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Empty Capsules Market Outlook – by Product, Raw Material, Therapeutic Application, End-user and Region – 2022-2026

[204 Pages Report] In 2022, sales of empty capsules are expected to account for a revenue of US$ 2.1 Bn, and demand is projected to rise at a high CAGR of 8% from 2022 to 2026. As such, the global Empty Capsules Market is predicted to attain a valuation of US$ 2.9 Bn by 2026.

Empty Capsules Market Size (2022) US$ 2.1 Bn
Predicted Revenue Total (2026) US$ 2.9 Bn
Forecasted Growth Rate (2022-2026) 8%
North America Market Share 38.3%

Currently, empty pill capsules account around 1% share in the global drug delivery market. The flexibility of these fillable capsules is expected to substantially promote the use of empty pills in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Empty Capsule Consumption Analysis (2015 to 2021) Vs Market Estimates (2022 to 2026)

The world has seen substantial increase in focus on healthcare and medication over the past few years in the wake of rising disease incidence, which has, in turn, driven empty capsule demand. Consumption of empty capsules rose at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2015 to 2021.

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Empty gel capsules and empty pills facilitate the delivery of various medicines, powders, and even herbs by different routes of administration. Increasing use of medication by the growing geriatric population, rising research & development activities in the medical industry, advancements in drug delivery technologies, and increasing pharmaceutical and nutraceutical consumption are some of the prime factors that are expected to drive empty capsule shipments over the coming years.

Rising demand from emerging economies such as India, China, and Brazil is also expected to drive sales of empty gelatin capsules, empty pill capsules, empty medicine capsules, empty vegetable capsules, etc.

Shipments of empty capsules across 2022 to 2026 are estimated to rise at 8% CAGR.

Which Type of Empty Capsules are High in Demand?

“High Demand for Empty Supplement Capsules and Empty Vegetarian Capsules”

There has been substantial increase in nutraceutical intake in recent years to boost immunity and make up for the nutrition lost due to bad eating habits and irregularities of a sedentary lifestyle. Hence, sales of empty vitamin capsules, empty supplement capsules, whole food empty capsules, etc., are anticipated to rise with along increasing nutraceutical consumption.

Increasing preference for organic empty capsules due to rising consumer awareness is expected to drive sales of empty vegetarian capsules over the coming years. Empty Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC) capsules and empty pullulan capsules are also expected to see an increase in demand.

What is the Outlook for Empty Gelatin Capsules?

“Rising Demand for Gelatin Alternatives to Drive Empty Gelatin Capsule Sales”

Empty gelatin capsules have seen a drop in popularity over the past few years as the trend of veganism has picked up pace. Demand for empty vegan capsules is anticipated to grow over the forecast period.

Interaction of gelatin and its cross-linking nature is pushing pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies to veer towards other alternatives that do not intervene with the composition of capsules.

Empty capsule vendors are focusing on catering to this rising demand for empty vegan capsules and are investing in facilities to ramp up production.

For instance, ACG, a leading capsule supplier, announced the establishment of the world’s largest vegetarian capsule factory in Aurangabad, India.

Which Region Will Emerge as the Most Lucrative Market for Empty Capsule Manufacturers?

“North America to Hold Highest Market Share in 2022 and Beyond”

This global empty capsules industry analysis provides detailed insights across multiple geographies such as North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia & Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa (MEA).

The North America empty capsules market currently holds a dominant share of 38.3%. Demand in the region is majorly driven by rising consumption of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

The European empty capsules market is anticipated to see an increase in demand for empty pill capsules over the forecast period, with Germany and the U.K spearheading empty capsules sales. Currently, Western Europe and Eastern Europe hold a market share of 18.8% and 7.8%, respectively, in the global industry landscape.

The Latin America empty capsules market, which holds a market share of 9.7% at present, is anticipated to see an increase in demand from developing economies such as Brazil.

Consumption of empty capsules in East Asia and South Asia is expected to rise at a decent CAGR over the forecast period. Demand from economies such as India and China is expected to be most significant in these regions. Rapidly developing pharmaceutical industry and increasing healthcare awareness are expected to drive empty capsules market potential in these regions.

Country-wise Analysis

Why is the U.S. a Rewarding Market for Empty Capsule Suppliers?

“Increasing Nutraceutical Consumption to Play Major Role in U.S. Market”

Poor lifestyle habits in the U.S. have led to substantial increase in demand for nutraceuticals to adjust proper nutrient intake, subsequently driving sales of empty supplement capsules and empty vitamin capsules.

Rising awareness regarding organic empty capsules is expected to propel sales of empty HPMC capsules and empty pullulan capsules in the U.S. through 2026. Presence of major empty capsule companies in the U.S. is also expected to positively impact market potential going ahead.

