Steam Autoclaves Market Size By Product (Table Top, Vertical, Horizontal, Floor Standing, High Pressure), By Technology (Gravity Displacement, Pre-vacuum, Steam Flush), By Application (Medical, Dental, Laboratory), By End-use (Hospitals, Clinics, Healthcare Companies, Research and Academic Institutions) Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

Published Date: Feb 2021  |  Report ID: GMI500  |  Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 230   |   Base Year: 2020

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Steam Autoclaves Market size exceeded USD 2.2 billion in 2020 and is expected to witness more than 9.7% CAGR between 2021 and 2027. The demand for steam autoclaves is increasing owing to the rise in surgical activities requiring complex instruments for surgery. Steam autoclaves are also in huge demand due to rising trend of steam sterilization in the healthcare settings as they are nontoxic, rapidly microbicidal and sporicidal. Growing need to decontaminate the microbiological waste is leading to a huge demand. Furthermore, increasing prevalence of nosocomial infections is augmenting the adoption of steam autoclaves.

However, the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries are required to meet regulatory guidelines regarding air removal tests in pre-vacuum autoclave sterilisers. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), the European Committee for Standards (EN), and the British Standards Institution (BSI) guide the use of air removal tests. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug administration (USFDA) reviews hospital steam sterilizers and their performance as Class II devices. It considers aspects of the sterilizer such as its engineering and construction, the software and cybersecurity, the stability of consumable chemical sterilant and microbicidal performance testing while reviewing premarket submissions for hospitals.

Steam Autoclaves Market
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The emergence of COVID-19 pandemic at a global level is an unprecedented health concern and has impacted the steam autoclaves market growth. The sudden outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 has put restrictions on trade and movement goods, shutdown of vast portions of global economy and supply chain disruptions, thereby affecting the market expansion. However, there has been a substantial increase for steam autoclaves amid the ongoing pandemic due to the provision of safety against SARS-CoV-2 virus provided by the steam autoclaves. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), laboratory biosafety guidance related to the novel coronavirus in the biosafety levels BSL-2 and BSL-3 are required in order to safely handle COVID-19. This factor is further impelling the demand for steam autoclaves in healthcare facilities and research institutions. Hence, the impact of the pandemic on the industry will be minimal as the demand for steam autoclaves is increasing, thereby fueling the steam autoclaves market value.

Increase in demand for the management of medical waste in the U.S. will majorly drive the steam autoclaves market revenue. As per a recently published article, hospitals in the U.S. generate approximately more than 5.9 million tons of waste per year. According to a published report, in the U.S., approximately 37% of biomedical waste is sterilized, around 60% is incinerated and the rest is treated by different methods. Moreover, as per a published report, an assessment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has identified medical waste incineration as the largest source of dioxin air pollution in the U.S. Thus, the U.S. State and Territorial Association on Alternate Treatment Technologies (STAATT) set monitoring standards for non-combustion technologies on behalf of the U.S. EPA.

Level-III sterility is required for treatment of clinical waste, translating to reduction in vegetative fungi, bacteria, lipophilic/hydrophilic viruses, parasites, and mycobacterium and an inactivation of bacteria spores. As a result, non-incineration technology options for medical waste management are rising in the U.S. Thus, steam autoclaves are increasingly being used as heat treatment processing units to destroy microorganisms in medical waste before disposal for further treatment in the country, thereby augmenting the demand for steam autoclaves market. Additionally, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), has established guidelines that aim at usage of steam autoclaves for the handling of regulated medical waste.

Growing preference for tabletop autoclaves will spur the industry growth

Tabletop steam autoclaves segment in the steam autoclaves market is anticipated to observe 10.5% growth rate till 2027 led by an upsurge in demand by clinics, hospitals and healthcare centers. Tabletop autoclaves can sterilize in bulk and are preferably considered for medical facilities of all sizes. Tabletop autoclaves have become indispensable during the conduct of researches and tests owing to safer protection of water lacking, automatic sterilization control and fully stainless-steel structure. These autoclaves have a large chamber capacity that permits relocation due to convenient size and ease of set-up.

Increase in use of gravity displacement technology will enhance the steam autoclaves market demand

Gravity displacement segment was valued at more than USD 942 million in 2020 impelled by its suitability for sterilizing the most common laboratory media such as steel utensils, bio-hazardous waste and glassware. Gravity displacement induced autoclaving is beneficial due to the lack of dependency on peripheral mechanisms to displace ambient air with steam and simple design. Gravity autoclaves are dependable and affordable, thereby increasing the preference and acceptance of these autoclaves. Thus, these autoclaves are the one of the most recommended and common autoclaves in the market.

