Status : Published Published On : Dec, 2023 Report Code : VRHC1242 Industry : Healthcare Available Format : Page : 185

Global Tablet Coatings Market – Analysis and Forecast (2025-2030)

Industry Insights by Process Type (Sugar Coating, Film Coating, Organic Film Coating, Aqueous Film Coating), by Functionality (Non-functional non-modifying coatings, Functional modifying coatings, Functional non-modifying coatings), and by Geography (U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, China, Japan, India, and Rest of the World)

Industry Overview

The Global Tablet Coatings Market is expected to develop at a CAGR of 6.1 per cent over the forecast period, from USD 0.79 billion in 2023 to USD 1.6 billion in 2030. The tablet coatings market is characterized by the presence of several global and regional manufacturers. Major players in the market offer a wide range of coating technologies, including sugar coatings, film coatings, and enteric coatings, among others. These companies often work closely with pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop customized coating solutions that meet specific requirements. It's important to note that the tablet coatings market is subject to evolving market dynamics and trends. Factors such as increasing generic drug production, growing focus on biodegradable coatings, and the adoption of novel coating techniques can significantly impact the market landscape.

Tablet Coatings Market Highlights

The primary reason for the market's significant growth is the growth of the pharmaceutical market, which is fuelled by increased R&D activities and clinical trial studies. Furthermore, the market is being driven by the rising adoption of oral formulations among the growing geriatric population, the rising adoption of orphan drugs, and the uptake of biopharmaceuticals.

Coating tablets and pellets are some of the oldest medicinal procedures that are still carried out using modern machinery. The coating is a process in which a dry internal layer of coating material is applied on the outward layer of a dosage form to confer particular advantages over the uncoated component.

Market Segmentation

Based on Process Type

•    Sugar Coating
•    Film Coating
•    Organic Film Coating
•    Aqueous Film Coating

The film-coated segment dominated the tablet coatings market by the form in 2019 and is expected to rise at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period. The pharmaceutical industry has a strong demand for film-coated tablets because of the advantages of shorter manufacturing times, relatively thin coats compared to other coating types, high resistance to mechanical forces, and the addition of functional properties to the tablets. These coatings also reduce the risk of drug errors by using pigments/ colours for recognition, as well as increasing patient compliance through aesthetic appeal, both of which contribute to market development.

By Functionality

•    Non-functional non-modifying coatings
•    Functional modifying coatings
•    Functional non-modifying coatings

In 2019, the non-functional non-modifying coatings segment commanded the largest share based on functionality. The high use of these coatings in the manufacture of immediate-release dosage forms accounts for the large share of this section. Additionally, these coats provide protection from light and moisture, as well as improved swallowability, taste masking, mechanical efficiency, and improved safety and ease of handling. This lends credence to their use in the production of oral solid dosages. Furthermore, market growth will be fuelled by rising demand for novel drug delivery formulations and a growing emphasis on nutraceuticals and dietary supplements that use immediate-release coatings.

By Region

•    China
•    India
•    Asia Pacific
•    Latin America
•    Middle East & Africa

From 2025 to 2030, the Asia Pacific Pharmaceutical Coating Market is projected to expand at the fastest pace. Increased outsourcing of drug production to specialist contract manufacturing organisations (CMOS), an increase in the number of companies establishing manufacturing units in these countries, favourable government regulations, low labour and manufacturing costs, and a broad base for the generation of generics and biologics are all expected to fuel the market growth during the forecast period.

Global Tablet Coatings Market Report Coverage

Report Metric


Historical Period

2018 - 2023

Base Year Considered


Forecast Period

2025 - 2030

Market Size in 2023

U.S.D.  0.79 Billion

Revenue Forecast in 2030

U.S.D.  1.6 Billion

Growth Rate


Segments Covered in the Report

By Process Type and By Functionality

Report Scope

Market Trends, Drivers, and Restraints; Revenue Estimation and Forecast; Segmentation Analysis; Impact of COVID-19; Companies’ Strategic Developments; Market Share Analysis of Key Players; Company Profiling

Regions Covered in the Report

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, South America and Rest of the World

Market Trends

In 2023, the category of cellulosic polymers held the largest share of the global tablet coatings market. The high adoption of these polymers can be attributed to their ability to shape coatings with generally acceptable properties including good film strength, aqueous solubility, and compressibility, as well as less sensitivity to wet granulation, flowability, and better tabletting at a low price. The adoption of these polymers for coating applications is also influenced by factors such as global regulatory approval and ready availability from a variety of vendors.

  • Increasing demand for modified release technologies
  • Rising demand for pigmented film coatings
  • Growing prevalence of chronic diseases
  • Increasing focus on patient compliance
  • Growing demand for nutraceuticals
  • Technological advancements in tablet coating

Market Drivers

Generic medications are less expensive than branded drugs and have comparable clinical efficacy and safety profiles. The lower cost of generics has given this business segment a boost. Because of the expanded use of generic medications, the US healthcare system was able to save about USD 292.6 billion in 2018. Medicare and Medicaid saved USD 90.3 billion and USD 46.8 billion, respectively, in 2018.

