GVR Report cover Medical Adhesive Tapes Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Medical Adhesive Tapes Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Acrylic, Silicone), By Adhesion, By Application (Surgery, Wound Dressing), By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-026-7
  • Number of Pages: 90
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global medical adhesive tapes market size was valued at USD 750.9 million in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% from 2023 to 2030. The rising prevalence of chronic disorders, such as diabetic ulcers, venous leg ulcers, and traumatic wounds, is one of the key factors leading to an increase in the usage of medical adhesive tapes. For instance, according to WHO figures, every year, roughly 1.2 million people die due to vehicle crashes, whereas 20 to 50 million people incur non-fatal injuries. 

U.K. medical adhesive tapes market size, by type, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million)

Similarly, as per the Economic Times, there were 5,54,796 road accident incidents in India in 2020. These mishaps frequently cause severe blood loss and other injuries, necessitating quick medical attention, which occasionally necessitates surgical operations and the application of wound dressings. The use of medical adhesive tapes has increased because they assist wound dressings to adhere firmly, thus impelling the medical adhesive tapes industry over the forecast period.  

Surgical procedures require the placement of IV lines, catheters, and infusions, which require the use of medical adhesive tapes for firm adhesion. This helps secure the catheters and IV lines. Rising instances of surgical procedures are expected to further impel the use of medical adhesive tapes. For instance, according to the Life Span organization, approximately 500,000 open heart surgeries were performed in the U.S. in 2018.

Similarly, according to AHA Journals, approximately 40,000 children undergo congenital heart surgery in the U.S. each year. Such surgeries take time to heal, and wound dressing products help in healing these wounds quickly. Hence, wound dressing is preferred post-surgery, thereby driving the use of medical adhesive tapes during the forecast period.  

Road accidents and other traumatic incidents are on the rise globally. For instance, WHO estimates that traffic-related deaths account for around 33% of all fatalities in Thailand each year, killing 22,941 people. Additionally, according to the WHO, there were approximately 41,862 fatalities in Indonesia related to traffic accidents in 2018. Such accidents are expected to propel the use of medical adhesive tapes over the forecast period.

The demand for medical adhesive tapes significantly reduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical adhesive tapes are an essential component of healthcare, but due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, there has been a decline in market demand. Hospitals and clinics were under more pressure to reprofile their patients and give COVID-19 patients priority care as the rate of hospitalization rose. However, players in this industry changed their approaches by deciding to pursue R&D throughout the pandemic and creating cutting-edge technologies to assist in the fight against the virus.

To offset the lack of medical adhesive tapes, industry players launched several products. For instance, in January 2023, Swift melt 1515-I, H.B. Fuller's first biocompatible product approved in IMEA (India, Middle East, and Africa), has been introduced. The item is intended for medical tape applications to be utilized in stick-to-skin situations in particular climates, such as the hot and humid circumstances seen in the Indian subcontinent. Such instances are expected to increase the use of medical adhesive tapes over the forecast years.

Type Insights

Based on type, the medical adhesive tapes industry is segmented into acrylic, silicone, and rubber. The acrylic segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 42.1% in 2022. The dominance can be accredited to the advantages it provides. For instance, acrylic medical adhesive tape provides a strong initial tack, has low skin sensitivity, and does not leave residue on the skin after its removal. Moreover, these tapes are resistant to humidity and heat, are latex-free, and can be laminated to surfaces that include foams and film dressings. The tape does not break down during the dressing of the wound.

However, the silicone medical adhesive tapes segment is projected to witness the fastest CAGR of 5.4% from 2023 to 2030. This can be credited to the increasing demand for silicone medical adhesive tapes. Key reasons for their growing demand are varied. These tapes are repositionable, and thus enable the observation and examination of the wound without any need of replacing the wound dressing. This allows extended wear time.

Furthermore, they are atraumatic and easy to remove, which helps prevent complications such as secondary infections. Moreover, silicone tapes lessen the scarring and are internationally recommended for scar management. Therefore, as a result of the above-mentioned factors, the demand for silicone medical adhesive tapes may increase over the forecast period.

Adhesion Insights

Based on adhesion, the market is segmented into single-coated medical adhesive tapes and double-coated adhesive tapes. The double-coated tapes segment dominated the market with a revenue share of 53.8% in 2022. This can be accredited to their improved strength & greater dimensional ability, which make them amenable to converting. Moreover, these tapes provide breathable, hypoallergenic, and repositionable options. Additionally, they offer thickness, a range of adhesive strengths, and backing material which suits individual needs, thereby dominating the market.

The single-coated medical adhesive tapes market is expected to progress at a projected CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast years. Single-coated medical tapes consist of foam, nonwoven, film, or a metal substrate that is coated on one side with medical-grade adhesive which is pressure sensitive. These tapes are protected by a silicone release liner and are used in medical and healthcare devices which require direct skin contact.

