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Sterilization Equipment Market - Global Outlook & Forecast 2022-2027

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  • 313 Pages
  • September 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Arizton
  • ID: 5661150
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a) Sterilization is described as a complete elimination or destruction of all microbial life forms, carried out by various methods using sterilization equipment. Medical devices are sterilized in various ways, including using moist heat (steam), dry heat, radiation, ethylene oxide gas, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and other methods (for example, chlorine dioxide gas, vaporized peracetic acid, and nitrogen dioxide).
b) Sterilization is a fundamental element of infection control measures in hospitals. Many hospitals perform various surgeries every day. More invasive procedures are being conducted at various medical facilities. Medical devices or surgical instruments that encounter the patient's sterile tissue or mucous membranes during different approaches are associated with an increased risk of introducing the pathogen into the patient's body. In addition, there is the potential for patient-to-patient transmission of infection, from the patient or to medical staff and vice versa (e.g., hepatitis B virus), or through improperly sterile or disinfected products, from the patient's environment (e.g., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter, etc.). Hospitals have reported numerous outbreaks and infections from improperly sterilized equipment. Many infectious diseases have been reported worldwide due to contaminated endoscopes. Therefore, all medical facilities require appropriate decontamination techniques for medical and surgical equipment. Healthcare providers are responsible for reducing and eliminating such infections.
c) The sterilization process is widely used across pharma & biotech companies, medical devices companies, research laboratories, food & beverage companies, ambulatory settings, infection control service providers, etc. In healthcare, there is a huge demand for innovative medicines and therapeutic procedures for disease treatment, leading to a rise in R&D activities in research laboratories and pharma & biotech companies which, in turn, drive the sterilization equipment market growth. In the modern lifestyle, preserved food and beverage consumption is rising. The industry players are following sterilizing procedures to avoid contamination and protect the items for an extended period.


A medical device is used for the diagnosis and treatment of multiple patients. Examples of reusable medical devices are surgical forceps, endoscopes, and laryngoscopes. Reusable medical devices become microbially contaminated when used on patients. Reusable devices are reprocessed to avoid the risk of infection by contaminated devices. Reprocessing is a detailed multi-step process that is cleaned and then disinfected or sterilized. When the labeling instructions for reprocessing are followed entirely and correctly each time the device is used, reprocessing will result in a medical device that can be safely used multiple times with the same patient. Proper reprocessing of reusable medical devices is essential to protect patient safety. The number of growing surgical procedures leads to (re)-use of medical devices on more than one patient. Using unsterile medical equipment in different procedures might spread various infections or hazardous reactions to the patients. The high risk of infections associated with improper sterilization of endoscopes is majorly driving the demand for reprocessing equipment. The endoscope reprocessing market will flourish due to a focus on high cleaning standards and mounting pressures for sterilized and disinfected medical devices in hospitals and clinics.


Sterilization in hospitals and similar healthcare facilities is a powerful technique that is becoming frequently employed in the ongoing effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other drug-resistant bacteria in healthcare institutions. Sterile processing has always had a distinctively important role in the hospital, especially when it comes to containing the spread of harmful pathogens. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a few things regarding sterile processing operations. The COVID-19 pandemic has replaced hospital processes and made people more aware of the need to sterilize medical instruments between patients thoroughly.


Alternatives to Ethylene oxide (EO) is one of the latest trends in the industry. The FDA supported encouraging the development of new approaches to medical device sterilization. New low-temperature sterilization technologies like hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, ozone, hydrogen peroxide, and nitrogen dioxide have also come up as advanced technologies in the market. This trend offers a huge opportunity to the sterilization equipment market players in the future to deliver safe and effective methods per the end-users requirements.


The various national government and international healthcare agencies are focusing on introducing standardized guidelines to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAI). The increasing regulatory and stringent measures to reuse and reprocess medical devices across the globe are driving the sterilization equipment market. Also, strict regulations to launch product for medical device sterilization is contributing to the sterilization equipment market growth.


