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Excipients (US Market & Forecast)

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Excipients (US Market & Forecast)
Published: March 28, 2014 Content info: 284 Pages

US demand to grow 4.3% annually through 2018

Demand for pharmaceutical excipients in the US is projected to rise 4.3 percent per year to $2.0 billion in 2018. In volume terms, demand is expected to grow 1.9 percent annually to 900 million pounds over the same period. While continued growth in pharmaceutical output will be the primary driver of increases in excipient demand, gains will accelerate as excipients play a larger role in bringing additional value to pharmaceutical products by improving properties such as the controlled release or improved absorption of active ingredients.

Preservatives, suspension agents to see strong gains

Trends in pharmaceutical output by dosage formulation will have a strong influence on excipient demand by application. Output of parenteral preparations is expected to rise at an especially strong pace through 2018, supporting demand for suspension agents and preservatives. Solvents are also projected to benefit from increased shipments of parenteral drugs, although gains in dollar terms will be limited by the continued decline in glycerin prices due to oversupply. Oral preparations are the largest category of pharmaceutical dosage formulations; thus, oral pharmaceuticals tend to require more excipients than other types of drugs and have a significant impact on excipient demand. Shipments of oral pharmaceuticals are forecast to rise at a faster pace than seen in the 2008-2013 period, supporting accelerated gains in demand for fillers, binders, coatings, flavoring

agents, capsules, and disintegrants. In addition, oral formulations such as delayed- and extended-release tablets and capsules and dissolving tablets are expected to boost their market share, further raising demand for excipients such as binders and disintegrants.

Specialty excipient blends to add value to product mix

A major development in the excipient and pharmaceutical industries is the increased dependence on specialty excipient blends. Specialty excipient blends can add value to pharmaceutical products by differentiating them from competitive products, and by optimizing the production process. These value-added excipient blends are often formulated for usage in specific manufacturing processes such as direct compression or wet granulation, and are optimized for certain performance characteristics such as delayed- or extended-release oral tablets. Product differentiation will play an increasingly important role going forward as generic pharmaceutical products increase their market share and as consumers take a more active role in choosing their drugs from among a wide range of products with the same active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Polymers to benefit from specialty blend advances

Product versatility will be a key factor impacting product mix in excipient demand going forward, especially as specialty excipient blends play an increasingly important role in pharmaceutical formulation. Polymers -- including cellulose derivatives, povidone, starch, polyethylene glycol, acrylic polymers, and natural gums -- are expected to benefit from this trend as many of these products can function in multiple applications and are easily formulated with other excipients. These favorable characteristics will serve to offset the higher prices associated with some polymers.

Study coverage

‘Excipients’, a Freedonia industry study offers details on these and other findings. It presents historical demand data (2003, 2008, 2013) plus forecasts for 2018 and 2023 by product type and application. This study also analyzes market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles 47 US industry competitors.

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Table of Contents
Product Code: 3146

Table of Contents




  • General
  • Economic Factors
  • Demographic Patterns
  • Health Care Trends
    • National Health Expenditures
    • Medical Conditions
      • Chronic Conditions
      • Acute Conditions
  • Pharmaceuticals
    • Therapeutic Class
    • Dosage Formulations
    • Distribution Classifications
    • Commercial Status
  • Regulatory Overview
  • Historical Market Trends
  • Pricing Trends
  • Foreign Trade
  • International Markets


  • General
  • Polymers
    • Cellulose Derivatives
      • Microcrystalline Cellulose (MCC)
      • Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC)
      • Ethyl Cellulose
      • Methyl Cellulose
      • Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC)
      • Croscarmellose Sodium
      • Other Cellulose Excipients
  • Povidone
  • Starch Compounds
    • Pregelatinized Starch
    • Sodium Starch Glycolate
    • Other Starch Excipients
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Acrylic Polymers
  • Other Polymers
    • Natural Gums from Seaweeds
    • Other Natural Gums
    • All Other Polymers
  • Alcohols
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Glycerin
    • Sorbitol
    • Other Alcohols
      • Mannitol
      • Other Polyol Excipients
      • All Other Alcohols
  • Minerals
    • Calcium Phosphate
    • Calcium Carbonate
    • Clay
    • Mineral Hydrocarbons
    • Silicon Dioxide
    • Titanium Dioxide
    • Other Minerals
  • Gelatin
  • Sugars
    • Lactose
    • Sucrose
    • Other Sugar Excipients
  • Other Pharmaceutical Excipients
    • Dyes & Pigments
    • Flavors
    • Surfactants
    • Acidulants
  • Antioxidants & Antimicrobials
  • All Other Compounds
    • Stearate Compounds
    • Electrolytes & Related Compounds
    • Chemical Plasticizers
    • High Intensity Sweeteners
    • Natural Fats & Oils
    • Natural Waxes


  • General
  • Fillers & Diluents
  • Binders
  • Suspension & Viscosity Agents
  • Coatings
  • Solvents
  • Flavoring Agents
  • Capsules
  • Disintegrants
  • Colorants
  • Lubricants & Glidants
  • Preservatives
  • Other Applications


  • General
  • Market Share
  • Competitive Strategies
    • Industry Restructuring
    • Cooperative Agreements
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Manufacturing


