The surgical masks market is expected to witness significant growth with increasing occurrences of contagious respiratory illness. Furthermore, the demand for surgical masks has been rising owing to the technology improvements in the diagnosis and surgery domain. They are used to safeguard doctors from germs and bacteria in the hospital premise. Furthermore, it is used by the patients who are being treated to ensure safety against any possible germs which can be ejected through other individuals in the hospital.
There are two main types of face masks in the market; N95 respirators and surgical face masks. N95 respirators fit tight to the face and include a filtration system, while the surgical face masks are generally worn by health workers that offer the best protection against the virus. The major reasons behind the increase in the demand for surgical masks are low costs, easy availability, rising awareness regarding the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, and better infrastructure.
Individuals are increasingly spending more on healthcare products such as masks and sanitizers, thus positively impacting market growth. Its usage has escalated on the account of the better awareness of the individuals towards airborne infections. Moreover, there has been a shift in the lifestyle of the individuals and they are preferring high-quality products that have led to a rise in demand for quality driven products in the healthcare department. The demand for surgical equipment has significantly increased owing to the emergence of improved surgical implementation in the medical field, which is positively impacting the surgical mask industry. The need for green and eco-friendly tools and technologies within the field of medicine has paved the way for biodegradable masks, thus increasing the market growth.
The mandatory usage of surgical masks in a few countries and less risk of replacement from a counter product is estimated to drive the industry growth. A major barrier for the surgical mask can be respirators which act as a better shield against any germs owing to its tight grip on the face and its structure. The government regulations on prices and the limitation of exports to other countries amid the COVID-19 outbreak also acts as a barrier for the surgical masks market.
In the first quarter of 2019, the spread of COVID-19 had increased drastically. The government of several countries is taking precautionary measures such as mandates for the usage of masks, gloves, frequent sanitization of hands, and social distancing, to safeguard their citizens from this chronic disease. The key objective behind the usage of masks is to restrain individuals from interacting with an infected individual. Thus, leading to an upsurge in the demand for surgical masks.
The adoption rate for surgical masks has increased among individuals owing to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases worldwide and rising air pollution. Moreover, owing to the growing panic among individuals because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in many countries, such as China, the U.S., Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and India. It has led to a rise in the purchase rate of the surgical mask by its citizens.
Several automobile companies are transforming their manufacturing plants into a medical device manufacturing department to fulfill the rising demand for the masks and other equipment. In March 2020, Automobili Lamborghini announced that its key production department will be converted to manufacture surgical masks and protective medical shields for the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy.
The industry can be segmented into product, distribution channel, and region. Based on product type, the industry can be segmented into an N95 mask, fluid/splash surgical mask, anti-fog surgical mask, and basic surgical masks. Surgical and respiratory masks are conveniently available at over-the-counter pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, retail outlets, and online distribution channels. The market share of the surgical mask is expected to grow at a high pace on the account of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases globally.
Based on the distribution channel, it can be divided into hospitals & clinics, drug stores, and online retailers. The local retailers and supermarkets play an important role in the market growth of the surgical mask owing to its convenience factor and goodwill. Online delivery of surgical masks by e-commerce is expected to drive the sales on account of the convenience it provides the customers with bulk orders and ease of delivering directly at their doorsteps.
The market for surgical masks in North America is anticipated to grow owing to rapid advancements in surgical procedures. In the Asia Pacific, the Indian surgical masks market is set to expand owing to various factors such as rising elderly population, increase in the adoption of surgical masks among the general population coupled with a high prevalence of lingering illness such as tuberculosis.
The key players market include Thea - Tex Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., DYNAREX, Z Plus Disposable, Henry Schein Inc., Medicare Hygiene Limited, 3M, Cardinal Health, Mediblue Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Fisher Scientific, Medline Industries, Inc., Premium Health Care Disposables Private Limited, Berkley Surgical Company, Halyard Health, Inc., Sterimed, CREATIVE CONTRACT (M) SDN BHD, and Key Surgical.
Cardinal Health specializes in a simplified surgical and procedure mask line and N95 respirators. In March 2020, the company collaborated with industrial partners and the U.S. Federal government to gain insights, optimize response and identify additional sources of critical products to combat the COVID-19 transmission. The major focus of the company is on accelerating the flow of urgently needed personal protective equipment, including respiratory masks, to their staff as well as to the general public worldwide.
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The shortage in supply of raw materials from Chinese manufacturers has resulted in a severe demand-supply gap. The manufacturers are further expected to be stranded on raw material orders owing to the logistics industry being significantly impacted due to lockdown amid COVID-19. However, the producers are expected to move away from China aiming to reduce the future risks that would affect the business and to reduce the manufacturers' cluster in a single country in order to smoothen the supply chain. The report will account for Covid19 as a key market contributor.