Medical Polymers Market

Pharmaceutical Polymers / Medical Polymers Market: Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, till 2035 - Distribution by Type of Polymer (Thermoplastic Polymers, Elastomers, Thermoset Polymers and Others), Area of Application and Key Geographical Regions

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Pharmaceutical Polymers / Medical Polymers Market Overview

The global medical polymers market size is estimated to grow from USD 20.80 billion in 2024 to USD 46 billion by 2035, representing a CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period 2024-2035

Medical Polymers Market, By Type of Polymer, 2023-2035 (USD Billion)

Polymers represent a versatile class of materials composed of multiple simple chemical units, commonly known as monomers. Polymers are classified as natural and synthetic polymers based on raw materials. Some examples of synthetic polymers include thermoplastic polymers, elastomers, and fibers, whereas naturally occurring polymers include natural rubber, bio-based polymer and wood. It is worth highlighting that polymers are economical, highly durable, resistant to chemicals, possess considerable strength and light-weight in nature. As a result, polymers are used in various industries, including automotive, agriculture, construction, electronics, medical and textile.

Specifically, medical grade polymers play a crucial role in the development and manufacturing of drug formulations (to enhance the solubilization of poorly soluble drugs, improve stability or encapsulate the drug to mask their unpleasant taste), sustained release drug delivery systems (to control the release of drug over time or target specific tissues) and medical devices (such as artificial joints, biosensors, dental implants, microfluidic devices, orthopedic implants and stents). Pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers have also played a significant role in the domain of tissue engineering, as they are useful in the creation of scaffolds that can be employed to repair damaged tissues and wound care. Further, medical grade polymers are used in 3D bioprinting to develop hydrogels / bioinks for soft tissue generation and other supporting structures. Driven by the significant advancements in this industry and rising demand for novel therapies and medical devices, the global pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market is likely to witness substantial market growth during the forecast period.

Medical Polymers Market Key Insights

The Pharmaceutical Polymers / Medical Polymers Market - Distribution by Type of Polymer (Thermoplastic Polymers, Elastomers, Thermoset Polymers and Others), Area of Application (Medical Devices, Excipients, Packaging and Others) and Key Geographical Regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa): Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, 2023-2035 market report features an extensive study of the current market landscape, market size and future opportunities for the pharmaceutical polymer / medical polymer companies, during the given forecast period. Further, the market report highlights the efforts of several stakeholders engaged in this rapidly emerging segment of the pharmaceutical industry. Key takeaways of the pharmaceutical polymer / medical polymer market report are briefly discussed below. 

Key Drivers for Medical Polymers Market Growth: Growing Demand for Biodegradable Polymers and Medical Grade Polymers 

Owing to various benefits, including light weight, high durability and inertness, economical, and ease in manufacturing, medical grade polymers are widely adopted across the pharmaceutical and medical device industry for various high end applications. It is worth highlighting that there is a growing demand for biodegradable polymers in healthcare markets owing to a significant upsurge in the demand for medical implants and other medical devices. 

Over the years, technological advancements in the medical polymers market have led to the development of novel, functional biodegradable polymers and smart polymers (also known as stimuli-responsive polymers or intelligent materials). In recent years, polymers have also been modified to exhibit antibacterial properties, thereby, promoting their use in catheters and wound dressings to prevent infections. Another key trend observed in the pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers industry is recycling of polymer-based products in order to lower the production costs, optimize the usage of resources, reduce the waste generated and create a sustainable environment. In November 2022, Solvay, an advanced polymer manufacturer, entered into an agreement with Ostium to enable the mechanical recycling of end-of-life single-use surgical instruments molded in glass-fiber reinforced Ixef® polyarylamide (PARA) from Solvay’s portfolio of specialty polymers. The continuous advancements in medical polymers industry and growing demand for novel medical grade polymers is expected to drive the pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market growth during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape Analysis: Medical Polymer Companies

The current landscape of pharmaceutical polymer / medical polymer companies feature a mix of close to 150 large, mid-sized and small companies, which have the required expertise to produce polymers for the biopharma / medical industry. Majority of the players are focused on the manufacturing of amino-based polymers, followed by those having the capabilities to produce polysaccharide-based polymers. It is worth highlighting that 60% of the medical polymer companies manufacture synthetic polymers. Further, medical grade polymers are poised to play a significant role in shaping up the future market landscape, by enabling the development of new therapeutic modalities and medical devices that were previously considered unattainable. 

