Europe Biocides Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, And Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

Europe Biocides Market is Segmented by Type (Halogen Compounds, Metallic Compounds, Organosulfurs, Organic Acids, Phenolics, and Other Types), Application (Water Treatment, Pharmaceutical and Personal Care, Wood Preservation, Food and Beverage, Paints and Coatings, and Other Applications), and Geography (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecasts for biocides in value (USD Million) for all the above segments.

Europe Biocides Market Size

Europe Biocides Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
CAGR: > 4.5 %

Major Players

Europe Biocides Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Europe Biocides Market Analysis

The biocides market in Europe is projected to register a CAGR of over 4.5% during the forecast period.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the European biocides market grew significantly. The necessity for disinfectants and sanitizers to prevent virus spread has boosted the need for biocides. Biocides are projected to remain in high demand in the post-COVID-19 period as people become more conscious of the importance of hygiene and sanitation.

  • Over the short term, high demand from various end-user industries such as water treatment, food and beverage, healthcare, and personal care will boost the market expansion.
  • However, the government's strict rules restricting the use of biocides are anticipated to slow the market's expansion.
  • Nevertheless, the need for natural, plant-derived eco-friendly biocides will fuel market expansion in the future.
  • Germany is expected to dominate the market and will likely witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Europe Biocides Industry Segmentation

Biocides are chemical substances used to control or destroy living organisms. They are used in various applications, including disinfectants, antiseptics, pesticides, and preservatives. Biocides are typically used to prevent or eliminate bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microorganisms. They can also control insects, rodents, and other pests. Biocides are often used in the food industry to prevent spoilage and contamination. Europe's biocides market is segmented into type, application, and geography. The market is segmented by types: halogen compounds, metallic compounds, organosulfurs, organic acids, phenolics, and other classes. By application, the market is segmented into water treatment, pharmaceutical and personal care, wood preservation, food and beverage, paints and coatings, and other applications. The report covers the market size and forecast for the biocides market in four countries across the European region. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts for biocides have been done on the basis of value (USD Million).

Halogen Compounds
Metallic Compounds
Organic Acids
Other Types
Water Treatment
Pharmaceutical and Personal Care
Wood Preservation
Food and Beverage
Paints and Coatings
Other Applications
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Europe Biocides Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Europe Biocides Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Demand from Water Treatment Application

  • Biocides are preferably used in water treatment to eliminate microbes. Water towers are ideal locations for the growth of biological organisms, such as fungi, algae, protozoa, bacteria, and sulfate-reducing bacteria.
  • If not controlled properly, they form a layer of bio-slime that acts as a natural adhesive surface for scale formation, which may reduce the cooling system's efficiency. For water systems to operate at their optimum efficiency, biocides are added to the water to remove the microbiological fouling, slime, and biofilm from these systems.
  • The collection and treatment of wastewater have improved in Europe, thus reducing risks to the environment and human health.
  • In Europe, around 90% of urban wastewater is collected and treated by the EU Waste Water Treatment Directive. Germany is one of the leading countries in wastewater treatment.
  • Germany's wastewater treatment market was valued at around USD 3.15 billion in 2021, and about 10,723.8 million n cubic meters of wastewater were treated during the same period.
  • Considering all the factors mentioned above, the increase in demand for surface care biocides is anticipated to expand during the forecast period.
Europe Biocides Market - Revenue CAGR (in %), by Application, 2022-2027

Germany is Anticipated to Hold a Major Market Share

  • The need to safeguard humans, animals, and the environment from the damaging effects of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms is what drives the demand for biocides in Germany. This includes preventing the contaminating of food and water supplies, stopping the spread of pathogens, and managing pests.
  • To ensure the safe and efficient use of biocides, the German government has put in place a number of regulations, such as the Plant Protection Products Regulation and the Biocide Regulation (BiostoffV) (PflSchV).
  • Manufacturers and users of biocides must follow stringent safety requirements as a result of these restrictions. The German government has also created a number of incentives to promote the use of biocides, including grants for environmental protection initiatives, tax credits for businesses that use biocides, and subsidies for research and development.
  • As per Scientific Advisory Council for Agricultural Policy, as there is a consistent need to improve animal welfare to promote hygiene and support welfare needs, an investment of nearly USD 3 to 5 billion will be needed per year in Germany alone to achieve the required outcome.
  • Considering the aforementioned factors, Germany's biocides market is anticipated to rise steadily over the forecast period.
Europe Biocides Market - Revenue CAGR (in %), by Geography, 2022-2027

Europe Biocides Industry Overview

The market for biocides in Europe is consolidated, with significant players holding a stronger market position. Some of the major players in the market include BASF SE, Clariant, Dow Chemical Company, Evonik Industries AG, Henkel AG & Co KGaA, Lonza Group Ltd, LANXESS, and others.

Europe Biocides Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE

  2. Dow Chemical Company

  3. Henkel AG & Co KGaA

  4. Evonik Industries AG

  5. Lonza Group Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Europe Biocides Market Concentration

Europe Biocides Market News

  • February 2022: LANXESS, and Matrìca, a joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont, partnered to produce sustainable biocide preservatives from renewable raw materials.
  • January 2021: LANXESS, a specialty chemical company, acquired French company INTACE SAS. This strategic acquisition has expanded LANXESS position as one of the world's leading manufacturers of biocides and antimicrobials.

Europe Biocides Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Water Treatment

      2. 4.1.2 Other drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Government Regulations

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Halogen Compounds

      2. 5.1.2 Metallic Compounds

      3. 5.1.3 Organosulfurs

      4. 5.1.4 Organic Acids

      5. 5.1.5 Phenolics

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Water Treatment

      2. 5.2.2 Pharmaceutical and Personal Care

      3. 5.2.3 Wood Preservation

      4. 5.2.4 Food and Beverage

      5. 5.2.5 Paints and Coatings

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Germany

      2. 5.3.2 United Kingdom

      3. 5.3.3 France

      4. 5.3.4 Italy

      5. 5.3.5 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%) Analysis** / Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 Clariant

      4. 6.4.4 Clavatis GmbH

      5. 6.4.5 Diversey Holdings LTD.

      6. 6.4.6 Dow Chemical Company

      7. 6.4.7 Ecolab

      8. 6.4.8 Evonik Industries AG

      9. 6.4.9 Henkel AG & Co KGaA

      10. 6.4.10 LANXESS

      11. 6.4.11 Lonza Group Ltd

      12. 6.4.12 Merck KGaA

      13. 6.4.13 MENNO Chemicals Sales GmbH

      14. 6.4.14 Nouryon

      15. 6.4.15 Stockmeier Group

      16. 6.4.16 Solvay

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Demand for Eco-friendly Biocides

**Subject to Availability
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Europe Biocides Market Research FAQs

The Europe Biocides Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Europe Biocides Market is growing at a CAGR of >4.5% over the next 5 years.

BASF SE, Dow Chemical Company, Henkel AG & Co KGaA, Evonik Industries AG, Lonza Group Ltd are the major companies operating in Europe Biocides Market.

Europe Biocides Industry Report

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