Rising consumer awareness regarding hygiene products is expected to drive the growth of the healthcare fabrics market across the globe
The healthcare fabrics market is estimated at USD 9.48 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 12.90 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2017 to 2022. The healthcare fabrics market has been segmented on the basis of raw material, fabric type, application, and region.
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In the raw material segment, the polyester subsegment of the healthcare fabrics market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period from 2017 to 2022. This high-growth of the polyester fiber is mainly due to its low cost and high performance.
Healthcare fabrics are designed and produced for use in various medical and hygiene applications. Healthcare fabrics can be produced using various fabrics such as polypropylene, polyester, cotton, viscose, polyamide, and others. The fibers used are required to possess antimicrobial, fire-resistant, non-allergic, and non-carcinogenic properties.
Among raw materials, polypropylene led the healthcare fabrics market in 2016 and this trend is projected to continue during the forecast period owing to the high demand for the manufacture of hygiene products. Polypropylene is used as the top sheet of hygiene products, hence the rising consumption of sanitary napkins and baby diapers is expected to fuel the demand for polypropylene during the forecast period. However, due to the low cost and high performance of polyester, the market in this segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2017 and 2022.
The non-woven fabrics segment accounted for the largest share of the healthcare fabrics market in 2016. It is also projected to grow at the highest CAGR between 2017 and 2022. Non-woven fabrics are used in various hygiene products ranging from baby diapers, to adult incontinence products. Non-woven fabrics are used as an alternative to traditional textiles due to their excellent absorption properties, softness, smoothness, strength, comfort and fit, stretchability, and cost-effectiveness.
The demand for healthcare fabrics is the highest from the hygiene products application, and is majorly driven by the increase in consumption of sanitary napkins and baby diapers in the emerging countries of the Asia Pacific. Moreover, rising awareness and growing disposable incomes, coupled with the rising numbers in the new born and menstruating population is expected to fuel the growth of the healthcare fabrics market in hygiene products.
The Asia Pacific healthcare fabrics market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2017 to 2022. The increasing disposable incomes in the emerging economies of the Asia Pacific region, coupled with the improving standards of living, increased focus towards the use of personal hygiene products, and growing populations are primarily responsible for the rising consumption of healthcare fabrics in the Asia Pacific region.