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Global UVC disinfection products continue to make deep inroads in the lucrative food and beverages sector, with investments in robots growing in 2020, according to a new study by an ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting company. The market is being driven by extensive applications of automated solutions and robotics, with a view to reduce human exposure to surface level pathogens, thus reducing incidences of infections. This trend is especially evident in the current pandemic crisis.

According to the International Federation of Robotics, 31 million robots assisted households in 2019, with vacuum and floor cleaning robots accounting for 96 percent of sales. This trend is rapidly permeating across commercial cleaning solutions, thus boosting growth prospects. 

Key Takeaways

- Global UVC disinfection market to grow staggeringly at nearly 15 percent compound annual growth rate.

- South Asia & Pacific to be the fastest growing market.

- UVC disinfection robots to capture a lucrative revenue share.

- Hospital disinfection to remain primary application area.

- Food and beverage industry driving new investments.

- Rapid smart cities development to lay fertile ground for adoption.

“As urbanization expands, governments are accommodating smart solutions to ensure basic hygiene and cleanliness standards with the adoption of UVC disinfection products,” comments a study analyst.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

The novel coronavirus pandemic has only served to accelerate growth prospects of the UVC disinfection products market. With lockdown restrictions easing in several countries, commercial settings such as restaurants, offices and public places are resuming operations, accelerating the need for incorporating disinfection solutions.

Various advanced UVC disinfection solutions have been unveiled by prominent market players. For instance, USHIO B.V’s Care222 technology disinfects surface level viruses through its krypton chloride excimer lamps without damaging human cells.

Likewise, in the UK, UVC technology is being extensively deployed by the National Health Service, providing for continuous decontamination of air and surfaces across patient waiting areas, surgical theatres and wards of hospitals. Also, numerous start-ups are assisting governments to accelerate availability of advanced disinfection solutions across various countries.

Competitive Landscape

Prominent players profiled in this report include, but not limited to, OSRAM GmbH, Atlantic Ultraviolet Corporation, Signify (Philips), Hitech Ultraviolet Pvt. Ltd., Skytron LLC, SUNUV Technologies Ltd., UVC Cleaning Systems, American Ultraviolet, Light Sources Inc., Maxtree Technology Co. Ltd. and Steril-Aire Inc. to name a few.

The aforementioned players rely on a host of expansion strategies, ranging from participation in trade fairs, product launches, capacity expansion, acquisitions and mergers, and strengthening of existing supply chains by forging strong distribution networks.