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Surgical Masks Market to Grow with a CAGR of 5.61% through 2028

Increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and growing number of surgeries is expected to drive the Global Surgical Masks Market growth in the forecast period, 2024-2028.

According to TechSci Research report, Surgical Masks Market - Industry Size, Share, Trends, Opportunity, and Forecast, 2018–2028F, the Global Surgical Masks Market stood at USD 3.45 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow with a CAGR of 5.61% in the forecast period, 2024-2028. The global surgical masks market is driven by several key factors. There is an increasing need to prevent the spread of viral infections and mitigate exposure to particulate air pollution. The growing need to prevent the transfer of droplets, splashes, and sprays in healthcare settings is also contributing to the market's revenue growth. Health workers are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases, making the use of surgical face masks essential in controlling the spread of infections, especially through droplet transmission. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated its guidelines on mask-wearing, recommending individuals aged 60 and older, and those with underlying medical conditions, to wear surgical masks in areas with community transmission where physical distancing is not possible.

An increase in the number of surgeries conducted globally is further fueling the demand for surgical masks. In China alone, there were 66 million inpatient surgical procedures performed in 2020. Surgical masks are widely used to prevent the transmission of infections and maintain cleanliness as they are sterile, resistant to dust and foreign antigens, and do not absorb germs or viruses. Advancements in medical surgery and diagnosis, along with the rise in the number of medical device manufacturing companies, are significant factors driving the market's growth. The adoption of surgical masks among the general population and advancements in medical surgery are expected to further enhance the market demand for surgical masks. Disposable face masks are anticipated to be in high demand, particularly among individuals with specific sensitivities.

These masks come in various sizes and styles, providing protection against dust and tiny airborne particles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the use of disposable face masks, especially for medical staff who are at high risk of exposure to viruses, germs, and other diseases. Various producers utilize different materials for face masks, some of which may cause allergic reactions. Therefore, disposable face masks serve as the initial line of defense against smoke and dust due to the escalating detrimental effects of pollution. NIOSH-approved filtering respirators are available from companies like 3M for tasks that pose a higher risk of contracting illnesses. In recent years, there have been notable product launches in the market. Nexera Medical introduced the SpectraSheild 9500 Surgical Mask in 2017, offering protection against bacteria and influenza viruses. Planar Tech launched graphene-enhanced antibacterial face masks in 2020. To meet the increased demand for masks, government authorities have implemented measures to ensure an adequate supply. For example, the United States has enacted legislation such as the Defense Manufacture Act (DPA) to boost personal protective equipment (PPE) production and restrict the export of limited medical supplies for domestic use. Collaboration between PPE producers and the government is also helping to bridge the gap between mask supply and demand.

The surge in surgical procedures is anticipated to drive the expansion of the surgical mask market in the future. Surgery encompasses medical interventions wherein a physician makes incisions to address or remove afflicted or damaged organs. It involves the excision or repair of unhealthy tissues or organs for disease treatment. Surgical masks are utilized during surgical operations to shield the healthcare provider's face from patient sprays and splashes, as well as to prevent the transmission of germs from the surgeon's mouth and nose into the patient's wounds. For example, in 2021, as per a report released by the Aesthetic Society, a US-based professional organization of ABPS (American Board of Physician Specialties) board-certified plastic surgeons, surgical treatments witnessed a 54% increase, while non-surgical procedures rose by 44% compared to 2020. On average, plastic surgeons conducted 320 surgical procedures in 2021, with the average cost of a surgical procedure rising by 6%, and the cost of a non-surgical procedure increasing by 1%. Hence, the upsurge in surgical procedures is propelling the growth of the surgical mask market.

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The Global Surgical Masks Market is segmented into type, material type, distribution channel, regional distribution, and company.

Based on material type, the global surgical masks market is categorized into polypropylene (PP), polyurethane, polyester, and cotton. The cotton segment is projected to exhibit a rapid revenue growth rate throughout the forecast period. Cotton surgical masks are renowned for their excellent protection against patients' respiratory secretions for healthcare workers. Cotton fibers demonstrate superior inhibition of virus, pathogenic bacteria, and fungi transfer compared to synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon. These materials possess unique physical, chemical, and isoelectric properties, ensuring both comfort and breathability. Cotton emerges as an ideal option for face masks, safeguarding against a wide range of hazardous microbial infections, including Coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2. The popularity of cotton surgical masks has surged due to their air purification and filtration capability, germ blocking effectiveness, and enhanced ventilation, which are anticipated to propel the demand for cotton surgical masks. The polypropylene (PP) segment is expected to command a significant revenue share in the global market throughout the forecast period. The rising demand for polypropylene in non-woven fabric masks, attributed to its breathability and washability features, provides an additional layer for air filtration. Polypropylene is non-toxic, breathable, hydrophobic, lightweight, and cost-effective. Medical-grade masks incorporating polypropylene utilize three layers to prevent the transmission of airborne particles, thereby driving revenue growth in this segment during the forecast period.

Based on region, North America segment is expected to grow during the forecast period.  North America is projected to dominate the surgical masks and respirators market during the forecast period, driven by factors such as the rising number of communicable disease cases and the increasing adoption of surgeries. Furthermore, there is a growing awareness among the population regarding the use of protective gear, alongside improved regulations of surgical devices. Companies also have well-established direct channel collaborations with hospitals and clinics to cater to this market. With the increasing demand, the production of surgical masks is expected to witness growth, consequently driving market expansion.

Major companies operating in Global Surgical Masks Market are:

  • 3M Company
  • Cardinal Health
  • Cartel Healthcare Pvt. Ltd
  • O&M Halyard, Inc.
  • Mediblue Health Care Private Limited
  • Medline Industries Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Premium Health Care Disposables Private Limited
  • AlphaProTech
  • Dynarex Corporation


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“The outlook for the surgical mask market indicates that the rise in surgeries has directly corresponded to the increased usage of labeled surgical masks. Notably, the demand for surgical and anesthesia masks among various end users has been fueled by the growth of minimally invasive surgeries. Additionally, the expanding elderly population with health-related concerns has led to an increase in surgeries, further driving the sales of surgical masks. Government initiatives play a significant role in benefiting the market. Collaboration and coordination between governmental and non-profit organizations have been instrumental in establishing standards to accelerate innovation and production of surgical face masks, including disposable surgical masks. These initiatives are expected to create substantial growth opportunities for the market during the forecast period. Leading manufacturers and researchers are actively expanding their product portfolio through continuous investments in research activities. This includes collaborations and research contracts with highly reputable research institutes to foster innovation and develop new ideas in the field of surgical masks. These advancements are poised to offer promising prospects for the surgical mask market in the foreseeable future.,” said Mr. Karan Chechi, Research Director with TechSci Research, a research-based management consulting firm.

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