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Medical Equipment (Industrial Report) - UK - December 2014

“Impending new EU regulations covering the industry are likely to change the landscape for manufacturers. Companies will need to accommodate an increased burden of compliance, which is set to involve far greater scrutiny of the product supply chain.”
– Ben Harris, Industrial Analyst

This report answers the following key questions:

  • How can manufacturers maximise sales in a climate of constrained public expenditure?
  • What sectors of the medical equipment market are expected to provide the best growth prospects?
  • How will impending regulatory changes in the EU impact manufacturers of medical equipment?
  • How can manufacturers best respond to the threat from new market entrants from the technology sector?

For the purposes of this report, medical equipment is defined as appliances and instruments used for medical, surgical, dental or veterinary purposes. Data on medical supplies is also included in the report, which are predominantly disposable, single-use, high consumption items used in performing medical procedures. The following segmentation, used in this report, is based on available government data.

The medical equipment sector includes the following:

  • X-ray equipment. This group includes apparatus based on the use of X-rays and apparatus based on the use of alpha, beta or gamma radiations, both including radiography and radiotherapy apparatus. Also included are X-ray tubes and X-ray, high tension and magnetic resonance generators, control panels and desks, screens and specialised furniture for X-ray work. 
  • Electro-medical equipment. This group of appliances consists of electrocardiographs and other electro-diagnostic apparatus, including apparatus for functional exploratory examination or for checking physiological parameters, scintigraphic, ultrasonic scanning and magnetic resonance imaging apparatus. Also included are ultraviolet or infrared apparatus used in medical, surgical or veterinary sciences. 
  • Sterilizers for medical, surgical or laboratory use. 
  • Syringes and needles. This group consists of syringes, with or without needles, tubular metal needles, needles for sutures and needles, catheters and cannulas used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences. 
  • Therapy appliances, including mechano-therapy appliances, massage apparatus and psychological aptitude-testing apparatus, as well as ozone therapy, oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, artificial respiration or other therapeutic respiration apparatus, including appliances used instead of manual methods of artificial respiration, oxygen therapy appliances proper, iron lungs and similar equipment. Also included in this group are breathing appliances and gas masks, such as anti-radiation or anti-contamination protective suits incorporating breathing apparatus. 
  • Orthopaedic equipment. This group includes artificial joints as well as orthopaedic and other fracture appliances, such as made-to-measure footwear. Also included are artificial teeth, crowns or bridges (made from plastics, metal or porcelain), including metal posts for fixing crowns and crowns fitted with metal posts and other dental fittings, such as dentures and part dentures, metal crowns, cast tin and stainless steel bars, as well as orthodontics fittings, gum-shields and bite raising appliances. This group also includes artificial limbs, eyes and other parts of the body, such as tubes of synthetic fabric for replacing blood vessels and heart valves, hearing aids, heart pacemakers, speech aids, electronic blind aids, implants to support or replace the chemical function of organs, colostomy products and other appliances, which are worn or carried or implanted in the body to compensate for a defect or disability. 
  • Furniture, including dentists’ chairs and other medical, surgical or veterinary furniture as well as wheelchairs. 
  • Other equipment. This group includes instruments and appliances for measuring blood-pressure (such as sphygmomanometers, tensiometers and oscillometers), endoscopes, renal dialysis equipment, diathermic apparatus (including ultrasonic), transfusion apparatus, anaesthetic apparatus and instruments, ultrasonic lithotripsy instruments and scintigraphic apparatus. Also included are ophthalmic instruments and appliances, such as corneal trephines, keratomes, ophthalmoscopes, orthoptic or sight-testing apparatus, electrically heated compresses and electro-magnets. Furthermore, this group includes dental drill engines, whether or not combined on a single base with other dental equipment, as well as instruments and appliances used in dental sciences. 

Data for parts and accessories for medical equipment are included in the appropriate categories. The sterilizers sector includes equipment also destined for laboratory use.

The medical supplies sector includes the following:

  • Dressings, including adhesive dressings or similar articles and non-adhesive dressings, such as wadding, gauze, bandages and dressings, both impregnated or coated with pharmaceutical substances. 
  • Sutures, consisting of sterile surgical catgut, similar suture materials and tissue adhesives for surgical wound closure, laminaria and laminaria tents, as well as absorbable, surgical or dental haemostatics. 
  • Other supplies. This group includes blood-grouping reagents, opacifying preparations for X-ray examinations and diagnostic reagents designed to be administered to the patient. Also included are dental cements and other dental fillings and bone reconstruction cements, first-aid boxes and kits and contact lenses.
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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK market for medical equipment, 2010-14
        • Figure 2: Forecast UK market for medical equipment, 2015-19
      • Market factors
        • Figure 3: People with long-term and chronic illnesses, in England, 2006-11
        • Figure 4: R&D investment by European healthcare equipment companies, 2012
      • Companies
        • Corin looking for sales revival
          • Oxford Instruments on acquisition trail
            • What we think
            • Introduction

              • Issues in the market
                • Definitions
                  • Methodology
                    • Abbreviations
                      • Market positioning
                        • The customer
                          • The supplier
                            • The regulatory environment
                            • UK Economy

                              • Overview
                                • Inflation
                                  • Interest rates
                                    • House prices
                                      • Consumer spending
                                        • Manufacturing
                                          • Business investment
                                            • Imports
                                              • Exports
                                              • Market Factors

