According to a January 2019 report by Grand View Research, the value of the global medical plastic tubing market is expected to reach $11.95 billion by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent over the forecast period.1 The company predicts silicone polymers will be the fastest-growing segment, thanks to beneficial properties such as hydrophobicity, chemical resistance, and thermal stability. Silicone polymers are increasingly used in diagnostic guidewires, defibrillators, suture sleeves, and heart pumps.
“Silicone is being used in new and innovative ways in the medical device industry, such as overmolded tips, reinforced components, and novel extrusion profiles,” confirmed Paul Melnychuck, senior director of business development and innovation for Xeridiem Medical Devices, a Tucson, Ariz.-based supplier and a Spectrum Plastics Group company that manufactures silicone-based catheters and other components for medical devices.
Metal tubing is frequently used for the shafts of disposable and reusable medical instruments. OEMs want customized steel tubing with special properties for complex articulating instruments that enable easier access into the body during minimally invasive laparoscopic, endoscopic, and arthroscopic procedures. Making tubing components for these devices typically requires a variety of tubing technologies and processes to manipulate metals into different formations.
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