GVR Report cover Mining Chemicals Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Mining Chemicals Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Ore Type (Powder Gold, Iron, Copper), By Application (Mineral Processing, Explosives & Drilling), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-329-4
  • Number of Pages: 153
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global mining chemicals market size was valued at USD 10.15 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2022 to 2030. This growth is attributable to a growing demand for minerals in various end-user industries such as electronics, medical equipment, paints & coating, and others. According to the World Bank article published in March 2020, the production of minerals like graphite, cobalt, and lithium will grow by 500% by 2050, due to the growing demand for clean energy technologies. Thus, increasing demand for minerals boosts the demand for mining chemicals in the market. The demand for the product in North America is primarily driven by the increasing mining operations and mineral production in the U.S. and Canada. 

U.S. mining chemicals market size, by ore type, 2020 - 2030 (USD billion)

The coal industry is the key end-user of the product as it is highly reliable on coal for generating electricity. In the U.S., over 19.3% of electricity was generated from coal in 2020, as per the data by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

In the coming years, digital mines are likely to utilize evolving digital technologies such as the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT). Purposively placed sensors that are connected to the internet can be used for the collection of data from mines in real-time. They help in improving the efficiency of operations, reduce costs, and enhance safety. They also help in eliminating injuries and fatalities caused by high-energy environments. These factors are expected to create new opportunities for the mining industry over the forecast period

Raw materials such as nitric acid, mercury, sulfuric acid, cyanide, lead, and uranium are used for the production of mining chemicals. These are highly harmful and toxic to human beings and the environment. As a result, they are regulated by several regulations by the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH); Industrial Chemicals Act; and OSPAR Convention.

Ore Type Insights

Iron ore type dominated the market with a revenue share of more than 18% in 2021. Its high share is attributable to increasing demand for the product with fewer impurities from the steel industry. The propelling demand for iron ore in various industries including petroleum and wastewater is expected to propel the growth of the mining chemicals.

The demand for iron ore is rising globally, however, with decreasing reserves of high-grade iron ore, froth floatation is extensively used as a process intermediate. Froth floatation is used to remove the impurities from iron ore. Flotation of iron ore is done through two methods, namely direct floatation of iron oxides and reverse floatation of gangue minerals with depression of iron oxides. Reverse floatation is the most widely used method in iron route floatation.

Phosphate is another major ore segment after iron accounting for a high share owing to augmenting demand from cement industries across the globe coupled with growing phosphate mining activities in major economies including China, the U.S., Indonesia, Australia, and others.

Closely following behind, with the second-largest revenue share globally is the vitamins product segment. Vitamins are as essential for animal growth as they are for humans. The deficiency of vitamins may hinder the growth of the animal and stop them from reaching their full potential.

Other products include carbonate oxides, sulfide, zinc, and aluminum. Depressants are used in zinc ore to increase the efficiency of the flotation process by inhibiting the interaction of the metal with the collector. Zinc is used in coatings to improve corrosion protection against white rust. The function of depressants is to prevent the flotation of the desired mineral from being floated. Thus, the rising application of the aforementioned ores in wastewater treatment activities is expected to positively impact the growth of the mining chemicals market over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Explosives and drilling applications dominated the market with a revenue share of more than 35% in 2021. This high share is attributable to the growing demand for minerals and metals leads. Rising minerals mining activities in the major economies are expected to drive the segment growth. As per the World Bank report, the growing role of metals and minerals for a low-carbon future, green energy technologies necessary for achieving environmental sustainability are likely to fuel the demand for minerals and metals including zinc, aluminum, copper, lead, lithium, steel, silver, manganese, nickel, neodymium, silver, indium, and molybdenum.

Global mining chemicals market revenue share, by application, 2021 (%)

Mineral processing accounted for a revenue share of 28.7% in 2021. Rising demand for commodities, including copper and iron, is driving the industry’s growth globally. The mining sector has witnessed a growth in the demand for technologies for processing complex minerals. Furthermore, the major issues faced by mining companies include resource management, regulations regarding the use of water, and challenges associated with the need for reducing environmental impact. Water & wastewater treatment is crucial to abide by the regulations regarding the use of water and its environmental impact.

