Separation Instrumentation Demand

March 1, 2007

LCGC North America

LCGC North America, LCGC North America-03-01-2007, Volume 25, Issue 3
Pages: 244

Separation instrument techniques are among the most widely used technologies in the analytical instrumentation market. They span the entire industrial and regional marketplace. The lab separations market includes chromatographic techniques such as analytical and preparative HPLC, GC, IC, TLC, flash, and low pressure LC.

Separation instrument techniques are among the most widely used technologies in the analytical instrumentation market. They span the entire industrial and regional marketplace. The lab separations market includes chromatographic techniques such as analytical and preparative HPLC, GC, IC, TLC, flash, and low pressure LC.

Separation instrumentation demand in Asia Pacific.

The separation instrumentation market continues to expand, especially as global economic conditions strengthen. The growth in life science applications in both research and quality control certainly has had a positive impact on the separations market. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have provided the stimulus for market growth over the last several years and these industries heavily rely on separation technique to conduct their innovative research activities.

While the demand for separation instruments is dependent on North America and Europe, which account for the majority of the separations market, the Asia Pacific region, including Japan, China, India, and Australia, is poised for robust growth over the next few years. Many of the top pharmaceutical and chemical companies are expanding their presence in this region, particularly in China and India. Asia Pacific is known for its efficient manufacturing capabilities, but is expected to play a stronger role in R&D activities as well.

India has been undergoing rapid technological and economic development, and because of the many fluent English speakers, India is addressed more easily by Western economies. Australia also offers strong growth opportunities, especially since its modern economy is tied much more heavily to Western Europe and the United States.

Despite the progress in Southern Asia, this region is still considered to be somewhat risky for Western companies due to exchange rates, economic, and political factors. Nonetheless, many separation instrument manufacturers also are establishing a stronger presence in the Asia Pacific region by opening manufacturing and sales offices to take advantage of any potential this region has to offer.

The foregoing data was extracted from SDi's Market Analysis and Perspectives report entitled: SDi's Global Assessment Report, 9th Edition: The Laboratory Life Science & Analytical Instrumentation Industry (2006-2010). 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