Growing application of steam autoclaves for medical purposes will boost the market growth

Steam autoclaves market for medical segment exceeded USD 1.08 billion in 2020 propelled by the need for sterilized objects in order to prevent the spread of infections. Medical-grade autoclaves are optimized for continuous hospital use and register a huge demand. The usage and utilization of medical-grade autoclave is high in developing countries that showcase a greater amount of equipment reusability in medical facilities owing to weak economy. Increasing need to treat medical waste is elevating their demand. Furthermore, several proposed medical aid missions aim at providing autoclaves to rural medical centers.

Rise in demand for autoclaves in hospitals will fuel the market expansion

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Hospitals segment in the steam autoclaves market is predicted to expand at a 10.1% CAGR through 2027 on account of the need for sterile medical equipment and sterile environment in the hospital settings. Increasing pathogenic hospital waste is uplifting the demand for autoclaves in hospitals. Autoclaving is cost-effective in very large hospitals, thereby leading to the rising demand for the equipment. Growing patient inflow has further elevated the product adoption rate.

Presence of major industry players across the developed regions will foster the regional growth

U.S. Steam Autoclaves Market

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U.S. steam autoclaves market is estimated to attain a CAGR of 8.6% during 2021 to 2027, driven by the increasing medical waste in the country. According to an article, hospitals in the U.S. generate approximately 33 lbs. of medical waste per day per staffed bed. Sterilization and disinfection mandates, and guidelines by regulatory agencies are few of the major factors contributing to the growing demand for autoclaves in the country. Rising concern for hospital-acquired infections (HAI) is anticipated to influence the demand for autoclaves.

Germany dominated the Europe steam autoclaves market and accounted for USD 124 million in 2020 led by the strong presence of autoclave manufacturers in the country. Growing prevalence of infectious diseases in the country and improving healthcare infrastructure is contributing to the increasing demand for steam autoclaves in the country. In addition, rising number of research and academic institutions in the country owing to the growing interest in research and development (R&D) sector is leading to a huge demand.

Several strategic initiatives implemented by major market leaders will boost the business growth

Some of the major companies operating in the steam autoclaves market are STERISHRED, Astell Scientific, Belimed Deutschland GmbH, BMM Weston Ltd., CELITRON Medical Technologies, Consolidated Sterilizer Systems, Dental X, Getinge Infection Control AB and LTE Scientific Ltd. among others. The major industry participants focus on strategic mergers, acquisitions and collaborations in order to launch new products to expand their geographical presence and product portfolio. These industry players are engaged in making investments that enables these players to garner maximum revenue share.

Recent industry developments:

  • In October 2020, Belimed Deutschland GmbH announced Belimed Steam Sterilizers compatible for crisis strategy decontamination of specific Single-Use N95 Respirators. The strategic move assisted the company in expanding their customer base. 
  • In May 2018, Getinge Infection Control AB announced the launch of new GSS steam sterilizer for life science industry. The strategic launch assisted the company in expanding their product portfolio and expanding their customer base.

Steam autoclaves market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2016 to 2027, for the following segments:

Market, By Product, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Table Top
  • Vertical
  • Horizontal
  • Floor Standing
  • High Pressure

Market, By Technology, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Gravity Displacement
  • Pre-vacuum
  • Steam Flush

Market, By Application, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Laboratory

Market, By End-Use, 2016 - 2027 (USD Million)

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Healthcare companies
  • Research and Academic Institutes
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Switzerland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market for steam autoclaves had crossed USD 2.2 billion in 2020 and is projected to expand at over 9.7% CAGR up to 2027 with consistent rise in surgical activities.
Tabletop steam autoclaves industry share is anticipated to record around 10.5% CAGR between 2021-2027 as the equipment can sterilize in bulk and are ideal for all kinds of facilities.
The market share from gravity displacement segment had reached USD 942 million during 2020 and will grow due to the need for sterilizing common laboratory media.
The industry share from use in hospitals is anticipated to witness around 10.1% CAGR through 2027 with the increase in pathogenic waste and higher focus on sterile environment.
Estimates say that the U.S. steam autoclaves market size will register about 8.6% CAGR through 2027 with growing concerns regarding hospital acquired infections.

Premium Report Details

  • Published Date: Feb 2021
  • Pages: 230
  • Tables: 240
  • Charts / Figures: 18
  • Companies covered: 29
  • Countries covered: 18

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