Application Insights

Based on application, the surgery segment dominated with a market share of around 36.8% in 2022. This can be associated with an increase in the number of surgical procedures. For instance, according to an article by ‘Trauma of Major Surgery’, around 310 million major surgeries are carried out every year. Similarly, an increase in cosmetic surgeries has impelled the use of medical adhesive tapes. For instance, as per the Aesthetics Society, around 140,314 fat reduction procedures were carried out in 2020. Thus, helping the segment grow.

However, the wound dressing segment is projected to witness the fastest CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period. This can be accredited to the rise in the use of wound dressing in several chronic and acute wounds. Therefore, a rise in chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, and pressure ulcers is expected to impel the use of medical adhesive tapes.

For instance, according to the CDC, 34.2 million Americans, or about 10.5% of the country's entire population, had been diagnosed with diabetes in 2018. Additionally, according to diabeticfootonline.com, up to 34% of diabetics are susceptible to getting a diabetic foot ulcer, thereby propelling the market growth.

End-use Insights

Based on end-use, the hospital segment dominated the medical adhesive tapes industry with a market share of 45.36% in 2022. This can be attributed to an increase in surgeries, a rise in the number of hospitals, and an increase in accidental occurrences in various countries. For example, Philkotse reports that the number of traffic accidents in The Phillippines has increased from 63,072 in 2007 to 116,906 in 2018. An increase in accidents resulted in more surgeries and the use of medical adhesive tapes. Thus, due to the aforementioned factors, the hospital segment is expected to dominate the end-use segment.

Global medical adhesive tapes market share, by end-use, 2022 (%)

The ambulatory surgical centers segment is projected to witness a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases is increasing the demand for ambulatory surgical centers. Additionally, rising investment and several initiatives by public health organizations and governments, along with the shifting preference of patients from hospitals to ASCs, are expected to increase the demand for medical adhesive tapes in the ASCs.

Regional Insights

North America dominated with a market share of 45.4% in 2022. This dominance can be attributed to the region's advanced healthcare infrastructure, rising public awareness, and the presence of significant important factors. Additionally, a rise in surgical procedures in the North American region is anticipated to drive the market for medical adhesive tapes.

For instance, the Life Span organization estimates that about 500,000 open heart operations were carried out in the United States in 2018. Similarly, 40,000 children in the U.S. have congenital heart surgery annually, according to AHA Journals. Since these surgeries require time to recover from, wound dressings are used, which require medical adhesive tapes for strong adherence. This is impelling regional growth.  

Medical Adhesive Tapes Market Trends by Region

However, Asia Pacific is projected to advance at a CAGR of 5.9% over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the rising number of diabetics in the area. For instance, the Down to Earth organization estimates that India had 74.2 million diabetics between the ages of 20 and 79 as of December 2021. Furthermore, it is expected that this figure would rise to 124.8 million by 2045. In the Philippines, 3,993,300 people out of a total of 63,265,700 people had diabetes in 2019, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

An increase in the number of diabetics could increase the usage of wound dressings in the region because they are more likely to develop diabetic foot ulcers than non-diabetics. An increase in the use of wound dressing, along with a rise in the number of surgical cases, is expected to drive the use of medical adhesive tapes, thereby boosting the regional market growth over the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

There are both large and small market rivals in the medical adhesive tapes industry, which is quite fragmented. The level of competition may increase further, as current market participants step up their efforts to acquire the majority share in the market. To gain an advantage over competitors, many market participants are engaged in a variety of strategic actions, such as product launches, mergers and acquisitions, and geographic growth.

For instance, in May 2022, 3M launched an extended-wear medical adhesive tape. This tape is intended to be used over the skin for up to 21 days. As a result of such product launches, the medical adhesive tapes industry is anticipated to grow over the projected period. Some prominent players in the global medical adhesive tapes market include:

  • Smith & Nephew

  • 3M

  • Medline Industries, LP

  • Paul Hartmann AG

  • Cardinal Health

  • Baxter International

  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Nitto Denko Corporation

  • Nichiban

  • Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG

Medical Adhesive Tapes Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 790.22 million

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 1,135.28 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 5.3% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, trends

Segments covered

Type, adhesion, application, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Sweden; Denmark; Norway; Japan; China; India; Australia; South Korea; Thailand; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; UAE

Key companies profiled

Smith & Nephew; 3M; Medline Industries LP; Paul Hartmann AG; Cardinal Health; Baxter International; Johnson & Johnson; Nitto Denko Corporation; Nichiban; Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG

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Global Medical Adhesive Tapes Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global medical adhesive tapes market report based on type, adhesion, application, end-use, and region:

  • Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Acrylic

    • Silicone

    • Rubber

  • Adhesion Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Single Coated

    • Double Coated

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Surgery

    • Wound Dressing

    • IV Lines

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Hospitals

    • Specialty Clinics

    • Ambulatory Surgical Centers

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Denmark

      • Norway

      • Sweden

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • Thailand
      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • Kuwait

      • UAE

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