Fine Chemicals Market

Fine Chemicals Market

Fine Chemicals Market Forecasts to 2028 – Global Analysis By Type (High Purity Chemicals, Agrochemicals, Vitamins, Insecticides), End User (Petrochemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, Industrial Additives), and By Geography

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Published: 2022 ID: SMRC19390

This report covers the impact of COVID-19 on this global market

Years Covered


Estimated Year Value (2021)

US $198,455.29 MN

Projected Year Value (2028)

US $374,594.61 MN

CAGR (2021 - 2028)


Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa

Countries Covered

US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rest of Asia Pacific, South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Middle East & Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and South Africa

Largest Market

Asia Pacific

Highest Growing Market

Middle East & Africa

According to Stratistics MRC, the Global Fine Chemicals Market is accounted for $198,455.29 million in 2021 and is expected to reach $374,594.61 million by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 9.5% during the forecast period. Fine Chemicals refer to pure, single chemical substances that are more often produced in quite small and limited amounts through batch or biotechnological processes followed by synthesis, segregation, and purification. These are characterized by their low volume use as compared to commodity chemicals. Polypeptide, aromatic compounds, monoclonal antibodies, erythropoietin, nucleotides, and plastics additives are some of the common examples of fine chemicals used in various industries. Fine chemicals serve as building blocks in a variety of applications across diverse industries.

Market Dynamics:


Rising demand from end user industries

The global fine chemicals market continues to dominate in production of chemicals, due to constant rate of usage in biopharmaceuticals. Global fine chemicals market is expected to witness a steady growth during the forecast period by growth of the major end use industries. Pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, being major consumers of fine chemicals, the growth in these industries is in turn expected to fuel growth of the global fine chemicals market in coming years. A major trend in global fine chemicals market is the manufacturers are producing fine chemicals, which channelizing efforts towards development of efficient processes and newer products. These fine chemicals are produced to gain a competitive advantage, which turns into a higher share in global fine chemicals market. These positive growth of end-user industries such as agrochemicals, construction, and automobiles industries argue well for growth of the global fine chemicals market


Overcapacity problem

Overcapacity problem is the restraining factor for the growth of the market. Overcapacity of between 25 and 40 per cent remains a problem, and will continue to affect the market for intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) due to the substantial new capacity brought on-stream. Fine chemical overcapacity has led to two or more years of declining profitability, resulting in plant closures and goodwill write-offs; but there is a general consensus that the bottom has finally been reached.


Increase in construction and production activities

Construction and production activities are considered to be the pillar of growth for a country and also play a major role in increasing the overall global economy. An increase in construction and development activities will most likely increase the demand for raw materials such as adhesives, sealants, inhibitors, heavy reinforcement concrete, protective coating for steel, pigments, and dye, plastic additives, and other raw materials. Since fine chemicals are widely used for the production of these construction materials due to the properties that it provides like longer durability, higher thermal resistance, high strength, and better resistance to corrosion, this can lead to significant growth in Fine Chemicals Market in the upcoming years.


Stringent environmental regulations

Stringent rules and regulations regarding the negative effects of fine chemicals on the environment can act as a major constraint for the market. These include regulation and initiatives taken by industrial associations in order to set standards for the management of an organization’s environmental impacts, product certification and issuance of licenses to decrease the harmful impact on the environment and adoption of clean technologies, and improvement in management practices under CREP (Corporate Responsibility for Environmental Protection) Programmed formulated by the Central Pollution Control Board.

The active pharmaceutical ingredients segment is expected to be the largest during the forecast period

The active pharmaceutical ingredients segment is estimated to have a lucrative growth. The major reason behind this is the fact that active ingredients are the most important component of any drug since they are the ones who are responsible for fulfilling the purpose of the medication. According to a report published by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the overall volume of medicines used across the globe reached around 4.5 trillion doses by 2020 with an approximate cost of around $1.4 trillion. As the demand for medical drug production in the pharmaceutical sectors in countries across the globe increases, the demand for the use of fine chemicals such as polypeptide, erythropoietin, nucleotides, and more are also expected to rise significantly, which can help boost the market growth.

