Flow chemistry involves the running of reaction in a flowing stream rather than in batches. In this process, pumps are used to initiate the movement of fluid into a tube. Flow chemistry enable safer, cleaner, efficient, and cheaper chemical processes. Flow chemistry enhances reaction time and safety and also offer multi-step synthesis.
The global flow chemistry market is estimated to account for US$ 1,390.1 Mn in terms of value by the end of 2019.
Rapid industrialization and urbanization around the globe are projected to foster the market growth of the flow chemistry. Increasing number of various manufacturing industries are driving demand for flow chemistry. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2030, the Asia Pacific region is expected to contribute roughly 60% of global growth. Thus, ongoing industrialization and urbanization is expected to drive the market growth of the flow chemistry over the forecast period.
Growth in the food &beverage industry as it is highly dependent on flow chemistry for manufacturing bulk chemicals is expected to bring new market opportunities. Moreover, robust growth in the construction industry is creating demand for soaps, detergents, and paints & coatings which is further anticipated to bolster the market growth of flow chemistry. Furthermore, rapid growth in the Indian pharmaceutical industry is again expected to fuel the market growth of flow chemistry.
Challenges associated with the scaling up of technology for commercialization and to follow strict regulations in the pharmaceutical the industry is projected to hinder the market growth of flow chemistry. Flow chemistry is widely used in laboratories, however, challenges associated with scaling up the technology from laboratory to commercial level is projected to hinder the market growth of flow chemistry.
Global flow chemistry market was valued at 1.390.1 Mn market in 2019 and is forecast to reach a value of US$ 2,890.2 Mn by 2027 at a CAGR of 9.5% between 2015 and 2025.
Continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) segment dominated the global flow chemistry market in 2019, accounting for 42.6% share in terms of value, followed by microreactor systems and others segment, respectively
Increasing focus of manufacturers to enhance the capability of flow chemistry is a major trend in the market. For instance, in April 2020, Seqens CDMO has announced a plans to enhance flow chemistry capabilities at its Seqens'Lab R&D center for efficient and safe synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and intermediates. Seqens'Lab will add GMP pilot plant to its continuous bench reactors and analytical tools to increase the capacity to handle difficult reactions, intermediates, and APIs.
Product innovation by major players for business expansion is one of the key trends in the flow chemistry market. For instance, in April 2017, Ajinomoto OmniChem, a provider of small molecule API, contract development and manufacturing services, announced the launch of flow chemistry for API commercial manufacturing that involved adapting a traditional multi-step batch process into a continuous flow chemistry platform.
Global Flow Chemistry Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has affected one of the most important sectors of the global economy –Chemicals Industry which contributes around 7.0 % to the global GDP and provides employment to around 120 million people (including directly and indirectly). The production of bulk chemicals has declined across the globe, due to lower demand from the end-use industries such as coatings, agriculture, consumer durables, electronics, healthcare, food processing, construction, and automobile.
Few Recent Developments
In February 2020, TKS Event Organiser and Chemtrix BV are pleased to announce their collaboration for the 2nd Flow Chemistry Pavilion at Achema 2021. The Flow Chemistry Pavilion is a dedicated area for Flow Chemistry Companies to showcase their very latest continuous manufacturing solutions, covering all aspects of process technology from up- and down-stream applications to fluid handling.