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Medical Adhesives & Sealants

US demand to grow 7% per year through 2009

Demand for medical adhesives and sealants in the US is forecast to rise 7.0 percent per year to $1.5 billion in 2009. Gains will be driven by the increasing surgical and dental procedures required by an aging US population, by continued new product development and by increasing acceptance of adhesives and sealants in surgical and consumer settings.

In surgical settings, for example, adhesives and sealants are increasingly being used in conjunction with traditional wound closure methods, such as sutures and stapes. In addition, consumers are using liquid adhesives (or liquid bandages) in place of adhesive bandages to close or cover minor scrapes and cuts.

Cyanoacrylate, polyethylene glycol among top prospects

The best opportunities in medical adhesives and sealants are expected for cyanoacrylate, polyethylene glycol and various plasma and protein types. Cyanoacrylate adhesives are projected to find greater use in external tissue bonding applications, particularly in medical emergency and consumer settings. In addition, rapid gains should result from the commercialization of several products presently in development, including cyanoacrylates for internal applications, such as those used during vascular and ophthalmology surgeries.

Continued market penetration of polyethylene glycol sealants in tissue bonding and sealing applications during cardiovascular surgical procedures, as well as the development of an expanded application base into abdominal and cranial procedures, will provide strong growth for these materials. Rapid gains for plasma and protein sealants, including those based on albumin, collagen and fibrin, will be promoted by their widening use in various surgical procedures such as tissue bonding and sealing.

The best opportunities among dental applications exist in newer products. For example, pit and fissure sealants will register strong gains due to their use in the prevention of cavities. In addition, bonding agents used in cosmetic dental procedures, will continue to provide steady gains.

Medical devices segment to remain strong

Since older individuals are more likely to seek medical treatment than the young, medical devices will be used more often as the US population continues to age, promoting demand for the adhesives and sealants used in their manufacture. Gains will also be boosted as adhesives and sealants continue to displace traditional fastening methods, such as welding. In medical device manufacturing, adhesives and sealants are valued over welding due to the former's ability to join dissimilar materials, impart even stress distribution and provide an aesthetically pleasing bond line.

Study coverage

Details on these and other findings are available in the new Freedonia industry study, Medical Adhesives & Sealants. The study presents historical US demand data through 2004 and forecasts to 2009 and 2014 by product, application and market. The study also considers market environment variables, details industry structure, presents company market share data, and profiles 30 industry competitors.

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