What is Spray Drying?
Spray drying is a way to produce a dry powder from a liquid or slurry by drying quickly with a hot gas. Spray drying equipment is used for drying thermally sensitive materials, including food products and pharmaceuticals. Spray drying is the most effective evaporation method for dry powder production. Spray drying helps in producing fine and granular dried powder particles, which can be used as flavoring agents in food products and juices and as fillings in bakery products. Examples of spray drying equipment are flash dryer, tray dryer, rotary dryer fluid bed dryer, spin flash dryer, and drum dryer.
Different Dryer Type, Cycle Type, and Application.
There are various types of spray drying equipment available in the market. Some of the major spray dryers of spray drying equipment include rotary atomizer spray dryer, nozzle atomizer spray dryer, Fluidized spray dryer, and others. The nozzle atomizer is dominating the market in dryer type segment owing to the high demand for food processing technique for heat-sensitive food products. Nozzle atomizer dryers can also be used in conjunction with multiple nozzle installations to offer a wide range of flow rates which are the ideal choice for applications that involve the production of flexible particle sizes and optimum flow rates. The spray drying equipment market is also differentiated according to the cycle type, which includes an open cycle and closed cycle. The fastest-growing segment is expected to be the closed-cycle type, as closed cycle spray dryer process involves the recycling of the drying gas, which is used to heat in the drying chamber. This type of spray drying process is preferred when there are environmental issues, and the efficiency is also higher in the closed cycle spray drying process. Depending upon the application of spray drying equipment, the market is dominated by food industry owing to the adoption of this equipment for producing infant products, egg powder, coffee powder, and many others. Fruit dryer machine and meat drying equipment are used in the food industry. The chemical industry is expected to have the highest growth rate due to increasing product adoption in the chemical industry for spray drying polymers, resins, and other intermediates chemical products.
North America is the largest market for Spray Drying Equipment
The spray drying equipment market share is led by North America. The region’s dominance has been supported by the rising adoption of new and emerging technologies by key companies to improve the overall efficiency and ensure optimum product quality. In North America, U.S. and Canada are leading in the global spray drying equipment market as there is a major demand for milk alternatives and other dairy powdered forms, where spray drying equipment is required. The rise in healthcare facilities, along with strong R&D investment in the pharmaceutical sector, should also stimulate regional industry growth. However, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest spray drying equipment market driven by the increasing demand for nutritional products among consumers. The rising demand for spray drying equipment for dairy products, infant formula, and baby food is also expected to drive the Asia Pacific spray during equipment market.
The growth of the global spray drying equipment market is driven by the growing food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industry. Increasing demand for functional food & beverages, and ready to eat foods, demand for shelf improved products and industrial improvement in the spray drying products will also contribute to the growth of spray drying equipment market. Growing concern for hygienic condition, preventing drug contamination and effective pressure control in the pharmaceutical sector can propel the spray drying equipment market. High installation and maintenance costs and lack of skilled engineers may restrict the market growth to some extent.
Key Companies Outlook
The manufacturers of spray drying equipment in order to address the increasing competition in the market are adopting various strategies. Launching of innovative products and companies expanding their geographical footprint in emerging economies are some of the trend witnessed in the market. Dedert Corporation has installed equipment at Archer Daniels Midland Company’s new plant in Tianjin, China.
Some of the leading players operating in the market include GEA, SPX FLOW, Dedert Corporation, Buchi Labortechnik, European Spraydry Technologies, Changzhou Lemar Drying Engineering Co. Ltd., Shandong Tianli Drying Technology and Equipment, Acmefil (India), Labplant (UK) and others.