Absorbent and packing gauze is a cotton fabric of various thread counts and weights, and is widely used in wound dressing. Wound dressing is the process of wound packing in order to prevent microbial infection and spreading of necrosis. Wounds are injuries to tissue such as cuts, scratches, punctured skin and scrapes, and is usually caused by accidents, burns and physical activities such as sports. Absorbent gauze is sometimes recommended to be placed on deep wounds where it promotes healing by preventing abscess formation. Absorbent and packing gauze is supplied in various sizes (lengths and widths) and forms (rolls and folds).
The market for absorbent and packing gauze surgical dressings is expected to grow worldwide owing to factors such as increasing incidences of road accidents and sports related injuries. Development of new and innovative products will also contribute in driving the market growth in coming years. Geographically, North America and Europe are the leading markets for absorbent and packing gauze surgical dressings. In Europe, EU-5 countries (Germany, France, U.K., Italy and Spain) offer immense opportunities to companies operating in the absorbent and packing gauze surgical dressings market. However, over the past few years, Asia-Pacific has been the fastest growing region for absorbent and packing gauze surgical dressings market, mainly due to emerging economies of India, China and Taiwan.
The market for absorbent and packing gauze surgical dressings is largely fragmented between domestic and multinational companies. In many Asian countries like India and China, local players supply these products at very low prices than multinationals and thus create intense price war among the players. Smith & Nephew Pty Ltd., Medline Industries, Inc., Covidien Ltd., UDL Laboratories, Inc. and ConvaTec, Inc. have been identified as the major players operating in the absorbent and packing gauze surgical dressings with a global presence