Latex Medical Disposables Market: Snapshot
The global latex medical disposables market has witnessed significant growth over the last decade primarily owing to the urgent need for infection control. The demand for latex medical disposables is not just limited to super specialty hospitals but has, of late, expanded to rural hospitals and clinics.
The opportunity in the global latex medical disposables market is expected to amount to US$6.4 bn by 2024, rising from a value of US$4.1 bn in 2015 at a modest CAGR of 4.9% therein. The growth in this market can be attributed to an expanding medical tourism industry across developing countries, vigorous growth of the healthcare sector, rising focus of the government toward the medical devices market, and growing healthcare awareness among the population.
Hospitals Emerge as Leading End User of Latex Medical Disposables
By product, latex gloves emerged as the leading segment of the latex medical disposables market, accounting for a 60.4% share in terms of revenue in 2015. Latex foley catheters and latex probe covers also show significant scope for growth and the trend is likely to continue through 2024.
The key end users latex medical disposables include hospitals (private and public), ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, and diagnostic centers. Hospitals formed the dominant segment in terms of revenue in 2015, attributed to a significantly high demand. The consumption of latex medical disposables is high in hospitals because of the increased number of procedures carried out and the growing preference of patients toward public and private hospitals. The hospital segment is expected to account for a 28.7% share in 2024, closely followed by diagnostic centers.
Developing Markets of Asia Pacific and Latin America Show Immense Promise
North America leads the global latex medical disposables market and factors such as the increasing geriatric population and the introduction of new material variants by global players for the betterment of healthcare professionals can be attributed to the region’s dominance in the global market. In addition, a rise in infection control awareness has played a vital role in increasing healthcare expenditure in the region. The U.S. accounts for a major share in the North America as well as worldwide latex medical disposables market.
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Europe is also a prominent contributor to the global latex medical disposables market due to a well-established healthcare network in the region. The demand for latex disposables is increasing owing to the rising number of ambulatory surgical centers as well as their growing use in home-care settings. Despite the ongoing debate about latex allergies, the size of this market is likely to expand during the course of the forecast period.
The Asia Pacific latex medical disposables market is projected to expand at the fastest CAGR during the forecast period, with China as its lead contributor. Increasing population and consumption of latex products in the country is expected to provide lucrative opportunities for global players. Moreover, a rise in the demand for other latex products such as probe covers and foley catheters in Japan and India is likely to complement the growth of the latex medical disposables market in Asia Pacific.
Players in the latex medical disposables market have been focused on strengthening their presence in Latin America due to the rising number of private hospitals in Brazil, Mexico and other countries in the region.
Key players in the latex medical disposables market include B. Braun Melsungen, Medtronic plc. (Covidien), C.R. Bard, Ansell, Hartalega Holdings Bhd., Top Glove Corporation, Supermax Corporation Berhad, and Dynarex Corporation.