The global antibacterial glass market is highly consolidated, according to a new report by Transparency Market Research (TMR). In 2012, the top three manufacturers of antibacterial glass, namely AGC Glass Europe, Saint Gobain, and NSG, collectively accounted for 64% of the overall market. The presence of a handful of product manufacturers, long-term purchase contract practices between buyers and manufacturers, and broad product portfolio are reasons for the strong foothold of the top players in this market.
“Business expansion by means of penetration into other geographies is a key growth strategy of top players in this market,” according to TMR analyst. Increased focus on research and development for enhancing technical expertise and product innovation is the key growth strategy of top players in this market. Energy conservation and development of eco-friendly products are also what key players in this market are focused on.
Use of Technologically Advanced Materials for Hospital Infrastructure Fuels Market Growth
TMR analyst says, “An increasing number of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) is one of the major growth drivers of the global antibacterial glass market.” As per the estimates of the World Health Organization, out of 100 hospitalized patients at any given time, ten in developing countries and seven in developed countries acquire at least one type of HAI. While basic sanitization is of paramount importance to reduce HAIs, architectural prevention is also critically important for the same.
An expansion of the medical device coatings market is also favoring the antibacterial glass market. For example, catheters that are coated with antimicrobial layers are the first choice to counter infections that are resistant to antibiotics. Technological advancements and the readiness among end users for health-boosting devices will increase the demand for antimicrobial coatings. Thus, the demand for medical device coatings will indirectly benefit the antibacterial glass market.
“Low consumer awareness and high price factor of antibacterial glass are impeding the market’s growth,” says TMR analyst. Other than technologically advanced markets such as the U.S. and countries of the European Union, emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil have significantly low awareness about these products. This is challenging the entry of established players in new markets.
Stringent regulations in place for antimicrobial coatings are also detrimental to the growth of the antibacterial glass market.
Presence of Top-notch Product Manufacturers to Help Europe’s Dominance in Market
The global antibacterial glass market is expected to reach a valuation of US$183.3 mn by 2018.
Hospitals account as the leading end-user segment in the overall antibacterial glass market. Europe is currently the leading regional segment and is expected to maintain its dominance in the global market in the coming years as well. This is mainly due to a high level of awareness about antibacterial glass along with the presence of top-notch manufacturers such as AGC Glass Europe in this region. Silver is the leading active ingredient segment of this market.
The information presented in this review is based on a report by Transparency Market Research, titled “Antibacterial Glass Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 - 2018.”
The global antibacterial glass market is segmented as follows:
Antibacterial Glass Market - Active Ingredients Analysis
- Others (Copper, zinc, titanium, etc.)
Antibacterial Glass Market - Application Analysis
- Food and beverage
- Military equipment
- Others (Hotels, decorative glass, etc.)
Antibacterial Glass Market - Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (RoW)
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