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Worldwide Medical Polymer Markets: 2016-2025

n-tech believes that medical polymers continue to represent a major opportunity for the polymer industry at the present time, driven by the aging of the population in developed nations and the accelerating use of polymer implants. 

This report identifies the market opportunities in the space and provides guidance on the technical and regulatory framework in which these opportunities are emerging.  It includes an analytical review of polymers used for medical applications, including  developing implants, diagnostic systems, and hospital labware.  The report also contains roadmap that will provide the reader with a guide to where medical polymers are headed technologically.

As with all n-tech reports, this report includes a  granular ten-year forecast, profiles the activities of key suppliers and analyzes the evolving supply chain for medical polymers.  For the firms covered we discuss their strategies and needs along with their strengths and weaknesses.   In addition, the report provides an analysis of the market for medical polymers in various important country-specific markets.

Executive Summary         
E.1 Drivers for the use of Polymers in the Medical Device Market    
E.1.1 Medical Polymers at the Root of Technology Advances           
E.1.2 Low Cost Driving the Use of Medical Polymers  
E.1.3 Medical Polymers can Offer High Performance 
E.2 Market Opportunities for Medical Polymers
E.2.1 Expecting New Revenues from Emerging Markets       
E.2.2 U.S. Market Continues to Grow     
E.2.3 Impact of Worldwide Trends           
E.3 Opportunities for the Plastics Industry         
E.3.1 Products:  Polymers for Implants   
E.3.2 Products:  Polymers for Labware   
E.4 Firms and Strategies to Watch in the Medical Polymer Market   
E.4.1 Covestro         
E.4.2 Celanese/Ticona      
E.4.4 Dow Chemical          
E.4.5 Dow Corning 
E.4.5 DSM    
E.4.6 DuPont           
E.4.7 Eastman Chemical   
E.4.8 Evonik
E.4.9 Solvay 
E.4.10 Kraton Performance Polymers     
E.4.11 Lubrizol Life Sciences       
E.4.12 Victrex
E.4.13 Juvora          
E.4.14 Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer Co
E.5 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of the Medical Polymer Market         
 
Chapter One: Introduction          
1.1 Background to this Report      
1.1.1 Resins and Fibers    
1.1.2 Boom in Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) and Engineered Plastics (EPs)  
1.1.3 Growing Demand for Biodegradable Plastics      
1.1.4 Ongoing Manufacturing Issues     
1.2 Scope and Objectives of this Report 
1.3 Methodology and Information Sources        
1.4 Plan of this Report
 
Chapter Two: Commercial Trends in Medical Polymers    
2.1 Generic Advantages and Disadvantages of Polymers for Medical Applications          
2.1.1 Medical Applications:  The Advantages of Polymers     
2.1.2 Disadvantages of Medical Polymers         
2.1.3 Replacement of Metals by Medical Polymers      
2.2 Thermoplastics (PMMA, PLA, PGA, PP, PEEK, Polycarbonates)           
2.2.1 Medical Thermoplastics
2.2.2 Current Supply Structures for Medical Thermoplastics 
2.3 Medical Applications for Polyethylene (PE)
2.3.1 Uses for PE in Medical Applications         
2.3.2 Current Supply Structure for Medical PE 
2.4 Polystyrene (PS) in Medical Applications    
2.4.1 Styrene Copolymers 
2.4.2 Polystyrene and Styrenics: Medical Applications           
2.4.3 Supply Structure for Medical PS for Medical Applications        
2.5 Medical PVC     
2.5.1 Medical Applications for PVC         
2.6 Medical Nylon   
2.6.1 Uses of Nylon in Medical Applications     
2.6.2 Supply Structure for Nylon for Medical Applications      
2.7 Other Polymers for Medical Applications     
2.7.1 Polyurethanes (PUs)
2.7.2 Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)      
2.8 The Growing Role of Bioplastics in Medical Applications
2.8.1 PLA      
2.8.2 Notable Trends in Medical Bioplastics      
2.9 Key Points from this Chapter 
 
