The global fogging machines market was valued at USD 7.88 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach USD 13.13 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 8.89% during the forecast period. In-house cleaning facilities and professional contract cleaners mainly drive the demand for cleaning and sanitation equipment. Furthermore, the rising awareness of personal hygiene and increased focus on saving the work environment in various geographies has propelled the fogging machines market. Fogging machines, called foggers, are considered versatile disinfection equipment to control mosquitos and other pests. It is also widely used for mold and odor control and has recently gained significance for sanitizing indoor and outdoor surfaces across residential and commercial spaces. The application of fogging machines has been crucial in food preparation areas, healthcare facilities, and agricultural sites owing to the consistent demand and stringent protocols for disinfection and pest control. Furthermore, the fogging machines market is witnessing high demand from sectors such as healthcare, hospitality, and manufacturing setups, where foggers are used in operational areas, admin blocks, and several other places.
MARKET TRENDS & OPPORTUNITIES
High Demand for Electrostatic Fogging
The global demand for electrostatic foggers has witnessed a remarkable surge in the fogging machines market in recent years, driven by a confluence of factors that underscore the efficiency and versatility of this advanced technology. Electrostatic foggers utilize a unique mechanism, employing charged particles to create a fine mist of disinfectant or pesticide. This technology has garnered substantial attention and adoption across various industries, ranging from healthcare and education to agriculture and manufacturing. The overarching theme of efficient disinfection and the ability to provide uniform coverage & reduce chemical usage positions make the electrostatic foggers a compelling solution for contemporary hygiene and safety challenges.
Increasing Demand in the Agriculture Industry
Agriculture has been a significant demand driver for fogging machines in the past decade. As a major contributor to the GDP of developed and developing economies, factors like sanitation, hygiene, and pest control in the agricultural industry have assumed major importance. The increasing production of vegetables, fruits, cash crops, and whole grains has propelled the adoption and usage of equipment like fogging machines, which are utilized widely to maintain the health and protection of crops and other agricultural facilities with a high level of effectiveness. It is also estimated that the global potential loss due to pests in the agricultural industry is about 50% in wheat and roughly 80% in cotton production. Thus, protecting the crops with equipment like fogging machines is essential to prevent losses due to pest damage.
Safety Concerns and Stringent Guidelines
The application of fogging machines is highly restricted by national and international guidelines, especially following the impact of the pandemic in 2020, where the regulations were made more stringent. As a best practice to counter the pandemic, the CDC approved a disinfection process for utilizing only EPA-approved chemicals to reduce the risks associated with the virus. The approved list of cleaning agents known as the EPA ‘List N’ was believed to be more effective in eradicating the virus. Thus, fogging a surface area with a disinfectant that meets the regulation can violate federal law. Further, the improper application of disinfectants can also lead to a false sense of security, thereby increasing health hazards.
INSIGHTS BY TYPE
The global fogging machines market by type is segmented into thermal fogging, cold fogging, and electrostatic fogging. The thermal fogging segment holds the largest market share and is expected to pose an absolute growth of over 63% during the forecast period. With major applications in vector control, disinfection, stored product control, plant protection, and potato sprout control, the significance of the thermal fogging technique is expected to remain relevant throughout the forecast period. Thermal foggers have a significant edge over cold foggers owing to their low insecticide concentration use, low energy, and treatment of the same area in less time than ULV cold foggers. Furthermore, electrostatic fogging is a comparatively new technique, as electrostatic foggers have started to penetrate the market only in the past two years. However, they tend to face a massive threat from conventional electrostatic sprayers owing to their established market.
INSIGHT BY POWER SOURCE
The global fogging machines market by power source is segmented as cordless and corded. The cordless segment dominated the global market in 2023. The ease of operation, convenience level, and flexibility to disinfect hard-to-reach areas drive the cordless segment's market. Thermal foggers are the primary demand drivers in this segment, as established players in the fogging machines market offer thermal foggers that utilize propane, butane, or other fuels for operation. They are also available in lightweight versions for residential purposes, making the product more versatile for numerous indoor and outdoor applications. Furthermore, the Li-ion battery innovations are expected to be a game-changer that can shape the adoption dynamics in the battery-operated foggers market.
