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Global Statistics Representing Sugar Based Excipients Market Scenario

Pharmaceutical excipients play vital part in the drug delivery process. The main purpose of using excipients is to facilitate absorption of the drugs by a patient, provide substance to the formulation, and prevention from denaturation. In the drug manufacturing process, selecting an appropriate excipient is an important step to support the design of pharmaceutical formulation.

A wide variety of excipients are used in the pharmaceutical industry. As per the NPS organization, the market value of excipients accounts for around USD 4 billion, which is 0.5% of the total pharmaceutical market.  Excipients are mostly used in sorbitol, saccharin sodium, glycerol, and sucrose, among others. Sugar based excipients are used in oral medication, mainly in antibiotics drugs and cough syrup for the children.

Increasing enhancements of the Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODT), improving quality generic drugs, and increasing usage of the co-processed excipient are driving the market growth.

Global sugar-based excipients market was valued at USD 1,010 million in 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period, 2019–2026.

Intended Audience

  • Sugar Excipients Manufacturers
  • Raw Material Suppliers
  • Sugar Excipients Products Reselling Companies
  • Potential Investors
  • Research and Development Institutes
  • Traders, Distributors, and Suppliers of Sugar Excipients Products

Segmental Insights

Global sugar-based excipients market is segmented by type, product, functionality, and formulation.

By product, the market is segmented into actual sugars, sugar alcohols, and artificial sweeteners. The actual sugar segment is expected to account for the largest market share due to its high usability in oral formulations.

Based on type, the market is segmented into powders/granules, direct compression sugars, crystals, and syrups.  The retail sale segment is expected to generate the highest revenue in the forecast period due to easy availability of the product.

By functionality, the market is segmented into fillers & diluents, flavoring agents, tonicity agents, and other functionalities. The flavoring agent segment is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR, owing to its high demand in the production of syrups from the pharmaceutical industry.

On the basis of formulations, the market is segmented into oral formulations, parenteral formulations, topical formulations, and other formulations. Oral formulations segment is expected to generate the highest revenue due to increasing production of oral tablets during the forecast period.

Regional Insights

Geographically, the global sugar-based excipients market is segmented into four regions: the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa (MEA).

The Americas is leading the global market and is projected to continue the same in the coming years due to the presence of large pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The pharmaceutical has consistently been one of the most R&D intensive industries in the U.S. In 2016, the U.S. generic drug sales reached around USD 70 billion, International Trade Association. Rise in the investment capabilities and development of new drugs are driving the sugar-based excipients market. North America is the largest market for pharma-based exports. India has gained an important place in the U.S. generic drug market owing to its low-cost and high-quality products.

Europe is the second largest market globally. This can be attributed to rising investments in developing innovative drugs and increasing demand for generic drugs. Growth in the pharmaceutical industry is playing a crucial role in shaping Europe’s economy. In 2017, Europe invested around USD 39,440 million in R&D, according to the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. Europe has always been an important player for drug companies. With its growing population and favorable national health policies, it offers a positive prospect to pharma companies.

Asia Pacific is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period on account of growing pharmaceutical industry and availability of cost-effective manufacturing. Emerging economies such as China and India are witnessing rapid growth in the pharmaceutical industry. For instance, in 2017, Indian firms received around 40% of the new U.S. approvals for generics, FDA. In addition, increasing healthcare reforms in the ASEAN market is shaping the landscape for big pharmaceutical companies, for instance, Indonesia’s initiative to encourage investment in the private health care space, including private hospital groups. Moreover, medical tourism is also attracting investments, which is projected to boost the production of domestic drugs.

MEA is expected to witness steady growth during the assessment period, 2019–2026. Rapidly growing population in the region require better healthcare facilities, however, the region has low domestic pharmaceutical production. Thereon, the region depends on the import of drugs and few generic companies involved in the drug development process for providing potential sugar-based excipients.

Key Players

Some of the key players in the global sugar-based excipients market are Archer Daniels Midland Company, Meggle AG, Ashland Inc., The Lubrizol Corporation, Roquette Group, DFE Pharma, Cargill, Inc., Associated British Foods PLC, Colorcon Inc., and FMC Corporation.  

Sugar-Based Excipients Market Segmentation

By Product

  • Actual Sugars
  • Sugar Alcohols
  • Artificial Sweeteners

By Type

  • Powders/Granules
  • Direct Compression Sugars
  • Crystals
  • Syrups

By Functionality

  • Fillers & Diluents
  • Flavoring Agents
  • Tonicity Agents
  • Other Functionalities

By Formulation

  • Oral Formulations
  • Parenteral Formulations
  • Topical Formulations
  • Other Formulations

Regions Covered

  • America
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
  • Europe
    • Western Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • UK
      • Italy
      • Spain
      • Rest of Western Europe
    • Eastern Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • The Middle East & Africa
    • The Middle East
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Qatar
      • Rest of the Middle East
    • Africa

Our Report Covers?

  • Historical inferences, findings & analysis of the market from 2016 to 2018
  • Projections and performance forecast analysis for the future from 2019 to 2026
  • Production and consumption point of view (POV) analysis
  • Market drivers, restraint and opportunity analysis, to define market dynamics covering industry, regulatory, innovation, technological & pricing trends
  • Comprehensive competitive landscape mapping with recent development covering market leadership, competency, sustainability, and prospects


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