Meditech (Medical and hygiene textiles)

Meditech products include textile material used in hygiene, health and personal care, as well as in surgical applications. These products include: wipes, baby and adult diapers, adult sanitary and incontinence products, as well as, medical and surgical products, such as operating gowns, operating drapes, sterilization packs, dressings, sutures and orthopaedic pads. At the highest value end of this segment are relatively tiny volumes of extremely sophisticated textiles for uses such as artificial ligaments, veins and arteries, skin replacement, hollow fibres for dialysis machines, etc. Meditech products are available in woven, knitted and non-woven forms based on the area of application.

India’s meditech segment is expected to grow at a rate of 20% to US$ 1,039 Million by 2016-17, as per estimates of the Working Group on Textiles and Jute Industry, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Key Indian manufacturers in the segment include:

  • Baby diapers: Unimin India Ltd. and Fiberweb Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sanitary napkins: Procter and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson and Kimberley Clark Lever
  • Surgical disposables: Thea-Tex Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Mediklin Healthcare Ltd., Sivshree Medittex India Pvt Ltd
  • Surgical sutures: Johnson and Johnson, Centennial Surgical Suture Limited and Futura Surgicare Pvt. Ltd
  • Surgical dressing material: Johnson and Johnson India, Lavino Kapoor, Dr. Sabharwal Laboratories
  • Artificial vascular grafts: TTK Healthcare in collaboration with Sri Chitra Tirunal
  • Artificial tendon (mesh): TTK Healthcare in collaboration with Sri Chitra Tirunal

COE: Meditech (SITRA)

With support from the Ministry of Textiles, SITRA has established Centre of Excellence in Medical Textiles in the field of Technical Textiles. The COE is a one-stop shop for addressing the issues and concerns of medical textile fraternity. The COE has facilities for Research and Development, testing, incubation, training and a well-endowed information resource centre for the usage of the Industry stakeholders.

Contact SITRA:

Dr. Prakash Vasudevan, Director
P.B.No. 3205, Coimbatore Aerodrome Post, Coimbatore - 641 014, Tamil Nadu, India.

Phone: 91-422-2574367-9, 6544188, 6541488
Fax: 91-422-2571896