External defibrillator growth boosts polycarbonates


External defibrillation, a concept first demonstrated at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital in the 1950s, now represents one of the faster growing medical markets for plastics.

Growing interest in the technology by local emergency responders coupled with efforts to make the devices more economical with injection molded housing designs are helping to drive the market, which one forecaster says will exceed $2.2 billion globally by 2017. Compound annual growth rates are about 6%.

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