Freeze-drying is the technique of freezing a product and drying it of all moisture content. This technique is used to enable storage of products for longer periods of time as lack of moisture inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi. Machines that utilize this technique are usually referred to as freeze-dryers and a collection of parts that are usually used in conjunction with each other are part of freeze drying equipment. Freeze-drying equipment typically consists of vacuum pumps, various nozzles and tubing, sensors, vacuum and freezing chamber, cryogenic liquid storage and other such essential units that govern the process.
Rising demand from a growing pharmaceutical industry globally, increasing demand for food preservation over longer time periods and enhanced properties & quality as compared to conventional methods have been driving the market for freeze-drying equipment for the past few years. A huge potential from taxidermy and eco-friendly burials along with the increasing importance of flowers and leather preservation are expected to boost market revenues in the next few years.
The demand for huge factory set-up in the food processing & pharmaceutical industries led to the development of industrial freeze dryers with huge capacities and high degrees of performance. Due to their sheer sizes and complexities, these equipment are usually used in large industries where production lines can be arranged in-line to the freeze-dryers. Industrial freeze-dryers accounted for about 45% of the total revenue generated from the market in 2012. Laboratory-scale freeze dryers were the other major product segment along with benchtop and general purpose equipment. Due to their ease of operation and flexibility in location, mobile freeze-dryers have been showing great demand in the past few years and are expected to be the fastest growing segment in the near future, expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.1% between 2012 and 2019.
Freeze drying equipment is primarily used in food packaging, biotechnology, surgical procedures, pharmaceuticals and other applications. Food packaging is expected to drive the market forward and account for over a third of the total revenue generated globally for freeze-drying equipment. Biotechnology is expected to be the fastest growing application and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.2 % between 2013 and 2019. Demand from cryo-storage of umbilical cords and other techniques are expected to boost revenues in the surgical procedure segment. Pharmaceuticals are expected to be another major application area for freeze-drying equipment that can be used for antibiotics and capsule packaging. Other application segments such as leather preservation, floral decorations, book & record preservation are expected to show increased growth in the near future. Taxidermy and eco-friendly burials are also expected to be possible revenue generators in the market in the coming years.
Technological advancement and a huge demand for military and aerospace applications have resulted in a greater focus on freeze dryers in North America for food preservation and pharmaceuticals. In 2012, North America was the dominant region by product sales and accounted for about a third of the demand for freeze-drying equipment. Huge demand for leather preservation and food have been major factors affecting the European market and resulted in the region holding a considerable market share globally. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 11.2% between 2013 and 2019.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., GEA Niro and Telstar S.A. are expected to be the major players in the market in the coming years. Along with I.M.A. S.p.A, Labconco Corp. and SP Industries Inc., these 6 companies accounted for about 25% of the global revenue share in freeze-drying equipment in 2012.
Advantages over conventional dryer equipments such as higher protection parameters of physical state, greater aroma preservation and better preservation of chemical properties are expected to enhance the demand for freeze drying equipment in their various application segments.
The freeze drying equipment market report by Transparency Market Research provides an in-depth analysis of the global freeze-drying industry. The report segments the freeze-drying equipment market on the basis of product segment, region and application and also provides the forecasts and estimates for each segment. The report also analyses the demand and supply characteristics of these equipment by providing a detailed forecast and analysis of revenue for the period 2011 to 2019.
Based on products, the market can be segmented into laboratory, benchtop, mobile, industrial and general purpose freeze-dryers. Due to huge demand from food processing and pharmaceutical packaging, industrial freeze-dryers are the largest product segment and are expected to maintain the highest revenue share in 2019. Mobile freeze-dryers are picking up pace in the market due to their versatility of operation and mobility and are expected to be the fastest growing segment in the next few years.
Food processing has been one of the major factors governing sales of freeze-drying equipment and this has resulted in the segment being the highest revenue generator for the market. Pharmaceutical packaging has been another major segment and is expected to show healthy growth numbers in the coming few years. The equipment are slowly becoming popular in biotechnology and surgical procedures and these segments are expected to show the highest growth numbers by 2019. Apart from these segments, FDE also find steadily growing application in leather preservation, flower preservation, book & record recovery, taxidermy and eco-friendly burials.
Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World (RoW) are the major geographic areas covered in this report. Each geographical region has been segmented further on the basis of the product segment and application, and revenue forecasts and estimates for each segment have been provided for the period 2011 to 2019.
The report also provides a thorough analysis of market share and revenue of companies such as Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., GEA Niro, Telstar S.A., I.M.A. S.p.A, Labconco Corp. and SP Industries Inc. The report provides a detailed analysis of the various factors influencing the freeze-drying industry with the help of Porter’s five force analysis. The analysis also helps to understand the degree of competition in the market. The report also analyses the value chain and the various drivers and restraints of the freeze-drying equipment market.
Freeze drying equipment market: Product segment analysis
- Laboratory freeze drying equipment
- Benchtop freeze dryers
- Mobile freeze dryers
- Industrial freeze dryers
- General purpose freeze dryers
Freeze drying equipment market: Application segment analysis
- Food processing
- Surgical procedures
- Others (including leather conservation, flower preservations, etc.)
Freeze drying equipment market: Regional analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World (RoW)