The global medical foam market size was worth around USD 25.5 billion in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 49.1 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 7.5% between 2022 and 2030.
Medical Foam Market
The global medical foam market size was worth around USD 25.5 billion in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 49.1 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 7.5% between 2022 and 2030. The report analyzes the global medical foam market’s drivers, restraints/challenges, and the effect they have on the demands during the projection period. In addition, the report explores emerging opportunities in the medical foam market.
Medical foam is an antimicrobial product that is used in a variety of medical equipment, components, and support materials in the healthcare industry, such as surgical drapes, wound dressing, and bedding materials. It is made from cell polyurethane, polymers, and metals. Medical foam is also commonly used in prosthetic padding, bespoke orthotics, ostomy device sealing, and body underfoot pressure relief equipment. It has a variety of qualities, including water, strain, and fungal resistance, softness, durability, sterility, and adaptability, making it ideal for protective packing. Medical foams provide compression relief by adapting to the patient's body form and assisting in delivering comfort, relaxation, and pressure-release areas. It is currently available in rigid, flexible, and molded product forms.
Medical Foam is becoming more popular in spinal implants to drive the market growth
The growing use of medical foam in spinal implants is propelling the medical foam industry forward. The global medical foam market is growing because of its broad qualities such as exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, good biocompatibility, outstanding performance, and cost-effectiveness. For instance, Xenco Medical Announces the Nationwide Launch of CancelleX Bio-inspired Spinal Implants, the First Injection-Molded Titanium Foam Spinal Implants Pre-Attached to Disposable Instruments, in June 2020. The Xenco Medical CancelleX lumbar intrabodies, which are designed after cancellous bone and feature interconnected porosity throughout each implant, are the first to use injection molding in the creation of titanium spinal implants. Such product launches directly boost the expansion of the medical foam market, consequently propelling the medical foam industry over the forecast period.
Stringent rules and regulations
Market expansion is anticipated to be constrained during the forecast period by the implementation of strict laws to guarantee the highest standards of packaging and labeling services in the healthcare sector. To maintain compliance with policies and guidelines used throughout the pharmaceutical business, all forms of medical packaging go through testing and integrity-related activities. Medical gadgets and packaging must survive harsh disinfectants as well as diverse sterilization processes.
Bolstering Growth of the Bedding & Cushioning Sector
Medical foam is frequently used in bedding and cushioning because of its excellent function and low cost. The need for hospital beds, seat padding, and bed accessories including pillows, head, neck, and shoulder supports is expected to increase, which will fuel the expansion of the global medical foam market. Additionally, the need for bedding and padding has grown due to the expansion of the healthcare industry, the construction of new healthcare facilities in rural areas, and the ongoing corona pandemic, which is projected to fuel product demand in this category. For instance, according to American Hospital Association, the number of beds in US community hospitals increased from 7323 in 2020 to 7887 in 2022.
According to NITI Aayog, the Delhi government increased the number of hospital beds from 10,055 in 2019-20 to 13,844 by December 2021. The demand for medical foam is likely to increase with the increase in medical and healthcare projects around the world because they are less expensive and frequently utilized in healthcare, which is expected to drive the medical foam industry during the forecast period.
Fluctuation in the raw material prices
Fluctuations in the price of raw materials such as polyurethane, polyvinyl chloride, and others act as a major challenge for the market expansion over the forecast period. For instance, according to the INDEXBOX, the cost of polyurethanes per ton in August 2022 was $6,278, an increase of 3.7% from the previous month. It climbed at an average monthly rate of +1.8% from January 2022 to August 2022. The month of April 2022 saw the highest growth rate, with a month-over-month increase of 7.7%. The average export prices peaked throughout the period under study in August 2022.
The global medical foam market is segmented based on foam type, product, application and region
Based on the foam type, the global market is bifurcated into flexible foam, rigid foam, and spray foam. The flexible foam segment accounted for the largest revenue share in 2021 and is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. The segmental growth is attributed to the expanding use of flexible foam in medical packaging, bedding, wound dressings, and cushioning for patients and medical equipment. Moreover, the increased demand for flexible foam is a result of its improved thermal insulation, durability, vibration absorption, high impact, mechanical, and moisture-resistant qualities. Another factor driving up the use of flexible foam in medical packaging and equipment is its lower cost when compared to spray and rigid foam.
