The global industrial water treatment chemicals market size was estimated at USD 13.11 billion in 2017. Declining availability of fresh and potable water, primarily in the Middle East and Africa as well as Asia Pacific, is anticipated to propel need to treat wastewater over the forecast period.
The most commonly used chemicals are sodium bicarbonate, algicide, muriatic acid, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, aluminum, and iron. Clarifiers, coagulants, filter cleaners, and flocculants also form a significant part of treatment methods. Treatment chemicals, including the aforementioned products, are used in polluted rivers, wastewater effluents, and seawater in order to make the resource safe for human consumption.
Demand for water is growing consistently as a result of rapid urbanization, rising economic development, and increasing industrial activities. A number of products are used to satisfy the ever-growing demand and ensure consumer safety. The four basic processes involved are boiler treatment, treatment of wastewater effluent, cooling treatment, and purification.
Demand for freshwater in U.S. is anticipated to increase owing to changing climate, changes in energy generation and land use, and growing human population. Freshwater in the country is majorly used for industrial and municipal uses, electric power plant cooling and irrigation, and in aquaculture and for livestock.
Asia Pacific, South and Central America, and Africa have a low per capita availability of freshwater for human consumption owing to inconsistent rain and precipitation in these regions. These regions are emerging markets for biocides used in industrial wastewater management in order to maintain hygienic environment and provide potable resource for residents.
Industrial treatment chemicals are governed by several policies and regulations in the market. Under EPA regulations, the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) implement a number of pollution control programs, including setting up of wastewater standards to protect the quality of drinking water in U.S. Similarly, The Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive, Drinking Water Directive, and Water Framework Directive regulate use of water treatment chemicals in Europe.
High costs associated with the processes, including maintenance, energy, and pollution charge, contribute significantly to operation charges, which could act as a hindrance to market growth. Numerous other parameters that influence operating costs include capacity of the plant, number of employees, geographical location of the plant, type of effluent that needs to be treated, selection of technologies and chemicals, and degree of automation.
However, transformation from UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to Millennium Development Goals are expected to further change the dynamics of solutions and technologies employed in the industry. Increasing industrial output in the power generation sector and reducing water footprint through reuse, while implementing effective solutions, are projected to drive the overall market.
Cooling and boilers treatment emerged as the largest application segment in the industrial water treatment chemicals market and accounted for a revenue share of 56.7% in 2017. On the other hand, the raw water treatment chemicals application segment is estimated to rise at the highest CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period.
Due to presence of heavy metals and suspended particles, demand for pretreated industrial water is likely to increase, especially in key countries such as U.S., China, India, U.K., Germany, and Brazil. This is likely to provide favorable scope for product consumption in future.
Effluent water treatment is a process to treat industrial wastewater or safely dispose or reuse the same. In this process, industrial wastewater is separated from wastewater in an effluent treatment plant using several chemicals such as deoiling polyelectrolytes, otherwise known as DOPE, organic coagulants flocculants filtration aids, and dewatering aids.
Demand for effluent treatment is projected to witness significant growth as a result of need to reduce industrial utilization of freshwater. Not only does the process cut expenditure on procurement, but it also safeguards the environment against pollution and contributes toward sustainable development.
In terms of region, Asia Pacific, inclusive of China, accounted for the largest revenue and volume share in 2017. Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and Indonesia lead water PPP development owing to regulatory support from policymakers for private sector participation in wastewater management and urban infrastructure in these countries. These factors are anticipated to augment the regional market over the forecast period.
Taiwan is one of the major drought experiencing countries as it receives only about 21% of intense rainfall annually. This not only reduces air quality and compromises the wellbeing of people, but also impacts strategic manufacturing businesses. Therefore, Taiwan’s resource planners are focusing on securing as well as diversifying its resource supply over the coming years, fueled by steady increase in the country’s industrial demand from 15.4 million m3/year to 16.4 million m3/year.
Robust presence of manufacturing facilities in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and automotive sectors in U.S. and Canada is projected to play a crucial role in increasing demand for treatment services over the forecast years.
Declining growth in the U.S. mining sector as a result of limited operating funds for mineral processors and rising labor costs is projected to reduce the scope of management services in the near future. However, growing automotive production in the country is anticipated to increase the usage of treatment services in utilities of plants over the course of the forecast period.
The global market is highly consolidated and is characterized by intense competition. Mergers and acquisitions, along with the threat of backward and forward integration by manufacturers to distribute products and increase their market share, are expected to result in high industry rivalry over the forecast period. Potential entry of new players is further expected to intensify competition in the industry over the next few years.
Stringent government guidelines and policies for manufacturing chemicals and equipment are anticipated to hinder industry growth over the forecast period. Since regulatory organizations are concerned with brand and quality of the product, brand image plays a significant role in the market. Thus, the market is expected to witness medium threat over the forecast period.
Some of the key companies present in the industry are BWA Water Additives; The Dow Chemical Company; Cortec Corporation; Buckman Laboratories International Inc.; AkzoNobel N.V.; Solvay S.A.; Solenis LLC; Kemira Oyj; Snf Floerger; Suez S.A.; Ecolab Incorporated; and BASF SE.
Base year for estimation
Actual estimates/Historical data
2014 - 2016
2018 - 2025
Volume in Kilotons, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2018 to 2025
North America, Europe, Middle East, & Africa, China, Asia Pacific, Latin America, South Africa
Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends
U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Finland, Poland, Turkey, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, CIS, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global industrial water treatment chemicals market report on the basis of application and region:
Application Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Raw Water Treatment
Cooling & Boilers
Effluent Water Treatment
Regional Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
Europe, Middle East, & Africa
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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.