Sterilization Technologies: The U.S. Market

Published - Nov 2009| Analyst - Peggy Lehr| Code - CHM016E
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Report Highlights

  • Overall sales in the U.S. market for sterilization equipment by type were nearly $1 billion in 2009 which is predicted to remain same in 2010. But by 2014, it is projected to increase to $1.2 billion, at 5 year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2%.
  • The largest segment filter sterilization market was nearly $572.3 million in 2009; which will remain same in 2010. This is projected to reach $652.6 million in 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 3.3%.
  • Sales in the heat sterilization market amounted to $499 million in 2009 and will remain same in 2010. This is projected to increase to $564 million in 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 3.1%.



Sterilization is an often unrecognized element in a vast number of industries and manufacturing processes. Because various market forces shape demand for sterilization, the delivery of sterile products has created the need for effective, rapid, and economical technologies that ensure safety throughout the production process. This updated BCC report explores the changes and directions in the field that are projected between 2009 and 2014.

The goal of this study is to describe and discuss changes in the U.S. sterilization industry since BCC last looked at it in 2005. This report is designed to achieve the following objectives:
  • To describe the trends and developments for each type of sterilization technology and how each is meant to satisfy the needs of manufacturers ·         
  •  To analyze market and driving forces with particular attention to regulatory impacts that create certain programs for specific industries, such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), in order to suggest the market size for the technologies and pinpoint target applications ·         
  •  To examine the sterilization business in terms of the types of companies and their position in the market.
The report is designed to appeal to many different readers, including venture capitalists interested in exploring commercialization opportunities, marketing and management individuals within the industry, and even the novice reader, who desires to understand how market pressures and technology interact in the industry.
This technical market report organizes information from diverse sources into a cohesive unit that includes overview, industry structure, and technology sections.  
The overview examines sterilization in general, the types of technology, and regulatory influences. The industry structure section discusses the most active suppliers, with regard to relative market share, marketing strengths, and forces that promote or hamper growth of technologies. The technology sections detail historical, current, and projected (2010 through 2014) market values for testing systems for filter, heat, chemical, radiation, and emerging sterilization technologies.  
The data for this report was gathered from primary and secondary sources. Sources include information obtained from industry analysts, trade journals, industry associations, the U.S, Patent and Trademark Organization, company reports and press releases, product literature, and government documents. Where precise information was not available, a consensus was made using reasonable assumptions and estimates based on historical data.  
Initial market values have been calculated from those cited in the previous version of this report, with adjustments made according to industry growth and the reasoned opinions of industry experts. Where possible, evaluations of the financial reports of the major U.S. sterilization equipment manufacturers for a 5-year period were made. The market values are for capital equipment sales only and those for contract services are discussed within the body of the report.
An important change in market revenue calculations should be noted. Because of the economic turbulence of 2008-2009, most segments of the industry experienced, and in some cases, continue to experience negative growth. To provide the most accurate projections possible, the calculation formula for this report has been changed. Instead of the traditional 5-year calculations, the CAGR has been calculated on a 4-year basis with the CAGR representing 2010-2014.
Peggy S. Lehr is the BCC Research analyst of this report. Ms. Lehr holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MS in Communication from the University of Denver. Ms. Lehr has worked within the publishing industry for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and she specializes in marketing reports on the medical industry. Previous reports for BCC include Medical Diagnostic Kits, Organ and Tissue Transplantation, Trends in Pediatric Care, Trends in Eldercare, and The Global Catheter Market.
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Published - Sep-2005| Analyst - Norma Corbitt| Code - CHM016D

Report Highlights

  • U.S. sales of capital equipment to the sterilization industry should reach $905.2 million in 2005 and $1.1 billion in 2010, rising at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 4.2%.
  • The trends of value-added manufacturing and shorter hospital stays combined are holding capital equipment costs down and are leading to the use of more disposable than reusable items.
  • This trend toward disposables spells success for filtration sterilization, where sales of sterilizing filters for liquids and gases will rise at an AAGR of 5.9% to $603.5 million in 2010.
  • Heat sterilization technologies are the tried-and-true methods and purchases will rise to $505.3 million in 2010.
Published - Sep-2000| Analyst - Barbara Breindel| Code - CHM016C

Report Highlights

  • Sterilization is an unrecognized element in a vast number of industries and manufacturing processes and there is an ongoing need for effective, safe, rapid and economic methods. Many products are regulated and monitored by the government for microbe control procedures and contamination levels and they cannot be sold unless they are sterilized. Other products benefit from sterilization, even if not mandated by law.
  • Sterilization methods are more than a century old. Processes for performing sterilization basically have remained unchanged, but the efficiency and performance of devices is changing and evolving, as are the materials that are being sterilized. Therefore, it is important to understand the various sterilization methods and their uses and to know the changes and directions sterilization technology is taking.
  • This report attempts to discuss all areas of the market and to identify significant suppliers, end market size and government and regulatory factors. Participating companies will be discussed with regard to relative market share, marketing strengths, participation in new segments and innovative marketing practices.

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