Summary of our market study

The global market for hydroalcoholic gels, estimated at $112.1 billion in 2020, is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.29% between 2021 and 2025, potentially reaching $171.23 billion by 2025, due to changes in hand hygiene behavior brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The French market has also seen significant growth, with sales up 60%, and consumption increasing an astonishing tenfold during the pandemic. To adapt to this unprecedented demand, production accelerated, with a peak of almost 27% in the soap and detergent industry (which includes hydroalcoholic gels) from February to March 2020.

The COVID-19 effect has also catalyzed a shift in trade, with French imports and exports of hydroalcoholic gels rising sharply to meet needs, with imports peaking at over 26 million euros in mid-2020. Manufacturers have adapted to the crisis by expanding their production lines, and regulatory changes have been put in place, including the specification of authorized hydroalcoholic gel compositions and price controls to prevent inflation during the peak of the pandemic.

Market trends for hydroalcoholic gels in France

This hand hygiene product, initially highlighted during the H1N1 influenza epidemic, acquired strong legitimacy during the coronavirus crisis in 2020. The annual value of the market today reflects a steady rise, reaching just over 200 million euros, indicating an upward trend in the adoption of hand sanitizers. With the advent of Covid-19, user behavior changed radically, with more people washing their hands with hydroalcoholic gels. This was reflected in Internet searches for the product, which reached record levels in March 2020, reflecting increased public concern and demand.

Subsequently, sales volumes in the various distribution channels, including supermarkets and pharmacies, rose rapidly, with daily consumption increasing tenfold, from around 1 tonne per day before the crisis to around 12 tonnes per day at the height of the pandemic.

Production values followed suit, with manufacturers increasing output to meet unprecedented demand. The increase in the value of French production of hydroalcoholic gels was notable, with reports of growth of almost 40%. To give an idea of the scale of demand, the stock-out rate for disinfectant gels in supermarkets at the beginning of March stood at 69%.

To deal with this situation, the government took action and companies outside the traditional pharmaceutical sector began producing hydroalcoholic gels under special authorization. These include cosmetics companies, biocide producers and even companies not normally involved in this type of manufacturing. To maintain market stability and protect consumers, the French government intervened by introducing price controls on the sale of hydroalcoholic products. Maximum retail prices were set according to bottle size, and production and trade were closely monitored to prevent exploitation of soaring demand.

Interestingly, international trade in hydroalcoholic gels reached its peak, with imports and exports facilitating the flow of goods to meet domestic needs.

Key players in the hydroalcoholic gels market

The hydroalcoholic gels market has seen the emergence and growth of several companies that have played a key role in shaping the industrial landscape. These organizations come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to specialty chemical production, each making a unique contribution to meeting the increased demand for hand sanitizers, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Laboratoires Gilbert is a remarkable entity in the pharmaceutical sector. As a long-established company, it has played a key role in providing healthcare solutions, including hydroalcoholic products. Laboratoires Gilbert helped meet the high demand for sanitation products during the health crisis.

  • Juva Santé is another influential player, best known for its diverse range of over-the-counter medicines and healthcare products. During the pandemic, the company quickly adapted its production lines to manufacture hydroalcoholic gels, thereby strengthening its market presence.

  • Anios has a strong presence in the infection control sector, offering a variety of disinfection and hygiene solutions. With its focus on research and innovation, Anios has been a major supplier of hydroalcoholic gels, particularly for healthcare establishments.

  • In the field of hygiene products, Orapi has distinguished itself through its expertise in professional hygiene solutions. In the context of cleanliness awareness linked to COVID-19, Orapi's competence in the production of effective disinfectants, including hydroalcoholic gels, has positioned it as a reliable source for many companies and healthcare providers.

  • MP Hygiène specializes in biocidal products and offers a range of antimicrobial solutions. The company's experience in this field has enabled it to rapidly increase production of hydroalcoholic gels to meet the increased needs of consumers and professionals during the pandemic.

  • In the chemical industry, WeylChem stands out for its contribution to the hydroalcoholic gels market. Using its chemical production capabilities, WeylChem has been able to supply critical ingredients needed to formulate effective disinfectant gels.

  • Companies in the cosmetics industry, such as Groupe Berdoues, Lorcos, Clarins and La Roche-Posay, traditionally known for their beauty and skincare products, entered the hydroalcoholic gels market by adapting their production lines. This change has not only enabled them to diversify their range, but has also played a crucial role in meeting rising demand.

  • COOPER is another major player to have made a substantial contribution to the sector.
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1 Market overview

1.1 Definition and scope of the study

Hydroalcoholic gels are disinfectant products that help prevent infection by attacking or deactivating microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria.

