Modular Construction Market

Modular Construction Market for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical: Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, till 2035 - Distribution by Size of Facility, Type of Industry Served, Type of Modular Construct, Type of Construction Component, Purpose of Facility, Scale of Operation, Type of Product, Type of Facility, Type of Modular Construction, Type of Material Used and Key Geographical Regions

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In terms of internal rate of return (IRR), modular manufacturing facilities are less expensive than stick-built facilities, with an IRR of 11% versus 8% for stick-built facilities. This provides an excellent opportunity for business partners to optimize project costs

-- CEO, a US-based mid-sized company

Modular Construction Market Overview

The global modular construction market size is estimated to grow from USD 2.5 billion in 2023 to USD 7.7 billion by 2035, representing a CAGR of 9.89% during the forecast period 2023-2035. In the past few years, modular facilities or prefabricated buildings have emerged as a promising alternative to the conventionally built pharma / biotech manufacturing facilities. Modular construction involves building of structures using prefabricated modular units, off-site, under controlled factory setting, which are later assembled on site. It is interesting to note that off-site construction can eliminate 60%-90% of the weather-related project concerns.

Further, modular facilities can be built 40% faster, as compared to a conventional construction, which could take up to three years. Therefore, considering the various advantages offered by this approach, several pharmaceutical companies are now shifting their focus from conventional plants to modular facilities. Specifically, modular facility providers are catering to the needs of various players engaged in the development of therapeutics, including cell and gene therapy, biosimilars and vaccines.

Modular Construction Market, By Type of Facility, 2023-2035 (USD Million)


To provide more context, modular manufacturing includes division of individual production processes, such as fermentation, purification and formulation, into separate modules that can be easily assembled and disassembled, allowing for flexibility and scalability. In addition, modular manufacturing allows the use of smaller-scale production units, which can be more flexible and responsive to dynamic market demands. Moreover, temporary modular buildings can be relocated after installation, based on needs of the end-user. However, mass production, complex decision-making, construction approvals and early financing can hinder the adoption of modular constructs. If healthcare stakeholders are able to overcome these challenges, modular construction can serve as a lucrative approach that provides greater flexibility and enables faster time-to-market for new products. 

Modular Construction Market Key Insights

The Modular Construction Market for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industry (3rd Edition), 2023-2035: Distribution by Size of Facility (Small, Mid-sized, Large and Very Large), Type of Industry Served (Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology), Type of Modular Construct (Hybrid Skid Modular Constructs, Skid-Mounted Modular Constructs, Plug-and-Play Modular Constructs, Truckable Modular Constructs and Other Modular Constructs), Type of Construction Component (Process Equipment, Base Building, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing System, Process Commodities and Other Construction Components), Purpose of Facility (Manufacturing Facilities, Aseptic Filling Facilities, Research and Development Facilities and Other Facilities), Scale of Operation (Clinical and Commercial), Type of Product (Cell and Gene Therapies, Vaccines, Biosimilars, Monoclonal Antibodies, Advanced Pharmaceuticals, Sterile Products, Viral Vectors and Other Products), Type of Expansion (New Facilities, Facility Expansions and Planned Expansions), Type of Modular Construction (Relocatable Modular Construction, Permanent Modular Construction), Type of Material Used (Steel, Wood and Concrete) and Key Geographical Regions (North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Rest of the World): Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, 2023-2035 report features an extensive study of the current market landscape, market size and future opportunity, offering an informed opinion on the likely adoption of modular manufacturing in the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry, over the forecast period. The market report features an in-depth analysis, highlighting the capabilities of various stakeholders engaged in this industry. The research report answers the following key questions related to the biopharmaceutical modular manufacturing market.

Key Advantages Offered by Modular Facilities 

Modular facilities have emerged as a promising alternative to conventional facilities owing to the multiple benefits that they offer. For instance, modular facilities can help in achieving 25%-30% reduction in the overall cost of construction, minimal plant site interruption, 50%-60% faster construction timelines, as well as ensure portability, safe working conditions and sustainability. In addition, better quality of products can be achieved by modular construction approaches as the modules are built in a controlled factory setting. In addition, these modules are inspected more thoroughly and frequently before they are shipped to the construction site, meeting desired quality standards. Moreover, modular construction allows more flexibility in terms of design, as a higher number of materials and finishes can be used, as compared to conventional facilities.

Current Market Landscape of Modular Facility and Modular Cleanroom Manufacturers

The modular construction market landscape features an extensive list of over 50 large, mid-sized, small and very small manufacturers. It is worth highlighting that there are more than 250 modular cleanroom manufacturers, offering various cleanroom accessories and customization options, in order to make them suitable for application in the life sciences industry. It is expected that modular manufacturing will become more streamlined and standardized in the future, serving as an efficient cost saving solution. Additionally, modular techniques allow building of smaller and specialized processing plants whenever rapid deployment of a therapy becomes critical in both developed and developing countries. Further, many, if not most, expansions and new facilities in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry are likely to be modular construction in the near future.

