The global aseptic transfer system market was valued at US$ 892 Mn in 2019 and projected to hit around US$ 1.7 billion by 2030 with a CAGR of 6.5% from 2021 to 2030. The strong growth of the pharmaceutical industry and technological advancements through research & development are projected to drive the global aseptic transfer system market during the forecast period.
Aseptic transfer systems are employed for the transfer of fluids, solids, and other materials without contamination. These are suitable for downstream and upstream processing and as well as for aseptic processing applications. Aseptic transfer is a critical contamination control issue carried out or conducted over a series of stages. The risk of contamination can arise due to various factors, including incoming material, air, and personnel. Aseptic transfer applies to various aspects of healthcare and pharmaceuticals. It plays an important role in various aspects such as inoculation of agar plates in microbiology laboratories to the transfer of components into the cleanroom, as part of sterile manufacturing and pharmaceutical compounding.
Europe dominated the global aseptic transfer system market in 2019 and the trend is anticipated to continue during the forecast period. The growth of the market in the region can be attributed to significant pioneering research activities conducted. For instance, biosimilars were first introduced in the region. Additionally, research being conducted for the development of treatment and vaccines for COVID-19 boosts the growth of the market in Europe. Asia Pacific is expected to be a highly lucrative market for aseptic transfer systems from 2020 to 2030. The market in the region is likely to expand at a high CAGR during the forecast period.
A Key Driver
Expansion of Pharmaceutical Industry to Drive Market
The global pharmaceutical industry has been expanding significantly for the past few years and the trend is projected to continue during the forecast period. The expansion of the industry can be attributed to rise in prevalence of diseases, increase in patient population suffering from chronic diseases, growing affordability of drugs, and focus of governments on enhancing healthcare facilities. Aseptic transfer plays a significant role in the prevention of contamination. The risk of contamination can arise due to various factors, including incoming material, air, and personnel. Aseptic transfer applies to various aspects of healthcare and pharmaceuticals. It plays an important role in various aspects, such as the transfer of components into the cleanroom, as part of sterile manufacturing and pharmaceutical compounding. Aseptic transfer systems are used in the sterile transfer of APIs and formulation ingredients during aseptic processes. Furthermore, these help prevent contamination of components, contributing to the prevention of infections in patients. Aseptic systems are considered the next-generation application of single use systems in API manufacturing. Interest of pharmaceutical companies in downstream processing is increasing even though aseptic fillings drive investments in the market. The expansion of the pharmaceutical industry, along with the application of aseptic transfer systems across various areas of the pharmaceutical industry propel the market.
Technological Advancements to Boost Market Growth
Focus of Pharmaceutical Companies on Adopting Flexible Manufacturing Lines to Hamper Market
High Performance RTPs Help Achieve Full Containment
Cutting-edge alpha ports, beta assemblies, and single use beta bags are intensifying market competition. DESTACO— a global supplier of comprehensive automation, workholding, and containment solutions, is increasing its manufacturing capabilities in high performance alpha ports and beta assemblies that help to improve efficiency in aseptic processing. Manufacturers in the aseptic transfer system market are increasing the availability of ports that have optional door materials meant to provide flexibility for diverse applications.
Manufacturers in the aseptic transfer system market are integrating mechanical interlocks in rapid transfer ports (RTP) to prevent the improper operation of the transfer port. They are designing RTPs that can be used in conjunction with single use beta bag products. RTPs are being extensively used to achieve full containment at all times such as during product loading, transferring, and equipment cleaning.
Patented Liquid Aseptic Transfer Technologies Intensify Market Competition
The aseptic transfer system market is expected to register a healthy CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period. Innovations in liquid transfer systems are helping to bolster market growth. This is evident since liquid transfer systems are predicted to hold a higher revenue share compared to solid transfer systems. Liquibox— a provider of sustainable and flexible packaging solutions, is increasing its product portfolio with its patented Intasept aseptic transfer technology to deliver sterile packaging for pharmaceutical and medical liquids. This has led to the popularity of flexible packaging solutions to keep non-invasive pharmaceutical liquids safe and sterile for controlled use in labs and medical facilities.
The growing application of inter-hospital transit and biological testing has fueled the expansion of the aseptic transfer system market. Companies are catering to the needs of clients to facilitate bulk packaging of pharmaceuticals in intermediate bulk containers (IBC). This involves management of oral and eye care products as well as tasks pertaining to working with chemicals and solutions for biological testing.
Additive-free PE Laminated Films Allow Safe Packaging of Non-invasive Liquids
Manufacturers in the aseptic transfer system market are boosting their output capacities in single use durable bags for medical products to deliver superior oxygen & moisture barrier, flex crack resistance, and drop protection. They are acquiring a strong research base in high barrier film technologies designed to protect pharmaceutical products from harmful UV (Ultraviolet) rays in order to deliver excellent chemical resistance. In order to innovate in single use bags, manufacturers are experimenting with materials such as EVOH (Ethylene vinyl alcohol) with PE (Polyethylene) and metPET (Polyethylene terephthalate) with PE to increase product uptake.
Companies in the aseptic transfer system market are increasing the availability for ultra clean and additive-free PE laminated films to cater to the packaging of non-invasive liquids. In order to gain a competitive edge over other manufacturers, companies are offering customizable sizes in single use bags.
Liquid Transfer Systems to Dominate Global Market
In terms of type, the global aseptic transfer system market has been classified into liquid transfer system and solid transfer system. The liquid transfer system segment dominated the global aseptic transfer system market in 2019 and the trend is projected to continue during the forecast period. The growth of the segment can be attributed to expansion of the pharmaceutical sector and increase in focus on the development of vaccines and treatment for COVID-19. Additionally, significant focus on offering personalized medicines drives the demand for aseptic transfer systems.
Single Use Systems to be Highly Lucrative
Based on usability, the global aseptic transfer system market has been bifurcated into single use and multiple use. The single use segment dominated the global aseptic transfer system market due to the decline and elimination of specialty cleaning chemicals. Moreover, it aids in increasing flexibility and the ability of manufacturers to anticipate changing needs.
Key players in the global aseptic transfer system market include Getinge AB, Sartorius AG, Aseptic Technologies, Central Research Laboratories, Flexifill Ltd., Chargepoint Technology, Atec Pharmatechnik GmbH, STERIS plc, and ABC Transfer SAS.
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