Hydroalcoholic gels contain three main components:alcohol, which is the active ingredient acting on microorganisms, a softener (to preserve skin hydration) and a gelling agent, which gives a less liquid texture for ease of application. It may also contain a fragrance, as the smell of alcohol is not very pleasant. [ Afise]

The global market for hydroalcoholic gels was estimated at $112.1 billion in 2020, and is forecast to grow at a CAGR (combined annual growth rate) of 7.29% between 2021 and 2025. The market's historic growth is explained by the improvement in people's hygiene and the legitimacy of hydroalcoholic products as an effective disinfection solution. In 2020, the market experienced exponential growth, which should benefit the sector in the long term.

The French market for hydroalcoholic gels is also growing, with a 60% increase in sales between 2012 and 2018. This growth is being driven in particular by the increasing hygiene of populations and the development of healthcare infrastructures and consumption, which is one of the sector's main outlets. The market has seen two peaks on different scales: one relatively moderate during the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) epidemic, and the other during the Covid-19 epidemic. The latter led to a 10-fold increase in consumption of hydroalcoholic products.

1.2 The global market

The global market for hydroalcoholic gels was estimated at $***.* billion in ****, and is forecast to grow at a CAGR (***) of *.**% between **** and ****. Global market sales are thus expected to reach $***.** billion in ****.

Global market size for hydroalcoholic gels World, ****-*****, US$ billion Source: ****

This growth will be mainly due to the ...

1.3 The French market

sales generated by the French market for hydroalcoholic gels can be estimated using the following code:

******** - Disinfectants and similar products, in forms or packings for retail sale or in the form of preparations or articles (***)

Sales are then calculated using the following formula: value of exports + value of production ...

1.4 International trade

Hydroalcoholic gels are registered under code :

******** - Disinfectants and similar products, in forms or packings for retail sale or as preparations or in the form of articles (***)

The coverage rate measures a country's independence for a product, and is calculated using the following formula: value of exports / value of imports ...

1.5 The Covid-19 effect

An unprecedented situation The results illustrated in the graph below reflect the proportion of searches for a given keyword in a given region and for a specific period, compared to the region with the highest usage rate for that keyword.gion and for a specific period, compared to the region with ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Customer markets

Hydroalcoholic gels are consumed by two types of customer: professionals and consumers.

Prior to the Covid-** crisis, the penetration rate among consumers was relatively low. The **** epidemic led to rapid mass adoption of the product and the integration of regular handwashing into their habits. While these habits will be lost in ...

2.2 The health sector

The indicator for consumption of hydroalcoholic products (***) was set up to analyze the effective implementation of hand hygiene, and measures the quantity of hydroalcoholic products ordered by healthcare establishments. [***]

In fact, each facility must meet a personalized consumption target for hydroalcoholic solutions, set according to a national and PROPIASrentiel national et ...

2.3 The Covid-19 consumption boom

According toAfise, demand for hydroalcoholic gels increased **-fold during the epidemic. This explosion in demand is confirmed by the daily consumption figures shown below. Whereas daily consumption was *.* tonnes per day before the crisis, it increased **-fold to ** tonnes per day.

Daily consumption of hydroalcoholic gels France, ****, in tons per day Source: ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Production of hydroalcoholic gels

TheWorld Health Organization recommends the following formulation to produce a hydroalcoholic gel or solution:

Ethanol **% or Isopropanol **.* *% hydrogen peroxide Glycerol ** Distilled water or cooled boiled water

French production of hydroalcoholic gels totaled ***.** million euros in ****. The value of production has risen sharply since ****, with a rate of change close to **% between ...

3.2 Distribution of hydroalcoholic gels

For consumers

The graph below illustrates the weight of the various distribution channels in the hygiene/beauty products sector. While the scope of the study is therefore broader than the hydroalcoholic gel market alone, these data provide an overview of the structure of hydroalcoholic gel distribution.

The main distribution channels for ...

3.3 Adapting to the Covid-19 crisis

With a **-fold increase in demand for hydroalcoholic gels, the supply chain has had to react quickly to meet demand and avoid stock-outs. For example, in the week from March * to *, the out-of-stock rate for disinfectant gels in supermarkets reached **%, according to a Data Solutions study carried out for LSA.

Agnès ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 Product typology

Hydroalcoholic solutions can be distinguished by several criteria, the main ones being :

the type of alcohol used: ethanol, isopropanol added elements: glitter, coloring, fragrance texture: solution, liquid, gel, foam format: **-ml, ***-ml, ***-ml pocket bottles, ***-ml bottles, ***-ml bottles for wall-mounted dispensers, *-liter bottles or pouches for wall-mounted dispensers


To ...

