EU MARKET SURVEY 2001 Medical Devices and Medical
The information is abstracted from a survey
published by CBI,the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from
developing countries, an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. The survey profiles the EU market for Medical
Devices and Medical Disposables.The emphasis of the survey
lies on those products, which are of importance to developing
country suppliers. The
major national markets within the EU for those products are
highlighted. The survey includes contact details of importers,
trade associations, and other relevant organisations.
Furthermore statistical market information on consumption,
production and trade, and information on trade structure and
prices and margins is provided.
CBI has also published "EU STRATEGIC
MARKETING GUIDE 2001" which aims to offer a practical
handbook for exporters engaged, or wishing to engage in
exporting medical devices and medical disposables to the
The medical devices and medical disposables
studied in this market survey include :
Wadding, gauze and bandages;
Syringes, needles and catheters;
Wound closure products;
Nappies and similar hygiene products;
Preparation for x-ray examinations;
Surgical instruments and appliances;
Total value of EU consumption in 1998 of
medical devices and medical disposables amounted to US$ 9,874
million. The medical disposables are the largest market,
accounting for 65 percent of this figure, while medical
devices amount to a lesser percentage of the total, i.e. 35. The
main markets for medial devices and medical disposables in the EU
are: Germany, France, Italy and the UK, followed on a distance by
Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The products with the highest consumption
levels are ‘Wadding, gauze and bandages’, ‘Syringes, needles
and catheters’, ‘Nappies and similar hygiene products’ and
‘Surgical instruments and appliances’, together accounting for
90 percent of consumption of medical devices and medical
The total EU production of medical devices
and medical disposables in 1998 amounted to US$ 10,341 million.
The main players in the industry are Germany (40 percent
of production), Italy (15 percent), France (14 percent) and the
United Kingdom (9 percent).
CBI, the Centre for the Promotion of
Imports from developing countries, is an agency of the
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its mission is to
contribute to the economic independence of developing
countries. To fulfil this mission, CBI aims at strengthening
the competitiveness of companies in those countries on
international markets, primarily the West-European market, by
improving conditions in enterprises and business support
organisations. CBI considers social values and compliance with
the most relevant environmental requirements to be an integral
part of its policy and activities.
CBI offers various services to its target
Market information provides the
target groups with all kinds of information on exporting to
Matching programmes are designed for exporters in
developing countries and for importers in the European Union.
Export Promotion Programmes are designed for
exporters in developing countries, who are supported in the
entire process of obtaining a firm position on the European
Training Programmes are organised
for exporters and TPOs.
Apart from these services, CBI also
co-operates with other organisations in similar fields.
CBI offers practical export promotion
programmes specifically tailored to the needs of manufacturers
and exporters in developing countries - programmes which help
entrepreneurs to obtain a firm position on the European
market. Each programme combines different elements: market
testing, technical assistance, training and market entry
The medical devices and medical
disposables industry in the EU is characterised by concentration, i.e.
a few large enterprises control the market. A few large companies
manufacturing medical devices and medical disposables in the EU are
Lohmann (Germany), Smiths & Nephew (UK), Brunswik (Belgium)
Philips Medical (the
Netherlands). At the same time, the EU is facing greater competition
from non-EU countries.
In 1999, total EU imports of medial
devices and medical disposables amounted to a volume of 837,927 tonnes,
which represented a value of US$ 10,200 million or Pound Sterling
11,062 million. Between 1997 and 1999 total EU imports of medical
devices and medical disposables increased by 14 percent in terms of
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