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B&W Fiberglass Industry Spotlight: Medical

Posted by Craig Barry on Mar 21, 2018 9:04:00 AM



The United States has the largest medical device market in the world, measuring over $140 billion. Accounting for more than 40% of the entire medical device market, the sector employs hundreds of thousands of workers in higher-than-average pay manufacturing roles. Fiberglass is a technology critical to the success of the industry and to that of medicine as a discipline.


Fiberglass is Uniquely Suited for the Medical Sector

The inherent qualities of fiberglass are exactly what make it so desirable within medical technology. As a cost-effective, prolific material, fiberglass sought after for more than just its price point. It is highly malleable, suitable for a wide range of aesthetic shapes and complex designs. It is lightweight and extremely resistant to fire and chemical exposure, and it is non-porous. It’s also incredibly durable, proving easy to both clean and maintain structurally.

It’s the strength of fiberglass that make it useful for stationary applications, such as wall partitions in sensitive facilities. Panels made of fiberglass can be tailored specifically to offer noise abatement. As a material, it is as versatile and economical as anything found within medicine today.


Applications of Fiberglass Within Medicine

There are literally thousands of uses for fiberglass composites, glass fibers, and glass yarn within medicine. Fiberglass is x-ray transparent; it’s used for panels, patient tables, and other structural applications in hundreds of thousands of radiology labs. It is also frequently used to build enclosures for instruments that must be stored safely and securely. It’s ideally suited to support medical equipment without addition weight and/or obtuseness.

In addition to the rigid structural applications of fiberglass, it is also extremely complementary to many human-facing medical technologies. Traditional plaster casts, for example, have in many facilities been replaced by casts made of flexible fiberglass yarn, cured to hardness. Fiberglass’ durable nature and non-porous surface makes it a standout material for use in soft sockets for prostheses. It is increasingly being tested within applications such as bandaging, mobility equipment, and even wearable medical technology.


B&W Fiberglass and the Medical Sector

B&W Fiberglass has a long history of innovating within the fiberglass industry. It’s only natural that our capabilities align perfectly with the revolutionary trajectory of modern medicine. Our team provides customized service and consulting to a plethora of forward-thinking clients across the globe, including some of the most cutting-edge medical brands in the world.

B&W Fiberglass’ solutions range from specialized glass yarn to fiberglass composites and beyond. Our experts have decades of experience within the performance materials industry; our collaborators work with some of the most advanced fiberglass technologies and equipment on the planet. They are always more than happy to help clients meet very specific goals on very aggressive timelines. 


Please reach out to the B&W Fiberglass team to talk with a specialist about our experience moving medicine forward. We’re happy to work with you to supply exactly the product you need or to create something custom for your application.
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