The global UVC disinfection products reached US$ 1.2 Bn in 2019, and is expected to be valued at nearly US$ 6 Bn by 2030, according to Future Market Insights’ recently published report. Deepening smart technology penetration combined with need for efficient cleansing solutions is primarily steering growth.
Lucrative opportunities are in store with respect to automation and robotics as organizations look to leverage these solutions to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.
According to FMI’s UVC disinfection products market analysis, the COVID-19 pandemic is further broadening growth prospects, with adoption growing in both residential and commercial settings.
Availability of Technologically Superior Products
Over the years, disinfection procedures have undergone significant transformations technology-wise. Smart disinfection solutions have clearly emerged as the winner in the 21st century, with the scope of robotic and automated cleaning solutions acquiring immense precedence.
This shift towards robotic automation is not just an outcome of deepening technological penetration, but also that of the hazards posed by manual cleaning and disinfection approaches. A major area of concern is the alarming increase in the number of hospital acquired infections (HAIs).
As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, numerous start-ups and existing manufacturers are foraying into the UVC disinfection business profile, offering novel solutions, For instance, Dutch start-up UV Smart provides the ImpeluxTM short-wavelength UVC technology which kills nearly 100% micro-bacteria, fungi and viruses without damage to medical instruments.
Growing Adoption in Food & Beverage Industry
The UVC disinfection products market popularity is gaining stimulus with their potential application across food & beverage disinfection approaches. UV disinfection procedures especially find applications across soft drinks manufacturing to ensure process water is free from any micro-organisms.
Players such as American Ultraviolet, AVEVA Group Plc, Digital Light Lab and Ecolab Corporation are emerging as some of the primary frontrunners in the food & beverage disinfection segment.
Digital Light Lab’s AccuCure Disinfection product line provides the latest sanitation, disinfection and sterilization methods equipped with UVC-LEDs. Designed specifically to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the device uses LED wavelengths of up to 280 nm range to disinfect air and water.
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Smart City Projects Creating Opportunities
With the global urban population poised to expand by 63% from 2024-2050, demand for smart cities is scheduled to witness a prolific increase. According to a UN report, more than 800 million people dwell in slum areas, lacking access to basic amenities such as clean drinking water or sanitation.
Smart cities are touted to help overcome these inequalities by helping overcome limitations of traditional urban development by incorporating technologically advanced solutions to address various problems. Smart disinfection is thus a part and parcel of this initiative.
The Nexos Intelligent Disinfection solution is a pioneer in achieving smart disinfection objectives. In May 2020, it received funding from the Clean Energy Trust, and is expected to effectively leverage IoT technologies such as power-over-Ethernet (PoE) UVC disinfection to help clean buildings without human intervention.
A critical challenge posed to the UVC disinfection products market is the issue of over exposure to UV-C radiation by the personnel handling such equipment. While UVC radiation can effectively rid any premises of pathogens, constant exposure to these rays by the human body may lead to undesirable impacts.
Prolonged direct exposure to UVC light have led to extensive skin damage and eye injuries such as corneal injuries and redness or ulceration of the skin. Chronic exposure to such radiation could lead to even more detrimental impacts, the worst being the onset of melanoma or other types of skin cancers.
Such perceived and documented instances could restrict the growth prospects of the UVC disinfection products market. On the other hand, healthcare settings are providing their personnel with personal protective equipment while handling these devices, thus offsetting the hazards posed by UVC radiation exposure.
UVC Disinfection Products Market: Regional Insights
North America UVC Disinfection Products Market
North America is likely to generate credible growth opportunities for the UV disinfection products markets, capturing nearly a third of the revenue by 2020-end.
Growth is primarily underpinned by increasing need to undertake extensive hospital disinfection procedures to mitigate spread of COVID-19 and increasing incidence of hospital acquired infections (HAIs).
Recently, in November 2020, Healthe Inc. launched the Healthe AIRTM 2.0, combining ultraviolet light and carbon activated filtration to purify air across public spaces.
Likewise, iCleanse announced the launch of its Swift and Swift Mini patented chemical-free UVC disinfection products for mobile devices and other personal items for use in hospitals and government buildings, killing 99.99% of germs.
