In this case study, a toll manufacturing company engaged CPL Business Consultants to assist with developing a diversification strategy for its supercritical CO2 (scCO2) extraction services. 


The objective of this study was to help a client build its business by quantifying the potential market for supercritical CO2 extraction services and, insofar as possible, identify potential customers and specific markets for these services.  The aim was to formulate a diversification strategy for supercritical CO2 extraction services to minimise the risk of dependency on a limited number of core products.


During the course of the study, ~50 contacts were made with scCO2 companies (tollers, equipment manufacturers and those with captive customers), distributors, and potential users of scCO2 technologies in Europe, the US, India and Australia/New Zealand.

The main contents of the study were based on a large number of other sources, including in-house databases, government regulators, trade journals, patent databases, scientific journals and existing reports on market sectors in which scCO2 could be utilised.

CPL carried out an extensive search of scientific publications, patents, trade news, regulatory databases and clinical trials databases. The data collected were used to assess and analyse the issues above in sufficient depth to allow strategic conclusions to be drawn.

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Supercritical CO2 Extraction Market Opportunities

Objective and Background

Method, Principal Findings and Conclusions


  • Opportunities for scCO2 extraction services
  • Diversification strategy

Answers to Client’s Questions


  • Applications of scCO2 In Processing
    • SCF for enhanced Enzymatic, Hydrogenation and Synthetic Reactions
    • Paint production (UNICARB process)
    • Production Scale Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC)
    • Counter-current Column Extraction in Biotechnology
    • Drying Including Water Extraction
    • Drying of Sensitive Protein Containing Powders
    • Impregnation
    • Antisolvent scCO2 Particle and Film Formation
    • Extraction of Organic Solvents
  • Competing Extraction and Purification Technologies
    • Essential Oils
    • Extracts

Potential Markets for scCO2 Extraction

  • Essential and Speciality Fatty Acids
    • Markets and Growth (CAGR)
  • Botanical Extracts
    • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as an Extraction Solvent for Nutraceuticals
  • Essential Oils for the Perfume, Cosmetic and Aroma Industry
    • Markets, Value and Growth (CAGR)
  • Food Colours
    • Markets, Value and Growth (CAGR)
  • Shelf Life Extenders (Antioxidants and Antimicrobials)
    • Markets, Value and Growth (CAGR)
  • Herbal Nutraceutical and Pharmaceuticals
    • Major Plant Extract Markets for Nutraceuticals
  • Botanical Extracts as Biopesticides or Insect Antifeeds
    • Pyrethrum and Neem

Supercritical CO2 Players and Products

  • 42 Separation Companies
  • 12 Other Mainland Chinese Companies
  • 8 End Users
  • 4 Other companies

45 Contact Reports

17 Patents

Regulatory Data and Clinical Trials

  • Europe
    • Novel Foods
    • Food Additives
    • Health Claims (Article 13)
  • North America
    • US Dietary Supplements
    • FDA Dockets (Market Notifications)
    • Canadian Licensed Natural Health Products
  • Clinical Trials

Recent News

  • 25 News Articles

22 Tables

2 Figures

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