Global Flow Chemistry Market by Reactor Type (Microwave Systems, Microreactor, Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR), Plug Flow Reactor, Others); by End-use (Petrochemicals, Chemicals, Surgical, Pharmaceuticals, Others); and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, MEA); - Global Forecasts 2021 to 2027

Date: Dec 2021 Report Id: 146 Category: Chemicals & Materials Report Format: pdf-img excel-img ppt-img word-img

The Global Flow Chemistry Market was valued at USD 1.55 Bn in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 2.85 Bn by 2027, with a growing CAGR of 10.7% during the forecast period.

Global Flow Chemistry Market Definition

The process of conducting chemical reactions in a tube or pipe is known as "flow chemistry." This process is also known as ‘continuous flow chemistry.’ Additionally, the components in the reaction are pumped together where they are a mixed at a joint and then flown down to a temperature-controlled pipe or tube. This has several benefits, that include faster reactions, cleaner products, safer reactions, and easy scale-up.

Flow Chemistry Market

Global Flow Chemistry Market Dynamics

Growing demand for research in chemicals is expected to bolster the flow chemistry market growth during the forecast period. For instance, in India the upcoming Coromandel’s 400 Cr sulphuric acid plants is expected to support the flow chemistry industry demand in the near future. Additionally, flow chemistry facilitates faster reactions, cleaner products a, safer reactions. Multi-step procedures such as a rapid low-temperature deprotonation followed instantaneously by the addition of an electrophile high temperature which makes the process easy. Moreover, versatile application in the traditional organometallic chemistry laboratory by providing high fidelity, transient information for process chemistry is expected to drive the market growth in the near future. For example, American Elements manufactures Trimethylboron (an organometallic compound) which is used to treat cell and tissues injuries. However, high capital costs may hinder the market growth during the forecast period.

The Global Flow Chemistry Market Segmentation:

By Reactor Type

  • Microwave Systems
  • Microreactor
  • Plug Flow Reactor
  • Others

By End-use

  • Petrochemicals
  • Chemicals
  • Academic & Research
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

The unique insights provided by this report also include the following:

  • In-depth Value Chain Analysis
  • Opportunity Mapping
  • Sector Snapshot
  • Key Players Positioning Matrix
  • Regulatory Scenario
  • Strategies Adopted-benchmarking Heat Map
  • Market Trends
  • Covid-19 Impact Analysis
  • Product Comparison
  • Pre & Post COVID-19 Impact on the Flow Chemistry Market
  • Competitive Landscape

Based on reactor type, CSTR segment is expected to bolster the market demand during the forecast period due to homogeneous liquid phase operations

Based on reactor type, the market is segmented into microwave systems, microreactor, Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR), plug flow reactor, and others. The CSTR segment held the largest market share in 2020 and is projected to remain dominant during the forecast period. CSTRs are commonly used in industrial processing, especially in homogenous liquid-phase flow operations that require continual agitation. They are, nevertheless, utilised in the pharmaceutical sector as well as in biological processes such as cell cultures and fermenters. For instance, Solaris’s benchtop fermenters and bioreactors provide efficient platforms for R&D and product development applications. The use of CSTR in pharmaceutical sector is expected to drive the flow chemistry industry growth during the forecast period.

Based on end-use, the chemicals segment in the flow chemistry market is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period owing to its optimization of laboratory synthesis

Based on end-use, the market has been segmented into petrochemicals, chemicals, academic & research, and others. Chemical segment held the largest market share during the forecast period. Organic chemistry is a vast field of modern chemistry that includes fundamental studies of reaction mechanisms, identification of natural compounds, and optimization of laboratory syntheses, as well as their technological scale up. Using flow conditions to carry out chemical syntheses is a key component of flow chemistry's market growth in the near future. For instance, BASF manufactures petrochemicals that covers broad portfolio of high-quality basic chemicals. This segment generated a revenue of Euro 5426 million in 2020.

