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Markets for Smart Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces – 2015 to 2022

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Smart antimicrobial coatings and surfaces represent an important element of the smart materials space.  The market for smart antimicrobial coatings and surfaces is driven by the need to selectively combat new threats from bacteria, viruses and fungi.  Also important to the future of smart antimicrobial coatings is the mandate to reduce hospital-acquired infections. But, the opportunity for antimicrobial surfaces extends well beyond healthcare facilities. In a growing number of cases, the next generation of antimicrobial coatings and surfaces will be smart enough to kill harmful microbes while leaving the beneficial ones, or will combine antimicrobial action with the ability to self clean.
In this report, n-tech discusses the latest products and R&D in smart antimicrobials from a business perspective and how large specialty chemical and pharma companies, as well as start-ups are developing their strategies to take advantages to smart antimicrobial opportunities.
Materials and Technology
This report provides complete coverage of the latest materials used to create effective antimicrobial coatings and surfaces.  It also discusses the technologies that are evolving that will make such products truly smart.  Among the topics analyzed are:
  • Silver and nanosilver
  • Copper
  • Hydrogels
  • Chitosan
  • Silanes
  • Sulfates
  • Graphene and carbon nanotubes
  • Role of biomaterials and biotechnology
  • Combining antimicrobial action with self-cleaning and self-healing
  • Target specificity
  • Time release mechanisms
  • Safety, biocompatibility and environmental/toxicity concerns
  • Coating requirements for different kinds of surface
Included in this analysis is discussion of how these technologies and materials are being commercialized to produce smart antimicrobial coatings and surfaces.
Applications and Markets for Smart Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces
This report also includes an analysis of the application areas where we see smart antimicrobials surfaces and coatings generating significant revenues in the next decade.  These include:
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Medical implants, surgical equipment and laboratory equipment
  • Kitchens, restaurants and appliances
  • Agriculture and veterinary
  • Other residential, commercial and public buildings
  • Consumer electronics
  • Clothing and textiles
Eight-Year Forecasts
This report contains detailed forecasts of the antimicrobial surfaces and coatings market:
  • Revenue ($ Millions)
  • Volume (square meters)
  • By application
  • By materials and technology
Strategic profiles
In this report n-tech also examines the product/market strategies of the firms to watch in this space including their current R&D programs.  Coverage includes
  • Dow Corning
  • DSM Biomedical
  • Life Material Technology
  • PPG Architectural Coatings
  • AK Coatings
  • Bio-Gate
  • Dunmore
  • Lima Corporate/Biosuma
  • Sciessant
  • Specialty Coating Systems
The evaluation of antimicrobial coatings and surfaces markets in this report is based on interviews with key influencers in these markets, as well as numerous secondary resources.  It also draws on n-tech’s insider knowledge of the smart materials business, including smart antimicrobials.
We believe that this report will be invaluable reading for marketing and business development specialists in coatings firms, specialty chemical companies, pharma and the biotech industry.
Executive Summary  
E.1 Smart Antimicrobials: Technology Directions        
E.1.1 The Meaning of Smart Antimicrobials    
E.1.2 Smarter Microbes Need Smarter Antimicrobials 
E.2 Healthcare:  First Target for Smart Antimicrobials 
E.3 Smart Antimicrobials in non-Healthcare Markets   
E.3.1 Challenges to Smart Antimicrobials in non-Healthcare Markets  
E.3.2 Marketing Strategies for Smart Antimicrobials in non-Healthcare Markets         
E.4 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Antimicrobials
E.5 Seven Companies to Watch in the Smart Antimicrobial Market     
E.5.1 BASF:  Has Important Pieces of the Smart Antimicrobial Puzzle
E.5.2 Dow Chemical:  Possibly Moving Beyond Silvadur         
E.5.3 DSM Biomedical:  Moving Close to a Smart Antimicrobial Offering
E.5.4 Life Material Technology:  Openly Smart           
E.5.5 Microban:  An Antimicrobial Branding Strategy  
E.5.6 Sciessent: Smarts and Branding
E.5.7 Nolla:  Beyond Nanosilver          
Chapter One: Introduction  
1.1 Background to this Report
1.1.1 The Selective Killing of Microbes:  A Role for Smart Materials   
1.1.2 Smart Polymers and Smart Antimicrobials          
1.1.3 Self-Cleaning Antimicrobials      
1.1.4 Antimicrobials and Super-hydrophobic Materials
1.1.5 Nanotechnology and Antimicrobials:  Advanced Functionality, Smartness and Competition
1.1.6 The Bottom Line:  A Roadmap for Smart Antimicrobials 
1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report        
1.3 Methodology for this Report         
1.4 Plan of this Report
Chapter Two:  Smart Antimicrobial Technology Trends  
2.1 Antimicrobial Materials Trends:  Impact on the Need for Smart Antimicrobials      
2.1.1 Mechanisms and Focus 
2.1.2 Smart Antimicrobials are Needed Now:  The Business Case for Developing Smart Antimicrobial Materials           
2.1.3 The Downside of Smart Antimicrobials:  Negatives and Uncertainties
2.2 The Selective Killing of Microbes:  A Role for Smart Materials      
2.2.1 The Role of Peptides     
2.2.2 Other Selective Antimicrobials   
2.3 Smart Polymers and Smart Antimicrobials Together at Last           
2.3.1 Polymers are Highly Suitable for Smart Surfaces           
2.3.2 Antimicrobial Polymers Today    
2.3.3 Smart Antimicrobial Polymers: Self-Healing Antimicrobials and Hydrogels         
2.4 Self-Cleaning Antimicrobials         
2.5 Antimicrobials and Super-hydrophobic Materials   
