Iran's position in the world medical equipment market / Export to 55 countries
According to Mehr News Agency, Mahmoud Reza Mahlault, CEO of Holding Avain, wrote in a letter to the state of the medical equipment industry in the country.
Medical equipment is one of the industries that has been growing along with the growth of human societies. According to studies, the first type of modern medical equipment can be found in the remains of Balochistan in 7,000 BC. In addition, in ancient Rome, there are also many types of medical equipment used in the treatment of many diseases. But in the meantime, we should not forget the tremendous impact of Islamic culture and scholars on the development of this industry.
In Islam, medical science has been given a great deal of importance, and after jurisprudence, it is considered one of the most honorable sciences. In a tradition attributed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) regarding the importance of medical science, it is said that knowledge is of two kinds: the knowledge of religions and eternal knowledge, which in other words is the science of medicine and the science of religion. It is clear that the development of medical devices and equipment is one of the important parts of medical science that has always been a matter of interest from scholars and Islamic scholars.
Gustawloubun writes in the book of Islam and Arab civilization: The most famous Muslim surgeon, Abul Ghasem Qartabi, died in 1107. He is the one who invented many surgical instruments and depicted their shape in his book. Sigrid Hunke also writes about the discoveries and works of the best Muslim surgeon, Abulqasem Andelsi: "An Andalusian surgeon named Abu al-Qasim, born in 1013, helped with the progress of medicine with a description of the blood diseases that he had repeatedly observed in various families. With new methods and medical devices, the advancement in the treatment of female illnesses (which really fell back among the Greeks) ". In addition, Abu Ali Sinai's innovations in the treatment of a significant range of diseases should not be neglected, as some of them have been mentioned in the book Genius of the East.
But it can be said in the early nineteenth century that the modern age of medical equipment began. In the first half of this century, the first modern medical devices and laryngoscopes came into the market. In 1895, the German scientist Wilhelm Redington, introduced the X-ray to the medical world to make a major breakthrough in medical science and treatment. A few years later, two Dutch scientists introduced the electrocardiogram to the medical community to keep their name and memory in the heart of humanity. Today, with the growth of science and technology and the expansion of international markets, the industry continues to grow every day.
The latest statistical estimates suggest that the market value of medical equipment in 2017 exceeded the expectations and forecasts by $ 409 billion, reaching $ 523 billion. In addition, this figure is projected to increase to nearly $ 674 billion in 2022, with a compound annual growth of 5.3% CAGR, which is a promising vendor in the industry.
Currently, the United States with 39 percent has the largest share in this big market, with Germany, Japan and China in the next. But looking at the statistics, Iran's small share of this big market can be realized. According to the latest reports released by the Chamber of Commerce and other accredited institutions, Iran's share of this market is about $ 1.7 billion, which is far from the ideal horizons. In addition, statistics show that in the year to March 2017, the volume of medical equipment imported amounted to $ 928 million and its export share was only $ 22 million.
Unofficial statistics do not have much to do with this. According to the authorities, the export of medical equipment in 2012 was $ 24 million and Iran's medical equipment was exported to about 55 countries. But official statistics show that exports to our neighboring country, Turkey in 2017, were $ 319 million, indicating a significant gap in the development of the medical equipment industry in Iran and Turkey.
However, the industry's recent advances and achievements have not been overlooked in recent years. Currently, Iran is one of the few countries that have reached the limit of self-sufficiency in the production of medical disposables, and even exports some products to different countries. On the other hand, based on assessments, nearly 45% of the domestic demand for medical equipment is currently produced by Iranian companies, which reflects the important role of the industry in developing employment creation. According to recent comments, and despite the severe economic conditions, nearly 510 companies are currently working in the industry, which could increase in the years to come by developing knowledge-based companies. Despite various fluctuations in recent years, Iran's exports grew by 43% in 2017 compared to last year, reflecting the efforts of craftsmen and domestic professionals to achieve the desired horizons in the industry.
But in the year leading by the Supreme Leader, the name of the production boom years, it has had to pave the way for the growth of this industry more than ever. In his annual speech, he said that the boom was effective in eliminating the unemployment problem, increasing the value of the national currency and reducing inflation. In the meantime, the medical equipment industry can play an important role in achieving these goals, given their significant added value. Meanwhile, small and medium enterprises play a significant role in this regard.
In the US, there are nearly 6,500 companies in the industry, which is roughly 12 times that in Iran. On the other hand, nearly 45% of companies active in the industry, including small and medium businesses, are well aware of this.