Antimicrobial textile is slowly, but gradually taking over the industry. Most of the Kawach products also have antimicrobial properties. But what is this ‘antimicrobial’ that everyone is talking about? Read on to find out the current scenario of the textile industry and how it is slowly leaning more towards fabric that protects.

The Basics of Antimicrobial

Antimicrobial is defined as an agent that kills or stops the spread of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi. The use of antimicrobials dates back to as old as 1000 years.

Antimicrobial agents can be- 1) Disinfectant 2) Antiseptic and 3) Antibiotic. 

The antimicrobial products are widely used in the healthcare center, clinics and hospitals for the sterilization of medical equipment, surgical masks, gloves and clothing. However, with times changing, the benefits of antimicrobial products have also been employed in industries such as textile, automotive, healthcare, construction, and food and beverage.

Antimicrobial Textile Market

The demand for antimicrobial textile has grown exponentially ever since the insurgence of pandemic such as coronavirus. The surge in demand for personal protective equipment has driven the growth of the antimicrobial textile or fabric.  

Antimicrobial cotton textile will further see a huge growth. Cotton is a major fabric used in various applications including medical, apparels, commercial textiles, automotive, home, and others. As cotton is a naturally occurring fabric and therefore more susceptible to microbial attack. 

Antimicrobial fabrics provide safety and quality life to the users. Customers are demanding better quality products in home textiles or apparels to support their healthier lifestyle choices. This is driving the need for new product development. Researchers are constantly trying to develop products which are skin-friendly, cost-effective, and environment-friendly. New active agents and fabrics are in the process of development, which can replace the existing, environmentally harmful active agents such as triclosan and PHMB. 

Manufacturers are trying to differentiate their products by using different active antimicrobial agents or fabrics to gain market share. For example, the use of bamboo fiber in the manufacturing of certain apparels is a unique way of providing antimicrobial properties to the apparel. Continuous research and technological advancement are going to create vast opportunities for the growth of the market.

The Way Forward

The global antimicrobial textile market is estimated to be USD 12.3 billion by 2024*. The rise in demand for antimicrobial sports wear and awareness regarding health and hygiene will further boost the growth.

The industry players to watch out for include, Aditya Birla Group, Fuji Chemical Industries, Ltd., Herculite, Inc., Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited., (IVL), Kolon Industries, Inc., Response Fabrics (India) Pvt. Ltd., Sanitized AG, Sarex Textile Chemicals, Toyobo Co., LTD., and Vardhman Holdings Limited

*taken from a study by marketsandmarkets.com

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