The Biomedical Textiles Market size is forecast to reach US$17.3 billion by 2027, after growing at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period 2022-2027. Biomedical textiles are textiles that are engineered with advanced biomaterials to ease a healing response in the body. These textiles are applied in artificial organs, sanitary napkins, baby diapers and other applications. Biomedical textiles are utilized in surgical medical devices and advanced wound dressing materials; therefore, the rising medical and healthcare sector is driving the biomedical textiles market growth. Moreover, the increasing requirement for smart biomedical textiles, to monitor blood pressure, heart rate and pulse rate is anticipated to upsurge the growth of the biomedical textiles industry in the forecast period. The global economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic remained unaffected in the medical & healthcare industry all across the world, which had no impact on the growth of the biomedical textiles market size.
Biomedical Textiles Report Coverage
The “Biomedical Textiles Market Report – Forecast (2022 - 2027)” by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments in the Biomedical Textiles industry.
By Fiber Type: Non-Biodegradable Fiber (Polypropylene & Polyethylene, Cotton, Viscose, Polyester, Polyamide, Others), Biodegradable Fiber (Collagen, Chitin, Others).
By Fabric Type: Non-Woven, Woven and Others.
By Application: Non-implantable, Implantable and Surgical Sutures.
By End-Users: Ophthalmology, Neurology, General Surgery and Orthopedics.
By Geography: North America (USA, Canada and Mexico), Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia and Rest of APAC), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Rest of South America), Rest of the World (the Middle East and Africa).
- The North America region dominates the Biomedical Textiles market owing to the increasing investments in the medical & healthcare industry. For instance, in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Biden-Harris Administration invested over US$19 Million to expand telehealth nationwide and improve health in rural and other underserved communities.
- Rapidly rising demand for biomedical textiles required for advanced wound dressing materials has driven the growth of the biomedical textiles market.
- The increasing demand for biomedical textiles for the growing requirement of smart biomedical textiles has been a critical factor driving the growth of the biomedical textiles market in the upcoming years.
- However, the high R&D investments needed in the production of biomedical textiles can hinder the growth of the biomedical textiles market.
Biomedical Textiles Market Segment Analysis – by Application
The implantable segment held the largest Biomedical Textiles Market share in 2021 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period 2022-2027. Biomedical textiles are widely utilized as a replacement for damaged body parts by physicians and surgeons. These textiles are applicable in artificial arteries, vascular grafts, sutures, artificial organs, sanitary napkins, baby diapers and others. Additionally, they are also applied in various orthopedic operations such as joint and ligament fixation, spinal fixation tethers, reconstruction devices and others. The growing aging population, rising number of surgical procedures, technological advancements and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases are driving the demand for implantable surgeries. The medical & healthcare industry is growing, for instance, according to the Gov.UK, in 2022, the government announced the investment of up to £200 million (US$236.35 Million) for supporting treatment through new privacy-preserving platforms, NHS-led health research into diagnostics and clinical research services and also, an amount of £60 million (US$70.90 Million) to help expand life sciences manufacturing in the UK. Thus, the rising medical & healthcare industry will require more implantable biomedical devices, which is driving the biomedical textiles market growth.
Biomedical Textiles Market Segment Analysis – by End-use Industry
The general surgery segment held the largest Biomedical Textiles Market share in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% during 2022-2027. The rise in the aging population, accidents, advancements in medical devices and the growing frequency of chronic diseases are increasing the demand for general surgery, globally. The general surgery segment is growing, for instance, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka collectively perform around 38000 cardiac surgeries a year. Moreover, according to the National Organ Transplant Program, in India, around 6000 renal transplant surgeries are done annually. Thus, the growing general surgery segment is driving the demand for biomedical textiles as dressing materials, artificial organs for implants through surgery and in other applications and in turn, the biomedical textiles market would further rise over the forecast period.
