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Global market overview of medical textile industry

The medical use of textile materials dates back as far as 4,000 years to the ancient Egyptians' ability to sew wounds with natural adhesive linen to allow them to heal, and to wrap mummies with fabrics treated with medicinal plants to prevent their decay.

Industrial textiles are the fastest growing products in the global textile industry and medical textiles are the most dynamic industry in the industrial textile industry. Has a long history of Britain's textile industry association recently issued a public publications mentioned prospect of world textile industry in 2010, the global medical textiles output is about 1.5 million tons in 2000, totaling $5.4 billion, 2010 global sales of medical textiles will reach 2.4 million tons, the total value of $8.2 billion, its growth speed considerably more than the annual growth rate of other industrial textiles. According to the prediction of professionals, the world's textile industry is rapidly transforming into high value-added textiles, among which medical textiles, protective textiles, and some special textiles for high-end use, such as smart textiles (also known as smart textiles), will undoubtedly be high value-added textiles with fast development speed.

According to a UK market analysis, the products that will grow rapidly in the next few years in medical textiles include conventional bandages, biocompatible implants and facial tissues, antimicrobial wound dressings, prosthetics and intelligent textiles. The above five categories of medical textiles are widely used, so the raw materials for processing these textiles, such as single-layer fiber, multi-layer fiber, knitwear, non-woven fabric, weaving and composite materials, will embrace a period of rapid growth.

At present, the most developed medical textile markets are the United States, Europe (mainly European Union countries), Canada, Japan and Australia. These five markets account for about 90% of the world's total sales of medical textiles, with other countries and regions accounting for only 10%. Among them, Europe is the world's "leader" in the medical textile industry, especially in the production of non-woven medical textile occupies an absolute advantage. However, medical non-woven fabrics are mainly produced by small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe, with few large companies involved. Some of the high-value medical textiles being developed by European companies include special biological materials, intelligent textiles and "textile sensors" that improve the accuracy of laboratory results. One thing is for sure, disposable medical textiles (mostly inexpensive non-woven fabrics) used in operating rooms will grow by leaps and bounds in the next few years.


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