Magnesium Stearate Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by End-User Industry (Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage, Personal Care, Plastics, and Other End-User Industries) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for Magnesium Stearate in revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Magnesium Stearate Market - Market Summary
Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Asia Pacific


>6 %

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Market Overview

The Global Magnesium Stearate Market is projected to register a CAGR of over 6% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, although several industries have been hard hit, the pharmaceutical industry which accounts for the largest share of the magnesium stearate market application has witnessed a strong development considering it as an essential industry vital for human survival, which is, in turn, driving the market studied. The pandemic has changed the insight of the consumers globally and people around the world are now more inclined towards healthcare and are spending more on health and pharmaceutical amenities, which is boosting the consumption of magnesium stearate in the medical industry. The healthcare spending currently in the United States is USD 11,674 million in the 2020-2021 period.​ However, the personal care segment is negatively impacted by COVID-19 thus slightly impacting the magnesium stearate market, it is estimated that the makeup sales in the United States were down by 22% in the first quarter of 2020, compared to that of the previous year.

  • In the medium term, the growing use of magnesium stearate as fillers & binders and lubricants in the pharmaceutical industry is expected to be the driving factor in the market studied.
  • On the flip side, health risks associated with magnesium stearate and probable contamination during the manufacturing process are the factors hindering the market growth.
  • Asia-Pacific region dominated the market and is expected to dominate during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Magnesium stearate is a simple salt that is produced using mineral magnesium and saturated fat stearic acid. It is majorly used as a nutritional supplement in the food & beverage industry and in several pharmaceutical applications. The market is segmented by end-user Industry and geography. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into pharmaceutical, food & beverage, personal care, plastics, and other end-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the Magnesium Stearate Market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of revenue (USD Million).

End-User Industry
Food & Beverage
Personal Care
Other End-User Industries (Paints& Coatings, etc.)
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Usage in Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Magnesium stearate is an inactive ingredient which has significant usage in the pharmaceutical industry as a diluent for the manufacture of tablet, capsule, and powder dosage forms. Owing to its lubricating properties, it is used during the production of medicative capsules and tablets. It prevents the individual ingredients in a capsule from sticking to each other and the machine that creates the capsules.
  • It further helps to improve the consistency and quality control of medication capsules. Though it is possible to create medication capsules without magnesium stearate, consistency and quality of those capsules cannot be guaranteed to be of a superior product and hence it is preferable to use magnesium stearate in tablets and capsules.
  • Moreover, its usage helps to delay the breakdown and absorption of medications, so they’re absorbed in the correct area of the bowel. Overall, the growing market for medical drugs is significantly expected to drive the market for magnesium stearate in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • In Europe, the production of medicines is expected to increase owing to increasing ailing population and growing research & development activities in this sector.
  • In Asia-Pacific region, China and India are some of the leading producers of pharmaceuticals. India is the largest provider of generic drugs globally. China is the world’s second-largest market for pharmaceuticals and is the fastest emerging market for the sector. Chinese pharmaceutical industry, which is valued at about USD  145 billion in the year 2019, represents the biggest emerging market with growth tipped to reach about USD 200 billion by 2022, thus increasing the scope of consumption of magnesium stearate in different drug manufacturing applications.​
  • The pharmaceutical industry of the United States is the largest market in the world. The United States accounts for more than 48% of the global pharmaceutical industry. Most of the top pharmaceutical companies around the world are from the United States. Despite major economic challenges, such as multiple manufacturing companies in the industry, political uncertainty, etc. The pharmaceutical industry is poised for growth in the forecast period.
  • Overall, the market for magnesium stearate in the pharmaceutical industry is expected to rise at a stable rate through the forecast period.
Magnesium Stearate Market - Segmentation

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India to witness rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region