Product Type

The product type segment comprises equipment and consumables. The equipment segment is dominating the market and is predicted to witness healthy growth during the forecast period. As the share of equipment is higher than the consumables, it is evident that the demand for sterilization equipment is increasing. The key vendors are introducing new and innovative advanced technologies in accordance with end-user requirements. However, some key vendors are expanding their growth in the sterilization equipment market by increasing their consumables operations.

Segmentation by Product Type

  • Equipment
  • Consumables

Sterilization Method Analysis

Sterilization can be achieved by combining heat, chemicals, irradiation, high pressure, and filtration of pressurized steam, dry heat, UV radiation, gas steam sterilant, chlorine dioxide gas, etc. Effective sterilization techniques are crucial for working, and negligence can have serious consequences, even life-threatening. The Sterilization methods comprise chemical, radiation, thermal & filtration methods. The end-users highly adopt the chemical sterilization method integrated with a low temperature in the market. Ethylene oxide contributes a significant share to the chemical sterilization method. As alternatives are coming up to replace and reduce Ethylene oxide emissions, the radiation sterilization method can be seen growing at a competitive rate and is expected to drive the sterilization equipment market.

Segmentation by Sterilization Method:

  • Chemical
  • Radiation
  • Thermal
  • Others


In recent years, epidemics of several infectious diseases have highlighted the importance of large-scale sterilization equipment in hospitals. Therefore, the rise in HAI incidences encourages the hospital segment to adopt innovative and advanced technologies, thereby contributing to the market's growth. After the hospital segment, pharma & biotech companies contribute to the market’s growth as different sterilization methods are applied to materials, equipment, and products of different chemical compositions and physical characteristics. Sterilization processes are being adopted in food and beverage industries to avoid contamination and preserve food items for extended periods. The medical devices companies’ segment is growing at a significant CAGR during the forecast period, as the demand for sterile medical devices to controlling HAI is a more crucial factor.

Segmentation by End-User

  • Hospitals
  • Pharma & Biotech Companies
  • Medical Device Companies
  • Laboratories
  • Food & Beverage Companies
  • Others


a) North America represents the presence of key market players in the region. An increasing patient population drives the market in the region, along with a rising number of surgical procedures. The stringent regulations mandate sterilization procedures for end-users, especially hospitals, to avoid HAI incidences. Growing pharma R&D practices in the region are one of the major driving factors for the market. Increasing offsite sterilization services due to the surge of COVID-19 contributes to the adoption of sterilization reprocessing. North America has dominated the sterilization equipment market and is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period.
b) Europe is the second-largest market for sterilization equipment. Germany, France, Italy, the UK, and Spain are the major revenue contributor to this region. The presence of prominent market players, better preventive measures/practices, and high expenditure in healthcare are the primary factors for this region's significant sterilization equipment market share. The market is growing significantly with stringent regulatory actions for (re)use of medical devices to avoid HAI cases. Players in the region are focusing on delivering innovative & cost-effective sterilization equipment in the market.
c) In APAC, the increased use of antimicrobial drugs/antibiotics, inappropriate sterilization of medical devices, ICUs, drainage tubes, and the growing geriatric population are the primary sources fueling the growth of the sterilization equipment market in the region. Most of the revenue generators are developing countries in this region. In the region, increasing R&D activities in research laboratories, pharma & biotech companies drive the market’s growth. This region is growing at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
d) Latin America and Middle & East & Africa represent the low and middle-income countries. The presence of a large, undertreated patient population, rising awareness of advanced management procedures, and non-compliance to the guidelines set up by the government in Latin America and, the Middle East & Africa are the stimulating factors for the sterilization equipment market in the region.

Segmentation by Region

  • North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • UK
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • APAC
  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Turkey
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa

Key Vendors

  • 3M
  • Cardinal Health
  • Getinge
  • Steelco

Other Prominent Vendors

  • Acmas Technologies
  • Andersen Sterilizers
  • Belimed
  • B.M. S.r.l. Medical Equipment
  • ClorDisys Solutions
  • Cosmed Group
  • Fortive
  • GPC Medical
  • Hubei CFULL Medical Technology
  • MELAG Medizintechnik
  • Midmark
  • MMM Group
  • NovaSterilis
  • SCHLUMBOHM Medizin-Labor-Technologie
  • Sotera Health
  • Sterile Technologies
  • Stryker
  • Systec
  • Tuttnauer


1. How big is the sterilization equipment market?
2. What is the growth rate of the global sterilization equipment market?
3. Who are the key players in the sterilization equipment market?
4. Which region is expected to hold the largest share in the sterilization equipment market by 2027?
5. What are the latest trends in the sterilization equipment market?

