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Biocides are chemical substances or microorganisms which are used to suppress organisms that are harmful to human as well as animal health. A biocidal action can either be chemical or biological. A large gamut of biocides includes skin and surface disinfectants, industrial preservatives, pesticides and antifouling products etc. Based on their usage the biocidal products are classified into four major groups known as disinfectants and general biocidal, preservatives, pest control and other biocidal products. These are further classified into 23 different types of biocidal products. Globally, biocides produced belong to groups of arsenic derivatives, metal derivatives, halogen and aromatic derivatives, sulfur derivatives, thiazines and thiazolinones, nitrogen derivatives and some miscellaneous groups.
The global market for biocides is largely driven by the increasing demand of water with the ever-increasing population of the world. Increasing demand of treated water is directly reflected by the increasing demand of water per capita, globally. With increasing population the activities requiring water for various purposes have increased manifold and thus are proving to be a great driving factor for biocides being used in large amounts for water treatment to make it suitable for reuse 
North America emerged as the market leader with 43.0% of the global biocide demand in 2011. With stringent regulations in the region, the biocide demand has been relatively high, compared to other regions. However, owing to saturated market in the region and growth in other regions, North America is expected to lose market share in future. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market with an estimated CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period. Europe accounted for more 20% of the global market and is expected to experience moderate growth in the coming years. 
Halogen based biocides led the market with more than 25% of the global demand in 2011 and are expected to lose market in the coming years owing to environmental issues regarding halogen compounds. Other biocides products such as metallic compounds, organosulfurs, organic acids and others are expected to witness moderate growth in the coming years. Phenolic-based biocides are expected to show substantial growth in the future at an estimated CAGR of 6.8% over the forecast period. Nitrogen based biocides are expected to show significant growth in the market share over the next six years. 
Biocide demand from the water treatment sector accounted for more than 20% in 2011 and is projected to experience continuous growth in the future due to increasing global demand of treated water. It is also expected to be the fastest growing segment with an estimated CAGR of 5.9% from 2012 to 2018. Paints and coatings and food and beverages together accounted for more than 29% of the market in 2011 and are expected to show moderate growth in the coming years. Growing end-use industries such as construction and automobile are expected to influence the paints and coatings market and hence the global biocide demand. Wood preservation, textiles and other applications together accounted for 33.8% of the global biocide demand in 2011.
The major key players in the market include Albemarle, AkzoNobel, Arch Chemicals, Ashland Inc., BASF SE, Clariant AG, Dow Chemicals, Lanxess, Lubrizol, Thor Group Limited and Troy Corporation among these. 
Biocides, with their wide-ranging water treatment applications in industries as well as households, are expected to experience substantial growth in the future. The growing population and demand for treated water is expected to influence the biocide market. Other growing applications such as paints and coatings are also likely to fuel the growth of biocides market between 2012 and 2018. Biocides are chemical substances or microorganisms that deter, render harmless or exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism. A biocidal action can either be chemical or biological. A large gamut of biocides includes: skin and surface disinfectants, industrial preservatives, pesticides, and antifouling products among others.
This study analyzes, estimates, and forecasts the global biocide market from the demand perspective in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2011 to 2018. The report also analyzes several market-driving and restraining factors along with their impact over the forecast period. The study highlights new avenues for key industry participants in the biocides market in the near future. The report provides company market share of key players operating in the market as of 2012. The company market share helps understand business strategies of leading companies in the market.
The report provides a detailed view of the biocide market, by analyzing the key segments of product and applications. It also provides analysis of each product and application segment and forecasts the market in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2012 to 2018. The report also segments the market based on key geographies including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. The report further provides market volumes and revenue for each product and application segment under every regional segment. It also includes several tables and graphs that provide a detailed explanation of various facts and findings of the global biocides market. Various authenticated sources have been used to refine and provide detailed and accurate research on the biocides market. Several interviews of the key industry leaders were conducted along with secondary research during the course of the study. Various governmental regulations and their effect on the biocides market were studied in detail. 
Based on biocide applications the report analyzes the attractiveness of each segment using an attractiveness tool. The market attractiveness helps understand the potential of each product segment in the near future. The report also includes value chain analysis, which provides information by studying the various components in the biocides market. Value chain analysis offers the degree of integration exhibited by various leading companies operating in the market. Using this analytical tool, major raw material manufacturers and suppliers are identified. Crucial supply agreements signed among companies are also mentioned in detail in the report. Value chain analysis provides information on the distribution channel employed by major players present in the market. 
The report uses analytical tools such as Porter’s Five Forces model to provide a detailed view of competition in the overall biocides market. This model helps provide in-depth analysis of the impact of suppliers, buyers, substitutes, new entrants and degree of competition in the global biocides market. This report offers an overview of the market share of major players in the global biocide market. Key market participants profiled in this report include: Ashland Inc, Albemarle Corporation, AkzoNobel, BASF SE, The Dow Chemical Company, Champion Technologies, Troy Corporation, Arch Chemicals, Clariant AG, Lubrizol, Thor Specialties and Lanxess among other. Profiles of key participants comprise vital elements such as: company overview, financial overview, business strategies, SWOT analysis, and recent developments. The company profiles help in analysis the key players present in the market. It thus, aids companies in gaining competitive advantage in the market. 
  • Biocides Market & Product Segment Analysis
    • Halogen compounds
    • Metal compounds
    • Organosulfurs
    • Organic Acids
    • Phenolic
    • Nitrogen
    • Other compound (glutaraldehyde, etc)
  • Biocides Market & Application Analysis
    • Water treatment
    • Food and beverage
    • Personal care
    • Wood preservation
    • Paints and Coatings
    • Others (including Fabrics etc)
  • Biocides Market - Regional Analysis
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Rest of the World

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Global Biocides Market