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Global Medical Tents Market - Outlook and Forecast 2023-2028
The global medical tent market reached a size of over USD 1.58 billion in 2022, and it is anticipated to grow by approximately 20% by 2028, with an estimated CAGR of 3.40%. One of the key drivers for this growth is the increasing occurrences of natural disasters and medical emergencies. Inflatable medical tents are being increasingly used in the military due to the presence of troops worldwide and rising military investments. The market is expected to experience significant growth due to the expanding usage of tents in the military sector, as well as in medical emergencies and rescue operations.
The term Tripledemic refers to a simultaneous rise in cases of COVID-19, influenza (the flu), and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Although all three viruses are present in the United States, their peaks do not coincide. Pediatric RSV and flu cases have declined, while COVID-19 cases continue to rise among adults. Flu cases, on the other hand, are decreasing among the elderly and remaining somewhat stable among younger adults.
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Flu, COVID-19, and RSV are all respiratory viruses. Influenza and COVID-19 typically exhibit increased infection rates during the winter months, while RSV cases tend to increase early in the year. The simultaneous increase in these cases can be attributed to various factors, including weakened immune systems and vaccine hesitancy resulting from the isolation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Tripledemic continues to escalate, pediatric hospitals are overwhelmed with a significantly high number of sick patients, many of whom require hospital beds.
Currently, the United States is experiencing high numbers of COVID-19, flu, and RSV cases, with sharp increases in RSV and flu cases in recent weeks. This surge in cases has led several pediatric hospitals to set up tents outside their facilities to manage the overwhelming patient influx caused by the Tripledemic. Waiting times have reached unprecedented levels, and hospitals are urging patients to seek care from primary care doctors or urgent care facilities before coming to the hospital.
Moreover, according to federal health data, a significant portion of the youngest children in the United States have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine. This, combined with hospitals struggling to handle the influx of patients with respiratory viruses, has resulted in limited hospital beds and long wait times in emergency departments. For example, Boston Children’s Hospital has postponed elective surgeries, and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has reopened COVID-19 triage tents to manage the overflow. On November 9th, 2022, a tent was set up in the ambulance bay at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora due to a rise in RSV cases among children throughout the state.
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the demand for medical tents worldwide for purposes such as screening, patient isolation, and vaccination camps. Triage tents have become crucial in managing patient surges caused by the pandemic. Hospitals and clinics globally have witnessed a surge in admissions, adding immense pressure to healthcare systems in caring for those infected with the virus and providing suitable shelter for patient screenings. Although COVID-19 cases are currently low, they are increasing in certain parts of the United States.
The United States leads the world in the number of military bases stationed overseas, and it continues to expand its military presence. Japan has approximately 120 U.S. military bases, Germany has 119, South Korea has 73, and Italy has 44. Additionally, Japan hosts about 54,000 U.S. military personnel, Germany has around 34,000, and South Korea has about 26,000. China’s military basing efforts at an international level have gained significant international interest and scrutiny. China has identified 13 countries, including Angola, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Cambodia, and the UAE, as potential bases. In August 2021, India announced the construction of a military base on Agaléga island.
Geopolitical risks play a crucial role in the growth of the medical tent market. The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has contributed to the overall expansion of the market. As of January 23rd, 2023, Russia has suffered approximately 180,000 military casualties in Ukraine, while Ukraine has reported 100,000 military casualties and 30,000 civilian deaths. Various international and regional companies offer a wide range of medical tents for military purposes.
To maintain competitiveness in the medical tent market, vendors are focusing on addressing the challenges associated with traditional medical tents. Consequently, several vendors are developing innovative and technologically advanced medical tents. These advancements include multi-purpose tents equipped with portable features and easy deployment.
One of the leading manufacturers in the medical tent market is Extreme Marquees (EM), an Australian company known for its custom printing tents. EM produces Infectious Disease Fast Deployment Inflatable Isolation Modules that are lightweight, portable, and easy to set up. AKS Industries, another prominent vendor in the market, has developed the BLU-MED XP Medical Shelter System, which can be fully deployed and set up in less than 15 minutes. This system allows government agencies, NGOs, cities, municipalities, hospitals, emergency management services, and first responders to quickly respond to disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide. It is engineered to withstand high wind and snow loads while being easy to carry and store.
Demand for multi-purpose tents has been increasing as they serve multiple applications. JUMEI TENT TECHNOLOGY and NSR Relief are leading companies in the medical tent market, offering multi-purpose tents. JUMEI TENT TECHNOLOGY’s heavy-duty clear-span tents can be rapidly deployed and are ideal for various hospital uses, including emergency shelters, temporary quarantine, triage screening areas, medical screening, medical testing, medical isolation, mobile field hospitals, food distribution centers, drive-thru testing stations, and medical supplies warehouses.
Negative pressure isolation tents are used in hospitals to isolate patients with infectious diseases or those prone to infections from others, including visitors and healthcare staff. These tents are particularly effective for isolating patients with contagious airborne diseases like measles, tuberculosis, SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. They are called negative pressure tents because the air pressure inside the tent is lower than the pressure outside, preventing potentially contaminated air from flowing out when the door is opened. AKS Industries, UTILIS, Stretch Event Tents USA, and Instent Industries are some of the prominent companies in the medical tent market offering negative pressure isolation tents.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including type, application, end-user, and geography.