Table of Contents

1 Research Methodology2 Research Objectives3 Research Process
4 Scope & Coverage
4.1 Market Definition
4.1.1 Inclusions
4.1.2 Exclusions
4.1.3 Market Estimation Caveats
4.2 Base Year
4.3 Scope of the Study
4.3.1 Market Segmentation by Product Type
4.3.2 Market Segmentation by Sterilization Method
4.3.3 Market Segmentation by End-Users
4.3.4 Market Segmentation by Geography
5 Report Assumptions & Caveats
5.1 Key Caveats
5.2 Currency Conversion
5.3 Market Derivation
6 Market at a Glance7 Premium Insights
8 Introduction
8.1 Overview
9 Market Opportunities & Trends
9.1 Upcoming Sterilization Methods for Sensitive Biomaterials
9.2 Potential Alternatives to Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Techniques
9.3 Increasing Adoption of Sterilization Using No2
10 Market Growth Enablers
10.1 High Global Prevalence of Hais
10.2 Technological Advances in Sterilization Equipment
10.3 Stringent Environmental Regulations Worldwide
11 Market Restraints
11.1 Increasing Restrictions on Usage of Ethylene Oxide
11.2 Surge in Use of Disposable/Single-Use Medical Devices
11.3 Limitations of Sterilization Equipment
12 Market Landscape
12.1 Market Overview
12.2 Market Size & Forecast
12.2.1 Geography Insights
12.2.2 Product Type Insights
12.2.3 Sterilization Method Insights
12.2.4 End-User Insights
12.3 Five Forces Analysis
12.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
12.3.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
12.3.3 Bargaining Power of Buyers
12.3.4 Threat of Substitutes
12.3.5 Competitive Rivalry
13 Product Type
13.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
13.2 Market Overview
13.3 Equipment
13.3.1 Market Overview
13.3.2 Market Size & Forecast
13.3.3 Equipment Segmentation by Geography
13.4 Consumables
13.4.1 Market Overview
13.4.2 Market Size & Forecast
13.4.3 Consumables Segmentation by Geography
14 Sterilization Method
14.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
14.2 Market Overview
14.3 Chemical
14.3.1 Market Overview
14.3.2 Market Size & Forecast
14.3.3 Chemical Segmentation by Geography
14.4 Radiation
14.4.1 Market Overview
14.4.2 Market Size & Forecast
14.4.3 Radiation Segmentation by Geography
14.5 Thermal
14.5.1 Market Overview
14.5.2 Market Size & Forecast
14.5.3 Thermal Segmentation by Geography
14.6 Others
14.6.1 Market Overview
14.6.2 Market Size & Forecast
14.6.3 Others Segmentation by Geography
15 End-user
15.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
15.2 Market Overview
15.3 Hospitals
15.3.1 Market Overview
15.3.2 Market Size & Forecast
15.3.3 Hospitals Segmentation by Geography
15.4 Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies
15.4.1 Market Overview
15.4.2 Market Size & Forecast
15.4.3 Pharma & Biotech Companies Segmentation by Geography
15.5 Medical Devices Companies
15.5.1 Market Overview
15.5.2 Market Size & Forecast
15.5.3 Medical Devices Companies Segmentation by Geography
15.6 Laboratories
15.6.1 Market Overview
15.6.2 Market Size & Forecast
15.6.3 Laboratories Segmentation by Geography
15.7 Food & Beverage Companies
15.7.1 Market Overview
15.7.2 Market Size & Forecast
15.7.3 Food & Beverage Companies Segmentation by Geography
15.8 Others
15.8.1 Market Overview
15.8.2 Market Size & Forecast
15.8.3 Others Segmentation by Geography
16 Geography
16.1 Market Snapshot & Growth Engine
16.2 Geographic Overview
17 North America
17.1 Market Overview
17.2 Market Size & Forecast
17.2.1 North America: Product Type Segmentation
