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Global Medical Devices Outsourcing Market: Snapshot

Various aspects of medical devices have been outsourced over the past few years, notably the designing, prototyping, production, and even supply chain management. Though a relatively new concept, the proposition behind medical devices outsourcing is well proven-cost cutting. Another proposition for outsourcing, as with other industries, is helping medical device makers focus more on their core competencies. Medical device manufacturers in various developing and developed regions have found outsourcing a useful business model to manage the soaring operational costs, and in managing product innovations.

Numerous industry-specific factors drive the proposition of medical devices outsourcing. Outsourcing has proved to be way to reduce time-to-market considerably and to reinforce return of investment (ROI) for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the medical devices outsourcing market. A noticeable impact of outsourcing has been observed in medical devices supply chain. Outsourcing has facilitated medical device manufacturers in carrying out quality assurances in less time. In addition, need for reducing development costs of innovative medical devices has bolstered the expansion of opportunities in the medical devices outsourcing market.

Choosing the correct medical devices outsourcing providers is a complex decision. The foremost criterion, perhaps, is establishing the trust factor between OEMs and the service providers. A few pervasive trends of the healthcare industry are also catalyzing the demand for medical devices outsourcing. An example is the growing demand for medical devices in minimally invasive treatments for chronic diseases in various parts of the world.  Further, in developing regions, there exists substantial demand for quality healthcare services, which has positively impacted the expansion of the medical devices outsourcing market. Advent of robotics in medical technology manufactures has unlocked a new potential for players in the medical devices outsourcing market. Growing application for specialized robotic arms in medical device manufacturing is a case in point.

The global medical devices outsourcing market is driven by rising demand for quality healthcare services, ongoing developments in the field of medical technology, and parallel operational requirements to cut costs for long term sustainability.The global market, which is seeing a rising trend of services and product outsourcing by leading global players to small and specialized service providers in emerging markets, is broadly categorized into product outsourcing and services outsourcing markets. 
The medical devices services market is highly diversified and market leaders are expanding their portfolio to tap the high potential. The global medical devices market can be segmented based on factors such as – Application: Class I medical devices, Class II medical devices, and Class III medical devices, and Services: Product design and development services, Regulatory consulting services, Product testing services, Product implementation services, Product upgrade services, and Product maintenance services. Geographically, the market is segmented into Asia Pacific,Europe, North America, andRest of the World (RoW). 
Competition amongst medical device manufacturers and the urge to increase profit margins is driving the demand for medical devices outsourcing. Increased product recalls have also boosted demand for services such as testing services and validation services. Among all the geographic regions,North America holds the largest share of medical devices outsourcing market due to the growing healthcare costs. The high penetration and coverage by medical insurance providers in the region too is further helping to boost the demand for quality healthcare services, forcing industry players to outsource services. The fast developing Asia Pacific market is continuously attracting foreign players to leverage market potential, and as a result, service providers in the region are continuously looking for higher and advanced quality certifications. 
Within the medical devices manufacturing industry, orthopedic devices constitute the leading share with cardiology devices quickly catching up as the fastest growing device type being outsourced for manufacturing services. The need for integration of other supportive technologies, such as telecommunications, digital imaging and diagnostics, robotics, and many more is further contributing to the market growth and guiding the entry of players from different industries into the market. By application, Class II devices are the largest market share holder due to moderate associated risks and limited regulatory requirements. However, due to high technical and manufacturing cost containment challenges, product design services form the largest market segment of all other medical device services outsourced. Also, outsourcing is helping companies to focus on other business activities and manage their product life cycles, which again is driving the market growth.

In this report, all areas associated with the global medical devices outsourcing market have been labeled and categorized into relevant segments according to the services provided and type of outsourcing. The research report also provides extensive details on the market drivers and restraints, while accentuating all the feasible areas of growth. The revenue figures and market values mentioned in the report are depicted in U.S. dollars. The report also segregates the medical devices outsourcing market in the four broader regions of North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Rest of the World.

The research document includes a descriptive analysis of the medical devices outsourcing market in terms of overall growth. Multiple aspects are taken into consideration to evaluate the level of appeal, including overall promoting factors, market size, and the growth rate. The report creates a comprehensive landscape of the market using Porter’s Five Force Model. The research model employed utilizes both buyers’ and sellers’ impacts, distributor rights, emerging competitors, product alternatives, and the level of competitiveness in the market. It also includes historical analyses that help generate a clearer area of focus for current market opportunities. All major developments, financial overviews, and business strategies of the top companies in the medical devices outsourcing market are listed, along with a SWOT analysis.


The process of forming contracts with third-party members for the completion of business related functions in the field of medical devices is a relatively new concept. Aspects such as product design, prototyping, manufacturing, and supply chain management form a crucial foundation of data for both the parties. The functions that were previously performed by in-house teams in the healthcare companies are now being handled by external assets on a project-based work routine. 
This allows the medical device manufacturers to pay more attention on their core competencies such as technical and clinical innovations. Following the outsourcing boom, the medical devices outsourcing market is also expected to undergo strong growth over the next few years. Multiple top manufacturers and emerging ones are opting for outsourcing solutions to manage their device manufacturing process. New competitors see it as a means to cut costs and gather more resources for product innovation, or to help compensate for insufficient staff or technology.
The global medical devices outsourcing market is highly driven by the mounting need for quality healthcare services. The market is quite diverse as the leaders focus on expanding their portfolio by acquiring new innovations and products. The services offered by the outsourcing companies include product design and development, spanning all classes of medical devices. A few firms also offer regulatory services, product upgrade services, product testing services, and product maintenance services.
The global medical device outsourcing market was valued at US$21.1 billion in 2012. It will reach an overall value of US$40.8 billion in 2018, after achieving a CAGR of 11.6 percent from 2012 to 2018. The product design segment holds about 29 percent of the service market. On the other hand, Class II devices hold the largest application market share. The main reason for this is the lowered risk involved and fewer regulatory issues, when compared to the Class III devices. The key market drivers for the medical devices outsourcing market are the rising cost of raw materials and a rapidly increasing pressure to maintain market competitiveness to remain profitable. A large number of medium-sized and emerging healthcare firms find it difficult to stay afloat with a shortage of staff and raw material, and therefore opt to ease the load using the outsourcing industry.

Companies mentioned

The key players in the global medical devices outsourcing market occupy majority share. The list includes Active Implants Corporation, Accellent Inc., Mdmi Technologies Inc., Cirtec Medical Systems LLC., Creganna-Tactx Medical, Avail Medical Product, and Micro Systems Engineering GmbH.

Major geographies 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 in the medical devices outsourcing market
  • 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

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