Antimicrobial refers to a variety of technologies that protect textile materials from microorganisms to varying degrees. Antimicrobials vary dramatically in chemical nature, mode of action, impact on humans and the environment, management properties, durability, value, regulatory compliance and interaction with microorganisms. Consumers use antimicrobials for daily use. In addition, companies resort to the supply of antimicrobial and sterile fabrics for making masks and gloves, jackets, beds and linens are more.
The growing health sector is contributing to the growth of the antimicrobial textiles market. The health sector is the most important consumer as it demands high standards of hygiene. The rapid growth of nanoscience and technology has facilitated the synthesis of several metallic nanoparticles and synthetic fabrics that provide unsustainable antimicrobial functionality. The growth of the sports industry and the transition of consumers to a healthy diet are likely to push the market in the coming time.
Microban and Manchester Mills made alliance for textiles treated with antimicrobials named Protect360, for health and hospitality. Microban is expert in antimicrobial technologies and odor control solutions. Manchester Mills is a leading textile manufacturer, a powerful blend of production flexibility and experience. Protect360 product line is expected to be sold directly to customers and through Manchester Mills and its network of distributors in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, the European Union. The main offering of Protect360 products includes mattress covers and pillow protectors, which have been treated with antimicrobial protection from the microban and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
The global antimicrobial textile market is broadly diversified based on active agents, application, fabric, and region. Based on the active agents, the global market is bifurcated into metal & metallic salts, synthetic organic compounds, and bio-based organic compound. By application the global market is segmented into apparels, industrial textile, commercial textile, home textile, medical textile, and others. Further the global market for antimicrobial textile is also divided into polyester, cotton, and polyamide.
Region wise, the global antimicrobial textile market is dominated by North America owing to high growth of healthcare industry and growing awareness about the hygiene and wellbeing among the consumers. Asia Pacific is ought to gain momentum in the global antimicrobial market owing increasing demand, per capita, and lifestyle changes. The Middle East and Africa is yet to flourish, however, it is anticipated to grow at fast pace in the coming period.
Some of the leading players contributing with their recent developments and innovation related to antimicrobial textiles include, Sinterama, Vestagen Protective Technologies Inc., Smith & Nephew PLC, Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd., Milliken & Co., Trevira GmbH, LifeThreads LLC, PurThreads Technologies Inc., Herculite Inc., Sinterama, and Unitika Ltd.