The global sterilization equipment market size was USD 8.00 Billion in 2021 and is expected to register a revenue CAGR of 10.1% during the forecast period. Increasing technological advancements in sterilization equipment, growing Incidences of Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs), rising focus on food sterilization and disinfection, and rapid growth of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry globally are major factors driving revenue growth of the market.
Sterilization equipment is used in healthcare facilities to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and spores from a fluid or surface of an article. These are widely utilized in autoclave machines, Clean-In-Place (CIP) systems, Ultraviolet (UV) chambers, and steam, dry heat and liquid chemical processes to prevent risk of cross-contamination and ensure safety of staff and patients. One of the most cutting-edge industries in the world is the biopharmaceutical sector, which is centered on research. It has recently benefited from significant funding from both government and private sectors and has played an important role in development of innovative drugs and vaccines for prevention and treatment of diseases.
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In addition, onset of COVID-19 has driven growth of the biopharmaceutical industry due to increase in investments for developing vaccines, treatments & diagnostics, as well as promoted Research and Development (R&D) and manufacturing of therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics. As of February 2021, there are almost 1,000 ongoing clinical trials for developing COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. Laboratories and drug development for diseases require very specific and sterile conditions for operations. This is expected to rise demand for sterilization equipment in laboratories and clinics, which is thereby expected to drive market revenue growth to a greater extent. Most laboratories, especially those used for microbiology and medical labs, must be kept sterile.
The process of sterilization destroys all microorganisms on surface to prevent disease transmission associated with the use of that item. Medical devices that are used for surgical purposes or used in laboratories are considered critical items and if used without adequate sterilization represents a high risk of transmitting pathogens. When utilized, these objects should be sterile to prevent the spread of disease from any microbial contamination. According to the World Health Organization, aseptic processing is necessary for products that cannot be sterilized in final containers. Materials and products that have been sterilized by one of the above processes are transferred to pre-sterilized containers and sealed, both operations being carried out under controlled aseptic conditions. This is expected to rise demand for sterilization equipment in laboratories, hospitals & clinics and hence drive revenue growth of the market.
Driver: Growing incidences of Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs) and rising focus on food sterilization and disinfection
Many different invasive techniques and equipment are used in modern healthcare to treat patients and aid in their recovery. The equipment used in medical treatments, such as ventilators or catheters, is sometimes linked to infections. Some of the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) include Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI), Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI), and Ventilator-associated Pneumonia. According to estimates by Centers for Disease Control (CDC), HAIs account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths every year and 32% of all HAIs are urinary tract infections. For instance, some patients are more at risk than others, while people with weakened immune systems, elderly, and young children are more prone to contract an infection. This has led to rising demand for sterilization equipment, which can considerably drive revenue growth of the market.
Molds and other bacteria can be successfully fought using food sterilizing in spices and herbs. Common methods of sterilization and disinfection include heat, chemical steam, low temperature usage, dehydration, irradiation, or adding concoction ingredients. Major companies, such as Hitachi Zosen Corporation, have numerous products in their portfolio, which include food sterilization equipment including Electron beam sterilization systems. These sterilization system uses electron beam irradiator (emitter) for sterilization of food and drink containers, as well as equipment used in production of pharmaceuticals and regenerative medicine. These factors are expected to rise demand for sterilization equipment and drive revenue growth of the market.
Restraint: Presence of stringent regulations and rising demand for disposable medical devices
Presence of stringent regulations for sterilization equipment has led to the growing number of non-compliance from end-user industries. Devices that are given or intended to be used in a sterile state are subject to additional regulatory requirements for medical devices. These regulatory specifications concern both general safety and performance standards for items and requirements for an impartial third-party conformity evaluation of procedures or instructions for obtaining sterility. These factors are hampering revenue growth of the market to a greater extent during the forecast period.
Based on product, the sterilization equipment market has been segmented into heat sterilizers, low-temperature sterilizers, sterile membrane filters, and radiation sterilization devices. The low-temperature sterilizers segment is expected to account for largest revenue share over the forecast period. Low-temperature sterilizers are further sub segmented into ethylene oxide sterilizers, hydrogen peroxide sterilizers, and others. Ethylene Oxide (ETO) has been widely used as a low temperature sterilant, which are used for sterilizing moisture and temperature-sensitive medical devices and supplies in healthcare institutions in the U.S. Currently available United States Food Drugs and Administration (FDA)-approved alternatives to ETO with chlorofluorocarbon include 100% ETO with a different stabilizing gas, such as carbon dioxide or Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), immersion in peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, and ozone. This is expected to drive revenue growth of this segment over the forecast period.
