Antibiotic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Market Demand is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 3.1% through 2030


The demand for API antibiotics will continue to increase at a rapid rate between 2021 and 2031. It is often the first choice for treating infections. According to a new study by Future Market Insights (IMF), the Antibiotics API Market is expected to exceed US$8.1 billion in 2021. Antibiotics are intended to make medical procedures much safer.

Any surgery or chronic disease is susceptible to bacterial infection, which puts the patient at increased risk. Rising incidence of infections such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, blood poisoning, gonorrhea, and foodborne illnesses would drive an increase in the demand for antibiotics which is expected to drive the antibiotic API market.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics. About 15% of child deaths were due to pneumonia in 2017. According to 2018 UNICEF data, globally there are about 1,400 cases of pneumonia per 100,000 children, the highest incidence is occurring in South Asia (2,500 cases per 100,000 children) and West and Central Africa (1,620 cases per 100,000 children)

The COVID-19 pandemic is believed to have a negative impact on the Antibiotics API market. Some of the major biotechnology companies, research institutes and pharmaceutical companies are named in collaboration to deal with the situation. This shifted their focus and resources from manufacturing other drugs to coronavirus vaccines. Shortage of various APIs and restricted hospital visits due to increasing number of COVID-19 patients has shaken the global antibiotic API market.

In terms of APIs, the penicillin-based antibiotics segment dominated the API antibiotics market with a market share of 51.1% in 2021 owing to the growing demand and adoption of penicillin as an antibiotic of first line to treat many bacterial infections. Pharmaceutical companies are expected to dominate the end user segment. They are expected to hold over 77% of the market and remain dominant throughout the forecast period.

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Key Insights from Antibiotic API Market Research

  • The global antibiotic API market is estimated to be worth US$8.01 billion in 2020, with the market expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.1% during the forecast period (2020-2030)
  • The United States holds over 92.1% of the North American market, but Canada is expected to see a faster CAGR
  • UK market to show steady annual growth of 2.1% in 2021
  • Demand from Germany and France will grow at a positive rate throughout the forecast period
  • In East Asia, China will become a key market, while Japan and South Korea will continue to show stable demand

“Rising prevalence of bacterial diseases, extreme usage of antibiotics, and increasing investment in R&D are expected to drive the growth of the antibiotic API market.” IMF analyst says

Increasing investment in the R&D sector to develop advanced molecules is the major factor expected to drive the growth of the antibiotic API market.

For example, Sandoz, the biosimilars and generics division of Novartis, is being jointly invested with the Austrian federal government to improve the long-term future of integrated antibiotic manufacturing in Europe.

Antibiotics API key players enter into strategic alliance

The major players are focusing on increasing acquisitions at the regional level. Acquisitions strengthen the business with products and increase the company’s portfolio. The company acquires to own well-established products and solutions that expect to represent a good source of revenue for the acquirer. It also allows the company to enter new emerging markets as well as improve existing markets.

For example, in August 2019, Nanjing Dorra Pharmaceutical Technology collaborated with Meitheal Pharmaceuticals, the fully integrated generic injectables company, to increase manufacturing capacity of active pharmaceutical ingredients in the US region. The collaboration allowed Meitheal Pharmaceuticals to invest in Nanjing Dorra Pharmaceutical technology.

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Who wins?

The global antibiotic API market is expected to expand its reach over the forecast period, owing to the growing prevalence of various bacterial diseases and growing investment in R&D. The antibiotics market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. Pharmaceutical companies are focusing more on outsourcing manufacturing of API antibiotics due to the involvement of high capital investments in establishing manufacturing units of API antibiotics.

The major market players covered by FMI are Sandoz International GmbH, Centrient Pharmaceuticals, CordenPharma International, ACS DOBFAR SPA, Nanjing Dorra Pharmaceutical Technology Co. Ltd., DAEWOONG PHARMACEUTICAL CO. LTD., Parabolic Drugs Ltd., Penam Laboratories Ltd., ASIATIC DRUGS & PHARMACEUTIQUES PVT. LTD., Fresenius Kabi, United Laboratories International Holdings Limited, Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Unimark Remedies Ltd., Savior Lifetec, Shenzhen Haibin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Sterile India Pvt. Ltd., Zhejiang Jiuzhou Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Kyongbo Pharm, consolidating their positions through mergers, acquisitions and new product launches.

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