This report studies the global Flow Chemistry market status and forecast, categorizes the global Flow Chemistry market size (value & volume) by manufacturers, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top manufacturers in North America, Europe, Japan, China, India, Southeast Asia and other regions (Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).
In Flow Chemistry, two or more reagents are continuously pumped into a flow-reactor, where they mix and subsequently react under thermal control. Flow Chemistry has some major advantages. Mixing can be achieved within seconds and reaction temperature can raised above the solvent's boiling point, resulting in faster reactions. Flow Chemistry enables excellent reaction selectivity. The rapid diffusion mixing avoids the issues found in batch reactors. The high surface area to volume ratio (1000x greater than a batch reactor) enables almost instantaneous heating or cooling and therefore ultimate temperature control, resulting in cleaner products.
The Flow Chemistry market is driven by rising demand in sustainable equipments, energy savings devices as well by safe and flexible processes. The continuous demand for flow devices caters to wide range of applications in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. The major devices discussed in the report are Continuous Stirred Tank Reactors (CSTR), Plug Flow Reactors (PFR), Micro reactor systems (MRT), Microwave systems and others. Out of all devices, MRT systems market is estimated to grow by 7.95% till 2022.
The global flow chemistry market size is primarily driven by various advantages offered by process over batch reactors. It offers minimized maintenance & capital costs, low operating costs & energy usage, low installations cost, high scalability along with continuous processing, efficient & swift mixing of reactants, high mass & heat transfer and improved reaction control. All these above-mentioned process traits result in superior purified products and reaction yields along with diminished energy usage. This will subsequently boost flow chemistry market growth.
Safety concerns and fume emissions are the major factors considered in the chemical manufacturing companies, as these fumes are highly toxic and hazardous for workers and the environment. For instance, majority of the chemical manufacturing processes releases carbon dioxide, which is a notable contributor for pollution. Increasing flow chemistry technologies and equipment applications in laboratories for chemical organic synthesis will positively influence the global flow chemistry market size over the projected timeframe.
Rising focus towards sustainable manufacturing process in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry will fuel business growth. The process involves minimum heat exchange as compared with conventional batch processes, which ultimately offers effective and precise results and therefore improves the productivity. This makes the process widely accepted across end-user industries including pharmaceutical. Furthermore, batch reactors are not suitable for wide variety of chemical reactions owing to massive heat evolved during the process. Flow chemistry offers safer chemical reactions, considering both environmental and human/worker safety concerns. Furthermore, it also offers a harmless method for heating huge volumes of combustible chemicals and materials. This is forecast to positively stimulate the global flow chemistry market size by 2022.
The flow chemistry market share offers various competitive advantage over conventional batch processes. However, concerns regarding technology scale up for commercialization is the biggest challenge faced by the industry including pharmaceutical and chemical, as the initial technology was developed precisely for the laboratory purposes. Scaling up for commercialization will extensively require new investments for labs and adaptable equipment. This trend is likely to hamper the global flow chemistry market size by 2022. For instance, microreactor systems are not capable to contend with huge manufacturing units owing to its multipart structure. However, emerging industry applications across bio-diesel manufacturing process owing to its high effectiveness, minimum raw material consumption and low carbon emissions will positively impact the business growth by 2022.
Microreactor system flow chemistry is anticipated to observe highest gains more than 15% CAGR over the estimated timeframe. These systems have superior mass and heat transfer characteristics, which allows it to effectively control the heat evolved during the chemical reaction. These are also extensively used at small scale such as academic and industrial research. However, the industry is witnessing technological advancements, which makes these systems desirable across large scale applications as they require less energy. This will boost business growth over the projected timeframe.
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