4.2 Prices for hydroalcoholic gels

Prices for hydroalcoholic gels are highly dependent on two factors: the price of the raw materials used, notably ethanol, and changes in demand.

Prices for hydroalcoholic gels are relatively stable, but rose sharply during the Covid-** epidemic due to the explosion in demand. As an example, the graph below illustrates the ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Regulations

Players in the hydroalcoholic gels market are constrained by EU Regulation No. ***/**** on biocidal products, aimed at harmonizing the marketing and use of these products in Europe. The main aim of this regulation is to guarantee the protection of humans, animals and the environment by limiting marketing to only those biocidal ...

5.2 Covid-19 regulations

Authorized products

To ensure the effectiveness of the products manufactured, the French government has specified the authorized compositions for hydroalcoholic products.


Authorization for manufacture by other establishments

To meet the significant needs of professionals and the general public, decrees issued by the Minister of Solidarity and Health and the Minister ...

6 Positioning the players

6.1 Segmentation

This segmentation lists the main market players, i.e. pharmaceutical laboratories and manufacturers of biocidal and hygiene products. The Covid-** epidemic has, however, extended production to other types of player.

  • Seqens
  • Urgo Groupe
  • MP Hygiène
  • Orapi groupe
  • Baccide (Coopération Pharmaceutique Française COOPER)
  • Sanytol (AC Marca)
  • Puressentiel France
  • Saraya
  • Codexial Dermatologie
  • Novartis
  • Laboratoires Gilbert (GILBERT Groupe)
  • Diepharmex Laboratoires
  • Laboratoires Lehning
  • Laboratoires Chemineau (Anjac)
  • Gifrer Laboratoires
  • Mercurochrome (Urgo Groupe)
  • Rivadis Laboratoires
  • Herbesan (Super diet Laboratiore)

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  • Size of the global market for hydroalcoholic gels
  • Size of the French market for hydroalcoholic gels
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Rugby World Cup: Puressentiel plays in the shadow of major sponsors - 24/10/2023
  • In France, rugby is the second most talked-about sport after soccer.
  • 15.4 million French viewers watched the opening match between the XV de France and the All Blacks.
  • For the quarter-final between Ireland and New Zealand, there were 9.4 million viewers.
  • Becoming a partner, sponsor, supplier or official supporter of a global event like the Rugby World Cup can cost up to 20 million euros.
  • The cost of a 30-second commercial on TF1 during the final can exceed 155,000 euros.
  • Puressentiel, official supplier to the XV de France, was associated with the Federation instead of the event itself three years ago.
  • Puressentiel created a limited edition of its product featuring Antoine Dupont, the brand's ambassador and France's third favorite sportsman according to an Odoxa poll.
  • Puressentiel organized prediction contests in 6,000 pharmacies.
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  • Novartis is in exclusive negotiations with the Seqens group for the sale of CellForCure and its cell and gene therapy development and production site at Ulis.
  • The Ulis site employs 200 people.
  • Groupe Seqens specializes in pharmaceutical solutions and specialized ingredients.
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Spin-off and IPO of Sandoz generics division planned for early fourth quarter

Pharmaceuticals Novartis acquires US-based Chinook Therapeutics for $3.5 billion - 13/06/2023
  • Total consideration for Novartis acquisition of Chinook Therapeutics: up to $3.5 billion (€3.2 billion).
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  • Up to three out of ten patients with this disease progress to kidney failure and require dialysis within ten years.
Laboratoires Gilbert in Plouédern: cramped for space! - 02/06/2023
  • Inauguration of Laboratoires Gilbert's Plouédern plant: 2016
  • Plant production capacity: 30 million bottles and jars per year
  • Brands produced: Algotherm, Neutraderm, Biovive, Laino, etc.
  • Annual production: 5,000 tonnes of cosmetics and hygiene products
  • Distribution channels: pharmacies, parapharmacies, spas and thalassos
  • Percentage for export: 30% 8. New plant: 6,500 m2
  • Annual growth: between 5% and 10%.
  • Sales: close to €50 M
  • Number of employees: between 120 and 150
Urgo en 2e position des « Leaders de l'innovation 2023 » - 24/05/2023

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Urgo Groupe
MP Hygiène
Orapi groupe
Baccide (Coopération Pharmaceutique Française COOPER)
Sanytol (AC Marca)
Puressentiel France
Codexial Dermatologie
Laboratoires Gilbert (GILBERT Groupe)
Diepharmex Laboratoires

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