March 1, 2024

The Resilient Rise: Exploring the Dynamics of the Medical Plastics Market

The Medical Plastics Market is estimated for 2024 for the forecast period 2024-2031, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Medical plastics are widely used in various medical devices and equipment such as surgical and medical instruments, implants, prosthetics, syringes, catheters and many more. They provide advantages such as lightweight, durability and ease of processing.

Market Dynamics:

The global medical plastics market is witnessing high growth owing to increasing demand from the healthcare industry. Between 2024-2031, the healthcare sector is expected to grow rapidly to meet the needs of aging population worldwide. This rise in healthcare spending will boost demand for medical devices and equipment which utilize various medical-grade plastics. Additionally, rapid technological advancements have enabled wider application of medical plastics in more complex surgeries, implants, and bio-compatible materials, thereby fueling market growth over the forecast period. Furthermore, medical plastics offer advantages over other materials as they are cost-effective, provide flexibility in design and manufacturing, and help reduce healthcare costs.

Medical Plastics Market Drivers, Restrains, Opportunities and Trends

The global medical plastics market is expected to grow significantly due to the rising geriatric population worldwide. As per estimates, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double from 12% to 22% between 2015 and 2050. The elderly population is more prone to chronic diseases and disabilities which increases their dependence on medical devices. Plastics are increasingly being used in surgical and therapeutic devices, drug delivery systems and prosthetics due to benefits like lightweight, durability and biocompatibility. The growing elderly demographic will augment the demand for various medical equipment and devices made from specialty plastics.

Stringent Regulatory Environment is Hampering Market Growth

Plastics used for medical applications are strictly regulated by various bodies like the US FDA to ensure safety. Regulatory compliance requires extensive clinical testing and validation of materials used. This increases the cost and time involved in new product development. Frequent changes in standards also impact the approval process. The complexity in the regulatory framework acts as a restraint for small players. Manufacturers have to ensure traceability and prove biocompatibility of raw materials to comply with the evolving regulatory norms which is challenging. While regulations aim to ensure patient safety, excessive stringency can delay innovations reaching the market.

3D Printing Offers Opportunity for Customized Medical Devices

Additive manufacturing technology provides opportunities to make medical devices customized for individual patient needs. 3D printing allows fabricating complex shapes that are not possible with conventional techniques. Plastics like polyamide are increasingly used as feedstock for 3D printing medical implants, prosthetics and surgical instruments. This customized approach based on patient scans allows precise anatomical fit and fit. It reduces surgery time and healing period. The ability of 3D printing to manufacture personalized devices on demand at lower costs presents a huge growth prospect for medical plastics consumption. Collaborations between players can help leverage this opportunity.

Increased Use of Bioabsorbable Polymers is a Major Trend

Bioabsorbable plastics which decompose and assimilate in the body after fulfilling their function are gaining prominence in medical applications. Polylactic acid (PLA) and polyglycolic acid (PGA) based biodegradable polymers are used in sutures, implants and scaffolds. They eliminate the need for device retrieval and risk of rejection. This reduces complications and recovery time for patients. Continuous research to develop advanced bioabsorbable materials will be a significant trend. Companies are investing in R&D to expand the polymer portfolio and custom design materials for specific clinical needs. Biodegradable implants could potentially replace traditional metal implants in the long run.

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  1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
  2. We have leveraged AI tools to mine information and compile it