Facts and figures

PVC vs. other polymers in medical devices

PVC is the single most used polymer in medical devices. PVC has a market share of 27% in Europe and 26% globally. It is estimated that PVC will retain its market position in the years to come.

PVC uses in medical devices and medical equipment

PVC is used in wide variety of medical applications – from blood bags over oxygen tubing and catheters to mattress covers. The largest share goes into medical bags, including blood bags, IV bags, dialysis bags and urine bags. The second largest segment is masks, including oxygen masks and aenesthetic masks, followed by tubing, gloves and kits. The remaining 70% is used for cathethers, drip chambers, transfusion sets, diagnostic equipment and many other applications.

Medical tubing

PVC is the single most used polymer for medical tubing in Europe with a market share of 31%.

Medical bags

PVC is the single most used polymer for medical tubing in Europe with a market share of 82%.