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EU MARKET SURVEY 2001 Medical Devices and Medical Disposables

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 European Union.

The medical devices and medical disposables studied in this market survey include :

Medical disposables:

  • Wadding, gauze and bandages;

  • Surgical gloves;

  • Syringes, needles and catheters;

  • Wound closure products;

  • Nappies and similar hygiene products;

Medical devices:

  • Preparation for x-ray examinations;

  • Surgical instruments and appliances;

  • Electro-diagnostic apparatus;

  • Dental instruments.

CONSUMPTION

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 disposables.

PRODUCTION

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.

  1. CBI offers various services to its target groups:

  2. Market information provides the target groups with all kinds of information on exporting to European markets

  3. Matching programmes are designed for exporters in developing countries and for importers in the European Union.

  4. 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 market.

  5. 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 assistance.

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) and 

Philips Medical (the Netherlands). At the same time, the EU is facing greater competition from non-EU countries.

IMPORTS

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 value and volume. [continue...]

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