Medical coatings are specialized coatings used in the medical industry. Their purpose is to protect medical equipment, devices, and components from corrosion, abrasion, bacteria, and other contaminants. They also provide insulation, lubrication, and other functional benefits. Common medical coatings include silicone, polyurethane, epoxy, and PTFE. The demand for medical coatings continues to grow due to the increasing demand for medical equipment and devices. As more medical equipment is needed to treat an aging population, the demand for medical coatings will continue to increase. Additionally, as medical technology progresses, coatings are needed to protect sensitive components from wear and tear. Medical coatings are also used on medical implants and prosthetic devices to protect against corrosion and provide a smooth surface for the body to interact with.
The global medical coatings market size is expected to grow from USD 6.0 billion in 2020 to USD 15.2 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 20.5%, according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets™. The increasing importance of medical coatings owing to their superior biocompatibility, chemical resistance, and low friction is expected to drive the market.
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Medical coatings are thin layers applied on implants, medical devices, and components of medical instruments to enhance performance, reduce wear, and tear, and protect surfaces from corrosion. These coatings are used in the manufacturing and packaging of medical products. The growing adoption of medical coatings in the biotechnology industry is anticipated to drive the market.
The active medical segment in the medical coatings market is growing rapidly due to its wide range of applications in the medical industry. Active medical coatings are used for medical implants, devices, and medical instruments. These coatings are used to improve biocompatibility, reduce the risk of infection, and enhance the performance of medical devices. Active medical coatings help in preventing the growth of bacteria and fungus on the surface of medical instruments and implants. Moreover, these coatings provide a longer shelf life and increased durability to medical devices. Furthermore, they help in allowing the release of drugs at a controlled rate and even help in healing wounds. Growing demand for advanced medical implants and devices is driving the growth of the active medical coatings market.
Metals are expected to be the second fastest-growing material type segment in the Medical Coatings market due to their properties such as superior durability, superior wear resistance, and corrosion resistance. In addition, metals also provide superior optical properties and are increasingly used in medical implants and devices. The growing demand for medical coatings in the medical device industry is expected to propel the growth of the metal material type segment in the market.
The Protective Clothing application segment is expected to be the second-fastest growing segment in the medical coatings market. This segment is expected to grow due to the increasing demand for protective clothing for medical personnel and healthcare workers. This segment is projected to grow significantly due to the increasing demand for protective clothing to protect healthcare workers from the spread of infectious diseases. The rising number of healthcare-associated infections and the need for hygienic and safe environments are expected to drive the demand for protective clothing. Furthermore, the increasing prevalence of blood-borne diseases and the need for protective clothing to prevent healthcare workers from encountering contaminated surfaces are also expected to drive the demand for protective clothing. The growing demand for medical personnel and healthcare workers to wear protective clothing has further pushed the demand for medical coatings in protective clothing applications.
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This is primarily due to the presence of many leading manufacturers of medical devices, increasing demand for minimally invasive devices, and the availability of advanced coatings technologies. Additionally, factors such as the presence of many research institutes, increasing healthcare spending, and a growing number of hospitals in this region also contribute to the growth of the medical coatings market in North America.
The medical coatings market in the Middle East & Africa is expected to grow at the second fastest CAGR from 2021 to 2025, driven by the increasing demand for medical devices, such as stents and orthopaedic implants, in the region. The increasing number of collaborations between regional medical device manufacturers and medical coating suppliers has also contributed to market growth. Additionally, factors such as the rising prevalence of chronic diseases, the rising demand for superior-quality medical devices, and the increasing investments by governments in the healthcare sector are likely to fuel the growth of the medical coatings market in the region.
The medical coatings market comprises major players such as DSM (Netherlands), Hydromer (US), Surmodics (US), Biocoat (US), AST Products (US), Covalon Technologies (Canada), Harland Medical Systems (US), Applied Medical Coatings (US), Freudenberg (US), and Merit Medical OEM (US) and others.