|Frost & Sullivan Research Service||Published: 3 May 2012|
This Frost & Sullivan research service titled Western European Market for Polymers in Medical Devices offers a comprehensive overview of the market including key industry challenges, market drivers and restraints. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following product segments: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), silicone, styrene, thermoplastic elastomers, engineering and high performance polymers.
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Superior Attributes of Polymers to Expand their Use in Medical Devices Domain
Innovation, performance characteristics, quality and price are important factors influencing the use of polymers in medical devices. Although polymer prices are set to increase gradually, they are, nevertheless, expected to replace other materials like glass and metals. The ability to engineer and customise polymers according to varied application needs will create lucrative opportunities.
“A rapidly greying population with its attendant healthcare needs will have a positive impact on the medical devices market and, by extension, on polymers used in such equipment,” notes the analyst of this research. “This will be reinforced by the uptake of increasingly sophisticated equipment by the healthcare industry and the growing importance of portable, impact-resistant medical devices that can be used in homecare settings.” Already, polymers with higher chemical and impact resistance, superior mechanical and thermal properties have helped them become the material of choice for most medical applications like medical tubing, wound care, adhesives and lubricants. The healthcare industry is exhibiting increased interest in miniaturisation, homecare, and aesthetics for medical devices. Polymers which have exceptional durability, flexibility and strength, and can also be dyed in any colour, meet such demands. They also fulfil the need for lightweight, portable, smaller-sized devices.
Trends Indicate Demand for High-quality, Innovative Polymers that Meet Specific Application Needs
In comparison to other verticals, such as automotive and construction, polymers in healthcare is a low volume market. However, it offers opportunities for higher margins and, moreover, is less tied to GDP growth. “It has to be noted though that governmental pressure to lower healthcare costs are likely to limit profit margins of polymer suppliers,” comments the analyst. “The market is highly regulated and product development is expensive and time consuming.”
Despite being low-volume, the market is defined by high competition and innovation. Efforts to advance polymer functionality and diversify the application base will help companies establish their presence in the market. “Competition is intense and market participants have to diversify their product lines and be a one-stop-solution for all healthcare material needs,” advises the analyst. “Manufacturers should focus on developing novel, high quality products that meet the particular needs of varied applications.”
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|Table Of Contents|
1. Executive Summary
2. Market Overview
3. Total Market
3.1 External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
3.2 Forecasts and Trends
3.3 Megatrends and Industry Convergence Implications
4. The CEO’s 360 Degree Perspective
5. Polyvinyl Chloride Breakdown
6. Silicones Breakdown
7. Styrene Breakdown
8. Thermoplastic Elastomers Breakdown
9. Engineering and High Performance Polymers Breakdown
10. The Last Word
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