A textile material specifically designed and manufactured for medical applications such as implants, surgeries, first aid procedures, and clinical treatments is known as the medical textile. Medical textile materials are very precisely made in order to avoid any damage to the human body; hence they are non-toxic, biocompatible, and nonallergenic. The use of these textiles relies on their properties such as filtering, lightness, absorption, and flexibility. Some of the commonly used medical textiles in our day-to-day life are sanitary napkins, diapers, eye lenses, and surgical apparels such as the mask, caps, gowns, patient clothing, and others.
On the basis of raw materials, the global medical textile market is segmented as non-woven, woven, and knitted. Based on the end-use, the global market is segmented as Implantable textile, non-implantable textile, hygiene products, and healthcare products. Non-implantable materials include plaster, gauze, wadding, compression bandage, elastic bandage, wound dressing, and others. Implantable products such as artificial ligaments, vascular grafts, and the extra corporeal device can be used inside the human body. These textiles provide hygiene and protect its user against blood, urine, bodily fluids, saline, and other chemicals while surgery.
The global medical textile market is growing at a considerable rate owing to increasing number of surgeries and technological advancements in the medical field. Factors such as cost-effectiveness, product innovations, increasing awareness about hospital-acquired infections, rising need for better infection control, growing concerns about patient protection, increasing aging population, and growing stringent regulations for healthcare professionals and patient safety are fuelling the growth of the global medical textile market. Hence, rising number of implants, surgeries, patients with chronic illness, increasing the number of accidents are other factors driving the global medical textile market. In addition, growing awareness among people regarding hygiene and growing medical sectors are also anticipated to drive the global medical textile market. Conversely, restricted raw materials and strict government regulations on the manufacturing process of the products may act as restraints for the growth of the global market.
Europe dominates the medical textile market. This trend is followed by North America and is anticipated to continue the trend in the future. Asia-Pacific is expected to grow rapidly owing to government schemes, rising manufacturing units, and wide promotion of the medical textile products in this region.
Major manufacturers in the medical textile market are Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Beiersdorf India Pvt. Ltd., Johnson & Johnson, Vestagen Technical Textiles Inc, Honeywell International, Imedex Biomateriaux, and Halyard Health. Other key players influencing the global medical textile market are Cardiva Integral Solutions, Bally Ribbon Mills, Freudenberg & Co. KG, Bluestar Silicones International, and Biomedical Structures.
Medical Textile Market: Regional Segment Analysis