Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The quaternary ammonium compounds market is segmented by type (industrial grade, pharmaceutical grade), application (disinfectants, fabric softeners, wood preservers, surfactants, antistatic agents, and other applications), and geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for quaternary ammonium compounds in revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market Size

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Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR > 5.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia-Pacific
Largest Market Asia-Pacific
Market Concentration High

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market Analysis

The quaternary ammonium compounds market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 had a positive impact on the quaternary ammonium compounds market as the demand for disinfectants and antiseptic agents increased among people. The amounts of these compounds used in household, workplace, and industry settings have increased, and usage will continue to be elevated during the forecast period due to the threat caused by the virus. The market witnessed positive growth even after the pandemic and is expected to continue growing during the period.

  • Over the short term, a rise in demand for disinfectant products among hospitals, clinics, and general households is expected to drive the market's growth.
  • On the flip side, the fluctuations in the cost of raw materials act as a restraint on the growth of the market.
  • The continuous development of technologies for disinfecting purposes acts as an opportunity for the growth of the market in the near future.
  • Asia-Pacific dominated the market globally, with the largest consumption from countries such as India, China, and others.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market Trends

Disinfectants Segment to Dominate the Market

  • Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are a type of chemical that is used to kill bacteria, viruses, and mold. There are many different types of QACs that are often found in disinfectants and cleaning products used in places such as hospitals, daycare centers, restaurants, and homes.
  • According to the Office for National Statistics (UK), the sales value of disinfectants based on quaternary ammonium salts in the United Kingdom experienced an increase in value. The value reached USD 109.16 million in 2021.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usage of disinfectants increased worldwide to be used in public facilities, transportation, hospitals, nursing homes, wastewater treatment facilities, and even common households to mitigate the virus burden.
  • The rising occurrence of hospital-acquired infections increased spending on disinfectant solutions globally, and this factor contributed to the growth of the market. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are roughly 45.44 million episodes of healthcare-associated infections every year in Europe, affecting close to 41.31 million patients. The increase in patient safety in hospitals has boosted spending on disinfecting solutions, which has resulted in the growth of the quaternary ammonium disinfectant market.
  • According to the American Hospital Association, as of 2022, the total number of hospitals in the United States was 6,093. As per the reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 of every 31 hospitalized patients in the United States had an HAI, meaning that approximately 633,300 patients contracted one of these infections annually.
  • All the factors, in turn, are projected to have a significant impact on market growth during the forecast period.
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market: Sales of Disinfectants based on Quaternary Ammonium Salts, Value (USD Million), United Kingdom, 2018-2021

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region stands to be the fastest-growing market for quaternary ammonium compounds. Consumption of these compounds in disinfectants, and other surface cleaning products drives the growth of the market.
  • Asia-Pacific countries, such as China, India, and other developing countries, have been registering a strong increase in the number of cases suffering from bacterial, fungal, and other infections, which leads to the increased consumption of quaternary ammonium surfactants, disinfectants, and other cleaning products in the region.
  • The market for surface disinfectants is growing in the region as a result of the rapid development of the healthcare sector in developing countries like China and India. For instance, the hospital industry in India accounts for 80% of the total healthcare market and is witnessing huge investor demand from both global and domestic investors. The hospital industry in India is expected to reach USD 132 billion by the end of 2023.
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds find their application in the textile industry as well. The salts from these compounds are made from lipids that essentially coat clothes in a fatty layer, making them smoother and softer to the touch.
  • China is the largest textile-producing and exporting country in the world. In February 2022, Chinese textile exports reached an all-time high of USD 24,741 million.
  • In 2022, approximately three billion meters of clothing fabric were produced in China. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the textile production volume reached an all-time high of USD 46 billion in November 2022.
  • Quaternary ammonium-based composite particles are used to provide antibacterial finishing to cotton-based fabrics. The functionalization is done by diluting a quaternary ammonium cation (QAC) hybrid alkoxide in a sol-gel-made crystalline suspension of TiO2 in liquid.
  • According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, India is the world's largest producer of cotton. Production of cotton fiber in India reached 2.40 MT in 2021, while for yarn, the production stood at 4,762 million kg during the same period.
  • In restaurants, QAC sanitizers and disinfectants are used on items from the restaurant tables to the food prep surfaces to prevent foodborne illness. These products are extensively used in restaurants, food production facilities, and households due to their surface cleaning behavior. As of 2023, there are a total of 27,254 food and takeaway food services businesses in Australia, an increase of 1.2% from 2022.
  • According to the American Chemistry Council, the total value of all domestic sales of chemicals in the Asia-Pacific region reached USD 2.6 trillion in 2021, which reflects the region's leading position in terms of chemical sales.
  • Furthermore, the strategic initiatives taken by the market players are also expected to drive the growth of the market. For instance, in April 2021, Unilever partnered with LanzaTech and India Glycols to produce a surfactant made from industrial carbon emissions instead of fossil fuels. Additionally, in March 2021, BASF signed a partnership agreement with Allied Carbon Solutions Co., Ltd. (ACS) Japan to strengthen its global position in bio-based QAC surfactants and actives.
  • All the aforementioned factors are expected to significantly impact the demand for the market studied in the region during the forecast period.
Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market - Growth Rate by Region

