Long replacement cycles and budgetary concern among hospitals are severely hampering the growth of the Western European anaesthesia equipment market. While existing equipment are likely to be replaced only when high-end technology becomes more affordable, companies will be hard pressed to meet the requirement of hospital-IT integration and automated record keeping by incorporating networking capabilities and anaesthesia information management systems (AIMS) in their product lines. In future, hospitals are likely to show a preference for equipment dedicated to day surgery as they attempt to reduce costs for patients.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (patientmonitoring.frost.com), Western European Anaesthesia Equipment Market, finds that market earned revenues of $220.0 million in 2006 and estimates this to reach $251.7 million in 2013.
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"The Western European anaesthesia equipment market is largely dependent on the replacement of existing units, and the availability of high-end technologies at lower prices will be key to its future growth," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Krishanu Bhattacharjee. "The increasing demand for medium-priced integrated workstations as well as AIMS is expected to significantly boost unit sales in the replacement market."
Despite the dominance of two global giants, GE (Datex-Ohmeda) and Drager, the Western European anaesthesia equipment market has observed new entrants in the past two years. This bodes well for the market, and as hospital budgets continue their downward trend, demand for medium-priced workstations as well as day surgery supporting equipment will also rise sharply. Furthermore, the growing demand for electronic ventilators, ergonomic designs and AIMS is also likely to propel the market's growth.
Nevertheless, the dominance of global giants in the high-end segment will continue to be a major entry barrier. The other notable market restraints include the continued restructuring of hospitals expenditure, market cannibalization of stand-alone units by integrated workstations and the growing presence of low-cost manufacturers.
"The affordability of European hospitals has been severely hindered due to the formation of diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) in several parts of Europe and the restructuring of hospital expenditures," explains Bhattacharjee. "With the entry of low-cost manufacturers in the market, the price of equipment, especially the stand-alone operating room (OR) monitors, will erode further. However, existing participants capable of delivering sophisticated and easy-to-use products at competitive prices can look forward to good growth."
Going forward, participants in the high-end market have to look towards expansion of their product portfolio in the mid-range and low-end price segments. Simultaneously, companies with an expertise in total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) should take efforts towards incorporating the same in the mid-range segment. These apart, all participants should ensure better technical support and service to strengthen brand loyalty.
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