                                                • Key points
                                                  • Chronic illness burden is climbing...
                                                    • Figure 5: People with long-term and chronic illnesses, in England, 2006-11
                                                  • ...and ageing population underpins rising demand for healthcare
                                                    • Figure 6: UK population estimate and projection, by age group, 2012 and 2017
                                                  • NHS budget growth modest, while real terms capital spending is down
                                                    • Figure 7: NHS expenditure in real terms, in England, 2010-15
                                                    • Figure 8: NHS capital expenditure in real terms, in England, 2010-15
                                                  • Medical equipment research activity is growing across Europe
                                                    • Figure 9: R&D investment by European healthcare equipment companies, 2012
                                                  • Rising number of healthcare facilities broadens demand requirement...
                                                    • Figure 10: Number of hospitals/general and special medical practices in the UK, 2010 and 2014
                                                  • construction focus shifts away from large hospital projects
                                                    • Figure 11: Heath sector construction in the public and private sector, in Great Britain, 2009-13
                                                • Market Size

                                                  • Key points
                                                    • Public sector spending constraints restrict development
                                                      • Figure 12: UK market for medical equipment, 2010-14
                                                  • Market Segmentation

                                                    • Key points
                                                      • Capital equipment investment boosts market in 2014
                                                        • Figure 13: Segmentation of the UK market for medical equipment, by type, 2010-14
                                                    • Market Trends

                                                      • Key points
                                                        • Impending regulatory change puts firms on alert
                                                          • Margin pressure prompts industry consolidation
                                                            • Tech firms continue to challenge existing manufacturers
                                                            • Supply Sources

                                                              • Key points
                                                                • Production
                                                                  • Figure 14: UK production of medical equipment, 2010-13
                                                                  • Figure 15: Segmentation of the UK production of medical equipment, by type, 2010-13
                                                                • Imports
                                                                  • Figure 16: UK imports of medical equipment, 2010-13
                                                                  • Figure 17: 2Segmentation of UK imports of medical equipment, by type, 2010-13
                                                                • Exports
                                                                  • Figure 18: UK exports of medical equipment, 2010-13
                                                                  • Figure 19: Segmentation of UK exports of medical equipment, by type, 2010-13
                                                              • Industry Structure

                                                                • Key points
                                                                  • Industry development
                                                                      • Figure 20: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the medical and dental instruments and supplies manufacturing industry, 2010-14
                                                                      • Figure 21: Analysis of the structure of the irradiation, electro-medical and electro-therapeutic manufacturing industry, 2010-14
                                                                    • Structure by employment
                                                                      • Figure 22: Analysis of the employment structure of the medical and dental instrument manufacturing industry, 2013-14
                                                                      • Figure 23: Analysis of the employment structure of the irradiation, electro-medical and electro therapeutic manufacturing industry, 2013-14
                                                                    • Structure by turnover
                                                                      • Figure 24: Analysis of the financial structure of the medical and dental instrument manufacturing sector, 2013-14
                                                                      • Figure 25: Analysis of the financial structure of the irradiation, electromedical and electro therapeutic sector, 2013-14
                                                                  • Abbott Laboratories

                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                        • Figure 26: Financial analysis of Abbott Laboratories, 2009-13
                                                                    • Atlas Copco Medical

                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                          • Figure 27: Financial analysis of Atlas Copco Medical, 2009-13
                                                                      • Baxter Healthcare

                                                                          • Recent company activity
                                                                            • Figure 28: Financial analysis of Baxter Healthcare, 2009-13
                                                                        • B. Braun Medical

                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                              • Figure 29: Financial analysis of B Braun Medical, 2009-13
                                                                          • Becton Dickinson UK

                                                                              • Recent company activity
                                                                                • Figure 30: Financial analysis of Becton Dickinson UK, 2009-13
                                                                            • Clement Clarke International

                                                                                • Figure 31: Financial analysis of Clement Clarke International, 2009-13
                                                                            • Corin Group

                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                  • Figure 32: Financial analysis of Corin Group, 2009-13
                                                                              • GE Medical Systems

                                                                                  • Recent company activity
                                                                                    • Figure 33: Financial analysis of GE Medical Systems, 2009-13
                                                                                • Johnson & Johnson Medical

                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                      • Figure 34: Financial analysis of Johnson & Johnson Medical, 2009-13
                                                                                  • Oxford Instruments

                                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                                        • Figure 35: Financial analysis of Oxford Instruments, 2010-14
                                                                                    • Smith & Nephew

                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                          • Figure 36: Financial analysis of Smith & Nephew, 2009-13
                                                                                      • Spacelabs Healthcare

                                                                                          • Recent company activity
                                                                                            • Figure 37: Financial analysis of Spacelabs Healthcare, 2009-13
                                                                                        • Forecast

                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                            • Limited public sector spending growth to constrain demand
                                                                                              • ...but underlying factors indicate rising requirement for healthcare services
                                                                                                • Figure 38: Forecast UK market for medical equipment, 2015-19
                                                                                              • Equipment product sales to accelerate ahead of medical supplies sector
                                                                                                • Figure 39: Forecast segmentation of the UK medical equipment market, 2015-19
                                                                                              • 3D printing and regulatory tightening among expected trends
                                                                                              • Further Sources & Contacts

                                                                                                • Trade associations
                                                                                                  • Trade magazines

                                                                                                  Companies Covered

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                                                                                                  Medical Equipment (Industrial Report) - UK - December 2014

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