Market Trends Analysis: Partnership and Collaboration in Medical Polymers Market

Currently, several partnerships have been inked by various industry and non-industry players engaged in the development of medical grade polymers. It is worth highlighting that partnership activity within this industry has increased at a CAGR of around 15%, between 2019 and 2022. Majority of the agreements related to pharmaceutical / medical polymers were observed to be focused on product development, representing nearly 30% of the total partnerships. Further, most of the intercontinental, as well as intracontinental deals have been inked by players based in Europe. For instance, in May 2022, Arkema forged an agreement with Foster / Mednet for the supply of Arkema’s High Performance Polymers, including Pebax® MED, Rilsan® MED, Rilsamid® MED, Rilsan® Clear MED and Kynar® MED products for medical applications, in all countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In January 2024, Seqens entered into an agreement with Pleryon to develop and manufacture GMP polymers in order to treat osteoarthritis, at its facility in Aramon, France.

Additionally, there have been mergers and acquisitions in the medical polymers market. In 2015, US based Polymers Group Inc. changed its name to Avintiv Inc. and was acquired by Berry Plastics in July 2015. At the time of the acquisition, the thermoplastic polymer manufacturer was generating 12% of its revenues from serving the healthcare industry . The acquirer, Berry Plastics, is a plastic packaging manufacturer.

Market Analysis: Global Pharmaceutical Polymers / Medical Polymers Market Size

The global market for pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers is estimated to be worth USD 20 billion in 2023. Driven by the indubitably rising need for economical, biodegradable and eco-friendly medical grade polymers, the pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period. Within medical polymers market, medical plastics market is a fast growing segment. Specifically, in terms of type of polymer, the market is anticipated to be primarily driven by thermoplastic polymers. Further, in the near future, close to 75% of the market share is likely to be represented by players based in North America and Europe.

Leading Medical Polymers Market Companies

Examples of key medical polymer companies (the complete list of players is available in the full report) include Americhem, Borealis, Celanese, Corel Pharma Chem, Eastman, Henkel, KRAIBURG TPE, Kuraray, Lubrizol Life Science, LyondellBasell, Phon Tech, SEQENS, Sumitomo Chemical, Solvay and Zylog ElastoComp.

Recent Developments in Medical Polymer Market

Several recent developments have taken place in the field of medical polymers. We have outlined some of these recent initiatives below. These developments, even if they took place post the release of our market report, substantiate the overall market trends that have been outlined in our analysis.

  • In June 2023, Borealis announced the acquisition of Rialti to strengthen its portfolio by adding 50,000 tons of recycled polypropylene compounds capacity to meet the increasing demand for sustainable solutions. 
  • In May 2023, IMCD entered into a strategic distribution agreement with Evonik with the aim to strengthen its portfolio of medical devices segment. 
  • In May 2023, Americhem announced expansion of its medical grade materials compounding facility in order to meet the increasing demand in Europe.
  • In May 2023, Tissium raised USD 53.8 million through venture series D round. The company aimed to use the funding amount to advance its biomorphic programmable polymers platform and expand its portfolio for new therapeutic areas. 
  • In April 2023, LyondellBasell announced that CirculenRenew renewable polymers will be utilized in the development of female urinary catheters. 
The image provides context of medical polymers market. Medical-grade polymers have proven to be a crucial part of the healthcare system; an increasing number of companies are leveraging their technical expertise to develop novel pharmaceutical polymers for human contact and non-contact applications This image provides list of companies providing medical grade polymers. Currently, over 145 companies claim to manufacture various natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic pharmaceutical polymers; around 15% players develop more than three pharmaceutical polymer compositions The infographic highlights application areas of pharmaceutical polymers. 75% of the players claim to have the necessary expertise to produce thermoplastics; firms are primarily offering polymers for use in excipients, drug delivery and packaging