Based on end-user, the sterilization equipment market has been segmented into pharmaceuticals, hospitals & clinics, and Food & Beverage (F&B). The hospitals & clinics segment is expected to register a significant revenue share over the forecast period. Invasive procedures in hospitals & clinics using equipment increases risk of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). According to a study, chances of infection were 3.6 times more among patients undergoing invasive procedures than other patients. Therefore, to ensure that surgical and medical tools do not expose patients to infectious pathogens, disinfection and sterilization of equipment are absolutely necessary and must be achieved through standard procedures. This is thereby expected to drive revenue growth of this segment over the forecast period.
The North America market accounted for largest revenue share in 2021 due to increasing prevalence of HAIs and presence of leading manufacturers in this region. According to 2020 National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an increase of 24% in Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) between 2019 and 2020. Similarly, there was an increase of 35% in Ventilator-Associated (VAE) Events between 2019 and 2020, which has led to an increase in infectious diseases among patients such as Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP). This is expected to rise demand for sterilization equipment and drive revenue growth of the market in this region over the forecast period.
The Europe market is expected to register a robust growth rate over the forecast period. This is due to conducive government regulations developed by European Union, which has led to rising demand for sterilization equipment. For instance, Annex 1 of Medical Devices Regulation EU 2017/7451 has made it mandatory for device manufacturers to consider design specifications that can reduce risk of infection for patients, which further makes it mandatory to take steps to prevent microbial contamination of the device or its content such as fluids. Similar to this, EN 556-1 is the European standard that outlines criteria for certifying a device as sterile after terminal sterilization. This standard has been adopted by several countries outside of Europe, which is expected to rise demand for sterilization equipment and hence drive revenue growth of the market.
The Asia Pacific market is expected to account for a steady growth rate over the forecast period owing to rapid growth of the pharmaceutical industry in countries such as India and China . For instance, over 220 innovative therapies have been approved after China’s ascension into the International Council for Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH). Sterilization equipment are important to develop sterile pharmaceutical products. Various equipment used for manufacture of pharmaceutical products must meet the standard compliance. In addition, in India the pharmaceutical industry is the third largest in terms of volume. India exports medicines and drugs to nearly 206 countries with the U.S. being the largest export destination. It is also a leader in vaccine manufacturing and caters to over 60% of the global vaccine demand. Moreover, India exports pharmaceutical products to almost 206 nations, with the U.S. serving as its top export market. Furthermore, over 60% of the world’s vaccine demand is met by it, which is also a leader in vaccine production. This has created a higher demand for sterilization equipment, which is needed during the manufacturing of drugs and vaccines, thereby is expected to drive revenue growth of the market in this region.
Competitive landscape of the global sterilization equipment market is consolidated with a few key players operating on global and regional levels. Key players are engaged in strategic alliances to expand their respective portfolios and gain a robust footing in the global market. Major companies in the global market report include STERIS, Sterigenics U.S., LLC. (Sotera Health company), E-BEAM Services, Inc., Fortive, Stryker, Andersen Sterilizers, Systec GmbH & Co. KG, Midwest Sterilization Corporation, Celitron Medical Technologies Kft, and Cosmed Group
- On 02 June 2021, STERIS acquired Cantel Medical to expand its products and services globally. The companies have a similar vision for prevention of infection across a wide range of healthcare patients.
Segments Covered in the report
This report offers historical data and forecasts revenue growth at a global, regional, and country level, and provides analysis of market trends in each of sub-segments from 2022 to 2030. For the purpose of this report,has segmented the global sterilization equipment market based on product, end use, and region:
Sterilization Equipment Market Report Scope
Segments covered By Product Outlook, End Use Outlook, Regional Outlook
By Product Outlook
Ethylene Oxide Sterilizers
Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilizers
Sterile Membrane Filters
Radiation Sterilization Devices
By End Use Outlook
Hospitals & Clinics
Food & Beverage (F&B)
Middle East & Africa
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