Global Medical Devices Packaging Market - Segmented by Material (Plastic, Paper, Tyvek, Aluminium), Product (Pouches, Trays, Boxes, Clamshell Packs, Bags), and Region - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
The Global medical devices packaging market was valued at USD 25.78 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach a value of USD 37.32 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 6.02 % over the forecast period (2018 - 2023). The report studies the key providers of pouches, trays, boxes, bags, and clamshell packs for medical devices. The regions considered in the report are North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East & Africa.
The healthcare industry has witnessed rapid changes over time. Outbreak of new diseases, growth in regulatory norms across the world, focus on population health management, inventions, more informed customers, and growth in the advanced healthcare systems are some of the driving factors responsible for the need for medical devices packaging. The market has gone through the seismic shift, from traditional to the current technological setup, in the manufacturing of healthcare devices and products with huge investments in technological research.
The expansions and investments in the healthcare industry are expected to develop the production of instruments and other medical appliances, which may further contribute to the growth of the market. Also, the demand for flexible packaging is expected to be on a rise during the forecast period due to its benefits, such as moldability, transparency, durability, and chemical resistance, which will also increase the demand for medical devices packaging.
Moreover, medical devices manufacturing industries, diagnostic centers, and hospitals are now concentrating on the sterile and disinfect packaging of medical devices, owing to the rise in viral infections and various stringent regulations. Companies in the medical industry are undergoing restructuring to focus on packaging and R&D, while stringent regulations on the medical devices packaging industry are compelling the companies to focus on packaging type and material usage. This has resulted in the implementation of a standardized packaging process for designing and developing proficient medical devices. It is necessary for the medical device manufacturer to ensure that reliable, safe, and fully functional devices arrive at the point of end use. To uphold this integrity, the packaging process must maintain the product intended shipping, handling, and longer shelf life period. These factors are expected to boost the overall market during the forecast period. However, large initial investments and increasing government regulations over the medical devices packaging process are the restraining factors hindering the growth of the market.
Rising Focus on Longer Shelf Life Products to Propel the Market Growth
The rising demand from the consumers for products that have extended shelf life and are easy to use has led companies to develop alternative packaging solutions. Shelf life can be increased by protecting the products from potentially deteriorating agents, such as moisture, oxygen, and microbes. In order to protect the medical devices, companies need a cost-effective packaging solution that can also provide sufficient protection from the microbes. For instance, flexible packaging has superior barrier capabilities and can effectively protect the product from moisture and oxygen. Moreover, growing incidences of diseases and the consequent dependence on medical devices and various diagnostic tools is increasing the sales of sterilized pouches.
Various new technologies and raw materials, such as Tyvek, are probing into the flexible packaging manufacturing units to increase the shelf life of products. Research & development is focussed on improving the physical and chemical properties of packaging materials. Nano packaging technologies gaining popularity are inducing the modified atmosphere packaging systems to increase the sustainability. Moreover, medical devices packaging industries are inclined toward using active, intelligent, and antimicrobial packaging systems to increase the durability and future consumption.
Tyvek Material to Dominate the Market for Medical Devices Packaging
Tyvek material is a spun or gyrated-bonded olefin used in almost every major form of medical devices packaging and is used as flat and stand-up pouches. Tyvek is a fiber material with continuous strands and extremely fine, high-density polyethylene material. As Tyvek possesses features such as chemical inertness, dimension stability, and dry as well as wet strength, it is best suited for the packaging of medical devices. Moreover, Tyvek is tear and puncture resistant, rendering it appropriate for a wide range of applications for medical devices, which are bulky and irregularly shaped. The unusual fiber structure of the material allows rapid gas and vapor transmission, which acts as a barrier to the passage of microorganisms. Owing to properties such as microbial impermeability and high porosity, Tyvek is often used with ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilization methods. The above-mentioned features are expected to boost the global market for Tyvek during the forecast period. The manufacturers are also trying to enhance their offering by manufacturing products, which is more suitable for the healthcare industry. Medical devices require packaging which is environmentally safe and free from contaminants and Tyvek helps in meeting these objectives. The growing technological propagation and amalgamation of Tyvek packaging applications with a large variety of products are the major factors driving the growing use of the Tyvek material in medical devices packaging market.
Latin America to Account for a Significant Market Share
The medical devices packaging market in Latin America is expected to witness a sustainable growth over the forecast period. The region holds good potential for long-term growth, despite recent setbacks from the financial crisis. Brazil is the biggest economy in Latin America, with high-income levels, along with healthcare infrastructural developments will dominate the region by driving the demand for medical device packaging solutions. In Mexico, public healthcare institutions account for approximately 70 -80% of the total medical services while private healthcare institutions cover approximately 25 -30% of the Mexican population, including approximately 32 million people with private medical and accident insurance, according to ITA Medical Devices Report. The high disposable income, penetration of technology, and growing awareness on the healthcare sector are expected to drive the demand for medical device packaging products in Latin America.
Key Developments in the Market