Scope of the Medical Polymer Market Report

The study presents an in-depth analysis of the various firms / organizations that are engaged in this domain, across different segments as defined in the below table:

Key Report Attributes Details

Forecast Period

2023 – 2035

Type of Polymer

Thermoplastic Polymers, Elastomers, Thermoset Polymers, Others

Area of Application

Medical Devices, Excipients, Packaging, Others

Key Geographical Regions

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, Rest of the World

Key Companies Profiled

  • Americhem
  • Borealis
  • Celanese
  • Corel Pharma Chem
  • Eastman
  • Henkel
  • KRAIBURG TPE
  • Kuraray
  • Lubrizol Life Science
  • LyondellBasell
  • Phon Tech
  • SEQENS
  • Sumitomo Chemical
  • Solvay
  • Zylog ElastoComp
  • (Full list of 145+ companies captured in the market landscape analysis of the report)

Customization Scope

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PowerPoint Presentation

  • Complimentary

Excel Data Packs

  • Market Landscape Analysis
  • Company Competitiveness Analysis
  • Partnerships and Collaborations
  • STEL Analysis
  • Market Forecast and Opportunity Analysis

 

The image provides market landscape of medical polymers market. The current market landscape is highly fragmented, featuring the presence of both new entrants and established players across key geographical regions This image highlights competitive landscape of pharmaceutical polymer manufacturing companies. In pursuit of obtaining a competitive edge, industry stakeholders are actively upgrading their existing capabilities and adding new competencies to enhance their respective product portfolios The infographic highlights partnerships and collaborations in medical polymers domain. The number of partnerships inked in this domain demonstrates the growing interest of industry stakeholders; ~30% of the deals were inked for product development


The research report presents an in-depth analysis, highlighting the capabilities of various stakeholders in this market, across different geographies. Amongst other elements, the market report includes:

  • An executive summary of the insights captured during our research. It offers a high-level view on the current state of pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market and its likely evolution in the mid-long term.
  • A general overview of polymers, their historical background and properties, such as physical, chemical and mechanical, along with information on different types of polymers (based on a variety of parameters) and their applications in the pharmaceutical / medical industry.
  • A detailed assessment of the overall landscape of pharmaceutical polymer / medical manufacturers, based on several relevant parameters, such as year of establishment, company size (based on the number of employees), location of headquarters, source of polymer (natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic), composition of polymer (amino-based polymers, polysaccharide-based polymers, polyesters, cellulose-based polymers, polyolefins, polyethers, acrylic polymers, vinyl-based polymers, styrene-based polymers, plastics, siloxane-based polymers, sulphur-based polymers, rubbers, amide-based polymers, imine-based polymers, fluorocarbon-based polymers, anhydride-based polymers, oxazoline-based polymers and other polymers), type of polymer (thermoplastic polymers, elastomers, thermoset polymers and fibers), and area of application (excipients, drug delivery devices / drug delivery device components, packaging, diagnostic devices / reagents / equipment, surgical instruments / solutions / equipment, connected devices, wound dressing, dental devices, implants, tissue regeneration, medical device coatings, fluid handling systems, purification and others). 
  • A comprehensive competitiveness analysis of pharmaceutical polymer / medical polymer manufacturers based in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific and Rest of world, presenting a comparison based on supplier power (in terms of number of years of experience), service portfolio strength (in terms of source of polymer, number of types of polymers, number of application area and biodegradability of polymers) and number of unique compositions of polymer.
  • Elaborate profiles of key players engaged in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers (shortlisted based on proprietary criteria), across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific and rest of world, featuring a brief overview of the company, details related to its portfolio for pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers, recent developments and an informed future outlook.
  • An analysis of partnerships and collaborations, inked between pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers manufacturers, since 2019, based on several relevant parameters, such as year of partnership, type of partnership, composition of polymer, type of polymer, area of application, type of partner, most active players (in terms of number of partnerships) and region.  
  • An insightful analysis of leading pharmaceutical polymer / medical polymer manufacturers, by considering affiliated factors, key drivers and challenges under the DELT framework, thereby, highlighting the relative effect of each factor of DELT parameter on pharmaceutical polymer / medical polymer manufacturers market.
  • A case study on recent and emerging trends related to pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers, highlighting information on novel polymers (such as biodegradable polymers and smart polymers) and polymer recycling initiatives adopted by manufacturers for maintaining a sustainable environment.
The image provides DELT Analysis of pharmaceutical polymers market. DELT analysis focuses on monitoring the internal and external forces that may affect the strategic business of a company; further, it provides a consolidated view on the likely threats and opportunities within this domain This image highlights medical polymers market forecast. The pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market is likely to grow at a steady pace, till 2035; the projected opportunity is anticipated to be well distributed across types of polymers, area of applications and key regions