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Segmentation by Geography
North America – US, Canada
Europe – Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia
APAC – China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia
Latin America – Brazil, Mexico, Argentina
Middle East & Africa – South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey
The pop-up style segment emerged as the dominant segment in the global medical tent market in 2022, primarily due to its easy setup feature, portability, and low maintenance requirements. Moreover, inflatable medical tents have gained considerable popularity over the years, becoming more reliable and convenient. The United States leads the global market for inflatable medical tents, driven by high demand in military and rescue operations. This is attributed to the country’s elevated frequency of natural disasters. North America currently holds just under a one-third share of global revenue, largely due to the expanding application of medical tents in military settings. However, the high development cost and purchase expenses of advanced inflatable tents are expected to impede market growth during the forecast period. Adoption rates of these medical tents remain relatively low in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), Latin America, and Middle East & Africa regions due to their high cost.
In terms of end-users, the global medical tent market is segmented into critical care, screening, patient isolation, and others. Among these segments, the screening segment holds the highest revenue share, driven by the increasing demand for triage and pre-triage tents. The outbreak of COVID-19 played a major role in bolstering this segment’s prominence. Hospitals faced overcrowding as a large volume of patients sought treatment, leading nations to adopt medical tents not only within hospitals but also in public areas for screening and COVID-19 vaccinations. Vendors are developing medical tents for various purposes, including medical supplies storage, medical waste disposal, decontamination, and multipurpose applications.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 infections served as a catalyst for hospitals to adopt medical tents on a larger scale, resulting in the highest share among end-users. In 2022, the global medical tent market for hospitals was valued at USD 827.9 million and is projected to reach USD 980.3 million by 2028. The need for rapidly deployable surge medical tents in hospitals became evident with outbreaks such as Ebola, cholera, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In California, United States, several hospitals established large surge tents outside their emergency departments to accommodate and treat flu patients, followed by COVID-19 cases.
North America holds the largest share of the global medical tent market due to the region’s frequent occurrence of natural hazards and the presence of numerous military bases. The United States alone has approximately 750 military bases in at least 80 countries worldwide. As a result, the growth of the medical tent market in the region is propelled by the expansion of U.S. military bases overseas. There is substantial demand for tents used in drive-through testing, patient overflow shelters, and disinfection facilities in this region. The growing adoption of multipurpose medical tents in developed countries is expected to create significant growth opportunities for advanced medical tent solutions.
In APAC, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa, the demand for pop-up medical tents is high due to their affordability. The growth of health awareness programs and vaccination camps serves as a major driver for market growth in these regions. However, the adoption of inflatable and advanced medical tents, such as multipurpose and negative pressure isolation tents, remains lower in low- and middle-income countries, posing a challenge to market growth. Nevertheless, the APAC region is expected to experience faster market growth due to factors like an aging population and limited healthcare facilities.
The global medical tent market presents moderate competition and is anticipated to provide noteworthy growth prospects for vendors throughout the forecast period. Leading companies in the market are highly focused on organic growth strategies, continually developing innovative medical tents at competitive prices. Prominent participants in the global medical tent market include Liri Structure, Instent Industries, ZINGERLE GROUP, LANCO, and HDT Global. Furthermore, there exists a substantial growth opportunity for new entrants in this market.
Factors such as the tripledemic, winter flu, and geopolitical issues contribute to the growth of the medical tent market, intensifying competition among players. This, in turn, creates opportunities for companies to introduce innovative products. In October 2022, the US market experienced a notable impact on growth due to an increase in respiratory illnesses among children. In response, Connecticut Children’s Medical Centre is exploring collaboration with the National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Association to install a field tent to accommodate the surge in patients.
Key companies profiled in this report include Liri Structure, Instent Industries, HDT Global, ZINGERLE GROUP, LANCO, AKS Industries, ACI Design, Allied Healthcare Products, Celina, Extreme Group, Glow Inflatables, JUMEI TENT TECHNOLOGY, J.B. Roche, NRS Relief, RODER Group, Stretch Event Tents USA, Shenzhen Shoulder Tent, Sabir Textile Industries, SPANTECH, TentCraft, UTILIS, YIJIN GROUP.
Key Questions Answered
What is the market value of the global medical tent market?
The global medical tent market was valued at USD 1.58 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 1.93 billion by 2028.
What is the rate of growth for the medical tent market?
The medical tent market is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.40% from 2022 to 2028.
Who are the major players in the global medical tent market?
The key players in the global medical tent market are Liri Structure, Instent Industries, HDT Global, ZINGERLE GROUP, and LANCO.
What are the emerging trends in the medical tent market?
The emerging trends in the medical tent market include technological advancements in medical tents, increasing demand for negative pressure isolation tents, and the rising popularity of mobile field hospitals.
Which region has the largest market share in the global medical tent market?
North America holds the largest market share in the global medical tent market, accounting for 28.84% in 2022.