The global hospital bedsheet & pillow cover market size was valued at USD 4,586.9 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6% from 2021 to 2028. An increasing number of surgical procedures performed and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases are key driving factors for the growth of this market. Moreover, increasing cases of nosocomial infections and a growing number of hospitals boost the market growth. The rising demand for hygiene and maintenance in healthcare institutes is also one of the key factors stimulating the growth of the market. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the global market. The pandemic has drastically increased the demand for hospital linens.
According to worldomete.info, as of 31st August 2021, more than 218,071,879 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 4,526,894 confirmed deaths have been reported globally. Due to patient count growth, demand for hospital bedsheets and pillow covers has also increased. Disposable sheets and pillow covers are being manufactured, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and provide comfort to patients.
Furthermore, the demand for hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly disposable bedsheets in hospitals and nursing homes is driving the sales of disposable bedsheets. Technological advancements in the manufacturing industry have benefited companies in developing new disposable products. Therefore, the outbreak of COVID-19 is expected to further drive the global market.
The increasing number of surgeries performed is a significant factor anticipated to drive the market over the estimated period. For instance, as per Mölnlycke Health Care AB, in Europe, 70 million surgical procedures are performed annually. As such, hospital bedsheets being a critical requirement for surgical procedures, are likely to witness high demand over the forecast period. According to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), in 2014, around 9,942,000 surgeries were performed in the U.S. within ambulatory care settings. Hospital bedsheets might help protect against nosocomial infections to some degree. Such factors are expected to drive product demand, thereby boosting market growth.
The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, such as Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs), cancer, and diabetes, are leading to a rising number of patients. Moreover, unhealthy & sedentary lifestyles and rising smoking & alcohol consumption are some of the major factors contributing to the growing prevalence of chronic diseases. For instance, as projected by the American Heart Association, more than 130 million adults or 45.1% of the U.S. population might suffer from some form of CVD, by 2035. Likewise, according to the CDC, about 655,000 Americans die from heart disease annually, that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. The CDC also states that 6 in 10 adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease, and 4 in 10 adults suffer from 2 or more chronic diseases. Thus, a rising patient pool leads to an increase in hospitalizations, thereby boosting the product demand.
The growing occurrence of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs)owing to the lack of sanitation is also contributing to market growth. According to WHO Fact Sheet, hundreds of millions of patients develop Healthcare-Associated Infections (HCAIs) globally each year. Out of every 100 hospitalized patients, seven in developed and 10 in developing countries are affected with at least one HAI. Thus, increasing incidence of these infections is expected to boost the demand for bedsheets & pillow covers as they provide general protection against contamination and can help lower the risk of contracting HAIs. Furthermore, they can prevent bacterial and other microbial infections from entering a patient’s body. These factors are anticipated to propel market growth over the forecast period.
The bedsheet segment held the largest market share of 76% in 2020 and is expected to witness a considerable growth rate over the forecast period. Flat sheets, fitted sheets, hyperbaric sheets, gurney sheets, bariatric sheets, birthing sheets, and mortuary sheets are some of the varieties of bed sheets used in hospitals. The segment is sub-divided into two types based on the size of the bed: single and double bed sheets.
Manufacturers offer bedsheets that are shrink-resistant and easy to wash. These bedsheets also include stain release features, which keep them looking fresh for extended periods, lowering maintenance costs. In addition, the presence of a large number of hospitals in the U.S. is augmenting the product demand. For instance, according to the American Hospital Association, the number of U.S. Community hospitals was 6,090, Federal Government hospitals were 208, and nonfederal psychiatric hospitals were 625. Thus, the growing number of hospitals will further boost the market growth.
The pillow covers segment is anticipated to witness the fastest growth rate over the forecast period. Pillow coverings are also available in a range of colors and sizes to meet the needs of customers. Pillow covers have features, such as stain resistance, and they minimize shrinkage of the pillow. For instance, PerVal and UniVal sheets and pillowcases offered by Standard Textile are engineered to provide remarkable whiteness retention, superior stain release features, and ultra-smooth finishing. Also, the DermaTherapy, FDA 510(k) approved Class I medical device is the 1st and silk-like therapeutic bedding linens that help lessen the probability of patients developing pressure injuries. Therefore, these additional features offered by the key players is boosting the product demand, which drives the segment growth.
On the basis of product, the market has been segmented into reusable and disposable. The disposable product segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR of 7.3% over the forecast period. The fastest growth of the segment is credited to the high demand for disposable products due to their cost-effectiveness and safety assurance. They are widely preferred over reusable products due to the protection and efficiency offered. Moreover, in disposable bedsheets, extra costs incurred in drying, bleaching, and cooling are often eliminated. Hypoallergic and dermatologically screened materials are used for manufacturing disposable sheets to lower the risks of contamination and infections spread from one patient to another. Technological advancements in the manufacturing industry have benefited companies in developing new disposable sheets. For example, in August 2018, Peel Away Labs launched multi-layered disposable bedsheets. Such developments are contributing to segment growth.
