antibacterial glass market’ has been considered to comprise antimicrobial/antibacterial coated glass as well as antibacterial infused glass. Moreover, the scope of the study includes coated glass in order to provide a holistic view of the antibacterial glass market with respect to similar functional values. The antimicrobial coated glass segment comprises glass, which has been coated with antibacterial and antimicrobial material such as copper, zinc and titanium in order to provide antibacterial functional properties. The antibacterial infused glass segment comprises glass infused with antibacterial material such as silver, which results in a germ free environment. Antibacterial glass infused with silver ions is a patented product of AGC Flat Glass Europe (formerly AGC Flat Glass Europe). The process involves diffusing of silver ions in the upper layer of the glass, which interact with the bacteria and disable their metabolism and division mechanism.
The antibacterial glass study includes company share analysis of the players in the market, and provides detailed company profiles of the major participants. Key market participants profiled in this report include AGC Glass Europe, Nippon Sheet Glass, Saint-Gobain, and BÜFA Glas GmbH & Co. KG among others. The market players are profiled on the basis of parameters such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, SWOT analysis, and recent developments.The antibacterial glass report segments the global antibacterial glass market as:
Antibacterial Glass Market - Active Ingredients Analysis
- Others (Copper, zinc, titanium, etc.)
Antibacterial Glass Market - Application Analysis
- Food and beverage
- Military equipments
- Others (Hotels, decorative glass, etc.)
Antibacterial Glass Market - Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (RoW)