Healthcare textiles are known as medical textiles. It is one of the rapidly growing sectors in the technical textile market. Textile materials for healthcare and medical products ranges from simple bandage materials or gauze to scaffolds for tissue repairing and a large variety of prostheses for body implants. Usage of medical textiles depends on their properties like flexibility, absorption, softness, filtering among others. Medical textiles can be classified as implantable materials, non-implantable materials, healthcare and hygiene products and extracorporeal products. Medical textiles find applications in medical and biological sectors. They are used for first aid, rehabilitation, hygienic purposes, or clinical purpose. Medical textiles are used for wound care, protecting the wound form infection, bandaging & pressure garment. Furthermore it is used for extra corporal and implantable material like art.
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On the basis of type, medical textiles can be classified as non-implantable materials, implantable materials, extracorporeal products, and hygiene products. Likewise, on the basis of application, the medical textiles market is segmented into: clinical uses, rehabilitation, first aid, and hygiene-related uses. The uses of medical textiles range from being applied as a bandaging and pressure garment to wound care material.
The important market drivers identified by TMR’s report on the medical textiles market are: a growing aging population base, improved standards of living wherein healthcare occupies an important place, and the expansion of the healthcare industry as a whole. Consumers are now practicing hygiene through the use of a variety of antibacterial, microbicides, and antiseptic products. In several cases, medical textiles supplement many of the aforementioned products, thus witnessing higher sales and revenue. The coming years are expected to bring several opportunities for the growth of the medical textiles market and for the development of several sub-markets within it, says a senior TMR analyst.
On the flip side, the medical textiles market will have to brave headwinds in the form of the high prices of such textiles, the use of advanced antiseptics that don’t call for the use of medical textiles, a lack of hygiene-related practices among the populace in several underserved regions, and variations in the availability of raw material.
The market for medical textiles in Europe is the largest worldwide thanks largely to the massive contribution made to the market by countries such as the U.K., Germany, France, and Italy. Trailing Europe in the North America medical textiles market. Asia Pacific, although an opportunity-laden market, still remains an emerging space. However, with governments of developing countries taking measures to improve their healthcare infrastructure, the demand for medical textiles is expected to see an uptick in regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America. Case in point would be the Technology Mission on Technical Textiles for which the government of India setting aside funds to the tune of 200 cr.
Companies that currently have a notable share in the medical textiles market are: Kimberly-clark Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Beiersdorf India Pvt. Ltd, Imedex Biomateriaux, and Honeywell International.