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Europe UVC Disinfection Products Market
The European UVC disinfection production market is surging amid rising governmental approvals. In June 2020, LightingEurope, lighting based collective union in Brussels, Belgium, urged all EU member states to ensure UV-C product availability across the regional market.
The collective has emphasized the safety guidelines published by the Global Lighting Association about the importance of germicidal ultraviolet radiation in inactivating surface viruses.
To that end, USHIO B.V. Europe has introduced the Ushio Care222® Filtered Far UVC Disinfection Technology, a new line of krypton chloride excimer lamps for microbial reduction. Its 222 nm technology helps kill bacteria and inactivates viruses with zero damage to human cells.
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South Asia & Pacific UVC Disinfection Products Market
The South Asia & Pacific UVC disinfection market is expected to be the fastest growing, expanding at over 20% CAGR until 2030. Amongst all countries, India promises to be the most lucrative market, attributed to high incidences of infectious diseases.
Concerted efforts by academic and research institutions, government organizations and manufacturers to developed advanced disinfection technologies is providing impetus to the Indian market.
A case in point, in July 2020, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) developed ‘Shudh’ a UV sanitising product which is capable of disinfecting a room within 15 minutes, and is considered an effective solution for hospitals, offices, hotels, malls and other places of public interest.
On a similar plane, Philips launched its UVC home disinfection system in India which is capable of inactivating bacterial, viral and other pathogenic DNA in a wavelength of 253.7 nm across surfaces.
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Disinfection Robots Surging in Popularity
By product type, the UVC disinfection robots segment is expected to grow the fastest, registering a staggering 18.6% CAGR by 2025. This is primarily due to deepening smart technology penetration so as to achieve advanced precision in disinfection procedures.
Danish company UVD Robots®, a subsidiary of Blue Ocean Robots, is a pioneer in disinfection robots and associated technology, offering a nearly 100% pathogen elimination rate in as little as 10 minutes. These robots are specifically deployed to prevent hospital acquired infections.
Hospital Disinfection Remains Primary Application Area
Hospital acquired infections are a serious problem impacting millions of patients during hospitalization. According to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), nearly 1.7 million people across North America contract HAIs, with nearly 100 thousand fatalities each year.
To combat this menace, healthcare settings are exhaustively investing in advanced UVC disinfection technologies, thus catapulting the segment to newer heights. Hospital disinfection is likely to generate over two-fifths of the global revenue share by 2025.
Sales Growing During COVID-19
As the coronavirus pandemic resurfaces, demand for personal and community hygiene products is witnessing a steep incline, with consumers exercising utmost caution to avoid contracting the infection. Reckitt Benckiser Group, for example, reported a 20% increase in hygiene products sales in Q3 of 2020 with the introduction of new cleansing products.
While the International Monetary Fund paints a rather gloomy economic picture, with a global GDP contraction of 4.4% in October 2020, the downturn is unlikely to impact the global UVC disinfection market. Companies are augmenting their production capacities to cater to the ever increasing demand for disinfection solutions.
In August 2020, HKBN Enterprise Solutions announced the launch of numerous innovative, one-stop disinfection solutions to assist business organizations in maintaining their on-premise business activities amid the pandemic crisis. Its solutions incorporate IoT enabled smart solutions which utilize UVC lighting techniques to inactivate surface viruses.
Likewise, Safeology unveiled its UVC disinfecting tower in August 2020, which uses smart technology to eliminate up to 99.9% surface pathogens, including the coronavirus. This has served as a boon to the hospitality and education segments, helping them sustain their operations by ensuring a clean pathogen-free environment.
UVC Disinfection Market: Competitive Landscape
The global UVC disinfection landscape is peppered with the presence of multiple regional and international level manufacturers, rendering the market significantly fragmented and competitive. Prominent players profiled in this report are*:
- Signify (Philips)
- OSRAM GmbH
- Light Sources Inc.
- Uniq (LYFRO)
- American Ultraviolet
- Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation
- UVC Cleaning Systems
- Steril-Aire Inc.
- Hitech Ultraviolet Pvt. Ltd.
- MBR UV-C Light Products
- Skytron LLC
- Changxing Leboom Lighting Products Co. Ltd.,
- SUNVUV Technology Co. Ltd.
*This list is indicative- full details about the UVC disinfection products vendors is available upon request.
