Chinese Separation Market

E-Separation Solutions

E-Separation Solutions-04-12-2010, Volume 0, Issue 0

The rapid expansion in China continues to fuel growth for separation science technologies. This market includes technologies such as HPLC, gas chromatography (GC), ion chromatography, low-pressure liquid chromatography, flash chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, chemical sensing, capillary electrophoresis, and discrete and continuous flow analyzers.

The rapid expansion in China continues to fuel growth for separation science technologies. This market includes technologies such as HPLC, gas chromatography (GC), ion chromatography, low-pressure liquid chromatography, flash chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, chemical sensing, capillary electrophoresis, and discrete and continuous flow analyzers. All separations instruments incorporate the following: a sample-introduction port of some type; a delivery system for a mobile phase carrier, which moves the sample through the system; a stationary phase, which may be held within a column; a capillary; and one or more detectors that identify changes in the nature or amount of the material emerging from the column. The different types of mobile phases: liquid, gas, or supercritical fluid, etc., contribute to the names of the techniques.

Chinese Separations Demand by Industry

HPLC and GC are the largest markets in China, with HPLC being one of the fastest growing, driven by the pharmaceutical industry, the public sector, and food analysis. GC’s growth is driven by the oil and gas industry, in addition to food and agriculture.

Chinese pharmaceutical laboratories are by far the largest consumers of separation technology accounting for nearly a quarter of the region’s separation demand. Academia is the second largest segment, representing 13% of the market. The growth in academia is stimulated by increased government outlays for education and university construction. The food and agriculture and the oil and gas industries are tied for the third and fourth spots, each with about 12% of the region’s separation demand. Government testing is in fifth place with 8% of the market share.

The foregoing data was extracted and adapted from SDi's Market Analysis and Perspectives report entitled, China: Analytical Instrument Demand and Production. For more information, contact Glenn Cudiamat, VP of Research Services, Strategic Directions International, Inc., 6242 Westchester Parkway, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90045, tel. (310) 641-4982, fax (310) 641-8851, e-mail:cudiamat@strategic-directions.com