Swab Sticks Market

Swab Sticks Market Analysis by Sterility (Sterile, Non-sterile Swab Sticks), by Tip Material (Cotton, Synthetic), by Shaft Material (Paper, Metal/Wire, Plastic, Wood), by Application (Specimen Collection, Disinfection/ Cleaning), by End Use & Regional Forecast 2022-2032

Analysis of Swab Sticks market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Swab Sticks Market Outlook (2022-2032)

Global sales of swab sticks are estimated to be valued at US$ 1.79 Bn in 2022. Looking ahead, the global swab sticks market is predicted to reach US$ 3.24 Bn by 2032, expanding at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2022 to 2032.

Report Attributes


Swab Sticks Market Size (2021A)

US$ 1.68 Bn

Estimated Year Value (2022E)

US$ 1.79 Bn

Projected Year Value (2032F)

US$ 3.24 Bn

Global Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

6.1% CAGR

Europe Market Share (2021)


Europe Growth Rate (2022-2032)

6.3% CAGR

Collective Value Share (U.S., Germany, China) 2022: Top 3 Countries


Top 5 Companies’ Market Share (2021)


Key Companies Profiled

  • BD
  • Hologic Inc.
  • Formlabs
  • OraSure Technologies
  • Hygiena
  • AdvaCare
  • Aptaca
  • Other Market Players

Swab Stick Consumption Analysis (2017-2021) in Comparison to Market Outlook (2022-2032)

Swab sticks have seen eye-catching demand increase in recent years, especially with the onset of the COVID pandemic. The global medical swab market is bolstered by their ease of use, low cost, and quick screening.

Availability of diverse swabs and shaft materials is boosting their application in various industries other than healthcare. Aided by these factors, the swab sticks market is expected to grow 1.8X over the forecast years of 2022 to 2032.

Swab Sticks Market Forecast Analysis by Fact.MR

Key players in the swab sticks market are focusing on organic tactics such as investments in R&D and advanced technology adoption to enhance their production capacity and decrease product price. However, use of various inorganic approaches such as partnerships, collaborations, and acquisitions also assist them in building a larger consumer base, portfolio expansion, and increasing global penetration.

Swab stick manufacturers are leveraging R&D knowledge to create extremely effective products. In the next few years, the aforementioned variables are projected to support market demand by 1/3 of current levels.

Fact.MR reveals that the swab sticks market witnessed growth at 6.8% CAGR from 2017 to 2021, and is expected to further increase at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2022 to 2032.

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What are the Reasons for the Proliferation of the Swab Sticks Market?

“Unfolding of Infectious Disease Driving Demand for Swab Sticks”

As a result of multiple risk factors, the healthcare industry has a huge difficulty in recognizing and managing the spread of infectious diseases. Rising occurrence of numerous infectious illnesses across the world pushes up market demand for swab sticks due to their convenience of sample collection for testing.

For instance, increased COVID-19 cases raised the demand for swab sticks with viral transport medium because of the necessity for quick screening. Besides SARS-CoV-2, other infectious diseases needing swab sticks for sample collection include HIV, influenza, diphtheria, pneumonia, and others.

Thus, rising infectious diseases are anticipated to impact the global swab sticks market in a positive manner. Demand for swab sticks is likely to enhance 1.8X over the assessment period.

“Self-collection Swabs Provide Positive Appeal”

Self-collected swabs are attracting attention due to their invasive nature in order to boost testing capacity and avoid viral exposure to healthcare workers. Approval from governments and CDC authority is promoting public awareness, and, as a consequence, people are now increasingly demanding swab sticks for the self-collection of samples, which has helped the expansion of the swab sticks industry.

This is expected to offer new opportunities for swab stick product manufacturers by designing user-friendly and easily available swab sticks in the market.

Escalating awareness about self-collection of COVID swabs is estimated to bolster demand for swab sticks by 1.2X over the forecast years of 2022-2032.

How Can Demand Growth of Swab Sticks Get Dented?

“Introduction of Alternatives Such as Sponge Swabs”

Swab stick alternatives, such as sponge swabs, which are used to identify whether a pathogen is present or absent, are gaining popularity. These are the most effective swabs for screening every potential site. Swab sticks can be used to identify infections in some circumstances, but not in the absence/presence test.

Furthermore, the high-tech polyurethane sponge swab has several advantages, including resistance to flacking during sample collection as well as accurate detection and quantification. It is possible to collect a sample from a wide range of surfaces using this product.

Since these substitutes overcome the limitations of swab sticks, market growth is expected to be impeded to some extent.

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Region-wise Insights

Which Region Accounts for High Demand for Swab Sticks?

The Europe swab sticks market accounts for the largest market share of 35.3%. The regional market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast years.

The market is being driven by high per capita disposable income. Additionally, high government spending on the medical device industry is proliferating medical swab sticks market growth in the European region.

However, South Asia and the ASEAN region have experienced the steepest growth in swab stick demand over the historical years of 2017-2021.

What is the Market Scenario of the APAC Swab Sticks Market?