Based on region, North America held the largest market share during the forecast period

Based on region, the global flow chemistry market is widely spread into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period. The presence of various chemical manufacturing sectors such as Dow, ExxonMobil Chemicals, and others. Their major applications include hydrogenation reactions, oxidations, halogenations, nitration’s, diazotizations, Grignard reaction mechanisms, reactions that use toxic gases. For instance, Dow’s product line includes “NORMAX” catalyst which is a  hydroformylation product used for to manufacture alcohols from olefins. Additionally, licensed plants designed for the ‘LP OxoSM SELECTOR SM30’ technology utilizes NORMAX catalyst to help achieve higher ratios of linear to branched aldehydes from short chain olefins.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of flow chemistry market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges


  • Increased reaction rates
  • Improved process safety in continuous flow reactions
  • Growing investments in chemical research


  • High capital costs
  • Complex processes


  • Enabling green chemistry with flow chemistry


  • Difficulties in processing complex heterogeneous reaction mixture

COVID-19 Impact on the Flow Chemistry Market Analysis

COVID-19 has destabilized value chains, caused governments to respond. Businesses and governments rightly concentrated on safeguarding people and developing methods to recover from a deep health, economic, and social shock in the early months of the crisis. Moreover, the chemical (and other industrial) industries paid close attention to the pandemic's influence on stocks (e.g., controlling volumes or production location to match fluctuating demand) and flows (e.g., changing supply routes to guarantee supply of consumer goods or intermediates).

Consumers are placing higher importance on sustainability and, as a result, are choosing items based on factors like circularity and carbon footprint. Furthermore, consumer concern about carbon emissions has prompted increased investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and transportation decarbonization. These developments have had considerable impact on chemical end sectors, particularly in the automobile and construction industries. COVID-19 has intensified the situation by lowering the automobile and construction industries (as well as many others) and disrupting current supply lines. The adoption of digital technology by chemical organizations has risen as a result of enhanced efficiency and reliability. Many organizations in these sectors experienced exceptional benefits from advanced market sensing, improved operational optimization, and expanded usage of "in silico" simulations. Companies' existing digital technologies provided an advantage with the abrupt entrance of COVID-19 and the accompanying shutdown of facilities and work sites, but they were often insufficient for the level of remote working and cybersecurity that was suddenly required.

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of key trends in the flow chemistry market

  • Innovative automated flow synthesis platforms are developed for various applications in the pharmaceutical industry, which ranges from advancing medicinal chemistry programs to self-optimizing synthetic routes
  • Increasing demand for flow chemistry in pharmaceutical industry

The report also provides an in-depth analysis of recent news developments and investments

  • In May 2021, Syrris Ltd (UK) enabled a host of novel photochemistry applications in flow chemistry through the launch of “Asia Photochemistry reactor” across a variety of sectors including pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, agrochemicals, and fine chemicals, as well as in academic institutions Chemistry. It has been designed to meet the demands of the market, with individual, high powered LED modules available to provide a variety of wavelengths. The company is focused on expansion of its product portfolio.
  • In September 2021, Sterling Pharma Solutions, (UK) a global CDMO, completed the first phase of investment. This comes regarding expansion at its site in Dudley, UK to create the company’s centre of excellence for research into commercial applications of continuous flow chemistry. The investment was organized by a London-based River Fort Global Capital Limited.

