The global ultraviolet disinfection equipment market size was valued at $2.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.0% from 2020 to 2027, according to Grand View Research.
The report also states that product manufacturing has increased since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has launched UV Blaster, which is useful for disinfecting high-tech surfaces and areas with a large flow of people, such as airports, hotels, offices, metros, shopping malls and factories.
Ease of installation and low maintenance, supervision, and space requirements have also led to the growing demand for this technology.
Future Market Insights (FMI) released a report that expects the ultraviolet-C (UVC) market to experience growth in coming years. This technology if growing in popularity for the disinfection of hospital rooms and medical spaces.
The global UVC disinfection products reached $1.2 billion in 2019, and is expected to be valued at nearly $6 billion by 2030, according to Future Market Insights’ recently published report. Deepening smart technology penetration combined with need for efficient cleansing solutions is primarily steering growth.
Lucrative opportunities are in store with respect to automation and robotics as organizations look to leverage these solutions to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.
According to FMI’s UVC disinfection products market analysis, the COVID-19 pandemic is further broadening growth prospects, with adoption growing in residential and commercial settings.
Over the years, disinfection procedures have undergone significant transformations technology-wise. Smart disinfection solutions have clearly emerged as the winner in the 21st century, with the scope of robotic and automated cleaning solutions acquiring immense precedence.
This shift toward robotic automation is not just an outcome of deepening technological penetration, but also that of the hazards posed by manual cleaning and disinfection approaches. A major area of concern is the alarming increase in the number of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, numerous start-ups and existing manufacturers are foraying into the UVC disinfection business profile, offering novel solutions. For instance, Dutch start-up UV Smart provides the Impelux short-wavelength UVC technology which kills nearly 100% micro-bacteria, fungi and viruses without damage to medical instruments.
A critical challenge posed to the UVC disinfection products market is the issue of over exposure to UVC radiation by the personnel handling such equipment. While UVC radiation can effectively rid any premises of pathogens, constant exposure to these rays by the human body may lead to undesirable impacts.
Prolonged direct exposure to UVC light have led to extensive skin damage and eye injuries such as corneal injuries and redness or ulceration of the skin. Chronic exposure to such radiation could lead to even more detrimental impacts, the worst being the onset of melanoma or other types of skin cancers.
Such perceived and documented instances could restrict the growth prospects of the UVC disinfection products market. On the other hand, health care settings are providing their personnel with personal protective equipment while handling these devices, thus offsetting the hazards posed by UVC radiation exposure, according to the FMI report.