The Asia Pacific region, comprising South Asia & ASEAN, Oceania, and the East Asia swab stick market, holds 38.7% market share. The East Asia, South Asia & ASEAN, and Oceania swab sticks market arise projected to expand at a combined CAGR of 6% during the forecast period of 2022-2032.

The sale of medical swab sticks in APAC intensified because of the emergence of coronavirus pandemic. The APAC region is a dominant contributor to the world population; hence, despite lower per capita disposable income in some geographical regions, the APAC swab sticks market is expected to hold almost 2/5 of the global market share in 2022.

Category-wise Insights

Which Swab Stick Product is Expected to Hold Sway?

Swab sticks under product sterility type are segmented into sterile swab sticks and non-sterile swab sticks. Amongst them, sterile swab sticks hold the larger market share of 66.5% and are projected to witness a CAGR of 6.6% over the forecast years.

High demand for sterile swab sticks is due to their least chances of contaminating the sample. Sterile swab sticks can be used to cater to a wide range of applications such as wound cleaning, specimen collection, and medical device cleaning.

Use of non-sterile swab sticks is strictly opposed for the aforementioned use cases. Along with these factors, guidelines from government authorities for the use of disposable sterile swab sticks for sample collection is giving momentum to the consumption of disposable sterile swab sticks at hospitals.

However, non-sterile swab sticks hold 33.5% of the overall market share and are projected to register a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast years of 2022-2032.

Why is Growth of the Swab Sticks Market Being Led by Diagnostic Laboratories?

Under the end-use industry segment, the swab sticks market is segmented into hospitals & ASCs, diagnostic laboratories, specialty clinics, pharmaceutical industry, research & development centers, and others.

The diagnostic laboratories segment holds 40.2% of the market share and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 6.2%. Emergence of COVID- 19 accelerated the use of swab sticks in diagnostic clinics post-2020.

On the other hand, hospitals & ASCs account for 30.2% market share and are projected to register a CAGR of 6.2% over the assessment period.

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COVID-19 Impact

The swab sticks market experienced a significant boost under the influence of COVID-19. Demand was specifically boosted for specimen collection under the application vertical, consequently propelling 1.2X growth of the overall market from 2019 to 2021.

Increased demand resulted in more production capacity by manufacturers, which will result in long-term dominance of the supply-side over the coming years.

Competitive Landscape: Top Companies in Swab Sticks Market

The global swab sticks market is partially consolidated in nature owing to the highly-efficient production capacity of leading swab stick manufacturers.

Leading swab stick producers are adopting hybrid growth strategies, i.e., both organic and inorganic. Inorganic strategies such as collaborations and partnerships are helping market players enhance their consumer base and global penetration.

Also, product innovation, as an organic strategic approach, is being adopted by leading companies to cater to market demand by using technical advancements during the pandemic; for instance, 3D-printed swabs accelerated swab stick production during the pandemic.

  • Puritan, in April 2021, announced the launch of innovative products and the registration of new patents to protect its innovations. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office issued new patents to protect its innovative flocked swab technology.
  • Hologic Inc., in January 2021, acquired Diagenode, a European developer and manufacturer of molecular diagnostics assay products.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of swab sticks positioned across regions, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Swab Sticks Industry Survey by Category

  • Swab Sticks Market by Sterility:

    • Sterile Swab Sticks
    • Non-sterile Swab Sticks
  • Swab Sticks Market by Tip Material:

    • Cotton swab stick
    • Synthetic swab stick
  • Swab Sticks Market by Shaft Material:

    • Paper Swab Sticks
    • Metal/Wire Swab Sticks
    • Plastic Swab Sticks
    • Wood Swab Sticks
  • Swab Sticks Market by Application:

    • Specimen Collection
    • Disinfection/ Cleaning
    • Others
  • Swab Sticks Market by End Use:

    • Hospitals and ASCs
    • Diagnostic Laboratories
    • Specialty Clinics
    • Pharmaceutical Industry
    • Research and Development Centers
    • Others
  • Swab Sticks Market by Sales Channel:

    • B2B Sales of Swab Sticks
    • B2C Sales of Swab Sticks
      • Online Retailing
      • Pharmacy and Drug Store
  • Swab Sticks Market by Region:

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & ASEAN
    • Oceania
    • MEA

- FAQs -

How much is the global swab sticks market valued at?

The global swab sticks market is estimated to be worth US$ 1.79 Bn in 2022.

What are the projected for the global swab sticks market?

Swab stick demand is anticipated to reach US$ 3.24 Bn by 2032-end.

At what rate did demand for swab sticks increase over the last 5 years?

Over the 2017-2021 period, global swab stick consumption increased at 6.8% CAGR.

Who are the prominent manufacturers of swab sticks?

Some of the prominent players in the swab sticks market are BD, Puritan, Copan, Deltalab, Hologic Inc., and Formlabs.

Which regional market is leading the swab sticks industry?

Europe tops the global swab sticks market accounting for 35.3% market share in 2022.

Which product type under sterility contributes maximum share to swab stick sales?

Sterile swab sticks account for 66.8% market share in the global sales of swab sticks.

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