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BFS technology (Blow fill technology), is a type of advanced aseptic technology that is used to produce, filled, and sealed the container in a continuous manner. The main purpose of this technology is to reduce the interference of human which ultimately reduce the chances of contamination and penetration of foreign particle ensuring a safe and sterile environment inside the containers. BFS technology is also gaining huge demand from the food & beverage industry, especially in the nutritional and sports drinks segment. This reduces human intervention making the method more aseptic production of a sterile pharmaceutical product. BFS technology is used in the filling of vials for parenteral formulations and infusions, inhalation products, and eye drops. Polypropylene is the most widely used plastic in the formation of containers as it has greater stability.

The Latin America BFS Technology market is estimated to account for slightly less than US$ 229.8 million in terms of value in the year 2018 and it predicted to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period (2019-2027)

Drivers

Increasing industrialization in Brazil coupled with the rising expenditure on the pharmaceutical industry in Argentina is expected to propel the growth of the Latin America BFS technology market. According to the World Bank Data, April 2018, in 2016, Brazil’s manufacturing sector was the 9th largest in the world in terms of world share of Manufacturing Value Add (MVA) 10 and was estimated to be worth US$208 billion in 2017. Therefore, rapid industrialization in the region is accelerating market growth.

Market Opportunities

Increasing integration of sterilization and depyrogenation system for the shroud area BFS technology, which encompasses electronic modular dosing system and fills needles is expected to offer lucrative opportunity in the blow fill seal technology market. Bio-decontamination systems enhance efficiency and process control. Hence, adoption of such advanced technology will favor the growth of the Latin America BFS technology market.

Market Restraints

In the blow fill seal process, plastic is produced and then filled immediately in order to prevent any contamination. During this process, plastic is subjected to high temperature and the product contacts the surface directly which leads to heat-sensitive products such as monoclonal antibodies and proteins to get denatured before entering into the market. This is a major factor restricting market growth.

Key Takeaways

On the basis of product type, other product type dominated the Latin America BFS technology market in 2018 with a 71.6% of market share in terms of value, followed by ampoules and bottles.

Market Trends

Manufacturers in the Latin America region are focusing on reducing the non-viable particulate matter by introducing an ultrasonic technique in which a hot knife is used to reduce the creation of smoke particulate. This technique is projected to reduce the particulate generation in the cutting zone. Hence, fueling the growth of Latin America BFS technology market.

The market of Latin America BFS technology market has witnessed numerous strategic merger and acquisition in recent past years and this is leading to market consolidation. For instance, in January 2015, Arcil, a supplier of packaging technology for the food processing and fresh dairy industries, has acquired Brazilian Machinery Manufacturer Dinieper. Dinieper is engaged in the design, manufacture, service and upgrade of form-fill-seal (FFS) machines and provides services to South American food processing and dairy companies from its manufacturing base in Sao Paolo, Brazil Therefore, such a merger and acquisition is expected to increase in the near future.

Competitive Section:

Key players operating in Latin America BFS technology market are Unither Pharmaceuticals, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG, Brevetti Angela S.R.L., Unipharma, LLC, Rommelag Kunststoff-Maschinen Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH, Horizon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Weiler Engineering Inc., and Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Few Recent Developments

Rommelag Kunststoff-Maschinen Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH 

  • In 2015, the Rommelag Group acquired Flecotec and installed the docking systems of Flecotec which allow aseptic filling and are also used for transportation purposes.

Market Taxonomy

By Product Type

  • Bottles
  • Ampoules
  • Vials
  • Other (Pre-filled Syringes, Large Volume Nebulizers, etc.)

By End Use

  • Pharmaceuticals
    • Ophthalmic
    • Injectable
    • Biologics
    • Wound care
    • Respiratory Therapy
  • Food & Beverage (incl. Nutraceuticals)
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care
  • Others (Chemicals, etc.)

By Material Type

  • Polyethylene (PE)
    • Low-density polyethylene  (LDPE)
    • High-density polyethylene  (HDPE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Others

By Country

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Venezuela
  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • Rest of Latin America
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