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U.S. Antimicrobial Plastics Market Shifts into High Gear with Rising Demand for Medical Devices

The report on U.S.antimicrobial plastics market report forecasts and analyzes the antimicrobial plastics market on a regional level. The forecast demand on the global level is based on volume (tons) and revenue (USD million) for the period ranging from 2014 to 2020.
Published 06 October 2015

Antimicrobial plastics are a type of polymers that impede the development of microorganisms such as fungi, protozoans, and bacteria in a number of products and thus help in increasing the shelf life and quality of products. The antimicrobial plastics market is witnessing swift growth in the U.S. and is predicted to maintain the same in the coming years.

Antimicrobial plastics have been implemented within a number of industries in the U.S., such as automotive, building and construction, electronics, healthcare, consumer goods, packaging, etc. According to Transparency Market Research, a leading market research company, the prime factors influencing the U.S. antimicrobial plastics market are as follows:

Rising Demand for Medical Devices to Stimulate U.S. Antimicrobial Plastics Market: The consistent technological development in medical devices in the U.S., coupled with the rise in the aging population, is augmenting the medical devices market in the U.S. Due to the growing aging population, there is a surge in chronic diseases and this is why advanced solutions for diagnosing and treatment of these chronic diseases are being demanded in the U.S. Such products include antimicrobial plastics primarily used in implant devices and high-precision surgical devices for the prevention of bacterial growth, for withstanding mechanical stress, improving chemical resistance, and providing high resistance to hydrolysis.

For example, BASF has introduced a variety of antimicrobial plastics to be utilized in various instruments in the medical industry. The antimicrobial technologies introduced by BASF include HyGentic, Ultraform PRO, and Ultrason PSU, PES, and PPSU, among others.

Increasing Count of Hospital-Acquired Infections to Augment Antimicrobial Plastics Demand: Yearly, around 5-10% of hospital-acquired infections around the world occur in the U.S. alone. These infections include urinary tract infections, post-operative infections, pneumonia, and surgical site infections. A large number of these infections occur because of microorganisms adhering to the surface of a medical device or instrument. Biofilms may develop on all kinds of medical devices, ranging from simple devices such as contact lenses to complex devices such as prosthetic joints, pacemakers, and mechanical heart valves.  This is why the medical industry has adopted antimicrobial plastics in medical devices for the reduction of device-centered infections. These devices, along with being cost-effective, also provide protection from pathogens, thus reducing the rate of hospital acquired infections.

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Soaring Demand for Antimicrobial Plastics from the Packaging Industry to Boost Market:  The increasing awareness towards hygiene and health in the U.S. is raising the utilization of antimicrobial plastics in the packaging industry for packing food products and pharmaceuticals. The utilization of antimicrobial plastics in packaging of pharmaceuticals has been governed by state-level as well as federal regulations. The demand for antimicrobial plastics from the packaging industry is augmented by the shift in the lifestyle of the population. This shift in lifestyle has augmented the demand for ready-to-eat food products. Therefore, the expanding packaged food industry is poised to fuel the antimicrobial plastic market in the U.S in the forthcoming years.

The prominent players dominant in the U.S. antimicrobial plastics market include AkzoNobel, the Dow Chemical Company, Sherwin-Williams, and Lonza Group, among others.

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