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Companies: 59 – Players covered include 3M Company; Alliqua BioMedical, Inc.; Ashland, Inc.; B. Braun Melsungen AG; BSN Medical GmbH; Cardinal Health, Inc.; Coloplast A/S; ConvaTec, Inc.; Cosmo Bio Co., Ltd. ; Derma Sciences, Inc.; Evonik Industries SA; Gentell Company; Hollister, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Medline Industries, Inc.; Medtronic APIs; Molnlycke Healthcare; Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.; MPM Medical LLC; Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.; Paul Hartmann AG; Procyon Company; Royal DSM SA; Smith & Nephew PLC and others.
Cover: All major geographies and key segments
segments: Raw material (natural, synthetic and hybrid); Composition (Polyacrylate, Polyacrylamide, Silicon and Other Compositions); and application (agriculture, health and hygiene, contact lenses, drug delivery, tissue engineering and other applications)
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Global Hydrogel Market to Reach $16 billion by 2026
Hydrogels are flexible materials primarily made of water and mixed with compounds to form solid, three-dimensional polymeric materials. The water-insoluble polymer is essentially a gel-like or colloidal substance which is capable of absorbing and retaining a high water content of about 90% in its structure. Sodium polyacrylate, acrylate polymers, polyvinyl alcohol, and other copolymers are the common ingredients found in hydrogel. Their specific structures, flexibility and compatibility with different conditions of use facilitate their application in many different fields and processes ranging from medical to biological to industrial. Hydrogel can be found in many everyday products, ranging from disposable diapers to plant water crystals and soft contact lenses. Other application areas include scaffolds in tissue engineering, agriculture, removal of dyes and heavy metal ions, and injectable hydrogel for spinal cord regeneration, among others. The new generation of hydrogels feature multi-layered and complex internal structures with controllable physical properties
Amid COVID-19 crisis, Global Hydrogel Market Estimated at US$13.3 billion in 2022, is expected to reach a revised size of 16 billion US dollars by 2026, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% over the analysis period. Europe represents the largest regional market for hydrogel and is expected to reach 4 billion US dollars by 2026. China is expected to spearhead the growth and become the fastest growing regional market with a CAGR of 6.7% over the analysis period. Expanding scope of application, growing demand for synthetic hydrogel, advantages over conventional substitutes, growing demand in emerging economies, and growth in R&D activities are the major drivers for the growth of the hydrogel market. hydrogel. Rising hygiene awareness, expanding infant and aging population in developing countries, and growing demand for feminine hygiene products are expected to increase the consumption of hydrogel in the hygiene sector. The high manufacturing cost of hydrogel and the possibility of environmental issues encountered while disposing of synthetic hydrogel is expected to restrain the market growth.
Wound care is an emerging application area for hydrogel dressings as they accelerate the speed and success of wound healing. Hydrogel is added to traditional gauze or mesh materials to form a hydrogel dressing. The hydrogel ensures that the wound bed remains sufficiently moist, which prevents pain during dressing changes and promotes good healing. They are increasingly used in the treatment of necrotic wounds, dry wounds such as burns and radiation damage, partial or thick wounds, and autolytic debridement. Researchers continue to investigate new methods of using hydrogel for better wound care. Synthetic hydrogel is increasingly used in biomedical applications such as ophthalmology. Agricultural applications are a fast-growing avenue for hydrogels, primarily due to their ability to prevent soil erosion and retain moisture in arid areas, which improves crop yield. The synthetic hydrogel market is growing due to growing demand in basic applications including healthcare and hygiene, drug delivery systems, biotechnology processes, and agricultural applications. Synthetic hydrogels made from different types of polymers, including biodegradable (such as synthetic peptides, degradable PEG, PPF-PEG, PHEMA-PCL), non-biodegradable (PVA, Pluronic® PEGDA, PNIPAm, PHEMA, PHPMA) and bioactive ( growth factor-bearing, enzyme-responsive, cell adhesive) are increasingly used in various end-use sectors. The use of synthetic polymers is gaining ground especially in the fabrication of tissue-engineered hydrogel skeletals, as these polymers can be modified at the molecular level by mechanical strength, molecular weights, biodegradability and structures in blocks. In the coming years, biodegradable and bioactive versions are expected to drive overall momentum in the overall synthetic hydrogel market, amid increasing demand for environmentally friendly products across all end-use scenarios.
North America holds a dominant share of the hydrogel market while Asia Pacific is expected to experience a high growth rate over the analysis period. Large consumption of hydrogel in biotechnology and medicine, tissue engineering, contact lenses and agriculture is expected to drive growth in the United States, and Europe. The growing sectors of pharmaceuticals and healthcare, personal care and hygiene and agriculture in China, Japanand India stimulate the use of hydrogel in the Asia Pacific Region. Other key factors such as strong economic growth, rapid population growth and rising per capita income are also expected to influence growth in the region. Growing consumption of baby products, oral care, skincare and cosmetics is expected to drive robust growth in the health, beauty and personal care sectors. The growing demand for synthetic hydrogel is expected to be propelled by agriculture and the growing demand for drug delivery systems. China is expected to lead the hydrogel consumption in the region, driven by the growing demand for cosmetics and the growing presence of domestic and international cosmetic companies. In India, the demand for hydrogel is mainly driven by the personal care sector. Growing consumer demand for products containing natural ingredients and product innovations are expected to drive growth. Rising consumption of hydrogel in tissue engineering, contact lens, biotechnology and medicine is expected to further drive the demand for hydrogels. After
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