Key Drivers in the Modular Construction Market: Pharmaceutical Industry Adopting Modular Manufacturing

Over the past few years, several factors have contributed to reform the facility construction paradigm within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The increasing preference and demand for personalized therapies and novel therapeutic interventions intended for the treatment of various ailments has compelled pharmaceutical companies to look beyond the traditional manufacturing and expansion practices. Lack of adequate manufacturing infrastructure, increased cost of construction and delay in project deliveries has collectively contributed to the emergence of off-site construction models. In addition, the increased demand for vaccine manufacturing during the COVID-19 pandemic also proved to be a key growth driver for adoption of the modular clean room / prefabricated cleanrooms.  In March 2021. G-CON Manufacturing delivered its prefabricated cleanroom PODs to Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies for expansion of COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing at its College Station, Texas facility.

Another China based modular facility manufacturer, Pharmadule Morimatsu AB delivered a modular vaccine manufacturing plant in Morocco. Funded by the Moroccan government, the plant was set up to increase the local production of vaccines. Even the growing cell and gene therapy market is adopting modular manufacturing. In May 2022, G-CON Manufacturing supplied prefabricated cleanrooms to Puerto Rico facility of CytoImmune for clinical manufacturing of NK cell-based therapies. Over the forecast period, the realization of the benefits offered by modular manufacturing of drug facilities will drive the modular construction market growth at a CAGR of 10%, as the drug manufacturers realize the benefits offered by modular manufacturing of drug facilities.

Global Market Size for Pharmaceutical Modular Construction

Driven by the rising interest of stakeholders towards improvement of manufacturing and production efficiency, the anticipated lucrative opportunities and growth associated with the adoption of modular facilities, the modular manufacturing market for pharmaceutical industry is expected to witness noteworthy market growth during the forecast period. Specifically, in terms of type of product, the market is anticipated to be driven by manufacturing units for cell and gene therapies, as well as vaccines and biosimilars. In addition, presently, close to 70% of the modular construction market share is captured by facility manufacturers based in North America and Europe. However, in the long run, markets in emerging regions, such as countries based in Asia, MENA and rest of the world are anticipated to grow at a faster pace.

Leading Modular Facilities and Modular Cleanroom Manufacturers

Examples of key companies engaged in this industry (which have also been profiled in this market report) include (in alphabetical order) Cytiva, G-Con Manufacturing, Germfree, IPM Technologies, KeyPlants, ModuleCo Pharma, NNE and Pharmadule. The report includes an easily searchable excel database of all the modular facility and modular clean room manufacturers serving the biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry worldwide.

Recent Developments in Modular Construction Market

Several recent developments have taken place in the field of modular construction market. Roots Analysis research team has outlined some of these recent initiatives below. These developments, even if they took place post the release of our market report, substantiate the overall modular construction market trends that have been outlined in our analysis.

  • In July 2023, the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India announced that a Bio-Safety Level-3 (BSL-3) modular facility for genome sequencing will be built at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), in Akkulam. The facility is expected to conduct research studies on BSL-3 infectious agents, including SARS-CoV-2.  
  • In June 2023, Evotec, a leader in bioprocess development and clinical manufacturing, announced the installation of G-CON Manufacturing’s cleanroom PODs at its biologics manufacturing facility located in France. 
  • In June 2023, C-CUBE announced that its modular cGMP manufacturing site became fully operational to expand its offerings for prefabricated modular constructions.

Scope of the Modular Construction Market report

The market report presents an in-depth analysis of the various firms / organizations that are engaged in this industry, across different segments, as defined in the table below:

Report Attribute Details

Base Year

2022

Forecast Period

2023 – 2035

CAGR

10%

Size of Facility

Small, Mid-sized, Large and Very Large

Type of Construction Component

Process Equipment, Base Building, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing System, Process Commodities and Other Construction Components

Type of Facility

Manufacturing Facilities, Aseptic Filling Facilities, Research and Development Facilities, and Other Facilities

Scale of Operation

Clinical and Commercial

Type of Industry Served

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Type of Product Cell and Gene Therapies, Vaccines, Biosimilars, Monoclonal Antibodies, Advanced Pharmaceuticals, Sterile Products, Viral Vectors and Other Products
Type of Facility New Facilities, Facility Expansions and Planned Expansions
Type of Modular Construction Permanent and Relocatable
Type of Material Used Steel, Wood and Concrete
Key Geographical Regions North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, MENA and Rest of the World
Customization Scope 15% Free Customization Option
PowerPoint Presentation (Complimentary) Available
Excel Data Packs (Complimentary) Market Landscape Analysis, Modular Cleanroom Manufacturers Analysis, Company Competitiveness Analysis, Partnership and Collaboration Analysis, Case Study on Modular Projects Analysis, Facility Construction Trends Analysis and Market Forecast and Opportunity Analysis