Chapter Three: Applications for Medical Polymers 
3.1 Pricing and Forecast Assumptions   
3.1.1 Trends in Polymer Pricing   
3.1.2 Use of Medical Polymers in Different Applications        
3.2 Opportunities for Medical Polymers in Medical Devices and Implants   
3.2.1 Future Use of Polymers in Medical Applications
3.2.2 Medical Polymers in Orthopedic Implants and Regenerative Medicine         
Trident Polyethylene Bearings     
3.2.3 Plastics for Contact Lenses and Lens Implants  
3.2.4 Medical Polymers for Implantable Defibrillators and Related Devices
3.2.5 Breast Implants          
3.2.6 Conductive Polymer Neural Implants       
3.2.7 Markets for Medical Polymers in Blood Filters     
3.2.8 Other Medical Devices Using Polymers   
3.3 Eight-Year Forecast of Polymers in Implants by Polymer and Implant Type     
3.4 Eight-Year Forecast of Polymers in Non-Implantable Devices by Polymer and Device Type
3.4.1 Diagnostic Systems  
3.5 Eight-Year Forecast of Polymers in Diagnostic Systems by Polymer and Device Type         
3.5.1 Laboratory and Surgical Accessories and Disposables
3.5.2 Surgical Screws, Nails and Plates 
3.5.3 Catheters and Tubing          
3.5.4 Surgical Gloves         
3.5.5 Sutures and Shunts 
3.6 Eight-Year Forecast of Polymers in Diagnostic Systems by Polymer and Device Type
3.7 Summary of Forecasts of Medical Polymers           
3.7.1 Summary Forecast of Medical Polymers by Application
3.8 Summary Forecast of Medical Polymers by Polymer Type           
3.9 Key Points in this Chapter      
 
Chapter Four: National Markets and Regulatory Factors  
4.1 Generic Policy Issues Raised by Polymer Medical Devices        
4.1.1 Safety Issues Related to Polymer Devices           
4.1.2 Problems of Waste Disposal and Management in Medical Polymer Manufacturing
4.1.3 Healthcare Issues and an Aging Population       
4.1.4 Geographical Distribution of the Markets 
4.2 The Medical Polymer Market in the United States 
4.2.1 Medical Polymers and the Biomaterials Access Assurance Act of 1998
4.2.2 Impact of “Obamacare”         
4.2.3 Role and Impact of the FDA
4.2.4 Analysis of the Market for Medical Polymers in the U.S.           
4.2.5 Eight-Year Forecasts for Medical Polymers in the U.S. 
4.3 The Medical Polymer Market in Europe       
4.3.1 Role and Impact of the European Commission and Other Regulatory Authorities in the European Union     
4.3.2 National Regulations and Regulatory Agencies Impacting Medical Polymer Markets in the EU           
4.3.3 Analysis of the Market for Medical Polymers in Europe
4.3.4 Eight-Year Forecast for Medical Polymers in Europe    
4.4 The Medical Polymer Market in Japan         
4.4.1 National Laws and Regulations Impacting the Medical Polymer Market in Japan
4.4.2 Analysis of Market for Medical Polymers in Japan         
4.4.3 Eight-Year Forecast for Medical Polymers in Japan      
4.5 The Medical Polymer Market in China         
4.5.1 National Laws and Regulations Impacting the Medical Polymer Market in China
4.5.2 Impact of Chinese Industrial Policy on the Medical Polymer Market   
4.5.3 Analysis of the Market for Medical Polymers in China  
4.5.4 Eight-Year Forecast for Medical Polymers in China      
4.6 The Medical Polymer Market in India
4.6.1 National Laws and Regulations Impacting the Medical Polymer Market in India
4.6.2 Analysis of the Market for Medical Polymers in India     
4.6.3 Eight-Year Forecast for Medical Polymers in India         
4.7 Other Notable National Markets for Medical Polymers      
4.7.1 The Medical Polymer Market in Canada   
4.7.2 The Medical Polymer Market in Australia 
4.7.3 The Medical Polymer Market in South Korea      
4.8 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Medical Polymers by Country      
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report        
About the Author    
 
