Rising demand for sterilization of surgical instruments to drive chemical indicator inks market growth

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Sterilization processes are mostly used to sterilize and disinfect surgical equipment owing to its direct patient contact during surgery. The growing use of these processes to prevent hospital- acquired infections will promote the growth for chemical indicator inks over the coming years.  As per Global Market Insights Inc., “Chemical Indicator Inks Market size worth USD 35 million in 2015, is anticipated to reach USD 78.30 million mark by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 7% over the period of 2016-2024.” In addition to this, advanced sterilization processes such as vaporized hydrogen & plasma, steam, ethylene oxide, and formaldehyde are predicted to further stimulate the industry growth over the coming years. The global surgical instrument industry produced a revenue over USD 5.5 billion in 2015 and is expected to boost chemical indicator inks industry growth significantly.

U.S Chemical Indicator Inks Market size, by sterilization process, 2013-2024 (USD ‘000)

U.S Chemical Indicator Inks Market size, by sterilization process, 2013-2024 (USD ‘000)

Sterilization processes have a great significance in surgical equipment industry and is classified into steam, formaldehyde, vaporized hydrogen & plasma, and ethylene oxide process. Steam sterilization process produced revenue of USD 15 million in 2015 and is mostly preferred in medical sterilization application as it is nontoxic, sporicidal, microbicidal, heats quickly, and penetrates fabrics.

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Ethylene oxide sterilization process is anticipated to record a CAGR of 8% over the period of 2016-2024 owing to its use in pharmaceutical & medical products sterilization as well as its use in low temperature applications. Formaldehyde sterilization process is projected to record a CAGR of 7% over the forecast timeframe, owing to its use as a disinfectant for deactivating microorganisms through alkylation.

Global chemical indicator inks market is primarily driven by its applications in thermoformed trays, sterile bags, tapes, sterile bottles, IV & blood containers, pouches, refillable syringes, and tags & labels. They are also used in canned foods like fish & meat to provide information about the sterilization process completion and thus avoid excessive overheating of foods resulting in retention of food nutrients. Chemical indicator inks demand in Sterile bags applications was over USD 3.5 million in 2015 and is predicted to increase over the forecast period.

Water-based chemical indicator inks market is predicted to witness highest gains at 8% over the forecast period owing to strict government norms favoring solvents such as water due to their ecofriendly features.

North America chemical indicator inks market worth USD 13 million in 2015, is predicted to witness a significant growth over the forecast timeline due to growing geriatric population leading to heavy product demand for sterilization monitoring in the healthcare industry. U.S. market worth size worth USD 13 million in 2015, is predicted to contribute significantly towards the regional growth over the forecast timeline. Europe chemical indicator inks market is predicted to record a CAGR of 8% over the period of 2016-2024 due to rising ecological concerns due to VOC emissions.

Key industry players include 3M, Terragene SA, NiGK Corporation, STERIS, North American Science Association (NAMSA), Riken Chemical, Crosstex International Incorporation, and gke GmbH.

Author NameDhananjay Punekar

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