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Published Date: 2012-05-24Number of Pages: 93

Catheters Market (Urological, Specialty, Neurovascular, Intravenous and Cardiovascular Catheters) - Global and China Forecast, Share, Size, and Industry Analysis (2010 - 2017)

Catheters Market: Snapshot 

The scope of application of catheters has been consistently growing in the healthcare industry and currently, these medical devices have become an integral part of diagnostics and treatment. The rising incidence of various chronic diseases, cardiovascular and urological ailments, and diabetes has greatly propelled the demand for catheters across the industry. The global and China catheters market is slated to witness steady growth over the coming years owing to the rising usage of these devices in a host of surgical and diagnostic procedures. The opportunity in the global catheters market is poised to be worth US$33.3 bn by 2017, registering a healthy growth rate during the forecast period. 

However, the increasing incidence of catheter-associated infections threatens to stifle market growth. Nevertheless, rising investments in product development to curb such infections and introduce safer and superior quality products is sure to offer immense scope to those looking to invest in the global and China catheters market. 

Cardiovascular Catheters Enjoy Dominant Share in Global and China Market 

Catheters are of various types: cardiovascular, intravenous, specialty, neurovascular, and urological. Cardiovascular catheters accounted for a significant share in the overall market and have been witnessing rising uptake in recent years owing to an alarming increase in the incidence of various cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, congenital heart disease, deep vein thrombosis, and peripheral arterial disease. According to the World Health Organization, over 17 million people died from some or the other form of cardiovascular ailment in 2012 alone. Recent developments in interventional cardiology, including the development of advanced cardiovascular catheters, has supported the growth of this segment. 

The urological catheters segment also holds a prominent share in the catheters market in China and around the world. The rising prevalence of urinary incontinence and various other urinary disorders is the primary factor driving the demand for and consumption of urological catheters. The segment is also fueled by the increasing demand for minimally-invasive procedures and a rising number of patients undergoing prostate or genital surgery. 

China Emerges as Major Contributor in Global Catheters Market 

The global catheters market is geographically segmented into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, China, and the Rest of the World. North America has accounted for the leading share over the years and the region is likely to hold a dominant position throughout the forecast period. High patient awareness levels and increased healthcare expenditure are the primary factors boosting the uptake of catheters for various medical procedures carried out in the region. In addition to this, the availability of well-established and sophisticated medical infrastructure has supported the growth of the catheters market in North America. 

Asia Pacific is also a prominent market for catheters and is poised to expand at a strong pace over the coming years. The ongoing improvement in healthcare infrastructure and the growth of medical tourism across several developing economies have contributed toward the expansion of this market. 

China has been a key market for catheters not just in Asia Pacific but across the globe as well. Factors driving the uptake of catheters in the country include a high rate of ailments that require catheterization, such as urinary incontinence and kidney failure, a massive geriatric population, major improvements in healthcare infrastructure, and rise in healthcare spending. 

Some of the prominent names in the global and China catheters market are Boston Scientific Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Arrow International, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Rochester Medical Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Coloplast A/S, and Smiths Medical. The competitive landscape of the catheters market is quite consolidated in nature and is dominated by large global players. Innovation in product development is one of the most successful strategies adopted by these companies to garner a larger share in the overall market. Product launches, collaborations, and investments in R&D have also proven to be effective expansion strategies.

Global and China Catheters Market: Overview

Catheters have been an integral part of the healthcare industry for ages and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Manufacturers are racing against each other to improve product differentiation and scope of utility of their products to outshine in the global and China catheters market. Catheters form an inseparable part of diagnostics and treatment of the millions of patients that are suffering from chronic diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and all urinary diseases.

All segments and sub-segments of the global and China catheters market are discussed in extreme detail within the report in order to provide the report’s users with a holistic snapshot for multiple business purposes. The research details incorporated within the report include the research and development efforts taken up by key players in the global and China catheters market, the key activities of manufacturers and service providers, and the shares of each leading player in the market. The report also provides the results of proven analytical research methodologies such as Porter’s Five Force analysis and a SWOT analysis for the global and China catheters market’s competitive landscape.

Global and China Catheters Market: Trends and Opportunities:

The global and China catheters market is expected to achieve a much higher momentum over the coming years, owing to the intensifying demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures. The growth in technology has imparted medical device manufacturers to create minimally invasive devices, especially for surgical procedures related to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and urinary diseases including cancer. The growing usage of these diagnostic and surgical procedures has given rise to a greater consumption of modern catheters and other medical consumables.

