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Sterile Medical Packaging Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Material (Plastics, Glass, Metal, Paper & Paperboard), By Type (Thermoform, Trays, Sterile Bottles & Containers, Sterile Closures, Pre-Fillable Inhalers, Pre-Fillable Syringes, Vials & Ampoules, Blister & Clamshells, Bags & Pouches, Wraps), By Sterilization Method (Chemical Sterilization, Radiation Sterilization, High Temperature/Pressure Sterilization), By Application (Pharmaceutical & Biological, Surgical & Medical Instruments, In-vitro Diagnostic Products, Medical Implants), and Regional Forecast, 2022-2029

Region : Global | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI102798

 

KEY MARKET INSIGHTS

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The global sterile medical packaging market size was valued at USD 39.79 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 44.29 billion in 2022 to USD 73.67 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with experiencing higher-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a growth rate of 13.9% in 2020 as compared to 2019.


Sterilization is an important processing step performed in the healthcare industry. Hence, the usage of sterile packaging products or sterile barrier systems has gained significant importance in this industry. Sterile medical packaging is a non-reusable packaging material that acts as a barrier against microbial transmission. Most of these packaging, such as wraps, pouches, and containers, are designed to prevent medical products from the external environment and unintended transmission of infections. Furthermore, these sterile barrier systems maintain product sterility from the point of packaging and sterilization until the time of use. They offer beneficial properties such as tear resistance, durability, breathability, and a superior microbial barrier to keep the pharmaceuticals and medical equipment sterile throughout their lifecycle. These properties would surge the demand for such packaging in various applications ranging from in-vitro diagnostic products to surgical & medical instruments.


COVID-19 IMPACT


Rising Demand for Healthcare Products as a Result of COVID-19 to Propel Growth


The healthcare industry has been rapidly growing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The anxiety and fear of the coronavirus have made people more conscious about health & safety, which has pushed up the healthcare industry to rigorously follow the new government rules & regulations regarding hygiene. In addition, hospital systems have become overwhelmed with the rapidly increasing number of patients, which is weighing heavily on the healthcare industry. This would lead to an increase in the demand for such packaging equipment owing to the prevention of contamination and spreading of the virus.


This pandemic has caused a sudden demand for diagnostic tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical ventilators, and other critical medical supplies. Therefore, the need for sterile/aseptic packaging, anti-viral packaging, and new sustainable packaging options has surged. However, the excess demand for healthcare products has caused a lack of supply. For instance, according to the Annals of Intern Medicine, by the end of March 2020, the U.S. only had 12 million N95 respirators and 1,60,000 ventilators amongst the overall population of the country. As governments in these countries are taking initiatives to normalize the working of their industries, the market is anticipated to regularize in the next couple of years.


LATEST TRENDS


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Rising Adoption of Single-use Medical Equipment is a Prominent Trend


The rising cases of contagious diseases such as coronavirus, cold, flu, tuberculosis, and SARS have led to a surge in demand for single-use medical equipment or devices. These devices include syringes, needles, bandages, face masks, gloves, applicators, suction catheters, testing kits, and surgical sponges. As these devices are used only once, they prevent the spreading of bacteria or infection from one patient to another. The packaging used for such devices needs to be very efficient in maintaining their sterility. These products are considered to be effective packaging solutions for such devices. They keep the single-use medical equipment away from moisture and chemicals. These packaging solutions are available in different sizes and shapes according to the requirement of the application area. Hence, the rising demand for single-use medical equipment will fuel the market.


DRIVING FACTORS


Increasing Demand for Sterile Packaging Systems in Healthcare Industry to Drive Market Growth


The rising population, coupled with an increase in the prevalence of diseases and the adoption of new regulations by governments to control the spread of infectious diseases, are some of the major factors driving the growth of the healthcare industry. The growth of sterile medical packaging in the healthcare industry is attributed to its superior microbial barrier and durable properties. These packaging products keep the pharmaceutical and medical products sterile until the package is opened for use. Furthermore, using suitable sterile packaging products is very important as it allows the withdrawal of packaged contents without infection and damage. Hence, the rising demand for packaging solutions in the healthcare industry will drive sterile medical packaging market growth during the forecast period.


