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US demand for specialty disinfectant and antimicrobial chemicals is projected to expand 3.6 percent annually to 277 million pounds, valued at $620 million, in the year 2003.

US demand for specialty disinfectant and antimicrobial chemicals is projected to expand 3.6 percent annually to 277 million pounds, valued at $620 million, in the year 2003. Gains will be led by growth in demand for products that reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses, are effective against antibiotic-resistant organisms and are compatible with other cleaning and sanitizing formulations. Marketing advantages and the need to ensure hygienic conditions in industrial, commercial, medical and other institutional settings will support further gains. 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.

Paints and coatings will remain the largest market for antimicrobial additives, supported by the trend toward water-based and low-solvent coating formulations which require greater antimicrobial protection. The smaller plastics market will also provide positive growth opportunities, although consumer product applications face an uncertain future as manufacturers await the US Environmental Protection Agency's revision to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act which regulates use of pesticides (including antimicrobials) and related performance claims by manufacturers. Meanwhile, demand for antimicrobials in such applications languishes as manufacturers of antimicrobially treated toys, housewares and other consumer products exit the market or postpone launches of new products.

Increasing concerns related to disease transmission will drive demand for disinfectant chemicals used in industrial, medical, institutional and consumer cleaning and sanitizing formulations. Efforts to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases will spur the use of more effective disinfectant chemicals in the health care market, while food and beverage safety concerns are expected to support healthy growth in eating and drinking establishments. The outlook for disinfectant chemicals for consumer products will depend in part on the success of promotional campaigns.

Iodophors will record above average growth and will continue to garner the largest share of the disinfectant and antimicrobial market due to expanding applications in low solvent coatings. Further supporting growth is increased demand for cost effective blends of iodophors and quaternary ammonium compounds used in cleaning and sanitizing formulations. Organosulfurs will experience gains in the marine coating market boosted by the environmentally driven shift away from tributyltin products.

Disinfectant & Antimicrobial Chemicals (published 7/99, 173 pages) is available for $3400 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326. For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-mail pr@freedoniagroup.com. Full text is also available online through commercial database companies and the www.freedoniagroup.com Web site.

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Comment:US demand for specialty disinfectant and antimicrobial chemicals is projected to expand 3.6 percent annually to 277 million pounds, valued at $620 million, in the year 2003.
Publication:Research Studies - Freedonia Group
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Date:Jul 1, 1999
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