GVR Report cover Medical Grade Silicone Market Report

Medical Grade Silicone Market Analysis By Product (Elastomers, Gels, Medical Adhesives, Medical Coatings, Foams), By Application (Prosthetics, Orthopedic, Contact Lens), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Oct 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-639-4
  • Number of Pages: 120
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2015

Industry Insights

The global medical grade silicone market size was valued at USD 336.9 million in 2016 and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.6% from 2017 to 2025 owing to various properties including thermal stability, hydrophobicity, and chemical resistance. Increasing usage of heart pumps and defibrillators, diagnostic guidewires and over-molded surgical blades, and suture sleeves is expected to propel the demand for medical silicone over the forecast period.

Aging population coupled with the rising global income levels in the developing countries including India, China, Thailand, and Indonesia is expected to fuel growth. The growing prevalence of orthopedic conditions such as degenerative bone disease and the rising number of road accidents are the major factors driving industry growth. Furthermore, the global harmonization of standards and regulatory requirements is anticipated to facilitate the overall growth in the near future.

U.S. medical silicone market

Silicone elastomers display superior properties in comparison to silicone gels, foams, adhesives, over a wide range of temperature, inertness to chemicals & solvents, oil & fuel resistance, and high productivity. These factors are expected to propel the use of silicone elastomers in the end-use industries such as neuromodulation, diagnostics, surgical, vascular, and drug delivery.

The rising demand for substitutes such as thermoplastic elastomers is expected to restrain the market growth over the forecast period. The ability to see through a thermoplastic elastomer product, for instance, face masks to monitor a patient is a key feature augmenting the consumption of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) in the healthcare devices industry. The rising TPE demand in the healthcare industry is likely to restrict the growth of the silicone elastomers over the forecast period.

Increasing requirements for low-cost healthcare facilities in emerging economies such as China, India, Singapore, and Malaysia along with the rising disposable incomes of the middle class in these countries are expected to spur growth in Asia Pacific. Moreover, the significant rise in the medical tourism industry in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico is expected to increase demand in the Americas region over the upcoming years.

The growing demand for medical silicone in the intraocular lens, orthopedic, cardiovascular implants, dental implants, and breast implants is expected to drive the industry growth. Furthermore, the demand for LSR elastomers is triggering the demand for silicone in implantable devices, wherein LSR leads to a reduction in the production cost owing to its fast curing abilities.

Product Insights

Elastomers were the most extensively used medical silicone and accounted for 46.4% of the global volume share in 2016. The demand is fueled by the salient properties offered by the polymers including hypoallergenic, non-reactivity with most chemicals, high tear strength, exceptional thermal conductivity, and excellent fire resistance.

LSR and HCR elastomers are used to manufacture medical tubing, devices, and components. However, the demand for liquid silicone rubber in molding applications is anticipated to witness significant growth as a result of low viscosity aiding the growth of intricate and complex molds over HCR, thereby driving the demand over the upcoming years.

Gel-based medical grade silicone is expected to grow at a predicted CAGR of 6.7% from 2017 to 2025, in terms of revenue. The product is projected to witness high gain in the market over the next few years on account of various characteristics including resistance, high and low temperature, excellent hydrophobicity, and high dielectric breakdown.

The demand for silicone gel is expected to positively affect the medical-grade silicone industry as the market is not only diversified in nature but also focuses on the development of new technology and product innovation to cater to the demand in devices, prosthetics, and orthopedic component applications.

Application Insights

Prosthetics accounted for USD 120.7 million in 2016 on account of diversified segmentation, including orthopedic implants, cardiovascular implants, stents, structural cardiac implants, spinal implants, neurostimulators, ophthalmic implants, dental implants, and face and breast implants. Improved clinical outcomes, innovative technological innovations, cost-effective products, and increasing FDA approvals for the clinical trial are expected to spur the industry size.

Countries such as Germany, the U.S., UK, China, and India are registering increased incidences of chronic diseases, heart diseases, obesity, and smoking cases. These factors contribute to developing implants market and are likely to positively affect the industry size.

Global medical silicone market

The neurology devices including neurostimulators, embolization, catheters, stents, shunts, and ultrasonic aspirators are anticipated to register a high growth rate over the forecast period on account of increasing investments in the R&D of neurological devices and technologies. The increasing availability of sophisticated equipment to monitor the brain and neural activities to provide better diagnostics and treatment for patients is a major driver for the growth of the medical devices market.

Regional Insights

North America is expected to register significant revenue gains, signifying a CAGR of 6.3% from 2017 to 2025. The presence of robust manufacturing bases and rapid growth of the healthcare industry in the U.S. is expected to augment the usage of medical devices and components production, which in turn is expected to drive the industry demand over the upcoming years.

Furthermore, demographic developments in the region are supporting the growth of the healthcare industry, which in turn is anticipated to fuel the consumption of medical silicone in the prosthetic and orthopedic components markets. With the formulation of over 350 registered drug products as excipients or actives by Pfizer, Inc.; Merck & Co., Inc.; and Sanofi in the pharmaceutical sector is anticipated to fuel the medical silicone consumption in the next eight years.

Asia Pacific accounted for 20.0% of the overall volume share in 2016 and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. The increasing private sector participation in the manufacture and distribution of medical supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals to improve healthcare services, infrastructure, and offer high-quality treatment in countries including China, Japan, India, Singapore, and Australia is expected to drive the market growth.

Competitive Insights

The market is highly competitive in nature owing to the presence of numerous manufacturers, especially in the U.S., Germany, and China. The industry is dominated by various major participants including Momentive Performance Materials Inc.; Trelleborg AB; China National Bluestar (Group) Co. Ltd. (Bluestar); 3M Company; Henkel AG & Co. KGaA; Dow Corning Corporation; Zodiac Coatings SAS; and Wacker Chemie AG.

The global market is fragmented with various manufacturers offering similar products. The applications of medical silicone include prosthetics, orthopedic components, devices, tapes, and oral care products. Key players rely on strategies such as strategic innovations, production capacity expansions, distribution and branding, mergers, joint ventures, and acquisitions to increase their presence in the market.

In December 2015, The Dow Chemical Company became 100% owner of Dow Corning Corp., a joint venture between Corning Inc. and Dow to enhance the company’s infrastructure and consumer solutions as well as extend its portfolio in consumer care, building, automotive, and construction applications.

In May 2017, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA acquired German-based Sonderhoff Group, which offers industrial assembly with high-impact sealing solutions, in an attempt to enhance the existing portfolio of the company and initiate growth opportunities in cleaning solutions for applications such as lighting systems and filtration appliances.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2015

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                

Volume in tons, revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central and South America, and Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., France, Germany, India, China, and Brazil

Report coverage             

Volume & revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts volume and revenue growth at a global, regional & country level, and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global medical grade silicone market on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Elastomers

    • Gels

    • Medical Adhesives

    • Medical Coatings

    • Foams

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • Prosthetics

    • Orthopedic Components

    • Medical Devices

    • Medical Tapes

    • Contact Lens

    • Oral Care Products

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Tons; Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

    • Central and South America

      • Brazil

    • The Middle East and Africa

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