2.6 Nanotechnology and Antimicrobials:  Advanced Functionality, Smartness and Competition
2.7 Key Points from this Chapter        
Chapter Three:  Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces in Healthcare     
3.1 Antimicrobial Action:  Where the Medical Surfaces Are     
3.1.1 Desperately Seeking Smarts      
3.2 Drivers for New Antimicrobial Approaches in Healthcare Facilities
3.2.1 Hospital-Acquired Infections      
3.2.2 The Rise of Super Strain-Resistant Pathogens  
3.2.3 The Need for Synergy: Cleaning and Antimicrobial Strategies in Healthcare Facilities   
3.3 Options for Medical/Healthcare-specific Smart Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces        
3.3.1 Silver Nanoparticles       
3.3.2 Antimicrobial Peptides    
3.3.3 Textured Biomaterial Surfaces   
3.3.4 Hydrogels for Bioactive Coatings           
3.3.5 Physical Mechanisms for Antimicrobials 
3.4 Targets for Smart Antimicrobials   
3.4.1 The Need for Smart Antimicrobials Implanted Devices   
3.4.2 Equipment, Devices and Smart Antimicrobials    
3.4.3 Facilities: Which Ones are Critical for Smart Antimicrobial Surfaces?     
3.4.4 Clothing and Textiles     
3.5 Challenges and Opportunities       
3.5.1 Biocompatibility  
3.5.2 Environmental Concerns
3.6 Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Antimicrobials in Healthcare Markets
3.7 Companies to Watch in Smart Antimicrobial Materials in Medical/Healthcare         
3.7.1 Aegis Intelligent Chemicals        
3.7.2 Bio-Gate
3.7.3 Biotech International (U.K.)        
3.7.4 Dow Chemical (U.S.)      
3.7.5 DSM Biomedical (U.S.)  
3.7.6 Life Material Technology
3.7.7 Microban
3.7.8 Dunmore
3.7.9 Parker Hannefin (U.S.)  
3.7.10 Sciessent (U.S.)           
3.7.11 Start-ups We're Tracking         
3.8 Key Points from This Chapter
Chapter Four:  Smart Antimicrobials in Non-Medical Applications        
4.1 Beyond Healthcare: Where Can Smart Antimicrobials be Sold?    
4.1.1 The “Ick Factor" as a Persuasive Driver for Smart Antimicrobials
4.1.2 Cost, Value and Multi-functionality         
4.1.3 Defining Smart Antimicrobials Downwards:  Can’t-reach Areas  
4.1.4 Regulatory Concerns for Smart Antimicrobials in non-Healthcare Markets         
4.2 Smart Antimicrobials in Consumer Electronics and Appliances: Clean Touch        
4.2.1 Touch Means Microbes – and Antimicrobials     
4.2.2 Three Uses for Smart Antimicrobials for Consumer Electronics and Appliances
4.2.3 What Kinds of Smart Antimicrobials will be used in Consumer Electronics and Appliances:  An Eight-Year Forecast         
4.3 Clothing and Textiles:  A Need for Smarts?          
4.3.1 Key Requirements for Antimicrobials for Textiles and Clothing  
4.3.2 Silver: Smart Antimicrobial of Choice for Textiles and Clothing
4.3.3 Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)-coated Fabrics:  Photocatalysis as Smart Antimicrobials          
4.3.4 Other Possibilities: Fluorochemicals, Organilisanes and Superhydrophobia      
4.3.5 Limitations to Smart Antimicrobials in Textiles    
4.3.6 An Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Antimicrobials in Textiles and Clothing           
4.4 Links in a Supply Chain:  Smart Antimicrobials in Food, Water, and Agriculture    
4.4.1 Food Processing
4.4.2 Water Filtration  
4.4.3 An Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Antimicrobials in the Food and Water Supply 
4.5 Smart Antimicrobial Applications in Buildings         
4.5.1 Making Sense of the Business Case     
4.5.2 Building Components: A Tough Sell—Maybe    
4.6 Transportation:  Cars, Boats and Planes   
4.6.1 Areas Where there is a Compelling Case for Using Smart Antimicrobials in Transportation
4.6.2 Smart Antimicrobials and the Automotive Surface Imperative     
4.7 Military and Smart Antimicrobials: A Wide Net       
4.8 Companies to Watch         
4.8.1 Microban (U.S.) 
4.8.2 Sciessent (U.S.) 
4.8.3 Polygiene (Sweden)      
4.8.4 Gelest (U.S.)      
4.8.5 AK Coatings (U.S.)         
4.8.6 Americhem (U.S.)          
4.8.7 BASF (Germany)
4.8.8 Dow Chemical (U.S.)      
4.8.9 Nolla (Andorra)  
4.8.10 Parx Plastics (Netherlands)      
4.8.11 PPG Architectural Coatings (U.S.)       
4.9 Key Points from This Chapter       
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report       
About the Authors       
List of Exhibits
Exhibit E-1: Future Opportunities for Smart Antimicrobials     
Exhibit E-2: Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Antimicrobial Surfaces by Application ($ Million)    
Exhibit E-3: Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Antimicrobial Surfaces by Material Type ($ Million)
Exhibit 2-1: Classes of Smart Antimicrobials and their Selling Propositions     
Exhibit 2-2: Smart Antimicrobial Functionalities           
Exhibit 2-3: Role of Nanotechnology in Smart Antimicrobials  
Exhibit 3-1: Selected Use Cases for Smart Antimicrobials in Medical Environments   
Exhibit 3-2: Silver-based Antimicrobials for Medical Applications        
Exhibit: 3-3: Medical Equipment and Devices:  Need for Smart Antimicrobials
Exhibit 3-4: Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Antimicrobial Medical Surfaces by Surface Area (Square Meters) 
Exhibit 3-5: Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Antimicrobial Medical Surfaces by Market Value ($ Millions)          
Exhibit 3-6: Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Antimicrobial Medical Surfaces by Type of Antimicrobial–Market Share (%) and Revenues ($ Million) 
Exhibit 4-1: Non-Healthcare Applications for Smart Antimicrobials      
Exhibit 4-2: Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Non-Medical Antimicrobial Surfaces by Application – Surface Area (Square Meters) and Revenue ($ Millions)     
Exhibit 4-3: Eight-Year Forecast of Non-Medical Smart Antimicrobial Surfaces by Type of Antimicrobial –Market Share (%) and Revenues ($ Millions) 
Exhibit 4-4: Requirements for Antimicrobials Used on Clothing and Textiles  
Exhibit 4-5: Identifying Opportunities for Smart Antimicrobial Coatings in Buildings     

