SOURCE: iData Research

iData Research

December 15, 2016 12:38 ET

3M ESPE, DENTSPLY Lead European Dental Materials Market Through Driving Demand for Innovative Technology

The European market for dental materials is expected to increase to more than EUR1 billion by 2023; universal bonding agents and innovative composite restorative materials are demonstrating high levels of growth in the market

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - December 15, 2016) - According to a new series of reports on the European dental materials market by iData Research (, the popularity of tooth-colored restorations and minimally invasive treatments has increased tremendously in the past few years. These trends are expected to drive the demand for innovative and technologically advanced dental materials, resulting in higher average selling prices (ASPs) and market values.

The introduction of seventh and eighth generation dental bonding agents has significantly improved related application techniques and bonding mechanisms and has reduced the number of steps involved in tooth preparation. The newly-introduced self-etch and universal bonding adhesives are faster and easier to use and also offer long-lasting bonds and better aesthetics. In Europe, the adoption of universal bonding agents has been slower than previously forecasted, especially in comparison to the United States. Specifically, this was the case in countries such as France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Portugal. However, continued marketing efforts have been successful in increasing adoption in these countries.

Dental materials are consumable goods that are bought recurrently by dentists. Certain segments within this market are less elastic, such as local dental anesthetics, which are required for most invasive treatments. However, other segments, such as direct restoratives, display a more elastic demand and consequently suffer from economic shocks. Moreover, sales performance has increased proportionately with the number of dental procedures conducted per year, a number that has shown a low but stable growth with a trend that is expected to continue through to 2023.

"Investors should especially pay attention to composites, bonding agents and dental anesthetics as the largest drivers of growth," explains Dr. Kamran Zamanian, CEO of iData. "On the other hand, impression materials are in the process of becoming obsolete in a matter of a decade or two."

More than 65% of the market is shared between five companies, whereas the remainder is scattered across a multitude of competitors. The leading competitor, 3M ESPE, competes across all market segments. Competition is more intense in some segments than others. The direct restoratives market, which represents the market with the most potential for revenue, displays the highest number of manufacturers competing for market share.

In certain segments, the competitive landscape has varied greatly from country to country, with local manufacturers typically holding leading shares in their home countries. For example, Micerium is a reputable company in Italy that develops various dental materials and competes with leading multinational players. Their success can be attributed to the cultural terms of business in the region which is based largely on trust and personal relationships. Few other examples include Inibsa and Clarben from Spain, SDI in the United Kingdom and Molteni Dental in Italy. Additional competitors in the European dental materials market include DENTSPLY, GC EUROPE, Heraeus Kulzer, Ivoclar Vivadent, Septodont, Kerr Dental and Kuraray among others.

For Further Information

More on the dental materials market in Europe can be found in a series of reports published by iData Research entitled the European Market Report Suite for Dental Materials 2017. The suite covers reports on the following markets: dental cements, impression materials, direct restorative materials, bonding agents, core build-up materials and dental anesthetics.

The iData report series on dental materials covers the U.S. and 15 countries in Europe including Germany, France, the United Kingdom (U.K.), Italy, Spain, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg), Scandinavia (Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway), Portugal, Austria and Switzerland. Reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players' success strategies in each market and segment. To find out more about dental materials market data or procedure data, register online or email us at info@idataresearch.netfor a European Market Report Suite for Dental Materials 2017 brochure and synopsis.

About iData Research

iData Research ( is an international market research and consulting group focused on providing market intelligence for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. iData covers research in: Dental Operatory Equipment, Dental Lasers, Dental Imaging, Dental Implants, Dental Prosthetics and CAD/CAM, Dental Materials, Operating Room Equipment, Surgical Microscopes, Robotics and Surgical Navigation, Laparoscopy, Urology, Gynecology, Vascular Access, Endoscopy, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Rhythm Management, Electrophysiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray Imaging, Diagnostic Imaging, Oncology, Spinal Implants and VCF, Spinal MIS, Orthopedic Soft Tissue Repair and Regeneration, Orthopedic Trauma, Large & Small Joints, Anesthesiology, Wound Management, Orthopedics, Ophthalmics and more.

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