INSIGHT BY DISTRIBUTION
The offline segment dominated the global fogging machines market in 2023 and will likely continue the trend during the forecast period. Fogger machines are mainly sold through retail distribution channels such as specialty stores, dealerships, distributors, and major hypermarkets that have a cleaning & disinfectant equipment range. The distribution environment is rapidly evolving, with systems and processes being upgraded at a rapid pace. Changes are being spurred by expanding competition, accelerating digitization, constant disintermediation, and consumerization of expectations. B2B commerce is witnessing increasing expectations associated mainly with B2C, such as transparent pricing, communities, and social connections. Offline distribution through dealers and distributors mostly has an edge over certain counterfeit products from unauthorized sellers in the e-commerce space. The varying end-user dynamics and specifications for treating a controlled environment require a demo before purchase, which further signifies the importance of offline distribution for such expensive disinfection equipment.
INSIGHTS BY END-USER
The global fogging machines market by end-user is segmented into commercial, contract cleaners, and residential. The commercial segment dominated the market and is further sub-segmented into agriculture, food & beverage, healthcare, hospitality, public & municipality, automotive & manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, and others. The rising number of commercial facilities such as shopping malls, retail outlets, hotels, and offices will likely drive the fogger machine market during the predicted period. The major areas of application of fogging machines in commercial spaces revolve around sanitization, removal of molds, and mosquito and pest control. Thus, with the increasing demand for hygienic surroundings among end-users, the demand for fogging machines is also expected to grow during the forecast period. Further, SM BURE, Curtis Dyna-Fog, pulsFOG, and IGEBA are some of the key players in the commercial fogging machines market with consistent innovations through R&D.
North America dominated the global fogging machines market, accounting for over 27% of the global share in 2023. The expansion of commercial spaces and the demand for residential low-duty foggers are primarily driving the market in the region. Moreover, the stringent healthcare laws in the U.S. are also fueling the demand for foggers in medical facilities. Furthermore, the growth of the fogging machines market in Europe is mainly supported by increased business investments, new office construction, and other commercial spaces, government spending on infrastructure and transportation, and growth in hospitality, supported by the rise in travel and tourism in the region. However, political uncertainties arising in Europe after the Brexit negotiations are adversely impacting the region's economic growth and may result in lower demand for professional cleaning as well as sanitation services and equipment during the forecast period.
APAC region is expected to be the fastest-growing global fogging machines market during the forecast period. The region's rising demand for professional floor cleaning and disinfection equipment is supported by their strong economic growth, increased construction activities, and higher disposable income among the population. Moreover, the stringent regulations related to the manufacturing sector and increasing hygiene awareness drive commercial cleaning machinery sales and support market growth.
The global fogging machines market is fragmented due to the presence of local and international market players. The market competition is based solely on features such as quality, quantity, innovation, and price. The most strategic approaches in the fogging machines market also include quality of operation, user-friendliness, terms of guarantee, technological innovations, and price and mode of distribution. Further, the leading global fogging machines market vendors are Curtis Dyna-Fog, IGEBA, Vectorfog, pulsFOG, and PESTWORKER. Although the market is characterized by diversified international and regional vendors, as international players would increase their footprint, regional vendors would find it increasingly difficult to compete with them. Many domestic players are expected to expand their presence worldwide during the forecast period due to the push provided by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the fast-developing countries in APAC and Latin America, to gain more market share. In addition, vendors use modern and creative technologies and services in fogging machines for pest control and focus on expanding their business offerings to achieve a larger market share. The focus is heavily shifting to digitizing the pest control market or developing mobile-supporting applications to enhance the customer experience. Vendors can alter and refine their unique value proposition to achieve a strong market presence in the coming years.