17.2.2 North America: Sterilization Method Segmentation
17.2.3 North America: End-User Segmentation
17.3 Key Countries
17.3.1 Us: Market Size & Forecast
17.3.2 Canada: Market Size & Forecast
18 Europe
18.1 Market Overview
18.2 Market Size & Forecast
18.2.1 Europe: Product Type Segmentation
18.2.2 Europe: Sterilization Method Segmentation
18.2.3 Europe: End-User Segmentation
18.3 Key Countries
18.3.1 Germany: Market Size & Forecast
18.3.2 Uk: Market Size & Forecast
18.3.3 France: Market Size & Forecast
18.3.4 Spain: Market Size & Forecast
18.3.5 Italy: Market Size & Forecast
19 Apac
19.1 Market Overview
19.2 Market Size & Forecast
19.2.1 Apac: Product Type Segmentation
19.2.2 Apac: Sterilization Method Segmentation
19.2.3 Apac: End-User Segmentation
19.3 Key Countries
19.3.1 China: Market Size & Forecast
19.3.2 Japan: Market Size & Forecast
19.3.3 India: Market Size & Forecast
19.3.4 Australia: Market Size & Forecast
19.3.5 South Korea: Market Size & Forecast
20 Latin America
20.1 Market Overview
20.2 Market Size & Forecast
20.2.1 Latin America: Product Type Segmentation
20.2.2 Latin America: Sterilization Method Segmentation
20.2.3 Latin America: End-User Segmentation
20.3 Key Countries
20.3.1 Brazil: Market Size & Forecast
20.3.2 Mexico: Market Size & Forecast
20.3.3 Argentina: Market Size & Forecast
21 Middle East & Africa
21.1 Market Overview
21.2 Market Size & Forecast
21.2.1 Middle East & Africa: Product Type Segmentation
21.2.2 Middle East & Africa: Sterilization Method Segmentation
21.2.3 Middle East & Africa: End-User Segmentation
21.3 Key Countries
21.3.1 Turkey: Market Size & Forecast
21.3.2 Saudi Arabia: Market Size & Forecast
21.3.3 South Africa: Market Size & Forecast
22 Competitive Landscape
22.1 Competition Overview
22.2 Market Share Analysis
22.2.1 3M
22.2.2 Cardinal Health
22.2.3 Getinge
22.2.4 Steelco
22.2.5 Steris
23 Key Company Profiles
23.1 3M
23.1.1 Business Overview
23.1.2 Product Offerings
23.1.3 Key Strategies
23.1.4 Key Strengths
23.1.5 Key Opportunities
23.2 Cardinal Health
23.2.1 Business Overview
23.2.2 Product Offerings
23.2.3 Key Strategies
23.2.4 Key Strength
23.2.5 Key Opportunities
23.3 Getinge
23.3.1 Business Overview
23.3.2 Product Offerings
23.3.3 Key Strategies
23.3.4 Key Strengths
23.3.5 Key Opportunities
23.4 Steelco
23.4.1 Business Overview
23.4.2 Product Offerings
23.4.3 Key Strategies
23.4.4 Key Strengths
23.4.5 Key Opportunities
23.5 Steris
23.5.1 Business Overview
23.5.2 Product Offerings
23.5.3 Key Strategies
23.5.4 Key Strengths
23.5.5 Key Opportunities
24 Other Prominent Vendors
24.1 Acmas Technologies
24.1.1 Business Overview
24.1.2 Product Offerings
24.2 Andersen Sterilizers
24.2.1 Business Overview
24.2.2 Product Offerings
24.3 Belimed
24.3.1 Business Overview
24.3.2 Product Offerings
24.4 C.B.M. S.R.L. Medical Equipement
24.4.1 Business Overview
24.4.2 Product Offerings
24.5 Clordisys Solutions
24.5.1 Business Overview
24.5.2 Product Offerings
24.6 Cosmed Group
24.6.1 Business Overview
24.6.2 Product Offerings
24.7 De Lama
24.7.1 Business Overview
24.7.2 Product Offerings
24.8 Fortive
24.8.1 Business Overview
24.8.2 Product Offerings
24.9 Gpc Medical
24.9.1 Business Overview
24.9.2 Product Offerings
24.10 Hubei Cfull Medical Technology
24.10.1 Business Overview
24.10.2 Product Offerings
24.11 Matachana Group
24.11.1 Business Overview
24.11.2 Product Offerings
24.12 Melag Medizintechnik
24.12.1 Business Overview
24.12.2 Product Offerings
24.13 Midmark
24.13.1 Business Overview