Based on application, global medical foam is categorized into bedding & cushioning, medical packaging, medical devices & components, prosthetics & wound care, and others. The bedding & cushioning segment is expected to dominate over the forecast period. The growing geriatric population and rising non-communicable disease prevalence are predicted to increase demand for bedding and cushioning, which in turn is boosting the use of medical foam in a variety of applications.
The necessity for the production of high-quality bedding and cushioning is growing as a result of rising government spending on healthcare facilities designed to improve patient comfort and safety. The continuous COVID-19 dilemma is significantly contributing to the rising demand for bedding and cushioning in hospitals in developed and developing nations. Future market expansion is also anticipated to be aided by polymer foam bedding and cushioning's long-lasting, flexible, and durable qualities as well as its widespread use in hospitals, nursing homes, and medical facilities.
|Report Attributes||Report Details|
|Report Name||Global Medical Foam Market Research Report|
|Market Size in 2021||USD 25.5 Billion|
|Market Forecast in 2030||USD 49.1 Billion|
|Compound Annual Growth Rate||CAGR of 7.5%|
|Number of Pages||272|
|Forecast Units||Value (USD Billion), and Volume (Units)|
|Key Companies Covered||Dow, BASF SE, SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD., Huntsman International LLC., Trelleborg AB, INOAC CORPORATION, Recticel, Foamcraft, Inc., FXI, Future Foam, UFP Technologies, Inc., Parafix Tapes & Conversions Ltd, UFP Technologies, Inc., Rynel, Alpha Foam Ltd., Joyce Foam Products., Global Medical Foam, Inc., among others.|
|Segments Covered||By Foam Type, By Product, By Application and By Region|
|Regions Covered||North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America, Middle East and Africa (MEA)|
|Countries Covered||North America: U.S and Canada
Europe: Germany, Italy, Russia, U.K, Spain, France, Rest of Europe
APAC: China, Australia, Japan, India, South Korea, South East Asia, Rest of Asia Pacific
Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Chile
The Middle East And Africa: South Africa, GCC, Rest of MEA
|Historical Year||2016 to 2020|
|Forecast Year||2022 - 2030|
|Customization Scope||Avail customized purchase options to meet your exact research needs. Request For Customization|
The Asia Pacific is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period
The Asia Pacific region held the largest share in the global medical foam market of over 40% in 2021 and is expected to continue this pattern during the forecast period. The growth in the region is attributed to the increasing healthcare sector in the region. The region's healthcare sector is being driven by increased infrastructure development, greater per capita income, higher domestic demand, and the availability of low-cost labor. According to the International Trade Administration, the APAC medical equipment industry increased considerably between 2019 and 2020, growing from $82.9 billion to $86.6 billion.
Similarly, the pharmaceutical sector in India is estimated to reach US$65 billion by 2024 and US$120 billion by 2030, according to Invest India. The average index of industrial production of medicines, medical chemicals, and botanical products in FY 2021-22 is 221.6, up 1.3 percent over the previous year. With the steady growth of the medical and healthcare industries in Asia-Pacific, the demand for medical foam for use in medical packaging, medical devices, and other medical and healthcare applications will rise. As a result of the rapid rise of medical foam in medical applications, the medical foam industry is expected to thrive during the projected period.
Besides, the North American region is growing at a significant rate over the forecast period. With increased per capita healthcare spending in the United States, demand for medical equipment is likely to rise dramatically in the future years. This is expected to increase the demand for medical foam in the region. Furthermore, rising per capita healthcare spending in the form of health insurance in the United States has been one of the primary factors influencing the North American industry.
The global medical foam market is dominated by players like:
By Foam Type
The increasing usage of medical foam in numerous applications, such as medical system cushioning and wound dressings, due to its various properties, such as excellent compression-set resistance, impact-absorbing and versatility, is favoring the market growth.
According to the report, the global medical foam market size was worth around USD 25.5 billion in 2021 and is predicted to grow to around USD 49.1 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 7.5% between 2022 and 2030.
The global medical foam market growth is expected to be driven by the Asia Pacific. It is currently the world’s highest revenue-generating market owing to the rising healthcare industry. Moreover, the increasing prevalence of chronic disease is another factor that propels the market expansion in the region.
The global medical foam market is dominated by players like Dow, BASF SE, SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD., Huntsman International LLC., Trelleborg AB, INOAC CORPORATION, Recticel, Foamcraft, Inc., FXI, Future Foam, UFP Technologies, Inc., Parafix Tapes & Conversions Ltd, UFP Technologies, Inc., Rynel, Alpha Foam Ltd., Joyce Foam Products., Global Medical Foam, Inc., among others.