Autoclaves are closed chambers used for sterilizing surgical equipment and other surgical instruments. Steam sterilization is a non-toxic and inexpensive way to eliminate microbes and spores. Steam sterilization is based on four parameters, which are steam, pressure, temperature, and time of exposure. The autoclave is generally used in laboratory for media preparation, pharmaceutical products, and regulated medical waste. Steam autoclaves works on two basic principles, based on which they are of two types – gravity displacement autoclave and high-speed prevacuum sterilizer. The global steam autoclave is majorly driven by increasing prevalence of hospital-acquired infectious diseases, technological advancement, and increasing number of hospital facilities, laboratories, etc.
Steam Autoclave Market – Drivers
New product launches with advanced technology is expected to drive the steam autoclave market growth during the forecast period. For instance, in 2016, Astella Scientific launched a touch screen based controller for its autoclave ranges, combined with analogue and digital input/output modules. Controller software has features to improve speed and management of load cycles with menu system, cycle selection, customizable access levels, and password protection. Moreover, it stores historic data up to 5,000 cycles and can be viewed or downloaded via USB port. Manufacturers are also focusing on introducing high capacity steam autoclave at low prices, to sustain in the growing autoclave market.
Key players operating in the global steam autoclave market are Steelco S.P.A., Dental X spa, Tuttnauer Co. Ltd., BMM Weston Holdings Ltd., Getinge Infection Control AB, BMT Medical Technology s.r.o., Belimed AG, ERYIGIT A.S., and Hanshin Medical Co., Ltd. Mergers and acquisition are the key strategies employed by market players, to maintain their position in the competitive market. For instance, in 2017, Bondtech Corp., an autoclave manufacturer, and World Autoclave Solutions announced their merger, to bring an autoclave solution of any size for all industrial applications at an affordable price.