The agriculture segment is expected to have the highest CAGR during the forecast period

The agriculture segment is anticipated to witness the fastest CAGR growth during the forecast period. The fine chemicals are widely used in agriculture. Fine chemical intermediates are mostly used in order to protect the crops from pests and add more nutrients to the soil. The major benefit of using fine chemicals in agriculture is the fact that it protects and increases crop yields that play a vital role in the food chain system. Furthermore, according to the recent reports published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the global food demand across the world is most likely to increase significantly. The FAO reports estimate that world food demand is most likely to increase by 70% by 2050, and most of the global food demand is expected to come from regions such as Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Hence, an increase in food demand will significantly increase the demand for the utilization of agrochemicals that require the use of fine chemicals during their production, hence, boosting the segment growth.

Region with highest share:

Asia Pacific is projected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period due to a strong acceptance and popularity existing in these regions, coupled with a growth of end-user industries. In addition, the major reason behind this is the rising requirement of construction materials, cosmetic products, increasing demand for adhesives and plastics from the packaging industry, and more applications that require the use of fine chemicals boost the market growth. Countries like India and China are also anticipated to take over the global fine chemicals market. This is because of continuous growth of agricultural, construction and automobiles industries in Asia-Pacific.

Region with highest CAGR:

Middle East & Africa is projected to have the highest CAGR over the forecast period. Fine chemicals are also widely used in the production of construction materials across the world. The FIFA World Cup that is to be held in 2022 in Qatar is expected to generate the huge potential for construction materials used in the country. A company called Larsen and Toubro signed a contract worth $ 360 million along with its joint venture partner in Qatar, in order to build a 40,000 seater stadium. This project required the use of construction materials like adhesives, sealants, inhibitors, heavy reinforcement concrete, protective coating for steel, and other raw materials in order to build such a huge stadium. Likewise, other countries such as Kuwait, Morocco, and Iran are also estimated to have higher growth in the construction sector during the forecast period. All of the above factors will directly result in an increase in demand for fine chemicals required for the production of these raw materials in the region, thus, boosting the market growth.

Key players in the market

Some of the key players profiled in the Fine Chemicals Market include BASF, Albemarle, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Catalent, DSM, Flamma Group, Fujifilm Diosynth, Jayhawk Fine Chemicals, Lonza, NHU, Novasep, Patheon, Saltigo, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals, and Zhejiang Medicine.

Key Developments:

In August 2021, Sumitomo Chemical announced to further expand its production capacity for high-purity chemicals for semiconductors. It announced that it will install new production lines in order to increase the capacity for high-purity sulfuric acid at its Ehime Works (Niihama City, Ehime, Japan) along with increasing the capacity for high-purity ammonia water at the Iksan Plant of Dongwoo Fine-Chem Co. Ltd.

In August 2021, BASF and SINOPEC announced to further expand their Verbund site functioned by BASF-YPC Co., Ltd. (BASF-YPC), which is a 50-50 joint venture of both companies in Nanjing, China. It involves the capacity extension of numerous downstream chemical plants, including a new tert-butyl acrylate plant in order to support the growing Chinese market.
Types Covered:

• Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
• High Purity Chemicals
• Agrochemicals
• Specialty Chemicals
• Vitamins
• Insecticides
• Drug
End Users Covered:
• Food and Beverages
• Petrochemicals
• Pharmaceuticals
• Agriculture
• Industrial Additives
• Nutraceuticals
• Plastics
• Polymer Additives
• Antioxidants
• Photographic Chemicals
• Electronics
• Lubricants
• Flavors & Fragrances
• Foundry
• Rubber Processing Chemicals
• Microelectronic Grade