The reusable product segment held the largest market share of 78.5% in 2020 and is anticipated to witness considerable growth over the forecast period. Reusable products have significant demand as they are cost-effective. The global pandemic has created a shortfall in the supply of many disposable products. In such scenarios, reusable bedsheets & pillow covers are extensively used. Moreover, the growing trend of outsourcing reusable pillow covers and bed sheets for laundry services to help healthcare facilities focus on their core competencies and save time & money for upgrading equipment & workers will support segment growth.
Moreover, the materials used in reusable products have undergone a dramatic change. Recently, antimicrobial fabrics are gaining popularity among academics and manufacturers due to their capacity to provide users with safety and quality. Researchers are continually striving to create skin-friendly, cost-effective, and eco-friendly products. Manufacturers are attempting to acquire market share by differentiating their products through the use of different active agents or textiles. They are employing a novel approach to impart antibacterial characteristics to the fabric. Upholstery products like pillowcases are used regularly and are prone to wear & tear. Thus, owing to their frequent use in hospitals and clinics, the usage of antimicrobial hospital textiles has increased to avoid HAIs.
Asia Pacific dominated the global market with a revenue share of 30.1% in 2020. The region is projected to expand further at a significant CAGR over the forecast period owing to the increasing number of surgeries and rising prevalence of chronic diseases. Increasing healthcare infrastructure development in this region and the rising awareness about patient safety & hygiene standards are some of the factors anticipated to drive the market. In addition, the rapidly growing medical tourism industry in APAC can also be attributed to the increase in product demand. The market in MEA is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR over the forecast period.
Countries with a significant growth rate in this region are South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt. Factors that can be attributed to the regional market growth include an increasing number of hospital beds and increased government focus on the healthcare sector. For instance, a group of investors is developing Riyadh Medical Village, which will consist of 60 outpatient clinics and 130-bed hospitals. In addition, 117 new hospitals with 24,000 beds and three medical cities for the military & security sectors are under construction in the country. The Saudi Arabian government has formulated a five-year development plan, which will help improve healthcare safety, encourage health establishments to opt for international accreditation, establish more healthcare centers, and review healthcare regulations. This factor is expected to positively impact market growth in this region.
Key players are focusing on business strategies, such as mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and new product& service launches to strengthen their foothold in the global market. Key players are also investing heavily in R&D to manufacture technologically advanced products. Some prominent players in the global hospital bedsheet & pillow cover market include:
Unitex Textile Rental Services, Inc.
Emes Textiles Pvt. Ltd.
Elizabethtown Laundry Company
Healthcare Services Group, Inc.
Tetsudo Linen Service Co., Ltd.
V-linen Pvt. Ltd.
Market size value in 2021
USD 5.1 billion
Revenue forecast in 2028
USD 8.1 billion
CAGR of 6.6% from 2021 to 2028
Base year for estimation
2016 - 2019
2021 - 2028
Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2021 to 2028
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Type, product, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa (MEA)
U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Japan; China; India; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; Colombia; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE
Key companies profiled
Unitex Textile Rental Services, Inc.; Emes Textiles Pvt. Ltd.; Angelica Corp.; Elizabethtown Laundry Company; Healthcare Services Group, Inc.; ImageFIRST; Tetsudo Linen Service Co., Ltd.; Celtic Linen; V-linen Pvt. Ltd.;Raenco Mills
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Middle East & Africa
b. The global hospital bedsheet & pillow cover market size was estimated at USD 4,586.9 million in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 5.1 billion in 2021.
b. The global hospital bedsheet & pillow cover market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.6% from 2021 to 2028 to reach USD 8.1 billion by 2028.
b. The Asia Pacific dominated the global hospital bedsheet & pillow covers market with a share of 30.1% in 2020. This is attributable to an increasing number of surgeries and the rising prevalence of chronic diseases. Increasing healthcare infrastructure development in this region and raising awareness about patient safety & hygiene standards are some of the other factors anticipated to drive the regional market.
b. Some of the key players operating in the global hospital bedsheet & pillow cover market include CUnitex Textile Rental Services, Inc., Emes Textiles Pvt. Ltd., Angelica, Elizabethtown Laundry Company, Healthcare Services Group, Inc., ImageFIRST, Tetsudo Linen Service Co., Ltd., Celtic Linen, V-linen Private Limited and Raenco Mills.
b. Key factors that are driving the hospital bedsheet & pillow cover market growth include the increasing number of surgical procedures, rising prevalence of chronic diseases are among the major factors driving this marketâ€™s growth. Moreover, increasing nosocomial infections and, a growing number of hospitals further escalate the market growth.
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