Why are Empty Capsule Producers Eyeing Japan?

“High Geriatric Population in Japan to Drive Empty Medicine Capsule Sales”  

Empty medicine capsule consumption is anticipated to be high in Japan owing to increasing usage by the geriatric population in the nation. Rising focus on healthcare and technological advancements in the pharmaceutical industry are expected to propel demand in Japan.

Currently, Japan holds a significant share of 8.5% in the global empty capsules marketplace. Empty vitamin capsules and empty supplement capsules are also anticipated to see a rise in popularity in the country.

Category-wise Analysis

Which Category Can Be Profitable for Market Players?

“Hard Gelatin Empty Capsules to Hold Prominent Market Share”

Empty gelatin capsules are expected to hold a dominant market share over the forecast period, but are expected to lose some market share to organic empty capsules that are gaining popularity. 00 gelatin capsules, 000 gelatin capsules, size 5 gelatin capsules, and size 3 gelatin capsules are some gelatin capsule products that are expected to see steady increase in popularity through 2026.

Demand for hard gelatin capsules is majorly influenced by their ability to efficiently hold specialty APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients).

COVID-19 Crisis Evaluation

While the pandemic had an adverse impact on most markets, there were some exceptions to this trend, and the empty capsules market was one of them. Focus on immunity has never been stronger than what the pandemic has made it to be, and this is a major factor that is estimated to push empty capsule sales over the coming years.

However, research and development activities were negatively impacted during the pandemic for the empty capsules industry, but this is expected to change in the post-pandemic era as world returns to a new normal.

Increasing scope of application for drug delivery is estimated to aid consumption of empty capsules over the coming years. Especially, fillable capsules and size 0 capsules are estimated to see steady increase in demand across regions

Competitive Landscape

Empty capsule manufacturers are focusing on strengthening their positions in the global landscape as the market is highly consolidated, with over 70% share being controlled by leading empty pill manufacturers. Mergers and acquisitions are expected to be popular among empty capsule suppliers over the coming years.

  • In October 2020, Lonza, a world-class leading chemical and biotechnology company, announced an investment of US$ 93 Mn in its Capsules and Health Ingredients (CHI) division. This investment was to boost its production capacity to 30 Bn capsules annually, which would be a 15% increase from its previous production capacity.

Empty Capsules Industry Report Scope

Attribute Details
Forecast Period 2022-2026
Historical Data Available for 2015-2021
Market Analysis US$ Mn for Value
Key Regions Covered
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Key Countries Covered
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Turkey
  • South Africa
  • and GCC Countries
Key Market Segments Covered
  • Capsule Size
  • Raw Material
  • Product Type
  • Route of Administration
  • End Users
  • Region
Key Companies Profiled
  • ACG Worldwide
  • Capsugel
  • Qualicaps Inc.
  • Bright Pharma Caps Inc.
  • Sunil Healthcare Ltd.
  • CapsCanada Corporation
  • Roxlor LLC
  • Snail Pharma Industry Co. Ltd.
  • Suheung Co. Ltd.
  • Medi-Caps Ltd.
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Key Segments of Empty Capsules Industry Survey

Empty Capsules Market by Capsule Size:

  • Size “000” Empty Capsules
  • Size “00” Empty Capsules
  • Size “0” Empty Capsules
  • Size “1” Empty Capsules
  • Size “2” Empty Capsules
  • Size “3” Empty Capsules
  • Size “4” Empty Capsules
  • Size “5” Empty Capsules

Empty Capsules Market by Product Type:

  • Gelatin (Hard)-based Capsules
  • Vegetarian-based Capsules

Empty Capsules Market by Route of Administration:

  • Empty Capsules for Oral Administration
  • Empty Capsules for Inhalation

Empty Capsules Market by Raw Material:

  • Contract Type-A (Pork Skin) Empty Capsules
  • Type-B Gelatin (Animal Bones & Calf Skin) Empty Capsules
  • Fish Bone Gelatin Empty Capsules
  • Empty Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose (HPMC) Empty Capsules
  • Starch Material Empty Capsules
  • Empty Pullulan Capsules

Empty Capsules Market by End User:

  • Empty Capsules for Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Empty Capsules for Cosmetic & Nutraceutical Companies
  • Empty Capsules for Clinical Research Organizations (CROS)

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Empty Capsules Market by Region:

  • North America Empty Capsules Market
  • Latin America Empty Capsules Market
  • Europe Empty Capsules Market
  • East Asia Empty Capsules Market
  • South Asia & Pacific Empty Capsules Market
  • Middle East & Africa (MEA) Empty Capsules Market

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Last Updated: 10-Mar-2022