Demand for Medical Device Trays Forecast to Grow 3% Annually

Demand for medical device trays is forecast to increase 3.0% annually to almost $1.6 billion in 2023, representing nearly 6.9 billion units. Growth will be supported by their:

  • ability to accommodate several items in an immobilized format
  • barrier protection advantages
  • better durability and resistance properties compared to pouches
  • infection and contamination prevention
  • labor savings
  • convenient storage properties
  • tracking capabilities

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Trays are expected to be increasingly used as multiple compartment trays that package all or most items needed for a specific medical procedure (e.g., surgery, dental restoration, dialysis, diagnostic testing). Multiple compartment trays virtually eliminate the risk of staff errors in the collection and organization of products required for such procedures.

In addition to multiple compartment kits, trays will gain use in packaging selected for high-value medical devices sold in individual units. While flexible packaging is typically less expensive, tray usage is often cost-justified in these applications because of these products’ greater protective properties. Unlike pouches and bags, trays offer rigidity, high visibility, and enhanced barrier protection advantages and can be configured with recesses to hold medical devices firmly in place.

Demand for thermoformed plastic medical device trays is projected to rise 3.0% per year to $1.3 billion in 2023. Increasing use in the packaging of multiple item diagnostic and surgical kits will promote gains.

Diagnostic reagents and test kits are the largest application served by medical device trays in both volume and value terms. In this application, trays are used in both primary and secondary packaging. Primary diagnostic trays include microtiter plates that hold 6 to 12 different reagents in separate compartments. Employed widely in clinical chemistry and immunoassay, these plates allow several diagnostic targets of interest to be tested simultaneously, either manually or on automated analyzers. In secondary diagnostic product applications, thermoformed trays are used to hold bottles and plates of reagents, standards, and controls, as well as labware accessories required for specific tests.