  • India is the largest provider of generic drugs globally, supplying over 40% of generic demand in the United States, and 25% of all medicine in the United Kingdom. According to India Brand Equity Foundation, by 2025, the Indian pharmaceutical sector is expected to be worth USD 100 billion, while the medical device market will be worth USD 25 billion. Moreover, in FY20, India's pharmaceutical exports totaled USD 16.3 billion.
  • Furthermore, according to data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the drugs and pharmaceuticals sector attracted cumulative FDI inflows worth USD 15.98 billion between April 2000 and March 2019. This is expected to offer enormous opportunities to the pharmaceutical sector in the country.
  • The food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India. This industry ranks among the top 5 in terms of production, consumption, and exports. Demand for processed food is rising, with growing disposable income, urbanization, young population, and nuclear families. Thus, the growth of the industry is likely to increase the demand for magnesium stearate in this sector. The food and beverage industry in the country generated a revenue of around USD 3.85 billion in 2019 and is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The major food industries in the country include Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Uniliver, Kissan, Britania, LT Foods Ltd, Aprle, MTR, Kohinoor Foods Ltd, Parle Agro, Amul, and many others. The growing investments in food processing and mega food parks are expected to drive the market for the food and beverage industry in the country. ​
  • India has one of the largest plastics industry in the region. During April 2019 to January 2020, plastic export from the country stood at USD 7.045 billion mainly dominated by the plastic raw material with USD 2.91 billion, plastic sheets, films, & plates worth of USD 1.22 billion and packaging materials worth USD 722.47 million. The export during April 2020 to October 2020 period is around USD 5.58 billion. The growing demand for plastics from various industries is driving the market demand.​
  • India has one of the largest paints and coatings industries in the world. The Indian paints and coatings industry is valued at around INR 500,000 million in 2019-20 and is expected to reach INR 700,000 million by 2021-22. The paints and coatings market in the country has been registering continuous growth over the past few years except for a dull period in FY2018-19 mainly due to GST reduction which was impacted by supply chain disturbances in the distribution channel.
  • All the above mentioned factors contribute to the growing market for magnesium stearate in India and owing to the factors, Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period with India as a key developing region.
Magnesium Stearate Market-Regional Trend

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Competitive Landscape

The global magnesium stearate market is partially fragmented with the presence of various international and local players in the global market. Some of the major players of the market studied include, Baerlocher GmbH, Nimbasia, Valtris Specialty Chemicals, James M. Brown Ltd., and Faci Asia Pacific Pte Ltd among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Use of Magnesium Stearate as Fillers & Binders and Lubricants in the Pharmaceutical Industry

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraint

      1. 4.2.1 Health Risk Associated with Magnesium Stearate

      2. 4.2.2 Probable Contamination During Manufacturing

      3. 4.2.3 Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 End-User Industry

      1. 5.1.1 Pharmaceutical

      2. 5.1.2 Food & Beverage

      3. 5.1.3 Personal Care

      4. 5.1.4 Plastics

      5. 5.1.5 Other End-User Industries (Paints& Coatings, etc.)

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**/ Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Alfa Aesar, Thermo Fisher Scientific

      2. 6.4.2 Baerlocher GmbH

      3. 6.4.3 Faci Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

      4. 6.4.4 CARE

      5. 6.4.5 James M. Brown Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Kemipex

      7. 6.4.7 Merck KGaA

      8. 6.4.8 MLA Group of Industries

      9. 6.4.9 NB Entrepreneurs

      10. 6.4.10 Nimbasia

      11. 6.4.11 Norac Additives, LLC

      12. 6.4.12 PT Halim Sakti Pratama

      13. 6.4.13 SINWON CHEMICAL CO., LTD.

      14. 6.4.14 Spirochem Lifesciences Pvt Ltd

      15. 6.4.15 Valtris Specialty Chemicals

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Magnesium Stearate Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Magnesium Stearate Market is growing at a CAGR of >6% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

  • Baerlocher GmbH
  • Nimbasia
  • Valtris Specialty Chemicals
  • James M. Brown Ltd.
  • Faci Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Are the major companies operating in Magnesium Stearate Market.

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