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Industry Overview

The quaternary ammonium compounds market is consolidated in nature. Some of the key players include Arkema, BASF SE, DuPont, Evonik, Huntsman International LLC, among others.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market Leaders

  1. Arkema 

  2. BASF SE

  3. DuPont

  4. Evonik

  5. Huntsman International LLC

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market News

  • March 2022: PDI launched new products, namely Sani-24 Germicidal Disposable Wipe, Sani-HyPerCide Germicidal Disposable Wipe, and Sani-HyPerCide Germicidal Spray. These are innovative disinfectants to help infection prevention professionals in the fight against rising healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
  • February 2022: SC Johnson Professional launched its Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner in a new easy-to-measure, squeeze, and pour bottle in North America. The product cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes in one labor-saving step, and the packaging format simplifies measuring for dilution in a bucket, automatic scrubber, or spray bottle.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 A Rise in Demand for Disinfectant Products among Hospitals, Clinics, and General Households

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Fluctuations in the Cost of Raw Materials

      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 Consumers

      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 Industrial Grade

      2. 5.1.2 Pharmaceutical Grade

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Disinfectants

      2. 5.2.2 Fabric Softeners

      3. 5.2.3 Wood Preservatives

      4. 5.2.4 Surfactants

      5. 5.2.5 Antistatic Agents

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Arkema

      2. 6.4.2 BASF SE

      3. 6.4.3 DuPont

      4. 6.4.4 Evonik

      5. 6.4.5 Henkel Adhesives Technologies India Private Limited

      6. 6.4.6 Huntsman International LLC

      7. 6.4.7 Kao Chemicals Europe, S.L.U

      8. 6.4.8 KLK OLEO

      9. 6.4.9 Nouryon

      10. 6.4.10 PDI, Inc

      11. 6.4.11 S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 The Continuous Developments in Technologies

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

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Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Industry Segmentation

Quaternary ammonium compounds are a group of chemicals used for a variety of purposes, including as preservatives, surfactants, antistatic agents, and active ingredients in disinfectants and sanitizers. The quaternary ammonium compounds market is segmented by type, application, and geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa). By type, the market is segmented into industrial grade and pharmaceutical grade. By application, the market is segmented into disinfectants, fabric softeners, wood preservatives, surfactants, antistatic agents, and other applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the quaternary ammonium compounds market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, market sizing and forecasts have been done based on revenue (USD million).

Industrial Grade
Pharmaceutical Grade
Fabric Softeners
Wood Preservatives
Antistatic Agents
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Arkema , BASF SE, DuPont, Evonik and Huntsman International LLC are the major companies operating in the Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market.

Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market.

The report covers the Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2024 - 2029)