 

The image provides context of modular construction market. Pre-engineered buildings, also known as modular facilities, present a promising alternative to conventional buildings; this is especially true in the healthcare sector, where cost and timelines are pivotal, while ensuring adherence to regulatory protocols This image provides list of modular construction facility providers. Over 50 companies are currently engaged in offering modular facilities; a relatively larger proportion of these firms serve pharmaceutical client base The infographic talks about modular manufacturing market landscape. Stakeholders are catering to the demands of various industries by utilizing different types materials and delivering services globally; the market has witnessed the emergence of many new companies in recent years


The Modular Construction Market report features an in-depth market analysis, highlighting the capabilities of various stakeholders engaged in this market. Amongst other elements, the research report includes:

  • An executive summary of the key insights captured during our research, offering a high-level view on the current state of the modular manufacturing market and its likely evolution over the forecast period in the short to mid and long term.
  • A brief introduction to important concepts related to modular facilities, featuring information on different types of modular constructs, as well as primary applications of modular facilities in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Further, this chapter highlights the recent advancements that have been reported in this market space.
  • A detailed assessment of the current Modular Construction Market landscape, highlighting the contributions of various service providers, along with information on their year of establishment, company size (small, mid-sized and large), location of headquarters (North America, Europe, Asia and rest of the world), type of industry served (pharmaceutical, biotechnology), geographical coverage (North America, Europe, Asia and rest of the world), GMP compliance, type of modular construction (relocatable, permanent), type of material used (steel, wood and concrete) and quality certification(s) obtained.
  • A detailed review of the overall landscape of the modular cleanroom manufacturers market, highlighting the contributions of various companies, along with information on their year of establishment, company size (small, mid-sized and large) , location of headquarters (North America, Europe, Asia, MENA and rest of the world), type of industry served (pharmaceutical, biotechnology), type of modular cleanroom offered (hardwall, softwall and unspecified), type of cleanroom component offered (air handling units, HEPA filters, ULPA filters, laminar air flow units, air showers, pass throughs, biosafety cabinets, cleanroom furniture, plumbing / piping, lighting / electrical, doors and windows) and quality certification(s) obtained.
  • An in-depth company competitiveness analysis of modular facility service providers, segmented into three categories, namely small (2-50 employees), mid-sized (51-500 employees) and large (>500 employees) players. Within the respective peer groups, companies were ranked based on various relevant parameters, such as service strength (based on the years of experience), company competitiveness (based on parameters, such as type of industry served, GMP compliance, type of modular construction and type of material used), as well as partnership activity (in terms of number of partnerships and type of agreements).
  • Elaborate profiles of prominent players that are currently engaged in offering modular facilities. Each profile features a brief overview of the company (with information on year of establishment, number of employees, location of headquarters and key members of the executive team), details related to their respective service portfolio, recent developments and an informed future outlook.
The image provides details on modular clearnroom manufacturers. More than 255 players are engaged in providing modular cleanrooms along with associated accessories; of these, 65% are GMP certified, demonstrating the adherence to quality and industry standards This image provides competitive intelligence on modular construction companies. In pursuit of gaining a competitive edge, stakeholders are steadily expanding their existing capabilities in order to enhance their respective service portfolios and drive compliance to evolving industry benchmarks The image talks highlights partnerships activity in the modular manufacturing space. A considerable increase in partnership activity has been witnessed since 2016; 50% of the total deals inked by modular facility providers have been focused on the construction and delivery of end-to-end facilities

 