These players are leveraging the pandemic crisis to expand outreach into previously untapped markets. Additionally, they are relying on mergers, collaborations and acquisitions to strengthen regional distribution networks and enhance the global supply chain. New product launches are an inevitable part of their expansion strategies.
In 2017, OSRAM GmbH initiated the UNIQUE project for developing a mass market for UV LEDs designed for disinfection purposes. This technology utilizes UV light to purify water and for other industrial disinfection purposes. The project is being supported by the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology.
Companies also organize exhibitions and trade fairs to deepen market penetration. For instance, in 2019, Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation participated in the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) wherein it showcased numerous disinfection product lines in the baking industry- such as fermentation rooms, leavening machines, HVAC systems and vacuum coolers.
Recently, Hitech Ultraviolet Pvt Ltd. launched its HSS UV Sterilizer Box which uses the UV-C Radiation (253.7 nm) technique for sterilization. The technology has a peak germicidal wavelength to destroy bacteria, protozoa, viruses and other pathogens. The device offers 360-degree sterilization, and is 100% safe.
UVC Disinfection Products Market- Report Scope
Historical Data Available for
US$ Mn for Value & ‘000 Units for Volume
Key Regions Covered
North America, Latin America, Europe, South Asia & Pacific, East Asia and Middle East & Africa
Key Countries Covered
U.S, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, U.K., Spain, BENELUX, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand, GCC, Turkey and South Africa
Key Segments Covered
Products & Application
Key Companies Profiled
Signify (Philips), OSRAM GmbH, Light Sources Inc., Uniq (LYFRO), American Ultraviolet, Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation, UVC Cleaning Systems, Steril-Aire Inc., Hitech Ultraviolet Pvt. Ltd., MBR UV-C Light Products, Skytron LLC, Changxing Leboom Lighting Products Co. Ltd., SUNVUV Technology Co. Ltd., Guangdong, Liangeyuliang Photoelectric Technology, Jiangyin Feiyang Instrument Co. Ltd., Changzhou Maxtree Technology Co. Ltd., Guangzhou Jino Lighting Co. Ltd., Honle AG and Uvo Care (Uvoji)
Market Overview, Key Market Trends, COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Market Structure Analysis, Demand Analysis, Market Background, Segmental Overview, Regional Profiling and Competition Analysis
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Key questions answered in the report
- What is the global UVC disinfection products market outlook?
The global UVC disinfection products market is expected to register prolific growth, reaching nearly US$ 6 billion by 2030. Growth is majorly underpinned by increasing need to incorporate advanced technological solutions to inactive surface level pathogens
- How is COVID-19 impacting the said projections?
As personal hygiene acquires priority, sales of products such as handheld sanitizers, disposable wipes and cleaning solutions have witnessed a major spike in sales. However, concerns regarding the virus’s presence on the surfaces of these products is pushing consumers to opt for contactless disinfection solutions, thus providing significant ground for UVC disinfection products expansion
- Which is the primary application area of UVC disinfection products?
Hospital disinfection is expected to be the fastest growing segment, owing to the need for reducing incidences of hospital acquired infections
- Which are the prominent players operating in the market?
Some notable vendors in the global UVC disinfection products market include Signify (Philips), OSRAM GmbH, Light Sources Inc., Uniq (LYFRO), American Ultraviolet, Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation, UVC Cleaning Systems, Steril-Aire Inc., Hitech Ultraviolet Pvt. Ltd., MBR UV-C Light Products, Skytron LLC, Changxing Leboom Lighting Products Co. Ltd., SUNVUV Technology Co. Ltd. to name a few
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- UVC Sanitizing/Germicidal Lamps
- Handheld Sanitizer Wands
- UVC Sanitization Box/ Container
- UVC Mobile Room Sanitizers Units
- UVC Disinfection Robots
- Surface, Mask & Instrument Disinfection
- Commercial Places Disinfection
- Hospital Disinfection
- North America (U.S & Canada)
- Latin America (Brazil, Mexico & Rest of Latin America)
- Europe (Germany, Italy, France, U.K, Spain, BENELUX, Russia & Rest of Europe)
- East Asia (China, Japan & South Korea)
- South Asia & Pacific (India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia & New Zealand and Rest of South Asia)
- Middle East & Africa (GCC, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa & Rest of MEA)