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Medical Styrenic Block Copolymer (SBC) Market Size, Share and Industry Analysis Report by Product (SBS, SIBS, SEBS) and Application (Tubing, Medical Bags, Equipment, Packaging & Diagnostics Products, Wound Care), Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI5102
  • Published Date: Aug 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Medical styrenic block copolymer market size exceeded USD 535 million in 2020 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of over 8% from 2021 to 2027 owing to rising demand for oxygen masks, respiratory devices, ventilators, and other medical equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Growing environmental concerns along with the low cost of styrenic block copolymers have resulted in the increasing use of styrenic block copolymers as alternatives to rubber, PVC, and other thermoplastics in numerous medical applications. The rapid evolution in medical technologies has led to the development of advanced portable medical devices with complex functionalities. The medical device industry in North America is investing significantly in new product development to meet the evolving needs of the medical sector.

Medical Styrenic Block Copolymer Market Overview

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The FDA has published guidelines to limit the use of PVC material in the medical industry. The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health has recommended to minimize exposure to PVC devices containing DEHP as various experimental studies highlight its adverse effects on human health. Stringent regulations on the use of PVC in medical devices are projected to boost the demand for alternative materials such as styrenic block copolymers across the globe.

High strength, flexibility, and processability of styrene ethylene butylene styrene to fuel market growth

The global medical styrenic block copolymer (SBC) market from styrene ethylene butylene styrene is anticipated to grow over USD 330 million by the end of 2027. Styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer with butadiene as the comonomer offers high strength and improved flexibility & processability. These polymers are exceptionally compatible with polypropylene (PP), allowing the creation of extrudable & moldable compounds with enhanced flow and lower hardness without the need for plasticizing oils.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests that Styrene Ethylene Butylene Styrene (SEBS) materials do not cause allergies, are non-toxic, have high-temperature resistance, offer good air tightness, aging resistance, and can be easily sterilized by ultraviolet rays. They are extensively used as a basic material for the production of medical and healthcare products including surgical gowns, surgical covers, infusion tubes, blood separators, tourniquets, and rubber stoppers.

These materials are capable of withstanding most sterilization methods and are well-suited for producing high-clarity medical tubes, bags, and flexible films. Furthermore, the increasing incidences of chronic and novel diseases such as coronavirus have uplifted the production of medical equipment, which will drive the demand for styrene ethylene butylene styrene over the forecast period.

Extensive usage of blood bags in the healthcare industry owing to increasing incidences of chronic diseases is likely to boost market growth from medical bags

Medical Styrenic Block Copolymer Market from Medical Bags

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The global medical styrenic block copolymer market from medical bags application was valued at over USD 45 million in 2020. Styrenic block copolymers are used as primary materials in the production of medical bags such as IV bags and blood bags. Blood bags are extensively used in healthcare settings to maintain the properly sterilized conditions of a blood sample, ensure infection-free premises, potential leakage of blood samples, and reduction in disease spreading. The rising demand for blood collection, increasing prevalence of blood-related disorders, and growth in blood transfusion procedures across the globe have surged the production of blood bags.

The increasing demand for medical bags, such as IV bags and blood bags, across the globe owing to rising incidents of various chronic ailments including cancer, diabetes, kidney & liver infections, and cardiovascular diseases will accelerate the medical styrenic block copolymer market growth. Furthermore, the rising prevalence of gastrointestinal diseases, especially in the aging populace, will further boost the demand for medical bags.

Intensifying demand for polymer-based devices in the medical sector will propel the market from styrene isoprene butadiene

Medical Styrenic Block Copolymer Market from Styrene Isoprene Butadiene

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The global medical styrenic block copolymer market from styrene isoprene butadiene polymers was valued at USD 25 million in 2020. The increasing focus of medical device manufacturers toward replacing metallic devices with polymer devices is anticipated to accelerate the demand for Styrene Isoprene Butadiene (SIBS) over the forecast period. Polymer-based medical devices are gaining high popularity in the medical sector owing to increased operational efficiency.

