The PPE/Protective Textiles market is large and spans several industries, including health care.

Global Industry Analysts (GIA) explains the growth of the overall PPE market in a recent industry report.

“The global market for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is projected to reach $45 billion by 2022, driven by the rise in the number of companies investing time and resources into building a robust workplace safety culture,” according to the GIA report.

Scrubs, caps and drapes play an important role in preventing infections and promoting positive outcomes in health care facilities.

“The global protective textiles market is expected to reach $7.78 billion by 2025,” according to a Research and Markets report.

“The market is expected to witness growth at 3.4 percent CAGR owing to increasing industrial fatalities in developing economies owing to the lack of protective gear coupled with growing awareness of worker’s health and safety are expected to drive the market growth,” according to the report.

In a separate Research and Markets’ offering, the global surgical drapes market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.81 percent during the period 2017-2021.

“One trend in the market is paradigm shift toward disposable surgical drapes,” according to the report. “The use of disposable surgical drapes is gaining popularity due to their several benefits.

Disposable surgical drapes offer consistent product quality and reduce the need for sterilization in central sterile processing (CSP). This enables CSP staff to focus on the processing and sterilization of surgical instruments and other supplies. Single-use linens provide a better barrier to limit the transfer of microorganisms.”

According to the report, one driver in the market is the growing number of surgical procedures in developed countries. Endoscopic surgeries such as colectomies and appendectomies are usually performed laparoscopically. The availability of robotic platforms for complex surgeries such as hysterectomy, hernia repair, and lumpectomy has increased the number of surgeries in the Americas and Europe. To increase patient comfort and reduce the prevalence of HAIs, hospitals and ASCs use surgical drapes, which is driving the growth of the market. According to Eurostat, in 2017, the adoption of MI surgeries increased the demand of surgical drapes in Europe, due to the increase of laparoscopic procedures.

Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is lower profit margins and increasing pricing pressure. The global surgical drapes market is highly fragmented due to the presence of several vendors that have significant market shares. The leading vendors have broad product portfolios of advanced high-end surgical drapes, which are disposable and reusable. Small and medium-sized companies focus on a single product line in a specific geographic region. Hence, the leading vendors are facing lower profit margins due to competition. The vendors are also experiencing severe pricing pressure, which has resulted in price wars.

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