Markets for Smart Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces – 2015 to 2022

Silver-based Inks, Pastes and Antimicrobial Coatings to Reach $7.5 billion by 2021

GLEN ALLEN, Virginia:  n-tech Research has announced the release of a new report titled, "Opportunities for Silver Inks, Pastes and Coatings: 2016 to 2025.  This report continues the firm’s coverage of the silver inks and pastes business that dates back to 2008 and also discusses high-value silver coatings opportunities (especially silver-based antimicrobials) where we see opportunities for firms that traditionally focus on the silver inks and pastes business.

Additional details about the report are available at:

About the Report:

Silver inks and coatings suppliers have been seeking new growth opportunities with the maturation and/or decline of traditional business segments and the fluctuations with the solar power market. In this report, n-tech provides a guide to where these new and revived markets will be found.

The report examines where the opportunities are in traditional markets such as solar panels and PCBs, but also focuses on emerging opportunities such as the rise of the Internet-of-Things and wearables.  Will these markets take over as growth sectors for silver, as traditional PCB markets begin to fade?

Yet, another area that we analyze in this report is the antimicrobial sector.  Silver has long been recognized as a good microbial and the market for silver antimicrobial coatings is being boosted by concerns about hospital acquired infections and resistant microbes.  The question here is whether firms who have been traditionally in the inks and pastes business can transition into antimicrobials. 

As with other n-tech reports, we also include detailed eight-year forecasts in both volume and value terms, with breakouts by application, type of material and type of printing process used.  The report also contains an assessment of the product/market strategies of leading silver inks, pastes and coatings firms.

From the report 

•    Although the “printed electronics revolution” never really happened, there is still plenty of talk about printed electronics, a new breed of jetted is emerging from major firms such as Cabot, Showa Denko, Ulvac and Sun Chemicals.  Several of these firms have offered nanosilver inks in the past, but now seem to be entering the market again with new products.  These inks will find initial markets in niche markets, such as PCB prototyping and chip interposers, as well as R&D.  However, by 2021, revenues from these new inks may reach more than $400 million as they find extensive use in IoT, sensors networks and wearables. 