List of Exhibits
 
Exhibit E-1: Important Advantages of Polymers and Their Current Applications    
Exhibit E-2: Summary Forecast by Top-10 Polymer Types (U.S.$ Millions) 
Exhibit 2-1: Medical Polymers and their Applications  
Exhibit 2-3: Thermoplastics - Properties and Uses       
Exhibit 2-4: Selected Suppliers of Thermoplastics       
Exhibit 2-5: Opportunities for Different PE Grades       
Exhibit 2-6: Selected Suppliers of Polyethylene Products and their Features        
Exhibit 2-7: Requirements and Medical Applications for Selected Types of PS     
Exhibit 2-8: Suppliers of GPPS, HIPS, and SPS Products for Medical Applications and their Trade Names          
Exhibit 2-9: Nylon Products and Manufacturers           
Exhibit 2-10: Selected Medical Devices and Implants Made from Polyurethanes  
Exhibit 2-11: Leading Teflon products, Their Manufacturers, and Application Areas
Exhibit: 3-1: Pricing of Polymers and Polymer-Based Medical Products     
Exhibit: 3-2: Approximate Market Share of Different Polymer Types in Each Application
Exhibit 3-3: Selected Polymeric Orthopedic Products, their Manufacturers and Opportunities   
Exhibit 3-4: Approved Breast Implants and their Market Opportunities         
Exhibit 3-5: Overview of Polymer Use in Important Blood Filters       
Exhibit 3-6: Overview of Selected Wound Dressing Materials           
Exhibit: 3-7 Orthopedic Implants and Regenerative Medicines Forecast     
Exhibit 3-8: Forecast of Polymer Use In Lens Implants           
Exhibit 3-9: Forecast of Polymer Use in Contact Lenses        
Exhibit 3-10: Forecast of Polymer Use in Implantable Defibrillators 
Exhibit 3-12: Forecast of Conductive Polymer Use In Neural Implants        
Exhibit 3-13: Forecast of Polymer Use In Blood Filters
Exhibit 3-15: Polymers Used in Diagnostic Devices and Their Future Opportunities
Exhibit 3-16: Forecast of Polymer Use In Diagnostic Devices
Exhibit 3-17: Forecast of Polymer Use In Automated Analyzers        
Exhibit 3-18: Forecast of Polymer Use In Homecare Diagnostic Devices    
Exhibit 3-19: Forecast of Polymer Use In Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnostics
Exhibit 3-20: Overview of Important Polymers for Multiple-Use and Disposable Labware Fabrication           
Exhibit 3-21: Leading Labware Manufacturers and Their Brands and Market Potential
Exhibit 3-22: Selected Catheter and Tubing Products 
Exhibit 3-23: Surgical Gloves and Their Specifications          
Exhibit 3-24: Forecast of Polymer Use In Surgical Screws, Nails and Plates         
Exhibit 3-25: Forecast of Polymer Use In Catheters and Tubing       
Exhibit 3-26: Forecast of Polymer Use In Surgical Gloves      
Exhibit 3-27: Forecast of Polymer Use In Sutures and Shunts          
Exhibit 3-29: Summary Forecast by Top-10 Polymer Types (U.S$ Millions)
Exhibit 4-1: Key Industry Issues, Their Impacts, and Probable Solutions    
Exhibit 4-2: Important U.S. Regulations Affecting Medical Polymers
Exhibit 4-3: Key Players in the U.S. Medical Polymer Industry Responding to Major Trends      
Exhibit 4-4: Eight-Year Forecast of Medical Polymers in the U.S. (US$ Millions) - 40% of the Global Market           
Exhibit 4-5: Key EC Regulations and Their Significance       
Exhibit 4-6: Recent Technology Developments in Europe     
Exhibit 4-7: Eight-Year Forecast for Medical Polymers in Europe (US$ Millions) - 25% of the Global Market           
Exhibit 4-8: Important Regulations in Japan and Their Impact on the Medical Polymers Market
Exhibit 4-9: Recent Technology Developments in Japan       
Exhibit 4-10: Eight-Year Forecast for Medical Polymers in Japan (US$ Millions) - 12% of the Global Market           
Exhibit 4-11: Key Impacts of CFDA Policies and Opportunities for Policy Improvement in China           
Exhibit 4-12: Recent Technology Developments in China     
Exhibit 4-13: Eight-Year Forecast for Medical Polymers in China (US$Millions)   
Exhibit 4-14: Key Regulatory Impacts and Opportunities for Policy Improvement in India
Exhibit 4-15: Recent Technology Developments in India       
Exhibit 4-16: Regulatory Scenario and Industry Opportunities in Other Markets   
Exhibit 4-17: Global Eight-Year Forecast for Medical Polymers Broken Out by Country/Region

