Market Trends of Surface Disinfectant Industry
Hypochlorite Segment is Expected to Hold Significant Market Share Over the Forecast Period
Hypochlorite surface disinfectant is used as sodium hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach. It is a broad-spectrum disinfectant that is effective for the disinfection of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mycobacterium. The hypochlorite segment is expected to hold a significant market share due to factors such as the increasing number of surgical procedures coupled with a growing hospital-acquired infection and the launch of products.
Hypochlorites are available in either solid or liquid form. The most prevalent chlorine products in the United States are the aqueous solutions of 5.25% to 6.15% sodium hypochlorite, typically household bleach. These have an extensive spectrum of antimicrobial activity (i.e., virucidal, bactericidal, fungicidal, sporicidal, and mycobactericidal), are unaffected by hard water, are fast-acting and inexpensive, generally do not leave toxic residues, remove dried or fixed organisms as well as biofilms from surfaces, and have a significantly low incidence of serious toxicity.
Recommendations by various health organizations to use sodium hypochlorite for surface disinfection are expected to fuel the growth of this sector. For instance, the National Environment Agency released a report on lists of disinfectant products against coronaviruses in April 2023. As per the report, Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) is one of the proven disinfectants used in sanitization, where 0.05-0.5% is recommended as the working concentration.
Additionally, the support from the regulatory authorities for the distribution of hypochlorite to prevent the spread of various diseases is also expected to drive the segment's growth. For instance, in October 2022, UNICEF delivered lifesaving health and water, hygiene, and sanitation supplies to Syria to scale up efforts to halt the cholera outbreak. During the period, 408 tons of sodium hypochlorite have been distributed to prevent and curb the spread of cholera. This is expected to support the surface disinfectant manufacturers for production and thus drive the growth of the market segment. Hence, due to the abovementioned factors, the demand for hypochlorite surface disinfectants is expected to grow, fueling the segment's growth.
North America is Expected to Have Significant Growth in the Market Over the Forecast Period
North America is expected to have a major share in the surface disinfectant market, owing to the growing burden of chronic diseases, surgeries, and initiatives taken by public organizations and market players. The rise in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and others requires extended hospital stays and surgeries.
For instance, according to 2022 data from the American Health Association, there were approximately 33,356,853 hospital admissions in 2022. Many of these admissions were due to chronic diseases and critical procedures like heart bypass surgery. Thus, the increasing number of hospital admissions is expected to create a need for surface disinfectants, thereby boosting the region's market.
Furthermore, the approval of various surface disinfectants from regulatory bodies and their launches is also expected to boost the market's growth. For instance, in May 2022, GOJO Industries, the maker of PURELL products, expanded its surface hygiene portfolio with the launch of PURELL Healthcare Surface Disinfecting Wipes. This expansion of the surface hygiene portfolio helps in the widespread distribution of products in the region, which is expected to have significant growth in the market.