•    Revenues from antimicrobials using silver are expected to reach $0.9 billion by 2021. The driver here is the rise of microbes resistant to standard antimicrobials and also HAIs. n-tech also sees opportunities in the antimicrobials space stemming from materials innovations including silver nanocomposites and silver antimicrobials that can work on a variety of novel substrates.  For firms from an inks/pastes background the best strategies for antimicrobials are (1) to exploit manufacturing techniques developed in the inks and pastes sector and apply them to antimicrobials, and (2) attack markets such as consumer electronics and wearables. 

•    Traditional thick-film applications will generate more than $3.0 billion in revenues for ink and paste makers in 2021 but with low margins and commoditization it would be no surprise to see the paste business shift to China in the next few years. 

About n-tech:

n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets.  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in advanced materials and novel energy sources. Visit for a full listing of the firm's reports and other services.

Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030

posted Sep 07, 2016

Market for Smart Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces will Reach US $1.3 Billion by 2020

News Release
New n-tech Research Report States the Market for Smart Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces will Reach US $1.3 Billion
Glen Allen, Virginia:  Industry analyst firm n-tech Research today announced the release of a new report titled “Markets for Smart Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces – 2015 to 2022.” According to the report the market for smart antimicrobials will grow to around $1.3 Billion by 2020.
Details about the report, including a downloadable excerpt are available at:
This report is the latest deliverable from n-tech’s research program on smart materials.  Other n-tech reports from 2015 have covered smart windows, smart coatings, smart surfaces, self-healing materials and color-shifting coatings. n-tech has carried out analysis of the smart materials business for more than six years.
About the report:
As drug-resistant microbes and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) continue to spread, smart materials are being used to combat them.  This report quantifies the market for these “smart antimicrobials,” which include antimicrobial peptides, smart polymers, silver preparations and super-hydrophobic preparations.  It also covers multifunctional materials that combine antimicrobial action with self-cleaning and self-healing capabilities.
The report provides eight-year revenue forecasts for smart antimicrobials coatings and surfaces, with breakouts by material type and application.  Medical applications include implants, surgical tools, medical facility surfaces, medical uniforms and general medical equipment.  Non-medical applications comprise clothing and textiles, consumer products, the food supply chain, buildings and construction, automotive and military.
It also discusses the business models currently being employed by the firms in the self-healing materials space, as well those who n-tech thinks will enter this space in the next few years.
Companies discussed in this report include: Aeris, AK Coatings, Allied Biosicence, Applied Sciences, BASF, BigSky Technologies, Bio-Gate, BioSuMa, BioTech International, BlueSky, Clariant, Corning, DiFusion Technologies, Dow Chemical, DSM Biomedical, Dunmore, DuPont, Evonik, FlowCrete, Gelest, Green Earth Nano Science, Johnson Controls, Less EMF, Life Material Technology, Microban, Nolla, Optical Coatings Technologies, Parker Hannefin, Parx Plastics, Plastics Color Corp., Polygeine, Poly One, PPG, Ras Materials, Rochling, SABIC, Sciessent, Sharklet Technologies, Specialty Coatings Systems, TiFiber and Vesteagen.
Today, smart antimicrobials are dominated by silver-based materials, although some smart antimicrobials based on photosynthesis are also widely available. 
The silver-based smart antimicrobials market will continue to grow, reaching US$913 million by 2020, but will be hurt by the appearance of more effective smart antimicrobials such as peptides as well as environmental concerns about silver itself.
There will also be a strong trend towards combining smart antimicrobials with additional self-cleaning and self-healing functionality.  Self-cleaning adds to the antimicrobial effect by washing away microbes while self-repair of cracks gives microbes no place to hide. By 2020 smart multifunctional coatings and surfaces are expected to generate are around US$120 million
Sales of smart antimicrobials will focus on medical equipment and medical uniforms. Growing the market for smart antimicrobials into non-healthcare markets will be a challenge; life and death concerns will be hard to evoke as part of a business case. However, n-tech still sees important niches outside of medical markets where smart antimicrobials are likely to sell well.  These include high-use and high-traffic areas in buildings, and clothing and textiles.  The interior surfaces of cars, truck, aircraft and marine vessels present additional opportunities for smart antimicrobial surfaces.  
By 2020, we expect the market for smart antimicrobial coatings and surfaces in non-healthcare markets to reach US$225 million going on to reach US$500 million by the 2022.
About n-tech:
n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets.  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in all of these areas.  Visit for a full listing of the firm's reports and other services.
Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030

posted Sep 08, 2015

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