Regulatory mandates in the US place North America as the leading market
The global ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) market was valued at US$168.4m in 2014 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.9% to reach $430.3m by 2023, according to a report by Transparency Market Research.
UVGI is the use of ultraviolet light in the germicidal range (200nm to 320nm) for the disinfection of air and surfaces. The technology is used to reduce airborne disease transmission and with HVAC systems to improve indoor environmental quality (IEQ).
The report, Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2015–2023, also illustrates that the 'others' segment, which comprises the payers and providers to this market, is expected to be the fastest-growing market during the forecast period from 2015 to 2023.
Recent regulatory reforms in the US have effectively increased the number of people and companies opting for intelligent and effective germicidal irradiation.
UVGI is used to reduce airborne disease transmission and with HVAC systems to improve indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
Technological advances have also brought several changes in the way disinfection procedures are carried out in the UVGI market, which has been segmented into air disinfectant and surface disinfectant. The air disinfectant segment has been subdivided into in-duct air disinfection, recirculation units, and upper room systems. The surface disinfectant segment has been subdivided into area disinfection, equipment & packaging disinfection, and lower room disinfection.
The report studies the current and future market potential for UVGI devices across the globe and provides an in-depth country level analysis.
UVGI devices are finding use in the food and beverage markets owing to rising awareness and demand for advanced food packaging techniques, which is mainly driven by the need to minimise food waste. However, current available UVGI systems used for water sterilisation are not efficient in the case of suspended particles as micro-organisms buried within particles are shielded from the UV light and pass through the unit unaffected.
Upper room systems is the fastest-growing sub-segment of the air disinfectant segment. Growth is attributed to applications in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and low power consumption compared with other systems. The air disinfection UVGI system segment is expected to see significant growth in the near future especially due in developing economies such as India and China.
The surface disinfectant category is likely to witness slow and steady growth during the forecast period. It has a vast application area such as in pharmaceutical product disinfection, area disinfection, cooling coil and drain pan disinfection, and overhead UV systems for surgical suites. The key subtypes of surface disinfection UVGI systems are area/room disinfection, equipment disinfection, packaging disinfection, and overhead surgical site disinfection. The equipment & packaging disinfection segments are expected to expand during the forecast period owing to increasing demand for hygienic food products and the growing food processing industry.
Key players profiled in the study include American Ultraviolet, Atlantic Ultraviolet, General Electric, Halma (Aquionics), Philips, and UltraViolet Devices.