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Sterile packaging demand to reach $1.8 billion in 2006. (For Immediate Release).

Sterile medical packaging demand in the US is expected to expand 5.2 percent annually to $1.8 billion in 2006, amounting to 10.5 billion units. Increases will be stimulated by an aging populace, more rigorous infection control standards and the convenience of sterile packaging formats. Value-added products that provide greater efficiency, such as custom surgical trays, prefillable syringes and plastic bottles, will offer the best opportunities. These and other trends are presented in Sterile Packaging, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industrial market research firm.

Demand for sterile trays will grow six percent yearly to nearly $480 million in 2006, fostered by heightened use in surgical and diagnostic test kits, particularly high value custom surgical trays. Other stimulants include elevated demand for multiple compartment trays and expanded use of disposable medical devices for surgical procedures. Further tray advances will be limited by competition from lower cost pouches and bags, as well as trays' poorer adaptability to large-sized products.

Prefillable syringe demand will advance 5.6 percent per annum through 2006 to $215 million, bolstered by infection prevention and response time advantages over alternative hypodermic systems. Sterile pouches will also exhibit good opportunities based on their versatility and cost advantages over trays, blister packs and clamshells. Trends toward the use of higher-value pouches will also support demand growth. Plastic bottles will grow at the fastest pace, driven by burgeoning markets for ophthalmic preparations in light of increasing sales of contact lenses.

Pharmaceuticals and biologicals will remain the leading sterile packaging market as a result of expanding parenteral drug use based on an increasing incidence of cancer, diabetes and other diseases that often require long-term, regular use of parenteral drugs and their containers. The second largest market, medical supplies and devices, will be driven by morbidity patterns and increased surgical activity concomitant with an aging population.

Materials used in the manufacture of sterile medical packaging include plastic, paper and paperboard, and foil. Plastic resins--primarily polyvinyl chloride, thermoplastic polyester and high density polyethylene--account for more than 70 percent of the total in volume terms. Faced with downward profit pressures arising from generic competition and managed care price controls, medical product and supply producers will become increasingly cost conscious in the selection of containers and packaging options.
(million dollars)

 % Annual Growth
Item 1996 2001 2006 01/96 06/01

Sterile Packaging Demand 1065 1390 1790 5.5 5.2
 Thermoformed Trays 271 356 476 5.6 6.0
 Pouches 238 319 417 6.0 5.5
 Prefillable Syringes 121 164 215 6.3 5.6
 Plastic IV Containers 105 128 153 4.0 3.6
 Vials 104 123 142 3.4 2.9
 Plastic Bottles 70 95 130 6.3 6.5
 Other 156 205 257 5.6 4.6

[c]2003 by The Freedonia Group, Inc.

Sterile Packaging (published 01/2003, 219 pages) is available for $3,800 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326. For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-mail Information may also be obtained through

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Date:Feb 6, 2003
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