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Medical Technologies Sector Review


Definition and scale of sector

  • Polymer/metal components,
  • Electronics/electromechanical sub assemblies,
  • Medical instrumentation,
  • Pharmaceutical production, wholesaling

Why the sector was chosen in the West Midlands

  • High rate of growth but from a low case.
  • Full role played by the medical market place on regional industry is understated given the role played by industries that supply multiple markets e.g. polymers.
  • Higher Education based investments demonstrate a potential for spin off activity. Opportunities for diversification. Major training region in Medical Schools and CE for the NHS.


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Injection Molding Manufacturing - November 2013

Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting material into a mold. It can be performed with a host of materials, including metals, glasses, elastomers, confections, and mostcommonly thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers.Material for the part is fed into a heated barrel,mixed,and forced into a mold cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity. After a product is designed, usually by an industrial designer or an engineer,molds are made by a mold maker or tool maker, from metal, usually either steel or aluminum, and precision machined to form the features of the desired part. Injection molding is widely used for manufacturing a variety of parts, from the smallest components to entire body panels of cars. Parts to be injection molded must be very carefully designed to facilitate the molding process the material used for the part, the desired shape and features of the part, the material of the mold, and the properties of the molding machine must all be taken into account.The versatility of injection molding is facilitated by this breadth of design considerations and possibilities.

Source: Industrial Advisory Reports


Healthcare Sector Report - July 2009

Healthcare is an important sector in Pakistan. Attempts have been made to improve the health conditions of the people through availability of trained personnel, adequate supply of medicines and establishment of health services. Yet the health care system as a whole is not encouraging. The main health problems are preventable communicable diseases, severe malnutrition and high incident of birth resulting in a high proportion of infant and maternal mortality. There are also clear differentials in health conditions by rural and urban areas and socio-economic groups. Gastro-enteritis, respiratory infections, congenital abnormalities, typhoid fever, Malaria, Tuberculosis and wide variety of childhood diseases such as diarrhoea, measles and tetanus etc. still continue to pose potential threat to the health of millions of people in the country. Unsanitary conditions, polluted water and illiteracy among rural mothers, urban slum and high fertility, small budgetary allocation and inadequate administrative structures have been identified as the main hurdles in the progress of health conditions.

Source: UK Trade & Investment




Pakistan: Women's Health Project - November 2007

Mindful of the poor health status of women in Pakistan compared with women in other Asian countries, the Government gave high priority to women's development, including women's health, in the Ninth Five-Year Development Plan (1998/99-2002/03), It also sought Asian Development Bank (ADB) financing for the Women's Health Project as part of ADB's contribution to the country's Social Action Program (SAP). ADB provided project preparatory technical assistance1 (TA) for a feasibility study of the Project, and approved an advisory TA2 to explore ways of improving health sector management and, hence, women's health. The Project was thus formulated as part of the Government's core investment program (SAP), to address both programmatic and organizational priorities identified for improving women's health.

Source: Asian Development Bank




Pakistan Light engineering sector - March 2007

The state of the engineering industry describes the status of industrialization of a country since it portrays the capability to add value to the primary products and of indigenous production of plants and machinery. The developed countries have assigned high priority to the engineering industry in their own country. The range of light engineering goods covers electrical goods, transport equipment, domestic appliances, telecommunication equipment etc. There are about 2,500 registered units and a much larger number in the unorganized sector, with fixed assets of over Rs 100 billion. A number of small industrial units are operating in Karachi, Lahore, Gujarat, Gujranwala and Sialkot.

Source: Board of Investment Pakistan



Gender-Aware Policy Appraisal: Health Sector - December 2006

Better health has welfare implications not only for the individual and the household they form part of, but also for the country as a whole. The government undertakes health interventions because peoples' health status plays a crucial role in determining the social and economic development of a country. The focus of the study is on health differences prevailing between males and females and differences in health losses and gains that make some groups of people worse off than others. The study covers the federal, provincial and district level with sub-national analysis confined to the Punjab province and two districts namely Gujrat and Rajanpur.

Source: Gender Responsive Budget Initiative (GRBI) 



Healthcare Sector - June 2006

The healthcare industry is unlike any other. Today, healthcare companies are faced with some of the most severe regulatory and legal issues in business. Add to that the special transportation requirement i.e. clean and temperature controlled environments, management of hazardous materials, or returns management programs.

Source: UK Trade and Investment



Surgical Instruments Industry - April 2006 

The surgical instruments manufacturing cluster is located in the city of Sialkot. Sialkot has long been known for the expertise of its people in making metal related products. The blacksmiths of the region produced swords and daggers for the Mughal Emperors. The historical background shows that surgical instruments manufacturing actually started in this region at the turn of the century.

The American Mission hospital of Sialkot generated some demand of surgical instruments by getting its scalpels and other instruments repaired from the local artisan community of the blacksmiths, these craftsmen successfully replicated some of the instruments which were used by the hospital.

Source: IAR (Industrial Advisory Reports)



Medical Technologies Sector Review - March 2006 

Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry is unlike any other. Today, healthcare companies are faced with some of the most severe regulatory and legal issues in business. Add to that the special transportation requirement i.e. clean and temperature controlled environments, management of hazardous materials, or returns management programs.

Health Sector Outlook in Pakistan

The population of the country is estimated at 150 million with an annual growth rate of 1.9 % in 2004-05, whereas GDP growth rate for the same period was 8.4%.

Pakistan has a disease burden pattern, which is typical of developing countries. Pakistan is one of the world's most populous countries, poverty is rife and standards of living are defined by substandard sanitation, nutrition and widespread incidence of communicable diseases.

Source: OMIS




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