Company Profiles and Competitive Intelligence

The key players operating in the flow chemistry market are:

  • Lonza Group Ltd.
  • Milestone Srl
  • Am Technology
  • Cambrex Corporation
  • DSM
  • Ehrfeld Mikrotechnik Bts
  • Future Chemistry Holding Bv
  • Fraunhofer IMM
  • Little Things Factory
  • Velocys
  • Syrris Ltd
  • Terra Labs
  • Thalesnano Inc.
  • Uniqsis Ltd.
  • Ymc Co. Ltd.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global flow chemistry market was valued at USD 1.55 Bn in 2020 and is anticipated to reach USD 2.85 Bn by 2027.
The flow chemistry market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.7% during the forecast period.
North America is expected to hold the largest market share during the forecast period.
A few key players include, but are not limited to Lonza Group Ltd, Milestone Srl, Am Technology, Cambrex Corporation, Dsm, Ehrfeld Mikrotechnik Bts, Future Chemistry Holding Bv, Fraunhofer IMM, Little Things Factory, Velocys, Syrris, Terra Labs, Thalesnano Inc, Uniqsis Ltd, Ymc Co. Ltd,
High capital costs are the major restraining factor that hampers the growth of the market.
Author Credentials

Priyanka has been writing chemicals & material market research reports for the last 12 years. A post-graduate, her specialization is in the chemicals sector. Preparing end-to-end reports covering minute details for market insights, competitive intelligence and trend analysis in the CMFE sector.

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    1. Definition
    2. Scope of the Study
    3. List of Assumptions
    4. Market Structure
    5. Scope of the Study: Segmentation 
    6. Timeframe, Currency and Limitations
  2. Research Methodology
    1. 3P Research Approach
    2. Market Sizing Approach
    3. Data Sources
    4. Primary Research Coverage
  3. Executive Summary
    1. Market Summary
    2. Market Snapshot
    3. Regional Snapshot
    4. Country Snapshot
  4. Premium Insights
    1. Key Trend Analysis
    2. New revenue Pockets
    3. Pain Point Analysis
    4. Company Market Share Analysis, by Region
    5. Strategies Adopted-Benchmarking Heat Map
    6. Regulatory Landscape
    7. PESTEL Analysis
    8. Regional Lifecycle
    9. Competitive Benchmarking
  5. Market Overview & Competitive Landscape
    1. Competitive Landscape
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    3. Key Player Overview
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      1. Product Launches & upgrades
      2. R&D / Innovation
      3. Merger & Acquisition
      4. JV & Partnership
      5. Recognition and others
  6. Market Segmentation (Market Size and Share Analysis)
    1. Global Market Size & Historic Growth
    2. Market Size by Reactor Type
      1. Microwave Systems
      2. Microreactor
      3. Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor
      4. Plug Flow Reactor
      5. Others
    3. Market Size by End-use
      1. Petrochemicals
      2. Chemicals
      3. Surgical
      4. Pharmaceuticals
      5. Others
  7. Market Dynamics
    1. Market Drivers
    2. Opportunities
    3. Value Chain Analysis
    4. Pricing Analysis
  8. COVID – 19 Opportunity Mapping
    1. Key Drivers & Anticipated Revival Period
    2. Key Trends Analysis
    3. Impact on End user Industry
    4. Opportunity Analysis
  9. Regional Market Analysis
    1. North America
      1. US
      2. Canada
    2. Europe
      1. UK
      2. Germany
      3. France
      4. Italy
      5. Spain
      6. Rest of Europe
    3. APAC
      1. China
      2. India
      3. Japan
      4. South Korea
      5. Rest of APAC
    4. Latin America
      1. Mexico
      2. Brazil
      3. Argentina
      4. Rest of LATAM
    5. Middle East & Africa
      1. GCC
      2. Rest of MEA
  10. Company Profiles
    1. Lonza Group Ltd.
      1. Company Fundamentals
      2. Financial Analysis (Subject to Availability)
      3. Product Portfolio
      4. SWOT Analysis
    2. Milestone Srl
    3. Am Technology
    4. Cambrex Corporation
    5. Dsm
    6. Ehrfeld Mikrotechnik Bts
    7. Future Chemistry Holding Bv
    8. Imm
    9. Little Things Factory
    10. Velocys
    11. Syrris Ltd
    12. Terra Labs
    13. Thalesnano Inc.
    14. Uniqsis Ltd.
    15. Ymc Co. Ltd

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