Healthcare textiles are known as medical textiles. It is one of the rapidly growing sectors in the technical textile market. Textile materials for healthcare and medical products range from simple bandage materials or gauze to scaffolds for tissue repairing and a large variety of prostheses for body implants. Usage of medical textiles depends on their properties like flexibility, absorption, softness, filtering among others. Medical textiles can be classified as implantable materials, non-implantable materials, healthcare and hygiene products and extracorporeal products. Medical textiles find applications in medical and biological sectors. They are used for first aid, rehabilitation, hygienic purposes, or clinical purpose. Medical textiles are used for wound care, protecting the wound from infection, bandaging & pressure garment. Furthermore, it is used for extracorporeal and implantable material like art.

“Medical Textiles are those textiles that incorporate at least one of the following in their structure – fibre, filament, yarn or fabric, and which involve one or more of the following processes - extrusion, spinning, weaving, knitting, non-woven, braiding, bonding and are applied for human hygiene, healthcare and/or medical practice.”

  • 30.0%

    Non-implantable goods share in the global medical textiles market


The rise in the number of the elderly population, ongoing technological advancements and increase in health consciousness are fueling the growth of the global medical textiles market.

North America market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% from 2015 to 2022. North America and Europe is projected to continue its dominance jointly in medical textiles market through continuing to invest in research and development activities and identifying opportunities with expanding medical infrastructure.

Europe is one of the leading markets in the medical textile industry. U.K, France, Italy and Germany hold the larger segment of the market. North America follows Europe, while the Asia Pacific is one of the emergent markets. Countries are now supporting and providing various schemes in order to promote the production and consumption of medical textile. One such scheme offered by the Govt. of India is the Technology Mission on Technical Textiles where the Govt. will be investing 200crs in this particular industry.



Medical Textiles are the products and constructions used for medical and biological applications and are used primarily for first aid, clinical and -hygienic purposes. It consists of all those textile materials used in health and hygienic applications in both consumer and medical markets.

Examples of their application include: 

  • Protective and healthcare textiles
  • Dressings, bandages, pressure garments and prosthetics
  • Hygiene products
  • Antiseptic wound dressings.