Global Sterilization Equipment Market to Flourish – Projected to reach worth USD 13.1 billion in 2027

Published | 21 May 2021

A recent study conducted by the strategic consulting and market research firm BlueWeave Consulting revealed that the global sterilization equipment market was worth USD 8.2 billion in the year 2020. It is further projected to reach USD 13.1 billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period (2021-2027). The global sterilization equipment market is expanding due to growing demand in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and food industries, an increase in surgical procedures, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The growth prospects for market players are also fueled by an increase in population size, as well as an increase in the number of hospitals and clinics in major economies. Furthermore, the growing prevalence of chronic diseases, an increase in the number of procedures performed, and an increase in the aging population have all contributed to the growth of the global sterilization equipment market.


Prevalence of Chronic Diseases


The rise in the prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and other autoimmune diseases has resulted in a substantial increase in the demand for sterilization equipment. This factor has also been driving hospital admission rates. Blankets, pillows, sterile fluids, and medical instruments, such as stethoscopes, are all important commodities in the healthcare industry. Sterilization of such equipment is critical to reduce the risk of infection transmission among patients and improve the healthcare delivery system. Thus, the prevalence of chronic diseases is the primary factor that is driving the growth of the sterilization equipment market.


Increase in Surgical Procedures


According to the WHO, the number of surgical procedures in the U.S. alone is anticipated to reach around 150 million by 2023. Even though the number of surgical procedures performed worldwide continues to rise year after year, there is still unfulfilled demand for surgical instrument sterilization equipment and chemical solutions. As the number of procedures has increased, cases of surgical site infections (SISs) and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) have also increased in recent years, which in turn is driving the growth of the sterilization equipment market.  According to reports, approximately 4,131,000 patients in Europe are affected by HAIs each year. These factors are driving the growth of the sterilization equipment industry.


Low-Temperature Sterilizers Segment Accounted for the Largest Share


Based on product type, the sterilization equipment market is categorized into heat temperature sterilization, low-temperature sterilization, filtration sterilization, and ionizing radiation sterilization, wherein the low-temperature sterilizers segment accounted for the largest share in 2020. The increasing need for sterilization of heat- and moisture-sensitive medical instrumentation with advanced styles are driving the requirement for low-temperature sterilization. This method involves ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, and sterilization utilizing different liquid chemical substances.

Low-temperature sterilization methods have also evolved over the last decade as a result of the changing healthcare environment and sophisticated advances. Additionally, the utilization of costly, complex, and delicate medical instruments that are troublesome to sterilize is increasing the demand for low-temperature sterilization. Some critical aspects of low-temperature sterilization, such as target precision and toxicity, create a need for advancements in existing sterilization chemicals available in the market. Therefore, these factors are expected to drive this segment’s growth over the forecast period, thereby boosting the global sterilization equipment market.


Positive Contribution of Hospital and Clinics Segment Toward the Market


Based on end-user, the market is segmented- hospital & clinics, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, and food & beverage companies. Among these, the hospitals & clinics segment accounted for the largest share in the sterilization equipment market for the year 2020 and is also expected to grow further in the forecast period. The dominance of this segment can be attributed to several factors such as the growing cases of HAIs, the rise in the number of hospitals in Asian countries, and the surge of surgical procedures being performed.


Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Sterilization Equipment Market


With the severe occurrence of COVID-19, there has been unparalleled global demand for advanced healthcare facilities, services, and infrastructure to treat infected patients. As one of the core components of the healthcare industry, sterilization equipment like heat, low-temperature sterilizers, among others, are in huge demand these days to handle the surge of COVID-19 patients. To meet the demand for treating infected patients, initiatives are being taken to maintain a sterile setting to cut down the risk of COVID-19. In April 2020, Advanced Sterilization Products were given the U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for their STERRAD sterilizers. This has facilitated healthcare providers to decontaminate N95 Respirators using STERRAD Sterilization Cycles in the hospital environment. Thus, the pandemic is playing a substantial role in driving the growth of the sterilization equipment market globally.


North America Region Led the Global Sterilization Equipment Market


The North American market acquired the largest share in the global sterilization equipment market in 2020. The growth of the sterilization equipment market in this sector is driven by factors such as the growing need for sterilization technologies from the healthcare sector to minimize the prevalence of HAIs, the rise of healthcare expenditure, and growth in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. On the contrary, the Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period, led by China, India, and Southeast countries. This is attributed to factors like advancing economic growth, increasing focus of government on the healthcare sector, the rising prevalence of chronic diseases, the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, and amicable governmental reforms.


Global Sterilization Equipment Market Competitive Landscape


The key players in the sterilization equipment market are STERIS plc., Cantel Medical Corp., Getinge AB, 3M Company, Advanced Sterilization Products, MMM Group, MATACHANA Group, Cardinal Health, Inc., Sotera Health, and Belimed. The global sterilization equipment market is fragmented in nature, and therefore the major players have used varied strategies, such as new product launches, expansions, agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, and acquisitions, to expand their footprints within this market. The prominent market players are also investing in research and development (R&D) to manufacture technologically advanced products to achieve a competitive edge in the market.


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