Regions Covered:
• North America
o US
o Canada
o Mexico
• Europe
o Germany
o UK
o Italy
o France
o Spain
o Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific
o Japan       
o China       
o India       
o Australia 
o New Zealand
o South Korea
o Rest of Asia Pacific   
• South America
o Argentina
o Brazil
o Chile
o Rest of South America
• Middle East & Africa
o Saudi Arabia
o Qatar
o South Africa
o Rest of Middle East & Africa

What our report offers:
- Market share assessments for the regional and country-level segments
- Strategic recommendations for the new entrants
- Covers Market data for the years 2020, 2021, 2022, 2025, and 2028
- Market Trends (Drivers, Constraints, Opportunities, Threats, Challenges, Investment Opportunities, and recommendations)
- Strategic recommendations in key business segments based on the market estimations
- Competitive landscaping mapping the key common trends
- Company profiling with detailed strategies, financials, and recent developments
- Supply chain trends mapping the latest technological advancements

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Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary       
2 Preface        

 2.1 Abstract       
 2.2 Stake Holders      
 2.3 Research Scope      
 2.4 Research Methodology     
  2.4.1 Data Mining     
  2.4.2 Data Analysis     
  2.4.3 Data Validation     
  2.4.4 Research Approach     
 2.5 Research Sources      
  2.5.1 Primary Research Sources    
  2.5.2 Secondary Research Sources    
  2.5.3 Assumptions     
3 Market Trend Analysis      
 3.1 Introduction       
 3.2 Drivers       
 3.3 Restraints      
 3.4 Opportunities      
 3.5 Threats       
 3.6 End User Analysis      
 3.7 Emerging Markets      
 3.8 Impact of Covid-19      
4 Porters Five Force Analysis      
 4.1 Bargaining power of suppliers     
 4.2 Bargaining power of buyers     
 4.3 Threat of substitutes     
 4.4 Threat of new entrants     
 4.5 Competitive rivalry      
5 Global Fine Chemicals Market, By Type     
 5.1 Introduction      
 5.2 Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients    
  5.2.1 Pills      
  5.2.2 Capsules      
 5.3 High Purity Chemicals     
 5.4 Agrochemicals      
  5.4.1 Biocides      
  5.4.2 Pesticides     
  5.4.3 Herbicides     
  5.4.4 Fungicides     
 5.5 Specialty Chemicals       
  5.5.1 Construction Chemicals    
  5.5.2 Oilfield Chemicals     
  5.5.3 Additives      
  5.5.4 Specialty Polymers     
  5.5.5 Adhesives     
  5.5.6 Specialty Pigments & Dyes    
 5.6 Vitamins       
 5.7 Insecticides      
 5.8 Drug        
6 Global Fine Chemicals Market, By End User    
 6.1 Introduction      
 6.2 Food and Beverages     
  6.2.1 Preservatives     
  6.2.2 Food Additives     
 6.3 Petrochemicals      
 6.4 Pharmaceuticals      
 6.5 Agriculture      
 6.6 Industrial Additives      
 6.7 Nutraceuticals      
 6.8 Plastics       
 6.9 Polymer Additives      
 6.10 Antioxidants      
  6.10.1 Electronic Chemicals    
  6.10.2 Cosmetics & Toiletries Skincare Haircare      
  6.10.3 Functional Dyes     
  6.10.4 Liquid Crystals     
 6.11 Photographic Chemicals     
 6.12 Electronics      
 6.13 Lubricants      
 6.14 Flavors & Fragrances     
 6.15 Foundry       
 6.16 Rubber Processing Chemicals     
 6.17 Microelectronic Grade     
7 Global Fine Chemicals Market, By Geography    
 7.1 Introduction      
 7.2 North America      
  7.2.1 US      
  7.2.2 Canada      
  7.2.3 Mexico      
 7.3 Europe       
  7.3.1 Germany      
  7.3.2 UK       
  7.3.3 Italy      
  7.3.4 France      
  7.3.5 Spain      
  7.3.6 Rest of Europe     
 7.4 Asia Pacific      
  7.4.1 Japan      
  7.4.2 China      
  7.4.3 India      
  7.4.4 Australia      
  7.4.5 New Zealand     
  7.4.6 South Korea      
  7.4.7 Rest of Asia Pacific     
 7.5 South America      
  7.5.1 Argentina     
  7.5.2 Brazil      
  7.5.3 Chile      
  7.5.4 Rest of South America    
 7.6 Middle East & Africa     
  7.6.1 Saudi Arabia     
  7.6.2 UAE      
  7.6.3 Qatar      
  7.6.4 South Africa     
  7.6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa    
8 Key Developments       
 8.1 Agreements, Partnerships, Collaborations and Joint Ventures  
 8.2 Acquisitions & Mergers     
 8.3 New Product Launch     
 8.4 Expansions      
 8.5 Other Key Strategies     
9 Company Profiling       
 9.1 BASF       
 9.2 Albemarle      
 9.3 Boehringer-Ingelheim     
 9.4 Catalent       
 9.5 DSM       
 9.6 Flamma Group      
 9.7 Fujifilm Diosynth      
 9.8 Jayhawk Fine Chemicals     
 9.9 Lonza       
 9.10 NHU       
 9.11 Novasep       
 9.12 Patheon       
 9.13 Saltigo       
 9.14 Sumitomo Seika Chemicals     
 9.15 Zhejiang Medicine      