Biomedical Textiles Market Segment Analysis – by Geography
North America region dominated the Biomedical Textiles Market share by 38% in the year 2021, due to the increasing requirement for biomedical textiles in countries such as USA, Canada and Mexico. The USA and Mexico are expected to continue their dominance in the biomedical textiles market during the forecast period, due to the rising number of surgeries in these countries. For instance, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, in 2020, a total of 22,817 kidney transplant surgeries were completed in the United States and in 2021, 90,201 people were on the waiting list for a kidney transplant surgery. Moreover, according to the Mexican Society of Cardiology, in 2021, in Mexico, 25 heart transplant surgeries were performed, up from 9% in 2020. Thus, the rising number of surgeries in the medical & healthcare sector is proving to be a market booster for the biomedical textiles market size in this region.
Biomedical Textiles Market Drivers
Increasing Requirement for Advanced Wound Dressing Material:
Rising disposable income, growing awareness about health and hygiene and changing lifestyles have increased the demand for biomedical textiles as wound dressing material, due to the exhibited properties such as antibacterial, easy healing and anti-fungal characteristics. Also, the demand is growing from consumers for advanced wound dressing materials exhibiting the ability to resist mold, parasites, bacterial, viral, dust and airborne infections. The rising number of road accidents is surging the demand for wound dressing material, for instance, according to the government of Canada, in 2021, speed-related casualties increased to 81, from 62 in 2020 and the road crashes were up 8% from the previous year. Moreover, according to the Minister of Road Transport and Highways of the Government of India, in 2020, the total recorded 3,66,138 road accidents caused a loss of 1,31,714 person lives and injured 3,48,279 persons. Thus, with the increasing number of road accidents, the requirement for advanced wound dressing materials will rise, which will further drive the biomedical textiles market over the forecast period.
Expansion of Smart Biomedical Textiles:
Smart biomedical textiles are wearable textile materials manufactured with embedded tiny semiconductors and sensors into biomedical fabrics. Smart biomedical textiles are utilized in the patient’s clothing and can help monitor heart rate, pulse rate and blood pressure. Also, these textiles can monitor body temperature, humidity, pH level and respiratory rate. The medical & healthcare industry is growing, for instance, according to Invest India, the medical device sector is growing steadily at a CAGR of 15% over the last 3 years and the medical devices industry in India is poised for significant growth with the market size expected to reach US$50 billion by 2025. Moreover, according to International Trade Administration, in Italy, the total local production of medical devices increased from US$7,526 Million in 2020 to US$8,777 Million in 2021. Thus, with the growth of the medical & healthcare sector, the requirement for smart biomedical textiles will rise, which will further drive the growth of the biomedical textiles industry.
Biomedical Textiles Market Challenge
High R&D Investments:
Biomedical textiles are designed to resist various fungi, fire, bacteria, dirt and water and also to be used in applications such as artificial organs, sanitary napkins, baby diapers and other applications. The development of these textiles includes extensive R&D to produce specialized products. The R&D cost that is involved in the production of high-end fabrics is high, with the involvement of technology, labor and other related prices. The manufacture of raw materials such as cotton, polyester, polypropylene, vinyl, polyurethane and other fibers involves complex processes that need high investments. The manufacture of these textiles also needs good machinery, adequate supply and the latest technology. Moreover, antimicrobial biomedical textiles require raw materials including various fibers and antimicrobial agents such as copper, quaternary ammonium and silver, which are very expensive. Thus, the R&D investments needed in the production of biomedical textiles are high, thereby creating hurdles for the market's growth.
Biomedical Textiles Market Industry Outlook
Technology launches, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies players adopt in the Biomedical Textiles markets. The top 10 companies in the biomedical textiles market are:
- Freudenberg SE
2. ATEX Technologies Inc.
3. Elkem ASA
6. Meister & Cie AG
9. Integra LifeSciences Corporation
10. Bally Ribbon Mills
- In April 2022, Integer Holdings Corporation acquired Connemara Biomedical Holdings Teoranta, including its operating subsidiaries Aran Biomedical and Proxy Biomedical.
- In February 2021, Ahlstrom- Munksjö's launched a new product portfolio, TenderGuard, a biobased and biofilter fabric, which offers a full suite of fabrics for medical and civil use face masks, including biodegradable and compostable materials.
- In July 2020, Fibre Extrusion Technology (FET), a UK-based supplier of state-of-the-art process technology and equipment for the man-made yarns and fiber extrusion industry, announced that the company has cemented its position as a world-leading supplier of melt spinning systems for biomedical applications with a further 5 systems scheduled for delivery.
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