n-tech Report Projects Medical Polymer Market to Reach $2.9 Billion by 2021

Glen Allen, Virginia:  According to a new report from industry analyst firm n-tech Research, the global market for medical polymers will grow to over $2.9 billion in revenue in 2021. The report titled, “Worldwide Medical Polymer Markets 2016-2025” identifies the current and future opportunities in the medical polymers space and provides guidance on the technical and regulatory framework in which these opportunities are arising.

Details about the report are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/worldwide-medical-polymer-markets-2016-2025

About the Report:

This new report provides deep strategic insight into how the polymer industry can generate new business revenues in medical and healthcare applications. These perspectives are backed up with numerous forecasts in both revenues and volume (Kg) terms.  The report also sets out n-tech’s views on which polymers are likely to do best in the market.  

The report reviews the markets for medical polymers used for medical applications, including developing implants, diagnostic systems, and hospital labware,  It also provides an analysis of the current technical trends in medical polymers including polymer production and evaluation for clinical approval, as well as a deeper understanding of key medical products and their future.

The report also profiles the relevant activities of major companies manufacturing medical polymers and insight into the geographical distribution of the medical polymer market including details of national regulatory requirements for countries where sophisticated medical polymers are widely used.  Firms discussed in the report include, Celanese, Covestro, Dow Corning, DowDupont, DSM, Eastman Chemical, Evonik, Solvay and many others.

From the Report: 

•    Implants currently consume about half the medical polymers produced and are expected to account for around $1.7 billion in polymer sales by 2021. Polymers have been penetrating the implant market because they are lower cost and lighter weight than metal alternatives, such as titanium. But they also benefit from aging population and enabling technologies, especially medical imaging.
    
•    Similar trends are driving the markets for polymers used in diagnostic systems will reach more $1 billion in 2021. Diagnostic technologies are an inevitable part of health management programs today and currently most diagnostic procedures are rapid, multi-assays in which plastics have become indispensable. The growth prospects in this sector are thus especially strong.
        
•    Medical polymer revenues are spread over a large range of polymers.  By far the biggest contributor to revenues is PMMA, which will generate $745 million in 2021.  PS/styrenics, LDPE and PEEK are also important commercial medical polymers – combined, these four types of polymer will account for 54 percent of the medical polymer market by 2021.  The report also identifies some high margin markets.  
        
•    The last decade has also seen the rise of biodegradable polymers and n-tech believes that current trend indicate that, entire prostheses soon will be developed from these materials. While they will not be used to manufacture diagnostic products, biodegradable polymers will be incorporated into implants and even some clinical labware. There is also some additional interest in discovering new biodegradable polymers for medical applications, but investment in this area is limited due to the need to complete extensive long-term studies in order to validate new materials.

About n-tech:

n-tech Research is the rebrand of NanoMarkets LC  Our firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts for advanced materials markets.  See

http://www.ntechresearch.com for a full listing of the firm's reports and other services.
 
Contact:
 
Robert Nolan
n-tech Research
(804) 938-0030
rob@ntechresearch.com

posted Mar 03, 2016

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