Surgical cotton is also known as absorbent cotton” or “cotton wool”. Surgical/ Absorbent cotton is cleared de-oiled and bleached cotton packed in different sizes. Since Surgical/Absorbent cotton is a material which comes in direct contact with the human body, its quality is very important and should satisfy the required pharmaceutical parameters. Either virgin cotton or waste cotton can be used as raw material. Comber waste cotton is desirable in case of waste cotton.
Surgical/Absorbent cotton is widely used in hospitals, clinics, health centers and pharmacies for medical purposes. It is also used in beauty salons, business organizations and households for various purposes. Surgical/Absorbent cotton is mainly used for sanitary purposes and surgical operations as well as for ordinary daily use. It is also usually needed by women during their menstruation period that reoccurs at least once a month.
The demand of Surgical Absorbent Cotton is directly related with the increase in population and expansion of public health services. The demand for Surgical Absorbent Cotton increases with the increase in population and number of hospitals, dispensaries, nursing homes, health care centers etc.
The demand for absorbent cotton is directly related with the development and expansion of health facilities in the country. The Federal and Regional Governments have given high attention for expansion of health facilities to increase the coverage. Hence, considering the population growth and the high attention given by the Federal and Regional Governments, the demand for absorbent cotton is assumed to grow by 10%, annually. The demand for absorbent cotton in India is estimated to be about 2 million bales (of 170 kg each) per year. On the other hand, the small scale industries that manufacture absorbent cotton find it difficult to source short staple cotton. For example, the industries in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh are sourcing short staple cotton at high price from Rajasthan or the Northeastern part of India. So there is an imminent need to create an interface and a common platform between Indian cotton farmers as well as absorbent cotton industry. Thus, due to demand it is best to invest in this project.
Few Indian major players are as under:
• Brisk Surgicals Cotton Ltd.
• Jindal Medicot Ltd.
• Lavino Kapur Cottons Pvt. Ltd.
• Mohini Health & Hygiene Ltd.
• Phoenix Surgicare Pvt. Ltd.
• Precot Meridian Ltd.
• Vandana Surgi Pharma Pvt. Ltd.