Underlining demand for antimicrobial coatings in healthcare facilities

9:07 AM, 12th January 2021
With the demand for antimicrobial growing unprecedently, R&D activities and product roll-outs are likely to be revved up. A palpable surge in health care associated infections (HAIs) in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and other facilities has stimulated the demand for antiviral coatings.

With cleanliness and hygiene now becoming a top-notch priority—thanks to COVID-19—uniqueness and relevance of antimicrobial coatings have helped the producers of these chemicals win new business, increasing profit margins and gaining market share. Several reports suggest that coronavirus can survive on glass, metal, wood, fabric and plastic surfaces for several hours and days. Some bacteria, including MRSA and E. coli are believed to survive for several months on inanimate surfaces, while COVID-19 virus can remain on cardboard for up to 24 hours.

Researchers at the Hong Kong University have developed an antiviral—they claim—which when sprayed onto touched (frequently) surfaces, could provide 90 days of protection against bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19.

Researchers at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), India introduced antimicrobial coating for flu, claiming it can kill COVID-19 too. They assert the coating can be used in medically essential materials, including plastic, textiles, polystyrene, PVC, polyurethane and PVC.

Nippon Paint and Corning teamed up in December 2020 to roll out antimicrobial paint in China. They exhort it contains a novel antimicrobial paint additive and bioactive form of copper to leverage the latter’s-controlled release for killing germs.

It has been predicted that globally, the antimicrobial coatings industry size will cross $6.3 billion in annual value by 2026.

Making a difference in medical & healthcare space

With the demand for antimicrobial growing unprecedently, R&D activities and product roll-outs are likely to be revved up. The year 2021 and beyond will witness a compelling traction for antimicrobial coatings market from medical and healthcare sectors.

A palpable surge in health care associated infections (HAIs) in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and other facilities has stimulated the demand for antiviral coatings. Reportedly, around one in 25 patients across the US have an infection related to hospital care. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has reported an average prevalence of 7.1 percent in European countries.

Antimicrobial coatings are being developed to negate bacterial colonization of surfaces, with manufacturers gearing to embed surfaces of their medical devices with antimicrobials to help fight antibiotic-resistant infections. Products like powder coatings have what it takes to enhance the cleanliness of healthcare facilities.

Research and surveys have alluded that majority of healthcare workers prefer the use of antimicrobial coatings to standard powerful cleaning agents, given that they protect surfaces from parasites, germs and bacteria.

Betting big on copper coated surfaces

Metallic antimicrobial agents such as those based on copper and silver can be a viable tool against both viruses and bacteria, while some antimicrobial coatings may be effective against bacteria, but not against viruses. Solutions such as biobased coatings, photocatalytic enzyme-based coatings may be effective against both, bacteria and viruses.

Several researchers are betting big on copper alloys as the ions in the alloys are both antibacterial and antiviral. While it may not be possible to coat all surfaces with copper, several scientists believe using the metal on hotspots—door handles and lift buttons—could potentially reduce contamination and the spread of microbes.

A comprehensive research and commercial investments in antimicrobial coatings will likely reduce microbial numbers on surfaces in healthcare settings. Copper-based antibacterial coating based on thermal spraying technologies are likely to foray in healthcare and construction sectors.

Copper-based sprayed coatings will add aesthetic value and can easily be applied in facilities, including public transport, nursing homes, schools, building and hospitals. For instance, surgical tables with copper-based antimicrobial coating on side rails may gain popularity in the next few years.

Hospitals and construction sectors are swearing by copper-based surface as it has shown considerably less microbial contamination vis-à-vis conventional materials. Copper-based coatings with antibacterial attributes underpinned by thermal spraying technologies will potentially be introduced on sensitive surfaces, including operating tables, dressing tables and IV stands.

Browse key industry insights spread across 240 pages with 288 market data tables and 29 figures & charts from the report, “Antimicrobial Coatings market size by product and application - industry analysis, regional outlook, growth potential, price trend, competitive market share & forecast, 2020 – 2026” in detail along with the table of contents: https://www.gminsights.com/request-sample/detail/726

Antimicrobial powder coatings in construction sector

Antimicrobial powder coatings have become the linchpin in providing antimicrobial efficacy—reduction of bacterial activity—against Escherichia coli NBRC 3972 and Staphylococcus aureus NBRC 12732.

Use of powder coatings on the platform of active silver ions technology will help to inhibit microbial and bacterial spread. Nevertheless, utility of antimicrobial powder coating has witnessed immense interest in hospitals, food & beverage processing equipment, construction and household products. Both legacy players and emerging companies are introducing silver antimicrobial technology which is known to mar the growth of microbes on powder-coated surfaces.

Antimicrobial powder coatings for interior and exterior use will become more noticeable, with metro rail door frames, automotive accessories, furniture demanding the coatings. Antimicrobial technology is hitting the right chord in building interiors, thereby protecting against microbes and molds which can lead to material degradation, bad odors and staining.

AkzoNobel has expanded its portfolio to expedite the inclusion of antimicrobial properties in its architectural powder coatings. The improved Interpon D AM can allegedly be used on internal surfaces and will remain pivotal in schools, hospitals and public transport. The company announced through a press release in May 2020 the inclusion of BioCote antimicrobial technology for buildings, which they opine can reduce up to 99.99 percent of microbes on protected surfaces.

Bio-Fense has come up with an advanced coating designed to prevent infection by pathogenic bacteria, including Salmonella and Listeria in food production environments. The anti-microbial coating, launched in May 2020, can allegedly be used in floors, coating walls, hotels, airports, airplanes and offices.

From the outset, construction industry and healthcare sector are on a course to become major revenue-generating sectors. Copper-based coatings will bring antimicrobial properties and high mechanical durability to the fore.

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