Medical Grade Silicone Market, by Product (Elastomers, Gels, Medical Adhesives, Medical Coatings, and Others), and by Application (Contact Lenses, Medical Devices, Medical Tapes, and Others) - Global Industry Insights, Trends, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2018-2026

Medical grade silicones are specially produced silicones that show compatibility with living tissue. Silicones have properties such as, heat resistance, flexibility, high gas permeability low chemical reactivity, and low toxicity, which makes them an ideal choice for use in medical devices and other related products. Medical grade silicones are used in hydrocephalic shunts, topical formulations as excipients, transdermal drug delivery systems as adhesives, and antacid formulations. The use of medical grade silica in healthcare and pharmaceutical industry is the major driver for the growth of medical grade silica market. The regulatory policies in different economies and high cost are the key restraints for medical grade silicone market.  

Medical Grade Silicone Market Taxonomy

Based on product type, the medical grade silicon market is segmented into:

  • Elastomers
    • High Consistency Rubber
    • Liquid Silicone Rubber
  • Gels
    • Soft Skin Adhesives
  • Medical Adhesives
    • Pressure Sensitive Adhesives
  • Medical Coatings
    • Hydrophobic
    • Hydrophilic
  • Others
    • APIs
    • Emulsions
    • Excipients
    • Dispersions
    • Foams
    • Others

Based on application, the medical grade silicon market is segmented into:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Medical Devices 
    • Medical Electronics, Device Assemblies & Fittings
    • Medical Rings and Gaskets
    • Catheters
    • Medical Tubes
    • Miscellaneous Accessories
      • Bottles
      • Masks
      • Trays
      • Others
  • Medical Tapes 
    • Drug Delivery
    • Component Joining
    • Personal Hygiene
    • Wound Care
  • Orthopedic Components 
  • Prosthetics 
    • Limbs
    • Implants
  • Others
    • Oral Care Products
    • Surgical Drapes
    • Topical Gels
    • Others

Silicone gel is used in scar treatment, topical gels, transdermal patches, and skin coverings. The prosthetics and orthodontics is the most lucrative application of medical grade silica. Advanced technologies in dental industry such as, Computer aided design, manufacturing for creation and design of dental crowns, veneers, crown lays, and orthodontic appliances is increasing the demand for prosthetics and orthopedics. Silicone elastomers show quality, versatility and high performance. They are used in catheters as medical devices.  

Medical Grade Silicone -Market Outlook

  • North America region is projected to be the largest market and it is expected to retain its dominance due to presence of medical grade manufacturers, high quality products requirement, and technological advancement.
  • After the misuse of industrial grade silicone in breast implants by Poly Implant Prosthese, European Union adopted Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and Regulation (EU) 2017/746 on medical devices, which are effective from April 5 2017. These stringent regulations are expected to play an important role in European medical grade silica market.
  • Increasing per capita income, health awareness, ageing population, and increasing awareness for preventive healthcare is boosting the growth of medical grade silicone market in Asia Pacific. According to India Brand Equity Foundation, a trust established by the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India (IBEF), the Indian medical devices market is estimated to reach US$ 10 Billion by 2025 while the healthcare sector is expected to reach US$ 280 billion by 2020. This is expected to propel the growth of medical grade silicone market in India.
  • The lucrative growth in medical equipment and healthcare industry, owing to increasing private and public wealth due to oil boom, strong healthcare infrastructure and supportive regulatory requirements in the Middle East nations such as United Arab Emirates and Qatar are propelling the medical grade silica market.
  • In Latin America and Africa, urbanization, changing lifestyle, increasing per capita income, and increasing government initiatives is growing the healthcare industry, which in turn is fueling the growth of the medical grade silica market.

The market players are adopting various growth strategies to retain market position. For instances, Q Holdings acquired Degania Silicone in November 2016 and Silicone Altimex in August 2015. Key players operating in medical grade silicone market include 3M Company, Albright Technologies, Bluestar Silicone, Dow Corning, FMI LLC, Momentive, Nusil Technology LLC, Primasil Silicones Limited, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd., and Wacker Chemie AG.

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