Medical nonwoven disposables are important products in the global healthcare industry as they provide hygiene benefits over the woven fabrics. Woven fabrics used in hospitals, clinics and physician offices are vulnerable to hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and other infections such as AIDs and hepatitis. Medical nonwoven disposables prevent transmission of these infections to some extent since they are soon disposed of. Therefore, the increasing awareness about these infections and efforts to control these infections are driving the global market for medical nonwoven disposables market.
The global market for medical nonwoven disposables is segmented into two major categories, namely incontinence products and surgical nonwoven products. The incontinence products segment includes cotton pads, panty shields, disposable underwear, and disposable diapers. The disposable diaper product segment is further differentiated into ultra-absorbent, super-absorbent, gender-specific, biodegradable, and regular diapers. Second major segment in the market is surgical nonwoven products which include disposable surgical masks, surgical drapes, surgical caps, surgical gowns, sheets and gauze. The increasing healthcare infrastructure across the globe is also creating additional opportunity for the growth of the medical nonwoven disposables market. Despite the growth of healthcare industry, the medical nonwoven technology is being dominated by incontinence products segment compared to surgical nonwoven products. This segment accounts for a larger share and is driven by demand for incontinence products for children and women. The introduction of novel products in this category such as rustle-free diapers is helping in the overall growth of the medical nonwoven disposables market.
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The global medical nonwoven disposables market is segmented into four major geographies, namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. The developed countries in Europe and North America are the primary markets for medical nonwoven disposables due to favorable insurance coverage and large number of health care procedures occurring annually. Furthermore, stringent regulations put forth by several regulatory agencies in these regions are positively impacting the growth of medical nonwoven disposables market. Although, North America and Europe had controlled the global medical nonwoven disposables market in the past, presently the other two geographies, particularly Asia-Pacific, have been crucial in determining and escalating the market size. The rapidly developing countries such as China and India are spearheading the growth of this market due to increasing health needs, increasing incidences of chronic illnesses and adoption of home healthcare to reduce hospitalization costs.
The advances in the disposable nonwoven production technology have enabled the manufacturers to bring better products which have edge over woven fabrics. The hospitals in developed countries such as the U.S. are provided with incentives for preventing re-admissions and for reducing patient stay in hospitals. Therefore, these hospitals prefer disposable supplies compared to reusable products which eventually drives the global market for medical nonwoven disposables. The manufacturers in the Asia region are seen adopting the innovative approaches to broaden their product portfolio. For instance, growing demand for synthetic gloves is being majorly fulfilled by regional players which are trying to supply powder free medical gloves.
Some of the major players in the global medical nonwoven disposables market include Ahlstrom Inc., Ansell Healthcare, Asahi Kasei Corporation, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Cardinal Health, Inc., Covidien, Inc., Cypress Medical Products, Domtar Corporation, Dynarex Corporation, First Quality Enterprises, Inc., Freudenberg & Co. KG., Georgia-Pacific LLC, Hogy Medical Co. Ltd., INTCO Medical, Kao Corporation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Medline Industries, Molnlycke Health Care AB, Paul Hartmann AG, Precision Fabrics Group, Inc., and UniCharm Corporation.
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