A leading trend in the global and China catheters market is the staggering demand for cardiovascular catheters. In 2011, this segment was valued at US$8.3 bn and is expected to grow at a lightning fast pace over the coming years owing to the growing prevalence of heart diseases. The types of cardiovascular catheters used today comprise peripheral angioplasty, cardiac angioplasty, diagnostic, ablation electrophysiology, arthectomy, percutaneous coronary artery, and interventional.

However, the global and China catheters market is currently being stifled by the high prevalence of infections among certain types of commonly used catheters. Catheters can be a leading source of hospital acquired infections among patients, a serious issue if not diagnosed and treated on time. Manufacturers of catheters are therefore investing heavily in product development and material development in order to produce the best possible catheters that mitigate the scope of infections.

Global and China Catheters Market: Region-wise Outlook:

The global and China catheters market is segmented geographically into North America, Europe, China, (the rest of) Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world. The report thus places special focus on China, one of the better placed countries in this market. In 2011, North America had been the leading region in the global and China catheters market in terms of demand and revenue generation, with 44.3% of the market revenue occupied. However, if the current changes are strengthened, Europe is expected to lead the global and China catheters market before the end of 2016.

China and India are expected to create key opportunities for larger players in the global and China catheters market over the coming years. The two Asia Pacific countries are showing a massive scale of evolution in their healthcare sectors, a lot which are applicable to the use of modern medical devices, including those under catheters.

Companies Mentioned in the Research Report:

The key players in the global and china catheters market so far include Abbott Laboratories, Arrow International, Inc., Smiths Medical, Rochester Medical Corporation, Medtronic, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Coloplast A/S, and Boston Scientific Corporation.

Key segments of the Global and China Catheters Market:

Segments Covered

  • Cardiovascular Catheters
  • Neurovascular Catheters
  • Intravenous Catheters
  • Urological Catheters
  • Specialty Catheters

Major regions analyzed under this research report are:

  • Europe
  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World

This report gives you access to decisive data such as:

  • Market growth drivers
  • Factors limiting market growth
  • Current market trends
  • Market structure
  • Market projections for the coming years

Key highlights of this report

  • Overview of key market forces propelling and restraining market growth
  • Up-to-date analyses of market trends and technological improvements
  • Pin-point analyses of market competition dynamics to offer you a competitive edge
  • An analysis of strategies of major competitors
  • An array of graphics and SWOT analysis of major industry segments
  • Detailed analyses of industry trends
  • A well-defined technological growth map with an impact-analysis
  • Offers a clear understanding of the competitive landscape and key product segments

The global catheter market is expected to reach USD 22.6 billion in 2012. Aging population in both developed and emerging markets, patient’s choice for minimally invasive procedures, and product innovations are key growth drivers for the market. The catheter devices market is segmented into cardiovascular, urological, neurovascular, intravenous and specialty catheters. Among all types of catheters, cardiovascular catheters account for about 40.9% of the global catheter market. 


Physical inactivity, obesity, diabetes and lifestyle are the major contributory factors for cardiovascular diseases. The growth in global cardiovascular catheter market is fuelled by newer and novel innovations in catheters that ensure swift movement and insertion capabilities. The U.S. leads the cardiovascular catheter market segment with about 36.7% market share in 2011. The global cardiovascular catheter market was worth about USD 8.3 billion in 2011, while global intravenous catheter segment revenue reached USD 2.5 billion in 2011, registering a double digit growth over 2010. The segment is expected to continue growing at similar pace during the forecast period (2012 – 2017).


North America is the largest market for catheters, wherein the U.S. medical device companies manufacture about 65% to 75% of catheter products that are being used worldwide. North America as a whole accounted for a market of USD 9.0 billion in 2011, which is forecasted to reach USD 10.0 billion in 2017. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market and is expected to grow with a double digit growth rate during the forecast period. This market is driven by the demand for low-cost catheters particularly in the urological segment.


Rising incidences of coronary disease and increased per capita healthcare expenditure in China has helped the growth of China catheter market. In 2011, the Chinese catheter market was valued at USD 0.7 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.4% from 2011 to 2017 to reach a market value of 1.5 billion in 2017. The Chinese market is expected to be largely supported by the growth of cardiovascular segment


Catheters market is driven by the growth in urological and diagnostic cardiovascular catheter segments. Major factor driving the market is the rapid increase in surgical and diagnostic procedures and the growth in aging population worldwide. Developed countries are dominating catheters industry space due to their advanced medical infrastructure. Among all the segments cardiovascular devices segment will lead, followed by urological devices.


The report analyses catheters market growth rate, industry capacity and industry structure. The report analyses the historical data and forecasts the catheters industry size, production forecasts along with key factors driving and restraining the market. The report also contains In-depth geographic as well as trend analysis.

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