Nonwoven Sponges Market share is set to witness commendable growth through 2032 on account of the increasing demand for effective wound care solutions from medical and healthcare facilities. Nonwoven sponges refer to specialized pads or sponges designed for various medical applications, including surgeries, where these are used to keep surgical sites clean by absorbing fluids. Additionally, these sponges are widely utilized for prepping needles, applying ointments, and other applications and demonstrate several benefits, such as high absorbency, cost-effectiveness, and lint-free properties.
A major trend augmenting the nonwoven sponges market outlook over 2023-2032 is the development of more sustainable nonwoven products amid rising environmental concerns related to disposable medical products. To address these issues, various efforts are being made by companies, such as Sabic, which collaborated with Fibertex to develop a high-purity nonwovens range for hygiene applications. The products are made using post-consumer plastic waste-derived circular PP polymer with ISCC PLUS certification.
The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict severely affected the industry supply chain operations across several economies. The war has not only impacted trade flows in Ukraine but also disrupted global flows as a consequence of the sanctions placed on Russia. Moreover, the accelerating inflation rates and the increasing prospects of an anticipated deep recession may hamper the industry revenue streams over the next ten years.
In contrast, the escalating R&D initiatives undertaken by major research organizations globally in a bid to develop novel and advanced products will bring about significant growth to the nonwoven sponges market through 2032. For instance, in 2021, researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS, Technical University of Liberec, the Institute of Microbiology of the CAS Department of Burns Medicine of the Third Faculty of Medicine at Charles University and P. J. Šafárik University in Košice announced a partnership. As part of this collaboration, the researchers developed an innovative antibacterial material dubbed NANO-LPPO by combining nonwoven nano textiles and other unique compounds with antibacterial attributes to serve as a dressing for wounds like burn injuries and other applications.
Clinics are set to emerge as a prominent application segment for the nonwoven sponges market by 2032, given the rapid rise in wound care services offered by these facilities. For instance, in February 2021, WCA (Wound Care Advantage) partnered with Southwestern Medical Center (SWMC)’s Center for Wound Healing to boost financial and operations efficiencies and improvement in wound care service offerings for patients with chronic wounds. Developments such as these could amplify the demand for nonwoven sponge products in clinical settings, such as nonwoven gauze sponges, which are beneficial in cleaning, packing, or debriding wounds.
From a regional perspective, Europe is expected to become a major revenue pocket for the nonwoven sponges market by 2032, given the introduction of new hospital facilities across the region. For instance, in October 2020, UK’s Prime Minister announced funding of £3.7 billion ($5.01 billion) for the construction of over 40 hospitals in England by 2030 as part of the government’s health infrastructure plan. The ongoing infrastructure expansion, coupled with the increasing rate of hospitalizations in major European nations, may contribute to nonwoven sponges industry expansion in the region over the forecast spell.
Major contenders operating in the nonwoven sponges market include Cardinal Health, Hartmann, Winner Medical, Hakuzo Medical Asia Co., Ltd, Allmed Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj, Lohmann & Rauscher, Textil Planas Oliveras Sa, B. Braun, Zhende Medical, McKesson Corporation, DeRoyal Industries, Jianerkang, Crosstex International, Inc (Cantel Medical Corporation), Mölnlycke, Owens & Minor and Kettenbach. These entities are involved in various strategic activities, such as partnerships and new product launches, to sustain a strong foothold in the global market.