Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Market is Segmented by Product (Incontinence Products and Surgical Non-woven Products), Distribution Channel (Hospital Pharmacies, Retail Pharmacies, and Other Distribution Channels), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market Size
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.2 %
Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The medical nonwoven disposables market studied is anticipated to witness a CAGR of nearly 5.2% during the forecast period.

· Certain factors that are driving the market growth include increasing global geriatric population, rising cases of hospital-acquired infections, and technological integration.

· The rise in the elderly population has led to the growth in demand for various medical disposables. As per the revised World Population Prospects, by the United Nations, the number of people aged 60 or above is expected to grow greater than double by 2050, i.e., from 962 million in 2017 to 2.1 billion in 2050, globally.

In addition, hospital-acquired infections are usually caused by pathogens, which spread at a very fast rate in the body. Due to the patients’ weak immune system and poor conditions in a hospital, the infections spread at a greater speed than the normal infections. These infections are treated by taking antibiotics, by following a proper and healthy diet, and by encouraging the natural healing process.

The infection can be prevented by keeping the hospital facility premises clean. The most common type of hospital-acquired infection is a urinary tract infection. The increase in incidences of different types of hospital-acquired infections, innovative technologies implemented in devices that control infection, and awareness regarding the use of medical disposables are some of the factors that are driving the growth of this market.

Scope of the Report

Nonwoven medical disposables are crucial products in the field of healthcare. Medical disposables have surpassed medical items made from woven fabrics in terms of popularity, providing a more hygienic alternative which effectively helps in preventing contamination and infections. Nonwoven disposables can provide material with particular characteristics such as absorbency, resilience, softness, strength, and elasticity.

By Product
Incontinence Products
Surgical Nonwoven Products
By Distribution Channel
Hospital Pharmacies
Retail Pharmacies
Other Distribution Channels
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa
South America
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Incontinence Products Hold Significant Share in the Global Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market

Excretions by the kidney, in urine form, may vary drastically, and cause variations in the urinary pH and composition, leading to urinary incontinence (UI) problems.

Adult diapers are significantly necessary in cases that involve mobility impairment, severe diarrhea, or dementia.

Decreased renal function, primarily age-related, is one of the major indicators of chronic diseases. This may be accelerated due to several other chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity, among other diseases, often leading to different stages of kidney diseases. These diseases are health burdens globally, with high economic costs to healthcare systems.

The recently published research data by the World Health Organization (WHO) validates the huge demand for incontinence products. As per the WHO’s Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) Guidelines and specific population-based studies released in 2017, the global prevalence of UI was observed to be in the range of 8.9%-36.1%, in different patient pools.

It is known that while UI may happen to anyone, it is more common in older people. The United States Census Bureau states that even though working-age population (20-64) holds the largest share, however, the global population of the 65-79 age group is expected to reach 1,566 million in 2050 from 617 million in 2015; whereas the octagenarian population is also projected to grow significantly by 2050.

Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market Share

North America Dominates the Global Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), even though significant progress has been made in stopping some healthcare-associated infection types from spreading, there is still much more work to be done. On any given day, in the United States, around one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. North America, especially the United States and Canada, has made significant progress toward the collective goal of abolishing these HAIs, and as a result, healthcare in this region has become safer now than it was even 10 years ago.

In addition, incontinence is a prevalent health condition across the region, with a significant proportion of the population suffering from the same. However, it is rarely discussed, as in most of the cases, people are embarrassed to do so. Urinary incontinence is primarily associated with aging, affecting up to one-third of elderly people. All of these factors are driving the market growth.

Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

The medical nonwoven disposables market is competitive and consists of a few major players. Companies, like Ahlstrom-Munksjo, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Berry Global Inc., Cardinal Health Inc., First Quality Enterprises Inc., Freudenberg & Co. KG, Georgia-Pacific LLC, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and Unicharm Corporation, among others, hold a substantial market share in the market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Increasing Global Geriatric Population

      2. 4.2.2 Rising Cases of Hospital Acquired Infections

      3. 4.2.3 Technological integration

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Environmental Concerns Regarding Disposal

      2. 4.3.2 Increasing Trend of Non-invasive and Robot-assisted Surgeries

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product

      1. 5.1.1 Incontinence Products

      2. 5.1.2 Surgical Nonwoven Products

    2. 5.2 By Distribution Channel

      1. 5.2.1 Hospital Pharmacies

      2. 5.2.2 Retail Pharmacies

      3. 5.2.3 Other Distribution Channels

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Spain

        6. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. South Korea

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Middle-East and Africa

        1. GCC

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa

      5. 5.3.5 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Ahlstrom-Munksjo

      2. 6.1.2 Asahi Kasei Corporation

      3. 6.1.3 Berry Global Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Cardinal Health Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 First Quality Enterprises Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Freudenberg & Co. KG

      7. 6.1.7 Georgia-Pacific LLC

      8. 6.1.8 Kimberly-Clark Corporation

      9. 6.1.9 Unicharm Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
**Competitive Landscape covers- Business Overview, Financials, Products and Strategies and Recent Developments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Unicharm Corporation , Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Georgia-Pacific LLC, Cardinal Health, Inc., First Quality Enterprises, Inc. are the major companies operating in Medical Nonwoven Disposables Market.

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