The global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market is anticipated to grow significantly over the forecast period. Industrial sludge treatment chemicals are extensively used to purify water before it can be reused or released into the atmosphere. Industrial sludge contains a combination of compounds of agricultural value (nitrogen, organic matter, phosphorous, etc.) and pollutants (metals, pathogens, and organic pollutants). The market for these chemicals is expected to grow significantly over the next few years due to the expected growth in the volume of sludge owing to the growing level of industrialization. Industries, such as food and beverage, personal care, automotive, and paper & pulp, are the key consumers for these chemicals due to the large production of sludge in these units.
Industrial sludge can be classified based on the treatment requirement into activated sludge, primary sludge, tertiary sludge, and mixed sludge. The treatment of activated sludge requires the largest amount of chemicals and accounted for over half of the market revenue in 2011.
Industrial sludge treatment chemicals are categorized based on the function they perform into dewatering and drying chemicals, conditioning and stabilizing chemicals, thickening chemicals and digestion chemicals among others. Conditioning and stabilising chemicals are the highest used chemicals globally. The market for these chemicals is expected to witness significant growth over the new few years owing to the increased industrial activities and the growing regulatory requirements for industrial sludge treatment.
The product category for these chemicals consists of coagulants and flocculants, corrosion inhibitors, defoamers, disinfectants, and biocides among others. Flocculants are used in order to support the functioning of coagulants in the dewatering and thickening process. These chemicals are cost-effective as compared to other methods of sludge treatment and are increasingly being preferred in major emerging economies. However, the growing demand-supply gap coupled with the high cost of production and raw material for these chemicals is expected to curtail the growth of the market over the next couple of years. The key companies operating in the market include Kemira, Ashland, Nalco, BASF, BWA Water Additives Limited, DuPont, and Ovivo among others.
Our market research study takes a closer look at the industrial sludge treatment chemical industry, providing a holistic perspective on market dynamics, trends, supply and demand. Our report deep-dives into the market and segments it on multiple levels and providing key insights on a macro as well as micro-level. The study aims at providing granular information, regarding estimates and forecasts for key application including dewatering and drying, conditioning and stabilizing, thickening and digestion among others. In addition, the market has been segmented based on the end-user industries into food & beverage, pulp & paper, automotive, and personal care. The report also provides the same level of information for key regional markets.
The research report analyzes various factors which have been driving and inhibiting the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market in the past. In addition, the research report analyzes the impact of each driver and restraint on the market growth based on which the market is forecasted. The report also showcases the opportunities available in the market which may act as future drivers for the market.
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The supply of water treatment chemicals shall witness shortages due to the prevalence of COVID-19 at a pandemic level. The industrial sector as a whole shall register an increase in demand for dewatering equipment, water treatment systems and membranes due to stipulated public health guidelines and greater need for sanitary environment. The report will account for Covid19 as a key market contributor.