The growth in the market is boosted by the rising demand for miniaturized connectors, progress in the medical devices industry, increasing geriatric population and surgeries and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases.
Based on product, the medical connectors market has been categorized into board to board, I/O rectangular, push-pull, radio-frequency, disposable plastic, hybrid circular connectors and receptacle systems, power/high voltage and other connectors. Board to board connectors occupied the largest share in the medical connectors industry throughout the analysis period as they conform to rigorous safety standards, including prevention of inadvertent plug disengagement and increased shock rating and further generated revenue of $725.8 million in 2016. Medical connectors used in diagnostic imaging devices generated revenue a $527.8 million in 2016.
Globally, hospitals were the largest end users of medical connectors market, contributing 38.3% share to the market in 2016. This leading position of hospitals among the various end user is due to the availability of various electronic equipment and devices in hospitals.
North America contributed the maximum revenue to the medical connectors industry during the analysis period, mainly due to the rising R&D infrastructure, increasing geriatric population, high healthcare expenditure and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases in this region. In 2015, the total investment in research and development (Medical and Health) was around $158.7 billion in the U.S. According to the data provided by the World Bank, around 30,537 surgeries were performed per 100,000 population in the U.S., in 2012, which states that the requirement for surgical devices increased, which further boosts the medical connectors market.
Globally, the key providers in the medical connectors market are launching new products to gain a larger market share. For instance, in August 2017, TE Connectivity Ltd. (TE), announced its cabled STRADA Whisper product line. This cabled STRADA Whisper connectors eliminate the need for printed circuit board (PCB) backplanes to achieve improved performance and flexibility as data speeds increase. In February 2017, ITT Technologies Corporation's Cannon brand introduced its ARINC 801 Fiber Optic Connector Series which has a high-bandwidth interconnect solution that provides maximum performance and reliability for commercial and military aviation, and shipboard systems.
Some of the other key players operating in the medical connectors industry include Amphenol Corporation, Delphi Automotive PLC, Smiths Group plc, ITT Interconnect Solutions (ITT Corporation), Fischer Connectors SA, LEMO SA, Samtec, Inc., Molex, LLC, and Esterline Technologies Corporation.