The US surgical tool market in the UAE is in a state of flux.
US companies are flocking to the country to take advantage of the government’s efforts to modernize its infrastructure and medical supply chain.
The industry is hoping that the UAE will eventually be the hub of US supply chain logistics, particularly with the US now entering a supply agreement with the UAE on a US-based medical equipment manufacturer.
But that is not the case right now.
According to industry experts, the UAE needs a full overhaul of its supply chain to be able to meet its US demand, including the supply of some of the US’s most popular products such as surgery tools.
As a result, there is a lack of US-made surgical tools in the country, according to an industry report issued last week.
“The UAE is still the country that has a shortage of the American surgical tools,” said Dr. Ali al-Hassani, CEO of Ateneo de Manila University Medical Center.
“That is the reason why we are seeing shortages of the surgical tools.
We need to find an American company to help us.”
The US is the world’s biggest exporter of surgical tools and is now the largest consumer of US surgical products, according the American Hospital Association.
The US has been working with the government to modernise the UAE’s supply chain, including creating new supply chains and contracting out the production of medical equipment, including surgical tools to US companies.
It also launched a medical-technology collaboration program with the U.S. to develop the technology to make surgical tools for US consumers.
In November, the US signed a supply-and-trait agreement with Abu Dhabi General Hospital, a joint venture between the UAE and the United Arab Emirates, for the production and sale of surgical instruments.
However, the American company will not be a major supplier of surgical equipment to the Abu Dhabi government until 2020.
While the US is a major market for the UAE medical-tech sector, the market has also seen significant growth in China, India, and South Korea.
Hospitals are increasingly looking to Chinese and Indian-based companies to develop products in areas like medicine and orthopedics.
Chinese companies are currently supplying the UAE with surgical tools because they are cheaper and easier to source.
India’s surgical-tools market is also expanding, especially in the last few years as a result of the Indian government’s medical technology funding campaign, according Tochka.
China’s medical-tools sector is the largest in the world, according to the International Medical Tools Association, which estimates the market to be worth more than $200 billion.
Tochka also noted that the US surgical-tool market is “growing at a faster rate” than that of India, but that the growth has slowed in the past year.
For the UAE to remain a global leader in the medical-market, it needs to invest heavily in its medical supply chains, including in the supply chain for US surgical items, he said.
UAE medical products can be sourced from Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Australian companies, to name a few.
If US companies want to sell US-manufactured medical products to the world at a cheaper price, the healthcare sector will need to adjust to the new reality.
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