One of the key objectives of this market report was to estimate the current market size, opportunity and the future growth potential of the pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market, over the forecast period. We have provided informed estimates on the likely evolution of the market for the forecast period, 2023-2035. Our year-wise projections of the current and future opportunity have further been segmented based on relevant parameters, such as type of polymer (thermoplastic polymers, elastomers, thermoset polymers and others), area of application (medical devices, excipients, packaging and others) and key geographical regions (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa). In order to account for future uncertainties associated with some of the key parameters and to add robustness to our model, we have provided three market forecast scenarios, namely conservative, base and optimistic scenarios, representing different tracks of the industry’s evolution.

The opinions and insights presented in the report were influenced by discussions held with senior stakeholders in the industry. The report features detailed transcripts of interviews held with the following industry stakeholders:

  • Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist, Small Company, USA
  • Business Development Manager, Small Company, Germany
  • Head of Marketing and Business Strategy, Large Company, Japan

All actual figures have been sourced and analyzed from publicly available information forums and primary research discussions. Financial figures mentioned in this report are in USD, unless otherwise specified.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: What are medical polymers? Why are polymers important in pharmaceutical industry?  

Answer: Pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers are commonly used as binders, disintegrants, coatings, drug carriers, stabilizers, taste masking agents and release controlling agents. 

Question 2: What polymers are used in pharmaceuticals?  

Answer: Some commonly used polymers in the pharmaceutical / medical sector include polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyglycolic acid, dextran and gelatin.

Question 3: How many players are engaged in manufacturing pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers?

Answer: At present, close to 150 companies claim to manufacture different compositions of polymers, for a wide range of pharmaceutical / medical applications.

Question 4: How big is the medical polymer market?

Answer: The global medical polymers market is estimated to be worth USD 20 billion in 2023.

Question 5: What is the likely CAGR of pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market?

Answer: The global pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~7.5% from 2023 to 2035. 

Question 6: What is the most widely used product in the polymer market?

Answer: Specifically, in terms of type of polymer, majority share of the market is likely to be captured by thermoplastic polymers.

Question 7: Which region captures the largest share of the pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market?

Answer: At present, North America captures around 50% of the global pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers. However, the pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at a relatively faster pace (9.1%), in the long term. 

Question 8: Which segment is likely to have the largest market share in the pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market?

Answer: Currently, the medical devices segment dominates the pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers market. However, the market is anticipated to be driven by polymers used as excipients in drug formulations, in the foreseen future. 

Question 9: What are the partnership trends observed related to pharmaceutical polymers / medical polymers?

Answer: Product development agreements, acquisitions and distribution agreements are the most common types of partnerships inked by stakeholders in the pharmaceutical polymer / medical polymer industry.

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