RESTRAINING FACTORS


Stringent Regulatory Standards for Sterile Packaging to Restrict Market Growth


Sterile packaging systems must be designed to ensure sterility of packed contents until their point of use. Hence, stringent regulatory standards are made and implemented over their manufacturing. These standards ensure that the packed devices or instruments do not face any adverse reaction or damage from packaging products or external factors. EN ISO 11607 (part 1 and part 2) is the global standard that specifies the validation requirements of medical packaging systems used for sterilized medical devices or instruments. These validation requirements are used in various steps of packaging products, such as material selection, design qualification, design testing & control, and process validation. The standards are complex and act as a restraining factor for the market.


SEGMENTATION


By Material Analysis


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Plastics Segment to Remain at Forefront Backed by its Cost-effective Property


Based on the material, the market is segmented into plastics, glass, metal, paper & paperboard, and others. Plastic is the largest and fastest-growing raw material used in the production of sterile medical packaging. They are mainly preferred in medical packaging and include polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP), polycarbonate (PC), high impact polystyrene (HIPS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). These plastics are an ideal choice for medical packaging solutions as they offer easy moldability, cost-effectiveness, and protective properties. They protect the packed drugs, devices, and medical instruments from damage and contamination. Plastics find their application in thermoformed blister trays and packs, bottles, closures, pouches, vials, overwraps, and bags.


Glass is the second-largest material used in sterile medical packaging, owing to its chemical and moisture-resistant properties. It is a preferred material in the manufacturing of various types of medical packaging such as vials & ampoules, bottles, test tubes, and syringes. Moreover, metals, such as lead, tin, and aluminum, are highly used for the packaging of medical equipment. The paper & paperboard segment is anticipated to grow significantly, owing to its various beneficial properties such as high stiffness, durability, code ability, and reliability.  


By Type Analysis


Thermoform Trays Segment to Account for Major Share Due to its Ability to Hold Medical Equipment Intact


Based on type, the market is categorized into thermoform trays, sterile bottles & containers, vials & ampoules, pre-fillable inhalers, sterile closures, pre-fillable syringes, and blister & clamshells, bags & pouches, wraps, and others. Among these, thermoform trays are the majorly used sterile medical packaging systems. These are mainly produced using rigid material and have a multi-compartment to support the medical equipment. These trays are used to pack sutures, implants, testing kits, and sensitive surgical items.


The pre-fillable syringes segment held the second-largest share in the market in 2021. These ready-to-fill syringes are lightweight, transparent, and break-resistant. Plastic is the preferred material used in these syringes as it can offer a glass-like appearance. The high moisture barrier property of syringes enables the long-term storage of drugs. Hence, it is suitable for multiple-dose injection therapies in various diseases. The rising use of multiple-dose injection therapies will surge the demand for pre-fillable syringes during the forecast period.


Moreover, blister packs reduce the cost of packaging and eliminate the need for additional cartons. Hence, their increasing preference will fuel the blister & clamshells segment. Several types of bags & pouches are adopted in the medical industry, which includes adhesive closure bags, sterilization bags, pharmacy bags, respiratory setup bags, and ziplock & reclosable bags.  


By Sterilization Method Analysis


Chemical Sterilization to be the Fastest-growing Sterilization Method as it is Suitable for Various Materials


Based on sterilization method, the market is classified into chemical sterilization, radiation sterilization, and high temperature/pressure sterilization. The chemical sterilization segment is segmented into ethylene oxide (ETO), hydrogen peroxide, and others. Similarly, the radiation sterilization segment is sub-segmented into gamma radiation, e-beam, and others. Further, the high temperature/pressure sterilization segment is bifurcated into the steam autoclave and dry heat. The chemical sterilization segment is the fastest-growing method adopted in the market, in which ethylene oxide is the most powerful chemical used for sterilization. It is an alkylating agent that disrupts the reproductive processes and cellular metabolism of microorganisms. Furthermore, it is well-suited for many materials, including plastics and glass, that degrade by radiation or heat sterilization.


