The global empty capsules market is projected to reach USD 3.7 billion by 2026 from USD 2.6 billion in 2021, at a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period. The overall growth of the empty capsules market is largely driven by the growing adoption of capsule formulations among the growing geriatric population, the growth of the pharmaceutical market, increasing R&D activities & clinical trial studies, and advancements in capsule delivery technologies. Emerging markets, with their low manufacturing costs, are expected to present significant opportunities for players. Other areas of opportunity are the development of halal gelatin and vegetarian capsules.
The prominent players operating in this market are Capsugel (US), ACG Worldwide (India), Qualicaps (US), Suheung Co. Ltd. (Korea), CapsCanada Corporation (Canada) and others
Capsugel was the leading player in the empty capsules market in 2020. The company is largely known for its diversified product offerings for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industry. Capsugel offers a comprehensive portfolio of empty capsules, ranging from gelatin, vegetarian, filled hard, functional, inhalation, HPMC, gelatin, alternate polymer, specialized clinical, and enteric capsules. In addition, the company also offers acid-resistant capsules, gelcaps, dry powder inhaler capsules, capsule-in-capsule technology products, and solid lipid pellet technology products. Its position as the leading manufacturer of capsules is attributed to its global footprint through distributors and agents.
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ACG was the second-largest market player in the empty capsules market in 2020. This is mainly attributed to its exhaustive portfolio of gelatin and HPMC capsules, along with the company’s capsule customization services. ACG ACPL majorly serves the global dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industry, commanding more than 80% of Asia’s pharmaceutical prescription market. The company annually produces over 83 billion capsules, serving hundreds of consumers in more than 100 countries globally. The company has its presence in the US, the UK, China, and Brazil and is engaged in serving multiple pharmaceutical needs through its branches and subsidiaries.
Empty Capsules Market by Type (Gelatin (Porcine, Bovine), Non gelatin (HPMC, Pullulan)), Functionality (Delayed release), Application (Antibiotics, Dietary Supplements, Anti- Inflammatory), End User (Pharma, Nutraceuticals) - Global Forecast to 2026
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