About the API Sector

Fine Chemistry Products are produced to the highest specifications in relatively small volumes and usually high prices in multifunctional, batch manufacturing  or biotechnology plants.

The sector fits between low value-added commodities and higher value-added specialties and consumer chemicals. (https://efcg.cefic.org/the-industry/ ).

AFAQUIM member companies represent the link between basic chemistry, usually suppliers, and the pharmaceutical industry, usually customers.

Fine Chemistry withstands strain  from both ends and bestows manufacturers differential characteristics:

Fine Chemistry Products are produced to the highest specifications in relatively small volumes and usually high prices in multifunctional, batch manufacturing  or biotechnology plants.

The sector fits between low value-added commodities and higher value-added specialties and consumer chemicals. (https://efcg.cefic.org/the-industry/ ).

AFAQUIM member companies represent the link between basic chemistry, usually suppliers, and the pharmaceutical industry, usually customers.

Fine Chemistry withstands strain  from both ends and bestows manufacturers differential characteristics:

Features

These are the traits that make us different from other sectors of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry for which we are essential and the first link in the value chain.

  • The product is of high purity.
  • Prices in general are high (up to thousands of $/Kg)
  • World consumption ranges from hundreds of kilos to hundreds of tons per year

 

  • Qualifications, validations, approvals and authorisations are complex and very expensive.
  • Considerations about Industrial Property are decisive as to the substance to be manufactured.
  • This is a HIGH TECH process.

Processes are generally multistage where and chemical and physical procedures are as decisive.

Major investments are needed

Process design and development requires complex structures with a high scientific content and long development times.

  • Operators must be properly trained, qualified and highly specialized.
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards are key.

What factors influence our sector?

The Environment

That impacts manufacturing and development costs and comprises the relational matrix of the business world of Fine Chemistry.

Governments

National and international health authorities

International agreements

Related to industrial property or pharmaceutical harmonization

Organizations

Professional and trade associations, trade unions and consumer organizations

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