Healthcare Fabrics Market: Evolution


Fabric manufacturers have been witnessing enormous opportunities from the colossal demand for technical textiles in a wide range of applications in the medical and healthcare industries. These textiles are used for a broad spectrum of hygiene, medical, and surgical applications. The requirements for advancing the material characteristics of fabrics have endowed steady growth avenues for players in the healthcare fabrics market. They are used in bedding system of patient, operating room garments, surgical procedures, and textiles used for visitors and outpatients.


A bewildering array of fabrics have been used to meet the end-user requirements. These include multifilament and monofilament yarns, composite structures, knitted, woven and non-woven fabrics. Silk, collagen, linen fibres, and cotton have been extensively used for various applications in the healthcare fabrics market. Over the years, advancements in the composite chemistries and the technologies used by textile manufacturers have shaped the contours of the evolution of the market.


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Healthcare Fabrics Market: Drivers, Current Prospects, Lucrative Avenues


Antimicrobial technologies for meeting the demanding requirements of the healthcare industry have been at the forefront of solution providers in the healthcare fabrics market. This has enabled fabrics manufacturers to meet the rising demand for fabrics in medical and non-surgical processes. Apart from this, fabrics produced using safe and effective antimicrobial treatment that use antimicrobials that do not leach into the environment are gaining popularity among end users in the healthcare fabrics market.


The demand for fabrics that are flame retardant, have good acoustics, and allow use of various disinfection methods is rising. The demand in the healthcare fabrics market has also thrived in developing regions on the back of the strides being made in healthcare infrastructure over the past few years.


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Advancements in the synthetic chemistries have enabled manufacturers to unveil products that can meet the current and emerging needs of customers in the medical and healthcare industries. During the COVID-19 outbreaks in various parts of the world in 2020 and 2021, the surge in demand for sterilization wrap, surgical gowns, and face masks spurred the growth prospects for players in the healthcare fabrics market.


The past few years have witnessed the growing sales of baby care products and feminine hygiene products. This has opened up lucrative avenues for fabrics manufacturers and textile producers in the healthcare fabrics market.  

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Healthcare Fabrics Market: Competition Landscape


Various fabrics producers in the healthcare fabrics market are expanding the slew of testing technologies to ensure high-quality products that can meet the various regional and global regulations. A few players have leveraged antimicrobial testing facilities to develop fabrics that can combat the infections from COVID-19 and other viruses. Most fabrics producers are leaning on making their products environment-friendly in order to garner steady competitive advantage over their rivals. This is a key driver for the prospects in the healthcare fabrics market. Fabrics that are bereft of arsenic, heavy metals such as silver and copper, and polychlorinated phenols are expected to enrich the product portfolio of several technical textile manufacturers operating in the healthcare fabrics market. A growing number of players are tapping into revenues by focusing on meeting the requirements of operating room (OR) environments in hospitals.


Some of the key players in the healthcare fabrics market are Knoll Inc., Herculite Products Inc., Freudenberg Group, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Designtex, Carnegie Fabrics, LLC, and Berry Global Inc.


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Healthcare Fabrics Market: Regional Landscape


On the global front, Asia Pacific is emerging with abundant potential opportunities. Rise in demand for technical textiles in the rapidly emerging healthcare sectors in its key economies is a key driver as well as accelerant for sales in the Asia Pacific healthcare fabrics market. Further, the burgeoning demand for high-barrier and antimicrobial fabrics in hospitals is propelled by the focus of the healthcare industry on meeting stringent safety norms.


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