  • ABITEC, see Associated British Foods
  • Akzo Nobel NV
  • ANGUS Chemical, see Dow Chemical
  • Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
  • Ashland Incorporated
  • Associated British Foods plc
  • Avantor Performance Materials Incorporated
  • Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated
  • Berwind Corporation
  • Cabot Corporation
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Colorcon, see Berwind
  • Corn Products International, see Ingredion
  • CP Kelco US, see Huber (JM)
  • Croda International plc
  • CyDex Pharmaceuticals, see Ligand Pharmaceuticals
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • EMD Millipore, see Merck
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Ferro Corporation
  • FibroGen Incorporated
  • FLAVORx Incorporated
  • FMC Corporation
  • Generichem Corporation
  • Huber (JM) Corporation
  • Huntsman Corporation
  • Ingredion Incorporated
  • Innophos Holdings Incorporated
  • JRS Pharma, see Rettenmaier (J.) & Söhne
  • Kraft Foods Group Incorporated
  • Kuraray Company Limited
  • Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
  • Lubrizol, see Berkshire Hathaway
  • LyondellBasell Industries NV
  • Merck KGaA
  • Mutchler Incorporated
  • Nitta Gelatin Incorporated
  • NutraSweet Company
  • Nutrinova, see Celanese
  • P&G Chemicals, see Procter & Gamble
  • PB Gelatins, see Tessenderlo Group
  • Pfanstiehl Incorporated
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Rettenmaier (J.) & Söhne GmbH & Company KG
  • Roquette Frères SA
  • Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • Sasol Limited
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical Company Limited
  • Solvay SA
  • SPI Pharma, see Associated British Foods
  • Stepan Company
  • Tate & Lyle plc
  • Tessenderlo Group NV
  • USG Corporation
  • Wacker Chemie AG
  • Other Companies Mentioned in Study



  • Summary Table


  • Macroeconomic Indicators
  • Population & Households
  • National Health Expenditures
  • Chronic Conditions by Type
  • Acute Conditions by Type
  • Pharmaceutical Supply & Demand
  • Pharmaceutical Shipments by Therapeutic Class
  • Pharmaceutical Shipments by Dosage Formulation
  • Pharmaceutical Shipments by Distribution Classification
  • Pharmaceutical Shipments by Commercial Status
  • Excipient Market, 2003-2013
  • Pharmaceutical Excipient Pricing


  • Pharmaceutical Excipient Demand by Product Group
  • Polymer Excipient Demand by Type & Application
  • Cellulose Excipient Demand by Type & Application
  • Microcrystalline Cellulose Excipient Demand by Application
  • Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Excipient Demand by Application
  • Ethyl Cellulose Excipient Demand by Application
  • Methyl Cellulose Excipient Demand by Application
  • Carboxymethylcellulose Excipient Demand by Application
  • Croscarmellose Sodium Excipient Demand
  • Other Cellulose Excipient Demand by Application
  • Povidone Excipient Demand by Application
  • Starch Excipient Demand by Type & Application
  • Pregelatinized Starch Excipient Demand by Application
  • Sodium Starch Glycolate Excipient Demand
  • Other Starch Excipient Demand by Application
  • Polyethylene Glycol Excipient Demand by Application
  • Acrylic Polymer Excipient Demand by Application
  • Other Polymer Excipient Demand by Type & Application
  • Alcohol Excipient Demand by Type & Application
  • Propylene Glycol Excipient Demand by Application
  • Glycerin Excipient Demand by Application
  • Sorbitol Excipient Demand by Application
  • Other Alcohol Excipient Demand by Type & Application
  • Mineral Excipient Demand by Type & Application
  • Calcium Phosphate Excipient Demand
  • Calcium Carbonate Excipient Demand
  • Clay Excipient Demand by Application
  • Mineral Hydrocarbon Excipient Demand by Application
  • Silicon Dioxide Excipient Demand by Application
  • Titanium Dioxide Excipient Demand
  • Other Mineral Excipient Demand by Application
  • Gelatin Excipient Demand by Application
  • Sugar Excipient Demand by Type & Application
  • Lactose Excipient Demand by Application
  • Sucrose Excipient Demand by Application
  • Other Sugar Excipient Demand by Application
  • Other Pharmaceutical Excipient Demand by Type & Application


  • Pharmaceutical Excipient Demand by Application
  • Filler & Diluent Excipient Demand by Type
  • Binder Excipient Demand by Type
  • Suspension & Viscosity Excipient Demand by Type
  • Coating Excipient Demand by Type
  • Solvent Excipient Demand by Type
  • Flavoring Agent Excipient Demand by Type
  • Capsule Excipient Demand by Type
  • Disintegrant Excipient Demand by Type
  • Colorant Excipient Demand by Type
  • Lubricant & Glidant Excipient Demand by Type
  • Preservative Excipient Demand by Type
  • Other Applications for Excipients by Type


  • US Excipient Sales by Company, 2013
  • Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • Selected Cooperative Agreements



  • Excipient Demand by Product: Value & Volume, 2013
  • Polymer Excipient Demand: Value & Volume, 2013


  • Pharmaceutical Excipient Demand by Application, 2013


  • US Excipient Market Share, 2013
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