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
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.
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
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