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Sanitization Robots Market Overview
Sanitization robot is a programmable system that is able to carry out various assigned and specific tasks, including spraying disinfectants in public places and residential and commercial areas. Moreover, some of these robots also have hand sanitizer–dispensing function to control the spread of viruses and help healthcare workers. The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to the heavy usage of these robots in various major countries globally, and thus the global sanitization robots market is expected to rise significantly in the near future.
Various countries and their government authorities are introducing smart and innovative solutions to fight against COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway rolled out a robot designed to disinfect trains and stations. The robots are shaped like a mini fridge with wheels. These automated machines spray a hydrogen peroxide solution to disinfect the surfaces.
The sanitization robots market on the basis of type is categorized into semi-autonomous and fully autonomous. Between these, the fully autonomous category is expected to witness faster growth during the forecast period, mainly due to more operational convenience and requirement of reducing the need of operators.
The sanitization robots market in terms of functionality is categorized into monofunctional and multifunctional. Between these, the multifunctional category is expected to hold the larger market share during the forecast period, mainly due to the need of performing various specific functions simultaneously, such as dispensing hand sanitizers, measuring temperature, and storing the readings.
North America dominates the global sanitization robots market and is expected to continue with this trend during the forecast period. This is mainly due to its developed healthcare infrastructure and stringent patient safety regulations. However, the market in Asia-Pacific (APAC) is expected to witness considerable growth in the coming years, due to improving healthcare infrastructure, growing demand of healthcare services, and increasing focus on controlling healthcare-associated infections.
Sanitization Robots Market Dynamics
Growing focus on hygiene and sanitation in healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, clinical laboratories, and public places, to control COVID-19 is leading to the growth of the sanitization robots market, globally. For instance, under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP), the hospitals in the U.S. are subjected to financial penalties for failing to control “preventable” healthcare associated infections.
However, to reduce the possibility of infections and fatalities, the adoption of disposable medical instruments and devices in hospitals and clinics, pharmaceutical industry, and clinical laboratories is increasing, which eliminates the need for sterilization or disinfections. This acts as a major factor hindering the growth of the sanitization robots market. Furthermore, the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance and high cost of these robots also negatively impact the growth of the market.
Sanitization Robots Market Competitive Landscape
The key market players are actively participating in the agreements and product launches or approvals to gain significant share in the sanitization robots market. For instance, in March 2020, Sunay Healthcare Supply signed an agreement with UVD Robots ApS to supply self-driving disinfection robots in hospitals located in China.
Some of the major players operating in the global sanitization robots market are UVD Robots ApS, Ecovacs Robotics Inc., Diversey Inc., iRobot Corporation, and Lumalier Corporation.
The major countries taken into consideration for market size analysis include the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Japan, China, India, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., and South Africa.