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Europe Biocides Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 100 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Europe
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5764915
The biocides market in Europe is projected to register a CAGR of over 4.5% during the forecast period.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the European biocides market grew significantly. The necessity for disinfectants and sanitizers to prevent virus spread has boosted the need for biocides. Biocides are projected to remain in high demand in the post-COVID-19 period as people become more conscious of the importance of hygiene and sanitation.

Key Highlights

  • Over the short term, high demand from various end-user industries such as water treatment, food and beverage, healthcare, and personal care will boost the market expansion.
  • However, the government's strict rules restricting the use of biocides are anticipated to slow the market's expansion.
  • Nevertheless, the need for natural, plant-derived eco-friendly biocides will fuel market expansion in the future.
  • Germany is expected to dominate the market and will likely witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Europe Biocides Market Trends

Increasing Demand from Water Treatment Application

  • Biocides are preferably used in water treatment to eliminate microbes. Water towers are ideal locations for the growth of biological organisms, such as fungi, algae, protozoa, bacteria, and sulfate-reducing bacteria.
  • If not controlled properly, they form a layer of bio-slime that acts as a natural adhesive surface for scale formation, which may reduce the cooling system's efficiency. For water systems to operate at their optimum efficiency, biocides are added to the water to remove the microbiological fouling, slime, and biofilm from these systems.
  • The collection and treatment of wastewater have improved in Europe, thus reducing risks to the environment and human health.
  • In Europe, around 90% of urban wastewater is collected and treated by the EU Waste Water Treatment Directive. Germany is one of the leading countries in wastewater treatment.
  • Germany's wastewater treatment market was valued at around USD 3.15 billion in 2021, and about 10,723.8 million n cubic meters of wastewater were treated during the same period.
  • Considering all the factors mentioned above, the increase in demand for surface care biocides is anticipated to expand during the forecast period.

Germany is Anticipated to Hold a Major Market Share

  • The need to safeguard humans, animals, and the environment from the damaging effects of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms is what drives the demand for biocides in Germany. This includes preventing the contaminating of food and water supplies, stopping the spread of pathogens, and managing pests.
  • To ensure the safe and efficient use of biocides, the German government has put in place a number of regulations, such as the Plant Protection Products Regulation and the Biocide Regulation (BiostoffV) (PflSchV).
  • Manufacturers and users of biocides must follow stringent safety requirements as a result of these restrictions. The German government has also created a number of incentives to promote the use of biocides, including grants for environmental protection initiatives, tax credits for businesses that use biocides, and subsidies for research and development.
  • As per Scientific Advisory Council for Agricultural Policy, as there is a consistent need to improve animal welfare to promote hygiene and support welfare needs, an investment of nearly USD 3 to 5 billion will be needed per year in Germany alone to achieve the required outcome.
  • Considering the aforementioned factors, Germany's biocides market is anticipated to rise steadily over the forecast period.

Europe Biocides Market Competitor Analysis

The market for biocides in Europe is consolidated, with significant players holding a stronger market position. Some of the major players in the market include BASF SE, Clariant, Dow Chemical Company, Evonik Industries AG, Henkel AG & Co KGaA, Lonza Group Ltd, LANXESS, and others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study



4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Water Treatment
4.1.2 Other drivers
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Government Regulations
4.2.2 Other Restraints
4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)
5.1 Type
5.1.1 Halogen Compounds
5.1.2 Metallic Compounds
5.1.3 Organosulfurs
5.1.4 Organic Acids
5.1.5 Phenolics
5.1.6 Other Types
5.2 Application
5.2.1 Water Treatment
5.2.2 Pharmaceutical and Personal Care
5.2.3 Wood Preservation
5.2.4 Food and Beverage
5.2.5 Paints and Coatings
5.2.6 Other Applications
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 Germany
5.3.2 United Kingdom
5.3.3 France
5.3.4 Italy
5.3.5 Rest of Europe

6.1 Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share (%) Analysis** / Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
6.4.2 BASF SE
6.4.3 Clariant
6.4.4 Clavatis GmbH
6.4.5 Diversey Holdings LTD.
6.4.6 Dow Chemical Company
6.4.7 Ecolab
6.4.8 Evonik Industries AG
6.4.9 Henkel AG & Co KGaA
6.4.10 LANXESS
6.4.11 Lonza Group Ltd
6.4.12 Merck KGaA
6.4.13 MENNO Chemicals Sales GmbH
6.4.14 Nouryon
6.4.15 Stockmeier Group
6.4.16 Solvay

7.1 Increasing Demand for Eco-friendly Biocides

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
  • Clariant
  • Clavatis GmbH
  • Diversey Holdings LTD.
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Ecolab
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Henkel AG & Co KGaA
  • Lonza Group Ltd
  • Merck KGaA
  • MENNO Chemicals Sales GmbH
  • Nouryon
  • Stockmeier Group
  • Solvay