Catheter market grows, shifts to TPU


The global market for urological catheters is projected to surpass $3.0 billion by 2017, with an emphasis on materials technology to manage critical catheter-related issues such as thrombosis. That focus is pushing the market to shift towards using Carbothane, a family of aliphatic, polycarbonate-based thermoplastic polyurethanes supplied by Lubrizol, exploiting its improved strength, enhanced softness, and retention of large internal diameter, while displacing vinyl, silicone, and latex rubber.

An aging global population and rising incidence of various urological problems, including incontinence, will drive the global market, according to the new The Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA) report. The advent of advanced catheters aimed at minimizing invasiveness and lowering infection risk and other complications, as well as the adoption of favorable reimbursement policies, are also expected to fuel market growth....
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