Growth of pharmaceuticals industry coupled with demand for controlling air and water pollution is driving the analytical instrumentation markets worldwide, more so in emerging economies. Emerging economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) are expected to see high volume of instrument sale. Moreover, implementations of government mandates and regulations in these countries will drive the market growth for analytical instrumentation.

China is the most sought after country among the BRICS economies

China is at an earlier stage of market growth and has become the most sought after market for analytical instrumentation manufacturers. It is the second largest export market after the United States for small and medium sized German instrument makers. Foreign brands hold the dominant share in the Chinese analytical instrumentation market while the local players manufacture low-cost instruments with basic features only. Pharmaceutical laboratories and academia are the predominant users of analytical instruments in China. Oil and gas, food, and agriculture are the other key end users. With the rapid industrialization in the country, pollution of major rivers of the country is one of the key concerns. In addition, rising air pollution is a grave concern for China. As the government has come up with strong regulations to curtail pollution, the demand for analytical instruments is growing. Moreover, China’s Food and Drug Administration has issued stricter regulations on food and drug quality and has begun cracking down on noncompliant companies. These aggressive actions will drive analytical testing services in the country. The Chinese government is proactively working toward extending its support for food safety and public health, thereby driving the demand for analytical instruments in the environment, food testing, and pharmaceuticals industries.

Pharmaceuticals and life sciences will trigger growth in India

India has one of the most rapidly growing economies in the world, after China. The market for analytical instruments in India is majorly driven by the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries. The Indian government is increasing its expenditure on pharmaceutical research and development. In addition, there is a growth in investments in the pharmaceutical sector in the recent years. Such growth in R&D investments is driving the analytical instruments market in the country. Government institutions and research laboratories are big consumers of analytical instruments. There is also an increase in the number of contract research organizations in India in recent years. The clinical research companies in India have won contracts for manufacturing and research from companies of other countries. Agricultural analytical research and contract research segments offer high growth opportunities. The regulations and hygiene standards for drinking water are becoming stringent, thus impacting the food and beverage industry. The food and beverage companies have started investing in analytical instruments for drinking and utility water analysis.

Although the market will experience slower growth in the near term, the Brazilian market will pick up in the medium to long run

Brazil is an attractive market for pharmaceuticals industry. High growth of manufacturing of biosimilars and the novel funding program by NIH in Brazil led to high growth of the Brazilian pharmaceuticals industry. Despite the economic crisis, Brazilian private and public sectors are expected to receive investments, particularly in healthcare and infrastructure. This makes the environment conducive for business growth and further investments. There has been a growing demand for products from organic agriculture for the food market. Brazil leads the production of sugarcane spirits and produces about 1.6 billion liters per year. High Performance Liquid Chromatography and gas chromatography are extensively used to analyze and identify the contamination in the organic raw material, that is, the organic sugarcane spirits samples.

Strict environmental regulations and investment support by the government will drive the Russian market growth

Since the end of 2014, the Russian pharmaceuticals industry has been affected by overall economic situation in the country and the global geopolitical situation. However, global pharmaceuticals companies that have already invested in Russia are not planning to exit the market; rather some of these companies are planning for expansion in the country. The Russian government supports R&D activities and local drug and API manufacturing by providing subsidies, tax benefits, and loans at beneficial interest rates. This will create a demand for analytical instruments in the pharmaceuticals sector in Russia. The privatization and modernization of municipal services such as water, sewage, electricity and gas suppliers are resulting in increased investments on testing equipment. The enforcement of ecological standards for the disposal of sewage and waste during manufacturing processes has become an important reason for companies to invest in instrumentation to avoid potentially high penalties.

South Africa offers high growth potential in the long run

South Africa is a major market for food and beverage companies in the sub Saharan region. South Africa accounts for more than 40% of Africa’s economic strength. Increasing urbanization and growing middle class will drive the food and beverages market in South Africa. The country also offers growth opportunities for healthcare and life sciences industry. Although South Africa has growth potential, the market is not very conducive for investors at present. As the economic growth is projected to rebound in 2017 and strengthen further in 2018, the investment scenario would change leading to industrial boost in the mid to long run. This will create opportunities for analytical instruments in the medium to long run.

Frost & Sullivan, a global research and growth consulting company also covers various trends in the analytical instrumentation market. We have published several research studies in this area including global laboratory analytical instrumentation market, global process analytical instrumentation market, global analytical x-ray instrumentation market, global analytical instrumentation market in food testing, global analysis of the oil and gas analytical instrumentation market, global analysis of mass spectrometry market and global analysis of the water and wastewater analytical instrumentation market.

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