Rising demand for sophisticated & hygienic healthcare amenities is one of the key factors driving the hospital linen supply and management services market. The hospital linen supplies include surgical linen, towels, pillow cases, pediatric gowns, hospital sheets, thermal blankets, patient gowns and scrub wear. Increasing usage of hospital linen supply services as an effective cost curbing tool and enabling greater patient satisfaction is spearheading growth of this market. Medical facilities such as operation theatres and intensive care units demands linen supply more frequently. Various technological advancements such as disposable linen and increasing hospital infections are leading to the growth of global hospital linen supply and management services market. Moreover, various hospitals are bonding with third parties in order to achieve rising demand of linen supply. This factor is expected to further fuel the hospital linen supply and management services market over the forecast period. However, high costs along with shortage of linen clothes are anticipated to restrain the growth of the market.
The overall hospital linen supply and management services market is classified on the basis of type of service providers into the in-house and contractual process. The contractual process segment is gaining popularity owing to Increasing demand for cleanliness by patients and helathcare professionals coupled with advantages attached such as cost curbing tool and greater internal resource utilization. The in-house linen market is expected to witness steady growth over next seven years due to increasing usage of linen clothes in the form of table runner, pillow cases, oven gloves and towels.
Geographically, the entire hospital linen supply and management services market is segmented into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and MEA. As of 2014, North America contributed the largest market share in terms of revenue. The growth of this regional market is attributed to stringent healthcare policies pertaining to safety & hygine coupled with presence of major players such as ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. Europe accounted for the second largest market owing to increasing demand for supply of linen by various healthcare facilities in this region. Latin America is anticipated to witness significant growth over next seven years owing to the rapidly rising demand for linen supply in UAE. Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at lucrative rate due to huge untapped opportunities in the emerging countries such as China and India are expected to boost the hospital linen supply and management services market in this region.
Some major players operational in the global hospital linen supply and management services market include Unitex Textile Rental Services, Emes Textiles Pvt. Ltd., Faultless Healthcare Linen, Angelica Corporation, E-town Laundry Company, Healthcare Services Group, Inc., ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists and Synergy Health Plc.
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