  • An analysis of the partnerships inked between various stakeholders in this industry, during the period 2012-2022, featuring a detailed set of analyses based on various parameters, such as year of partnership, type of partnership, type of product, type of modular facility, location of modular facility, geographical location of the companies involved and most active players.
  • A detailed case study on modular projects undertaken by modular facility manufacturers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, along with information on type of modular facility, size of modular facility, number of projects delivered and location of modular facility.
  • An insightful analysis on facility construction trends observed in the pharmaceutical industry over the last seven years, highlighting facility construction projects established by top 20 pharma / biotech players, along with the information on number of facilities, type of facility, purpose of facility, investments made in modular projects, size of facility and location of headquarters.
  • An insightful framework that enables a thorough examination of the cost and time related benefits offered by the use of different modular approaches, by considering multiple parameters, including long-term benefits and sustainability, to identify the most appropriate solution for various types of end users and enabling them to make informed decisions.
  • A detailed market forecast analysis to estimate the existing Modular Construction Market size and the future opportunity for modular construction manufacturers, till 2035; the overall opportunity has been distributed across various segments, such as size of facility (small, mid-sized, large and very large), type of industry served (pharmaceutical and biotechnology), type of modular construct (hybrid skid modular constructs, skid-mounted modular constructs, plug-and-play modular constructs, truckable modular constructs and other modular constructs), type of construction component (process equipment, base building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing system, process commodities and other construction components), purpose of facility (manufacturing facilities, aseptic filling facilities, research and development facilities and other facilities), scale of operation (clinical and commercial), type of product (cell and gene therapies, vaccines, biosimilars, monoclonal antibodies, advanced pharmaceuticals, sterile products, viral vectors and other products), type of expansion (new facilities, facility expansions and planned expansions), type of modular construction (relocatable modular construction, permanent modular construction), type of material used (steel, wood and concrete) and key geographical regions (North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East And North Africa, and rest of the world). In order to account for future uncertainties and to add robustness to our model, we have provided three forecast scenarios, namely conservative, base and optimistic scenarios, representing different tracks of the industry’s growth.
  • A review of emerging industry trends, including the combination of single-use technologies / continuous processing technologies with modular facilities, the shift to using smaller, multi-purpose modular facilities, and technological advancements in modular construction processes.
  • A detailed discussion on the various growth drivers of Modular Construction Market, such as development of personalized medicines, biosimilars, orphan drugs and anticipated increase in the adoption of modular solutions in the emerging markets by pharmaceutical / biopharmaceutical CMOs. 
The snapshot talks about future growth opportunities in modular facilities domain. In the near future, we anticipate a wider adoption of modular solutions within the pharma and biotech industry; this is also evident from recent trends on Google news The infographic highlights likely growth scenarios for modular manufacturing market. Modular facilities market is anticipated to register a growth rate of ~10% in the next decade; such facilities, of varying sizes, are likely to be set up for aseptic filling, manufacturing, R&D and other purposes The image looks at the opportunities in modular manufacturing market. The overall market revenues are likely to be driven by modular facility construction projects focused on cell and gene therapies, vaccines, biosimilars, monoclonal antibodies and other products


The opinions and insights presented in the market report were influenced by discussions held with senior stakeholders in the industry. The market research report features detailed transcripts of interviews held with the following industry stakeholders: 

  • Chief Executive Officer, Mid-sized Company, USA
  • President, Small Company, USA
  • President, Mid-sized Company, Canada
  • Former President Life Sciences and Chemicals, Large Company, Germany
  • Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mid-sized Company, USA
  • Vice President Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology, Large Company, Germany
  • Director of Sales, Mid-sized Company, USA
  • Director of Marketing, Mid-sized Company, USA
  • Former Sales Manager, Mid-sized Company, Canada
  • Modular Building Manufacturing and Construction Team, Small Company, USA

All actual figures have been sourced and analyzed from publicly available information forums and primary research discussions. Financial figures mentioned in this market report are in USD, unless otherwise specified.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: What is modular manufacturing?

Answer: Modular manufacturing involves manufacturing of prefabricated buildings that are built using multiple sections, often known as modules

Question 2: What is the modular facility manufacturing process?

Answer: Modular constructs are designed, engineered and manufactured off-site, and later delivered to relevant project site for final installation. Further, integrated assemblies are joined together to create facilities of significant size, housing multiple functions and equipment.

Question 3: Which material is most widely used for the modular construction of pharmaceutical facilities?

Answer: Steel and wood are the most commonly used materials for building pre-engineered builds. Of these, steel is usually employed to construct permanent buildings since they are built for use over longer periods of time. On the other hand, wood is generally more suitable for building relocatable constructs as the material is lightweight and hence, allows easy relocation.

Question 4: Which healthcare sector is rapidly employing modular facilities?

Answer: Currently, the pharmaceutical industry is leading the adoption of modular facilities in the healthcare sector. On the other hand, the modular construction market for biotechnology industry is expected to grow at 11%, capturing a considerable market share in the foreseen future.

Question 5: Which types of partnerships are inked by modular facility providers?

Answer: Full facility construction agreements, service alliances and cleanroom construction agreements are the most common partnership models adopted by stakeholders engaged in the modular facilities domain.

Question 6: How is the modular construction market within pharmaceutical industry likely to grow in the future?

Answer: The global modular construction market is anticipated to grow at a compound annualized growth rate (CAGR) of 10%, during the forecast period.

Question 7: Which region is leading the modular construction market (biotechnology / pharmaceutical industry)?

Answer: North America and Europe, combined, hold 70% share of the global modular construction industry. In the longer run, emerging regions, such as Asia, are likely to grow at faster pace.

Question 8: How big is the modular construction market within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry?

Answer: The modular construction market size is estimated to be $2.5 billion in 2023.

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