Source: Medgadget, November 10, 2015
Gelatin and bone glues are collagen derived from animal sources such as bone and skins. Gelatin and its derivatives are obtained from porcine skin and bovine hide. Bone glues are obtained from the bovine bone and dried swim bladder of fish. The manufacturing process for gelatine includes inspection and cuttings, degreasing and roasting, acid and alkaline treatments, boiling, evaporating and grinding, flavouring and coloring and packaging. On the other hand, production process of bone glues comprises of the procurement of animal bones from slaughterhouses, tanneries, and meat packing companies and their subjection to washing, boiling under pressure, de-mineralization and extraction of collagen, and drying. These are used in pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, photography, breweries industry and book publishing. Gelatine is used for making capsules and for vitamin embedding and bone glues is used as an adhesive. Soft and hard gelatin capsules are two important types of gelatin capsules which are used in pharmaceuticals.
European market for gelatine and bone glues is growing due to increasing uses of gelatine in medicinal products. Belgium, France, Germany and Italy are some countries involved in manufacturing of products enriched with gelatine and bone glues for various industries.
Growing pharmaceutical industry is driving the growth of gelatin and its derivatives as large number of capsules and vitamins are made from gelatin. In addition, food and beverages industry is also growing moderately which further increases demand of gelatin in the market. In addition, increasing demand for isinglass from the brewing industry is also driving the growth of the gelatine and bone glues market as isinglass is used to clarify beer.