Alcohol-Based Disinfectants Market 2020 : Analysis and Information for Every Aspact of the Industry


Disinfectants play an important role in the healthcare industry. These are used in a broad range of applications. Commercial applications of alcohol-based disinfectants include hand sanitizing, clinical surface disinfecting, clinical device disinfecting and others. In terms of revenue, the global market for alcohol-based disinfectants was valued at USD 1,194.0 million in 2013 and is likely to reach USD 2,187.7 million by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 9.0% from 2014 to 2020.

Ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol-based disinfectants accounted for the largest share of the alcohol-based disinfectants market in terms of both volume and revenue. Together, these constituted more than two-thirds share of total volume in 2013. N-propyl alcohol-based disinfectants used for disinfecting applications was the third-largest product segment of alcohol-based disinfectants, followed by methyl alcohol, which is used sparingly for disinfecting applications. The alcohol-based disinfectants industry exhibits a high degree of forward integration, as most producers of alcohol-based disinfectants are also engaged in downstream activities. This forward integration provides participants with a distinctive competitive advantage in terms of customer retention and market dominance.

High demand for alcohol-based disinfectants is primarily ascribed to growing awareness about hand hygiene across the globe. Increased number of hospital-acquired infection cases has compelled authorities to implement appropriate hygiene measures. In order to reduce costs associated with diagnosing hospital-acquired infections, various health institutions have put forth regulations pertaining to hand hygiene, especially in hospitals. Thus, demand for alcohol-based disinfectants is expected to increase significantly in the next few years due to a rise in the number of stringent regulations regarding the usage of disinfectants for hand sanitization. Furthermore, there is increasing awareness about the need to maintain hand hygiene in developed regions such as North America and Europe. Hands are the medium that transfers germs from one individual to another. Therefore, maintaining hand hygiene becomes imperative in order to restrict the growth and transmission of germs and viruses.

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Alcohol-based disinfectants used in hand sanitizers were the major application of alcohol-based disinfectants, accounting for about 60% of the alcohol-based disinfectants market in 2013. Demand for alcohol-based disinfectants used for hand sanitizing is increasing due to growing awareness about overall personal hygiene and rising importance of maintaining hand hygiene in healthcare facilities. Demand for hand hygiene products has increased in the recent past due to the outbreak of superbugs such as swine flu and H1N1 viruses. These outbreaks are periodic in nature; however, they leave a lasting impression on the minds of people. Hands are the primary medium for spread of diseases.

Therefore, hand hygiene plays a vital role in avoiding these diseases. Growth of the alcohol-based disinfectants market is likely to be restricted by usage of substitutes for disinfecting applications. Alcohol-based disinfectants are characterized by rapid evaporation rate and efficient germ killing properties. On the other hand, these disinfectants are flammable and toxic in nature. These properties of alcohol-based disinfectants may hamper its growth in the near future.

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North America and Europe were the major markets for alcohol-based disinfectants in 2013. With around 27% share in total consumption, Asia Pacific was the third-largest regional market for alcohol-based disinfectants in 2013. Leading manufacturers of alcohol-based disinfectants focus on capacity expansion in Asia Pacific to increase their production capacities. The recent outbreak of H1N1 in 2011 and other such pandemic outbreaks across the globe have resulted in an increase in demand for disinfecting products. Thus, growing awareness about personal hygiene in developed as well as emerging economies is anticipated to drive demand for alcohol-based disinfectants in the next few years.

In the recent past, industry participants have shifted their focus towards customer retention and providing quality products to customers. Key market participants in the alcohol-based disinfectants market include BODE Chemie GmbH, Reckitt Benckiser, Johnson & Johnson, 3M Company, DuPont and Ecolab Inc.

Table of Content

Chapter 1 Preface

Chapter 2 Executive Summary

Chapter 3 Alcohol-based Disinfectants – Industry Analysis

Chapter 4 Alcohol-based disinfectants: Product Segment Analysis

Chapter 5 Alcohol-based Disinfectants: Application Analysis

Chapter 6 Alcohol-based disinfectants Market– Regional Analysis

Chapter 7 Company Profiles


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