List of Tables        
1 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Region (2020-2028) ($MN)  
2 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Type (2020-2028) ($MN)  
3 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (2020-2028) ($MN)
4 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Pills (2020-2028) ($MN)  
5 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Capsules (2020-2028) ($MN)  
6 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By High Purity Chemicals (2020-2028) ($MN)
7 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Agrochemicals (2020-2028) ($MN) 
8 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Biocides (2020-2028) ($MN)  
9 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Pesticides (2020-2028) ($MN)  
10 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Herbicides (2020-2028) ($MN)  
11 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Fungicides (2020-2028) ($MN)  
12 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Specialty Chemicals (2020-2028) ($MN) 
13 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Construction Chemicals (2020-2028) ($MN)
14 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Oilfield Chemicals (2020-2028) ($MN) 
15 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Additives (2020-2028) ($MN)  
16 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Specialty Polymers (2020-2028) ($MN) 
17 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Adhesives (2020-2028) ($MN)  
18 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Specialty Pigments & Dyes (2020-2028) ($MN)
19 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Vitamins (2020-2028) ($MN)  
20 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Insecticides (2020-2028) ($MN) 
21 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Drug (2020-2028) ($MN)  
22 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By End User (2020-2028) ($MN)  
23 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Food and Beverages (2020-2028) ($MN) 
24 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Preservatives (2020-2028) ($MN) 
25 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Food Additives (2020-2028) ($MN) 
26 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Petrochemicals (2020-2028) ($MN) 
27 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Pharmaceuticals (2020-2028) ($MN) 
28 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Agriculture (2020-2028) ($MN) 
29 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Industrial Additives (2020-2028) ($MN) 
30 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Nutraceuticals (2020-2028) ($MN) 
31 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Plastics (2020-2028) ($MN)  
32 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Polymer Additives (2020-2028) ($MN) 
33 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Antioxidants (2020-2028) ($MN) 
34 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Electronic Chemicals (2020-2028) ($MN) 
35 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Cosmetics & Toiletries (2020-2028) ($MN)
36 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Functional Dyes (2020-2028) ($MN) 
37 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Liquid Crystals (2020-2028) ($MN) 
38 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Photographic Chemicals (2020-2028) ($MN)
39 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Electronics (2020-2028) ($MN) 
40 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Lubricants (2020-2028) ($MN)  
41 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Flavors & Fragrances (2020-2028) ($MN) 
42 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Foundry (2020-2028) ($MN)  
43 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Rubber Processing Chemicals (2020-2028) ($MN)
44 Global Fine Chemicals Market Outlook, By Microelectronic Grade (2020-2028) ($MN)
Note: Tables for North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East & Africa Regions are also represented in the same manner as above.

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