Furthermore, these types of polymers offer high oxidative, thermal & chemical stability, increasing their use in the manufacturing of medical devices and equipment. Styrene isoprene butadiene has also been found to have excellent biostability and is extensively used in the production of coronary stents. SIBS lacks temperature stability, which is essential for steam sterilization, due to its relatively low glass transition temperature.

Proliferating demand for oxygen masks and respiratory devices owing to increased concerns related to health safety amidst the ongoing pandemic to expand the North America market

Medical Styrenic Block Copolymer Market by Region

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The North America medical SBC market size is expected to exceed USD 920 million by 2027. The medical and healthcare sector in North America has undergone remarkable changes over the past few years, particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden occurrence and rapid transmission of COVID-19 have exerted tremendous pressure on the regional healthcare system. Since the Sars-COV-2 virus directly attacks the lungs and adversely affects the respiratory system of the patient, the pandemic has caused a rapid spike in the demand for oxygen masks, ventilators, and other respiratory equipment.

Remarkable attributes of styrenic block copolymers, such as high flexibility, clarity, resilience, durability, and tensile strength, make them an ideal fit for use in several applications such as medical IV bags, medical tubing, transparent medical bottles, syringe plungers, oxygen masks, and ventilators, among others.

The high level of compatibility of styrenic block copolymers with a wide range of polymers, particularly polypropylene (PP), is likely to further open up new areas of applications in the medical industry over the forecast timeframe. Its excellent thermoplastic processing capabilities impart a higher degree of design flexibility to the material, further promoting its use in the manufacturing of various medical equipment.

Innovative product launches and continuous research & development activities to be key business strategies incorporated by major market players

The global medical styrenic block copolymer industry includes key players such as Kraton Corporation, TSRC Corporation, INEOS Styrolution Group, JSR Corporation, Zeon Corporation, Trinseo, and others. Major market players serve their products to a wide range of application industries, which include tubing, medical bags, equipment, packaging & diagnostics products, and wound care. These major manufacturers are engaged in strengthening their market position through activities such as product developments & innovations, mergers, and acquisitions.

For instance, in January 2020, Kraton introduced the Sylvatraxx 8000, a tread enhancement additive grade comprising pine as raw material. This strategic initiative aimed to replace the old range of products, which have been using limonene as raw material. In August 2021, BASF and Sinopec expanded the Verbund site in Nanjing, China. The site is a 50-50 joint venture between the two companies and operated by BASF-YPC Co., Ltd.

Furthermore, in January 2021, Dynasol Group presented the expansion project of its plant at Santander where the engineering phase will begin as the first step. The company aims to become more competitive in the European market. The current capacity of the Santander plant is 120,000 tons per year of SBS and SEBS with a workforce of more than 400 direct & indirect employees.


The medical styrenic block copolymer market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue in USD (Million) from 2021 to 2027 for the following segments:

By Product

  • Styrene-butadiene-styrene
  • Styrene isoprene butadiene
  • Styrene ethylene butylene styrene
  • Others

By Application

  • Tubing
  • Medical bags
  • Equipment
  • Packaging & diagnostics products
  • Wound care
  • Others

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
    • Belgium
    • Sweden
    • Denmark
    • Ireland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
    • Thailand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The medical styrenic block copolymer market size surpassed USD 535 million in 2020 and will grow at a CAGR of 8% between 2021 and 2027.

The overall market size form styrene ethylene butylene styrene will cross USD 330 million through 2027 owing to the benefits of high strength and improved flexibility & processability.

Styrene isoprene butadiene polymers accounted for USD 25 million in 2020 and will grow due to the surging focus of medical device manufacturers towards the replacement of metallic devices with polymer devices.

The North America medical SBC market will surpass USD 920 million by 2027 driven by increasing product deployment in medical tubing, oxygen masks, medical IV bags, syringe plungers, and ventilators, among others.

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 14
  • Tables & Figures: 200
  • Countries covered: 25
  • Pages: 240

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