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Empty Capsules Market Analysis, Size, Applications Share, Trends & Forecast To 2026

The global empty capsules market is estimated to be valued at US$ 2.1 Bn in 2020, with the market expected to exhibit a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period (2022-2026).

Empty capsules market are witnessing an adoption upsurge, owing to numerous factors such as limited number of competitors, growing demand from the pharmaceutical sector, standard margin level, and potential opportunities in vegan gelatin-based capsules. Further, faster uptake by the FDA and focus of market players on ramping up production capacity are key factors shaping the growth of the empty capsules market.

Empty capsule manufacturers are progressively targeting specialty markets such as contract manufacturers, generic manufacturers, and pediatric drug manufactures. Increasing penetration of low-cost manufacturers in various countries, and supply contracts of life-saving essential drugs, primarily in developing and emerging countries, are further driving the empty capsules market.

Key Players Focus on Capacity Expansion, Strategic Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures to Widen Regional Presence

Leading players in the empty capsules market, such ACG Worldwide, Capsugel, Qualicaps, Inc., Bright Pharma Caps, Inc., and Roxlor LLC, are concentrating on business expansion through mergers, joint ventures, distribution agreements, and capturing untapped market potential.

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Key Takeaways of Empty Capsules Market Study

  • Greater focus on relieving pressure of supply chain due to demand gap is being tackled by ramping up production capacity; up-scaling is the fundamental strategy outlined for meeting demand in the empty capsules market.
  • Vegetable capsules are the latest innovation and are expected to replace gelatin-based variants. Recently, hard gelatin manufacturers have begun increasing the production of vegetarian capsules at scale.
  • South and East Asian pharmaceutical markets are expected to grow at twice the global average in terms of value, owing to population growth, rising incomes, and improved access to healthcare.
  • The empty capsules market in China is anticipated to exhibit the fastest growth, where per capita spending is anticipated to increase by over 70% in the coming five years.
  • High upfront costs and lower margin levels in empty capsules have resulted in 10%-20% price hike in finished products, registering lower sales for animal-based gelatin products in the recent past.
  • India, with almost 40% growth, is offering value-capture opportunities, owing to good patient recruitment, acceptable quality of services, reasonable cost-quality ratio, existence of regulatory agencies, high standards of care, larger population base, and low cost of labour.
  • Companies manufacturing halal capsules are obtaining halal certification from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) to capture market shares in Muslim-dominated countries.
  • The empty capsules market is consolidated, with leading manufacturers holding around 70% revenue share. Further, growing prominence of CMOs and large-scale gelatin manufacturers is anticipated to boost the growth engine.
  • Higher volume handling by key players in comparison with local manufacturers, and higher production capabilities and price advantages over non-standard manufacturers, are expected to generate significant revenue pockets.

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Key Segments of Empty Capsules Industry Survey

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

Product Type:

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

Route of Administration:

  • Empty Capsules for Oral Administration
  • Empty Capsules for Inhalation

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

End User:

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


  • 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: 25-Aug-2022