U.S. MARKET FOR STERILIZATION
The terms disinfection and
sterilization are often used interchangeably. Disinfection, which can be
considered a subset of sterilization depending upon the dosage, destroys a range
of items including certain viruses and all microorganisms (except high levels of
bacterial spores). However, true sterilization destroys living microorganisms
completely or renders them incapable of reproduction. With sufficient exposure
times, true sterilization is believed to work even on prions, the infectious
proteins thought to be responsible for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy
diseases. Various market forces shape demand for sterilization, an unrecognized
element in a vast number of industries and manufacturing processes.
The U.S. market for sterilization
equipment is expected to grow from a current estimate of $905.2 million to $1.1
billion in 2010, rising at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 4.4%. Safety
and speed determine which technologies within the U.S. sterilization industry
garner market share and remain successful.
The trends of value-added
manufacturing and shorter hospital stays combined are holding capital equipment
costs down and are leading to the use of more disposable than reusable items.
This trend toward disposables spells success for filtration sterilization, which
is noted for its performance, reliability, and low cost. Sales of sterilizing
filters for liquids and gases should reach $452.2 million in 2005 and $603.5
million in 2010. The application specificity of the filters and their
well-established history are driving the anticipated 5.9% AAGR. The market value
excludes filters (analytical, hemodialysis, gas sensors, etc.) with sterilizing
Heat sterilization technologies
are the tried-and-true methods of the U.S. sterilization industry. The
technologies account for capital equipment purchases of $441.4 million in 2005
and $505.3 million in 2010. The projected AAGR of 2.7% is tied closely to new
hospital construction and the renovation of existing ones, as well as the speed
and economies of the technologies.
Capital equipment sales within
the U.S. chemical and radiation sterilization market are estimated at $11.6
million in 2005 and are projected to reach $13.4 million in 2010. Within the
chemical sterilization market, the ease of use and the flexibility of ethylene
oxide (EtO) and other chemical sterilizers make them a fixture in the U.S.
sterilization industry. Contract sterilization service providers are very active
in ethylene oxide and radiation sterilization. Capacity expansions by them are a
major contributor to the sale of EtO sterilizers and gamma irradiators.
The delivery of sterile products
has created the need for effective, rapid, and economical technologies that
ensure safety throughout the production process and expand market opportunities.
U.S. Market for Sterilization
Equipment by Type, Through 2010
|*Chemical and Radiation
Source: BCC, Inc.
U.S. Market for Sterilization Equipment by Type, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2010
(Ref : A soon-to-be-released updated report
RGA-056U Sterilization Technologies Advancing in the 21st Century from
Business Communications Company, Inc. (www.bccresearch.com)
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