Radiation sterilization is the second-largest method in which gamma radiation is the largest sub-segment. This method uses cobalt-60 as a radiation source that undergoes decomposition to release the high-energy gamma rays for sterilization and decontamination. In the sterilization process, gamma rays kill the contaminating microorganisms by breaking down bacterial DNA and inhibiting bacterial division. This makes gamma radiation a reliable and viable method for the healthcare system. In high temperature/pressure sterilization, the steam autoclave is the most effective method. It is a very effective decontamination method that uses saturated steam at 121–132 °C. It is mostly used for medical devices such as surgical instruments. Hence, the increasing demand for the sterilization of packaging products will boost the lucrative growth of the market.


By Application Analysis


Pharmaceutical & Biological Application to Account for Dominant Share due to Surged Medication and Blood Tests Demand


Based on application, the market is classified into pharmaceutical & biological, surgical & medical instruments, in-vitro diagnostic products, medical implants, and others. The pharmaceutical & biological segment held a dominant sterile medical packaging market share in 2021. The rapidly rising contagious and non-contagious diseases have led to an increase in the number of patients. This has resulted in the increasing demand for medication and blood tests. These positive factors are expected to surge the demand for such packaging in pharmaceutical & biological applications and thereby drive the market growth.     


The surgical & medical instruments segment is a rapidly growing application in the market. These include catheters, procedural kits, urine and drainage bags, gloves, drapes, and gowns. These instruments are majorly used during surgical procedures and operations. Hence, the rising need for surgeries and operations will increase the demand for surgical & medical instruments and will thereby lead to market expansion.


Furthermore, materials such as plastic and glass are mainly used in in-vitro diagnostic products. The medical implants segment is anticipated to grow at a significant rate during the forecast timeline. The demand for medical implants is associated with their biocompatibility, corrosion resistance, bio functionality, bio-adhesion, availability, and processibility properties.


REGIONAL INSIGHTS


North America Sterile Medical Packaging Market Size, 2021 (USD Billion)

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The sterile medical packaging market size in North America stood at USD 14.15 billion in 2021. Based on the region, the market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa. North America holds the largest share in the market. The U.S. is the most significant contributor to this region. The growth in this region is attributed to the rising pharmaceutical industry and increasing consumer healthcare spending. The rising number of patients, owing to the rapidly spreading contagious diseases such as coronavirus, has led to the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. These factors will fuel the demand for such packaging in this region.


Europe is the second-largest contributor to the market. The growth is due to the rising use of medical equipment such as thermoform trays, sterile bottles & containers, vials & ampoules, and pre-fillable syringes in various medical applications.


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In Asia Pacific, China, Japan, and India are the leading contributors to the market growth. The increasing population and awareness of consumers toward healthcare requirements have boosted the healthcare industry in this region. Further, the high demand for in-vitro diagnostics and medical implants will drive the demand for sterile medical packaging. The increasing product need for medical implants & in-vitro diagnostic applications will boost the market growth in the Middle East & Africa. The rising infrastructure development and increasing product innovation will surge product adoption in South America.    


KEY INDUSTRY PLAYERS


Key Players Use Organic and Inorganic Growth Strategies to Maintain their Positions in the Market


At present, the competitive landscape of the market depicts a semi-consolidated industry with the top 15 companies accounting for the major share of the market. Key players in the market have invested a considerable amount of resources in the research and development of several products and technologies to produce them. A diversified product portfolio, supported by superior operational efficiency, and safe & novel technology development for sterile medical packaging applications, are the strategies used by market leaders for their growth. These companies have adopted the strategies of expansion, new product development, and acquisition to increase their regional presence and product portfolios.