Because of these cost savings, governments around the world are encouraging the use of generic medications. Generics are gaining popularity around the world. This is attributed to a large number of medications losing their patent protection, as well as healthcare changes that benefit generics.
In the forecast era, rising affordability and healthcare spending in developing economies is expected to drive generics sales volume. This is viewed as a positive indicator of excipient development, such as tablet coatings.


Because of the entry of active mass customers seeking healthy living and wellness, sports nutrition is now one of the fastest-growing and largest supplement markets. One of the early adopters of dietary supplements was the sports nutrition industry. Although sports powders, beverages, and bars are the most common protein delivery forms (and account for the majority of sales in sports nutrition), there is still demand for a wide variety of supplements in other delivery forms. Acid-sensitive ingredients such as creatine (for energy), enzymes (for digestion and inflammation), amino acids (for endurance and muscle recovery), and probiotics are ideal for HPMC capsules with specific acid-resistant properties (for digestive health). Lipid multi-particulates (LMP) technology allows for customised release and taste masking. Such formulations can help with a variety of issues related to exercise rehabilitation and overall health.


With the current shifts in government policies around the world, upcoming trade policies could pose a challenge for the pharmaceutical industry, and thus the excipients industry. Furthermore, rising safety and quality issues, rising counterfeit drug penetration, shifting trade policies among countries, and alcohol dose-dumping of sustained-release dosages all pose significant challenges to the market's development.

  • Stringent regulatory requirements
  • High cost of raw materials
  • Competition from generic drugs

Despite these challenges, the tablet coatings market is expected to grow at a healthy pace during the forecast period.

COVID-19 Impact on the Global Tablet Coating Market

The pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries also gained traction as a result of COVID-19. Pharmaceutical drugs to treat COVID-19 are currently in high demand. This is expected to increase demand for tablet coating excipients, for example. COVID-19 has a clinical trial pipeline of 155 molecules in different stages of development.

Higher stages of development (namely phase 2 trials) account for the majority of the drug development pipeline since the majority of molecules are repurposed medicines that have already been licenced for other infections and inflammatory diseases. Furthermore, compassionate use permits the use of an unlicensed medication when no other alternatives for treating high-risk patients are available (licencing can take years or decades).

Competitive Insight

Colorcon is a world leader in the design and development of specialty excipients and functional packaging for solid oral dosages for the pharmaceutical and nutritional industries.

Air Liquide S.A. is a French multinational company which supplies industrial gases and services to various industries including chemical, medical and electronic manufacturers. 

Some of the key players in the tablet coating market are:

•    Colorcon Inc. 
•    Sensient Technologies Corporation 
•    BASF SE 
•    Evonik Industries AG 
•    Ashland Global Holdings Inc. 
•    DuPont De Numeours Inc. 
•    Kerry Group plc 
•    Roquette Freres 
•    Eastman Chemical Company 
•    Air Liquide S.A. 
•    Merck KGaA 
•    Corel Pharma Chem 
•    Biogrund GmbH 
•    Ideal Cures Pvt. Ltd.
•    Wincoat Colours & Coatings Pvt. Ltd. 
•    Spectrum Chemical Mfg. Corp. 
•    Coating Place, Inc. 
•    Lubrizol Corporation 
•    Aquadry Pharma Pvt. Ltd. 
•    Aries Exim Pvt. Ltd.

Recent Developments by Key Players

Colorcon, Inc. launches a new titanium dioxide-free, high opacity PVA-based coating for pharmaceutical tablets.

Air Liquide is continuing its development with the acquisition of Homecare activities in Belgium and the Netherlands. With this operation, the Group broadens its presence and offer in these countries. 

The Tablet Coatings Market report offers a comprehensive market segmentation analysis along with an estimation for the forecast period 2023–2030.

Segments Covered in the Report

  • By Process
    • Sugar Coating
    • Film Coating
    • Organic Film Coating
    • Aqueous Film Coating
  • By Functionality
    • Non-functional non-modifying coatings
    • Functional modifying coatings
    • Functional non-modifying coatings

Region Covered in the Report

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)
    • Brazil
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • U.A.E.
    • Other Countries


Tablet Coatings Market Size

Source: VynZ Research

Tablet Coatings Market Analysis

Source: VynZ Research

Frequently Asked Questions

Colorcon introduced the Acryl-EZE II film coating line in 2020, which expands the pH range of its enteric coatings.
The global tablet coatings market is expected to develop at a CAGR of 6.1% over the forecast period 2025-2030.
With the current shifts in government policies around the world, upcoming trade policies could pose a challenge for the pharmaceutical industry, and thus the excipients industry.
During the forecast period Asia Pacific region holds the largest share in the market.

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