In the rapidly evolving landscape of industrial technologies, the success of manufacturing enterprises lies in achieving high production standards. Thus, maintaining optimal manufacturing conditions is not just a goal but a necessity. In this regard, installing cleanroom technologies is gaining recognition across several industries, such as pharmaceuticals, semiconductor manufacturing, biotechnology, medical devices, and health. Cleanrooms facilitate the establishment of a controlled environment, wherein the concentration of airborne particles is precisely regulated. Manufacturers, especially from the pharmaceuticals and semiconductors industry, ensure a defectless production cycle by investing in cleanrooms. Accordingly, Triton’s report predicts that the global cleanroom technology market is set to rise at a CAGR of 6.31% over the forecast years 2023-2030.
Strict regulation norms and tedious approval processes require manufacturing companies to utilize cleanroom solutions. Moreover, the healthcare industry in countries like the United States and Canada spends significantly to improve their healthcare systems. This creates new opportunities to increase the production of generics, nutraceuticals, and medical devices, which further widens the scope of cleanroom consumables and equipment.
Our analysis states that North America dominates the cleanroom technology market with the highest share, gaining a revenue of $2296.98 million in 2022.
Cleanroom Technology: Advancement Fueled by End-users Adoption
- Broadening Scope in the Biotechnology Sector
The biotechnology industry is witnessing massive growth globally due to a rise in demand for vaccines, gene therapies, and blood products. While manufacturing these biopharmaceuticals, it is critical to eliminate the risk of contamination and maintain a required level of cleanliness. Thus, deploying cleanroom consumables like gloves, disinfectants, and apparel, along with equipment such as HVAC systems and fan filter units, becomes imperative to avoid exposure to any bacteria and foreign particles.
As per our research report, the growth in the cleanroom technology market is expected to be highest in the biotechnology sector at a CAGR of 6.47% for the forecast period 2023-2030.
With further advancements in research, R&D labs and experimental units are keen on installing cleanrooms. This creates avenues for the market players to collaborate and bring new developments within the industry. In March 2022, Biologics Modular and MRC Cleanrooms formed an alliance to offer advanced cleanroom wall system technology to the United States. Our analysis also states that North America generated a revenue of $571.68 million in 2022 in the biotechnology sector. Thus, cleanroom solutions within the biotech sector will have a significant demand in the coming years.
- Evolving Utility in Semiconductor Manufacturing:
As the world moves ahead with digitization, the demand for advanced electronics is surging. This drives the need for semiconductors as a foundational element in electronic devices. Thus, in terms of end-users, semiconductor manufacturing is anticipated to witness substantial growth at a CAGR of 6.68% during 2023-2030. Since the process of manufacturing involves building intricate electric components at the nanoscale, any form of contamination, even on a microscopic level, disrupts the entire production process and creates a defect in the functioning of the final product.
Cleanroom technology, therefore, ensures the reliability of semiconductors which are then used across various applications within automotive, consumer electronics, and medical devices. Thus, the correlation between semiconductor production and cleanroom technologies becomes vital.
According to Intel, its semiconductor factory has three levels that deploy cleanroom technology:
- In the first level, the interstitial and fan deck system keeps the air particle-free and maintains precise temperature and humidity for chip production.
- The second level of cleanroom involves around 1200 factory tools that convert silicon wafers into hundreds of computer chips.
- The third level of clean sub-fabs consists of transformers and large pipes that are used to pump out waste and exhaust.
Additionally, countries like South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and China are the hubs of semiconductor manufacturing with reputed companies like Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, Sony, etc. Being dominant in producing memory chips, South Korea is a major semiconductor producer, with a global market share of around 18.4% in 2020. This growth of the semiconductor industry further leads to the demand for cleanroom solutions within South Korea and other Asian countries. Triton’s analysis estimates that Asia-Pacific is set to emerge as the fastest-growing region, with a CAGR of 7.65% during the forecast period 2023-2030.
Novel Developments in Cleanroom Environment
With features like easy to assemble, disassemble, and relocation, customized cleanrooms have emerged as a flexible alternative to conventional cleanrooms. Since the benefits revolve around its rapid installation and reconfiguration to cater to specific industry needs, modular cleanrooms are now becoming popular among new market players and small-scale manufacturers. By installing tailored cleanroom solutions, companies have a competitive edge by maintaining cleanliness standards. Besides, international bodies such as the International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies are established to promote contamination control efforts. This further creates demand for innovative, cost-effective cleanroom solutions, which further widens the scope of the cleanroom technologies market.
Q1) What is the market share of cleanroom technology globally?
The market share of the global cleanroom technology was $6691.30 in 2022 and is expected to reach $10956.39 by 2030.
Q2) What are the key equipment used inside a cleanroom?
The key equipment used are HVAC systems, cleanroom air showers, desiccator cabinets, high-efficiency filters, laminar airflow systems, and vacuum systems.