LIST OF KEY COMPANIES PROFILED:



  • Amcor Plc (Switzerland)

  • Placon (U.S.)

  • DuPont (U.S.)

  • Steripack Ltd. (Ireland)

  • Wipak Group (Finland)

  • Nelipak Healthcare (U.S.)

  • Tekni-Plex (U.S.)

  • Sonoco (U.S.)

  • BillerudKorsnäs AB (Sweden)

  • ProAmpac (U.S.)

  • West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (U.S.)

  • Riverside Medical Packaging Company Ltd (U.K.)

  • Oliver Healthcare Packaging (U.S.)

  • GS Medical Packaging (Canada)

  • Orchid (U.S.)

  • Technipaq Inc. (U.S.)


KEY INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS:



  • June 2021 – Amcor launched ACT2100, a heat seal coating medical packaging solution. This product will enhance performance in healthcare applications and serve customers’ device packaging needs.

  • November 2019 – Amcor built a state-of-the-art 11-layer cast extrusion line at its Winterbourne Centre of Excellence for cast films located in Bristol, U.K., with an investment of about USD 10.87 million. Along with this, the company also invested in integrated slitting and packing machinery that would process a wide range of polymer types.


REPORT COVERAGE


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The report provides a detailed analysis of the industry and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, product types, materials used in packaging, sterilization methods adopted, and leading applications of the product. Besides this, it offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.


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  ATTRIBUTE



  DETAILS



Study Period



2018-2029



Base Year



2021



Estimated Year



2022



Forecast Period



2022-2029



Historical Period



2018-2020



Unit



Value (USD Billion)



Segmentation



By Material, Type, Sterilization Method, Application, and Geography



By Material




  • Plastics

  • Glass

  • Metal

  • Paper & Paperboard

  • Others



By Type




  • Electrical & Electronics

  • Transportation

  • Medical

  • Chemical

  • Others



By Sterilization Method




  • Chemical Sterilization

    • Ethylene Oxide (ETO)

    • Hydrogen Peroxide

    • Others



  • Radiation Sterilization

    • Gamma Radiation

    • E-beam

    • Others



  • High Temperature/Pressure Sterilization

    • Steam Autoclave 

    • Dry Heat





By Application




  • Pharmaceutical & Biological

  • Surgical & Medical Instruments

  • In Vitro Diagnostic Products

  • Medical Implants

  • Others



By Geography




  • North America (By Material, By Type, By Sterilization Method, By Application)





    • U.S. (By Application)

    • Canada (By Application)

    • Mexico (By Application)



  • Europe (By Material, By Type, By Sterilization Method, By Application)

    • Germany (By Application)

    • U.K. (By Application)

    • France (By Application)

    • Russia (By Application)

    • Italy (By Application)

    • Rest of Europe (By Application)



  • Asia Pacific (By Material, By Type, By Sterilization Method, By Application)

    • China (By Application)

    • India (By Application)

    • Japan (By Application)

    • South Korea (By Application)

    • Southeast Asia (By Application)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Application)



  • South America (By Material, By Type, By Sterilization Method, By Application)

    • Brazil (By Application)

    • Argentina (By Application)

    • Rest of South America (By Application)



  • Middle East & Africa (By Material, By Type, By Sterilization Method, By Application)

    • GCC (By Application)

    • Egypt (By Application)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Application)





Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 39.79 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 73.67 billion by 2029.

In 2021, the market value stood at USD 39.79 million.

Registering a CAGR of 7.5%, the market will exhibit significant growth in the forecast period (2022-2029).

The plastic segment is expected to lead this market during the forecast period.

The rising adoption of single-use medical equipment is the key factor driving the market.

North America held the highest market share in 2021.

The increasing demand for sterile packaging systems in the expanding healthcare industry, rising spread of contagious diseases, and increasing healthcare awareness among consumers are a few factors supporting the adoption.

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