24.13.2 Product Offerings
24.14 Mmm Group
24.14.1 Business Overview
24.14.2 Product Offerings
24.15 Novasterilis
24.15.1 Business Overview
24.15.2 Product Offerings
24.16 Schlumbohm Medizin-Labor-Technologie
24.16.1 Business Overview
24.16.2 Product Offerings
24.17 Sotera Health
24.17.1 Business Overview
24.17.2 Product Offerings
24.18 Sterile Technologies
24.18.1 Business Overview
24.18.2 Product Offerings
24.19 Stryker
24.19.1 Business Overview
24.19.2 Product Offerings
24.20 Systec
24.20.1 Business Overview
24.20.2 Product Offerings
24.21 Tuttnauer
24.21.1 Business Overview
24.21.2 Product Offerings
25 Report Summary
25.1 Key Takeaways
25.2 Strategic Recommendations
26 Quantitative Summary
26.1 Market by Product Type
26.1.1 North America by Product Type Segmentation
26.1.2 Europe by Product Type Segmentation
26.1.3 APAC by Product Type Segmentation
26.1.4 Latin America by Product Type Segmentation
26.1.5 Middle East & Africa by Product Type Segmentation
26.2 Market by Sterilization Method
26.2.1 North America by Sterilization Segmentation Method
26.2.2 Europe by Sterilization Method Segmentation
26.2.3 APAC by Sterilization Method Segmentation
26.2.4 Latin America by Sterilization Method Segmentation
26.2.5 Middle East & Africa by Sterilization Methods Segmentation
26.3 Market by End-user
26.3.1 North America by End-User Segmentation
26.3.2 Europe by End-User Segmentation
26.3.3 APAC by End-User Segmentation
26.3.4 Latin America by End-User Segmentation
26.3.5 Middle East & Africa by End-User Segmentation
26.4 Market by Geography
26.4.1 Equipment Segmentation by Geography
26.4.2 Consumables Segmentation by Geography
26.4.3 Chemical Segmentation by Geography
26.4.4 Radiation Segmentation by Geography
26.4.5 Thermal Segmentation by Geography
26.4.6 Other Sterilization Method Segmentation by Geography
26.4.7 Hospital Segmentation by Geography
26.4.8 Medical Device Companies Segmentation by Geography
26.4.9 Laboratories Segmentation by Geography
26.4.10 Food & Beverage Companies Segmentation by Geography
26.4.11 Other End-Users Segmentation by Geography
27 Appendix
27.1 Abbreviations

Companies Mentioned

  • 3M
  • Cardinal Health
  • Getinge
  • Steelco
  • Acmas Technologies
  • Andersen Sterilizers
  • Belimed
  • B.M. S.r.l. Medical Equipment
  • ClorDisys Solutions
  • Cosmed Group
  • Fortive
  • GPC Medical
  • Hubei CFULL Medical Technology
  • MELAG Medizintechnik
  • Midmark
  • MMM Group
  • NovaSterilis
  • SCHLUMBOHM Medizin-Labor-Technologie
  • Sotera Health
  • Sterile Technologies
  • Stryker
  • Systec
  • Tuttnauer


Our research comprises a mix of primary and secondary research. The secondary research sources that are typically referred to include, but are not limited to, company websites, annual reports, financial reports, company pipeline charts, broker reports, investor presentations and SEC filings, journals and conferences, internal proprietary databases, news articles, press releases, and webcasts specific to the companies operating in any given market.

Primary research involves email interactions with the industry participants across major geographies. The participants who typically take part in such a process include, but are not limited to, CEOs, VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers. We primarily rely on internal research work and internal databases that we have populated over the years. We cross-verify our secondary research findings with the primary respondents participating in the study.