Sterilant Market Research Report - Global Forecast till 2030

Sterilant Market Research Report: by Product Type (Ethylene Oxide, Glutaraldehyde, Hydrogen Peroxide Gas, Peracetic Acid, Pure Chlorine, and Others), Process (Steam Sterilization, Ethylene Oxide Sterilization, and Others), End-Use Industry (Food & Beverages, Healthcare, Pulp & Paper, Wastewater Treatment, Agriculture, and Others), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa)—Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/CnM/1146-HCR | 143 Pages | Published By Priya Nagrale on April 2023         

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Sterilant Market Overview

The sterilant market was valued at around USD 950 million in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of around 8.54% during the assessment period, 2021-2030. The process is used for eliminating microorganisms such as fungi, spores, bacteria, viruses, and other biological agents from inanimate objects is called sterilization, and sterilants are the chemicals used in this process. Sterilants are composed of pure chemicals and chemical compounds, such as pure chlorine and peracetic acid. Owing to the ability of sterilants to eradicate spores, they are preferred over disinfectants which are extensively used in pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The key factors driving the growth of sterilant market is the increasing demand for processed food, which uses sterilant as food preservatives to increase their shelf life and protect them from exposure towards microorganisms. Moreover, the growing healthcare industry adds to the growth of the global sterilant market owing to the need of sterilant such as peracetic acid for sterilization of medical equipment. The increasing use of sterilants in the agriculture industry to protect the agronomic crops is likely to boost the growth of the global sterilant market during the review period. Furthermore, sterilants such as peracetic acid are environmentally friendly due to which they are being preferred for sterilization of medical equipment; also, they do not leave any toxic residue after application which is expected to make it an opportunistic market during the forecast period. However, when in contact with human bodies, sterilants can cause adverse health effects such as irritation in eyes, allergies such as dermatitis, and respiratory irritation. Moreover, high concentrations of some sterilants are corrosive in nature leading to deterioration of the inanimate surface, thus, owing to these factors, the growth of the sterilants market is expected to get hampered during the forecast period.

Regional Analysis

The global sterilant market has been cataloged into five regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa. The market in Asia-Pacific held the largest share in the global sterilant market and is expected to be a dominant region during the assessment period. Owing to continuously growing population and increasing geriatric occupants, the number of  healthcare facilities in the region which are using sterilants for sterilization medical equipment is increasing; this fuels the adoption of sterilants in the regional market. For Instance, on September 23, 2018, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) was launched by the Government of India, according to which it will provide USD 7,124 worth of health insurance to over 100 million families every year. The demand for sterilant in North America is driven by the increase in consumption of processed food in the region. Moreover, a well-established pharmaceutical industry in the region adds to the consumption of sterilants. For Instance, in 2015, individuals in Canada were attaining 54.8% of the daily energy calorie by consuming processed and ultra-processed foods, which is expected to boost the global market in the coming years. Moreover, governmental regulations for adoption of green products is another factor expected to boost the growth of the market. For Instance, peracetic acid is recognized as a safe chemical for food protection by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The market of sterilants in Europe is driven by its strong pharmaceutical and food & beverages industry leading to consumption of sterilants at significant rate, to provide adequate products to their consumer. The sterilant market in the Middle East & Africa market is expected to register positive growth during the forecast period, which is attributed to the use of sterilants in food & beverages industry and water treatment plants. The Latin American sterilant market is expected to exhibit sluggish growth during the forecast period owing to the usage of sterilant in agriculture premises and healthcare sector.


The global sterilant market has been segmented based on product type, process, end-use industry, and region. By product type, the global sterilant market has been categorized as ethylene oxide, glutaraldehyde, hydrogen peroxide gas, peracetic acid, pure chlorine, and others. Based on process, the global sterilant market has been bifurcated into steam sterilization, ethylene oxide sterilization, and others. Based on end-use industry, the global sterilant market has been segregated into food & beverages, wastewater treatment, agriculture, healthcare, pulp & paper, and others.

Key Players

List of the prominent companies of global sterilant market are

Solvay (Belgium), Deroyal (US), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan), Peroxychem (US), Ecolab (US), JBT Corporation (US), Hydrite Chemical (US), Enviro Tech Chemical Services, Inc. (US), Diversey (US), Airedale Chemical (UK), ACURO ORGANICS LIMITED (India), and Loeffler Chemical Corporation (US).

Recent Development

October 2021- Astell Scientific happily announced the latest AstellBio Sink range launch. These tiny thermal batch Effluent Decontamination Systems (EDS) can automatically sterilize polluted wastewater before releasing it to sew. The AstellBio Sink has the capacity to deactivate biological agents in harmful groups up-to-and-including level 3. These sinks can be used in a wide range of containment levels.Paul Birchmore, Astell’s Sales and Marketing Director said that the AstellBio Sink offers an extra-ordinary self-contained unit for all the labs seeking ways to improve their biosafety credentials. He added that everything going down in the sink is sterilized thoroughly with the most effective sterilant– heat.

September 2021- Sodexo announced the expansion of partnership with Ecolab Inc. to offer the latest infection prevention products and services for healthcare facilities and hospitals across the United States. Protecta Plus, Sodexo’s unique program, offers an extra solution to lower the threat of infection with the help of Ecolab’s Bioquell hydrogen peroxide vapor technology.Bioquell Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilant is an EPA registered sterilant that utilizes an automated process to disinfect enclosed spaces. The sterilant gets to all exposed surfaces, even the hard-to-reach ceilings, open drawers, and far corners for maximum impact. The patented technology is recognized as being effective against even tough organisms, like bacterial spores.

Intended Audience:

  • Sterilant manufacturers

  • Nationalized laboratory

  • Traders and distributors of sterilant

  • Potential investors

  • Raw material suppliers

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size

  • 2022: USD 950 Million
  • 2030 : Significant Value
  •   CAGR   8.54% 2030
      Base Year   2021
      Forecast Period   2021 to 2030
      Historical Data   2019 & 2020
      Forecast Units    Value (USD Million)
      Report Coverage    Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
      Segments Covered   product type, process, end-use industry, and region
      Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.
      Key Vendors    Solvay (Belgium), Deroyal (US), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan), Peroxychem (US), Ecolab (US), JBT Corporation (US), Hydrite Chemical (US), Enviro Tech Chemical Services, Inc. (US), Diversey (US), Airedale Chemical (UK), ACURO ORGANICS LIMITED (India), and Loeffler Chemical Corporation (US).
      Key Market Opportunities   The growing healthcare industry adds to the growth of the global sterilant market
      Key Market Drivers   The increasing demand for processed food

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

    The sterilant market valuation was USD 950 million in 2018.

    The sterilant market CAGR would be 8.54% during the forecast 2030.

    Demand for better shelf life in the food and beverage industry would drive the sterilant market ahead.

    The Asia Pacific market would dominate the sterilant market.

    The sterilant market report included glutaraldehyde, ethylene oxide, peracetic acid, pure chlorine, hydrogen peroxide gas, and others.