Water treatment systems are used in several mineral processing plants such as gold, copper, and others. The treatment of water used for processing leads to minimized corrosion & equipment blockage, improved water quality & flow, scaling, and lower chemical costs& dosages. The demand for water treatment in the mining industry is witnessed to grow considerably owing to rising concerns regarding the release of pollutants to natural water sources and the highly acidic nature of the mining water.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific region dominated the market with a revenue share of 36% in 2021. This high share is attributed to growing mineral processing activities in the countries including India, China, and others which are projected to promote the utilization of the product in the region over the forecast period. Additionally, China accounts for the largest share of the market in the Asia Pacific as China is the largest producer of coal, gold, and other earth minerals. China has a large number of mines, which are going through improvements such as setting up new sewage treatment plants and the development of sewage and wastewater treatment plants. Increasing foreign investments in emerging countries of Asia Pacific, including India and China, have contributed to the growth of the market in the region. India has an abundance of natural reserves of coal, titanium, diamond, bauxite, and limestone.

The demand for mining chemicals in Central & South America is majorly driven by an increase in mining and mineral processing activities in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. The region majorly produces iron ore, copper, and ubiquitous gold. Expanding mining industry can be attributed to the large-scale foreign investments by private companies for exploration activities across the region. The region is expected to witness significant growth on account of several existing and upcoming mining projects. Peru and Chile are anticipated to witness new opportunities in the mining sector over the forecast period. These factors are likely to fuel the demand for mining chemicals in the region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is immensely competitive owing to the presence of multinational companies that are involved in continuous R&D activities and local players. Companies such as Ashland, Sasol, BASF SE, and Dow dominate the market due to their extensive product portfolio catering to each application and global brand presence. These companies dominate the global market with their extensive presence throughout the value chain.

The major companies are also focusing on signing partnership agreements with distributors, capacity expansions, and adopting different operational strategies to gain an edge in the competitive market space. For instance, Clariant is focusing on acquiring established distributors to enhance its market presence in the South African region. The players penetrating the market are focusing to enhance their product placement and in turn, capture a broader share in the regional market as well as global. Some prominent players in the global mining chemicals market include:

  • AECI Mining Chemicals

  • BASF SE

  • Ashland

  • Dow

  • Kimleigh Chemicals SA (Pty) Ltd (PTY) LTD

  • Cytec Solvay Group

  • Arkema

  • Clariant

  • Nowata

  • Kemira

  • Shell Chemicals

  • Quaker Chemical Corporation

  • Akzo Nobel N.V.

  • Solenis

  • Sasol

Mining Chemicals Market Report Scope

Report Attribute

Details

Market size value in 2022

USD 10.70 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 18.13 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 6.7% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation

2021

Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million, volume in kilotons and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Ore type, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; U.K.; France; Spain; Russia; Italy; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Argentina; Peru; Chile; Columbia; Saudi Arabia; Africa; South Africa; Ghana; Morocco; DRC; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Tanzania; Mali; Ivory Coast; Sudan; South Africa

Key companies profiled

AECI Mining Chemicals; BASF SE; Ashland; Dow; Kimleigh Chemicals SA (Pty) Ltd (PTY) LTD; Cytec Solvay Group; Arkema; Clariant; Nowata; Kemira; Shell Chemicals; Quaker Chemical Corporation; Akzo Nobel N.V.; Solenis; Sasol

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Segments Covered in the Report

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 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global mining chemicals market report on the basis of ore type, application, and region:

  • Ore Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)

    • Powder Gold

      • Collectors

      • Coatings

      • Flocculants

      • Grinding Aids

      • Solvent Extractants

      • Dust Suppressants

      • Defoamers

      • Antiscalants

      • Biocides

      • Lubricants

      • Frothers

      • Others

    • Iron

      • Collectors

      • Coatings

      • Flocculants

      • Grinding Aids

      • Solvent Extractants

      • Dust Suppressants

      • Defoamers

      • Antiscalants

      • Biocides

      • Lubricants

      • Others

    • Copper

      • Collectors

      • Coatings

      • Flocculants

      • Grinding Aids

      • Solvent Extractants

      • Dust Suppressants

      • Defoamers

      • Antiscalants

      • Biocides

      • Lubricants

      • Frothers

      • Others

    • Phosphate

      • Collectors

      • Coatings

      • Flocculants

      • Grinding Aids

      • Solvent Extractants

      • Dust Suppressants

      • Defoamers

      • Antiscalants

      • Biocides

      • Lubricants

      • Frothers

      • Others

    • Others

      • Collectors

      • Coatings

      • Flocculants

      • Grinding Aids

      • Solvent Extractants

      • Dust Suppressants

      • Defoamers

      • Antiscalants

      • Biocides

      • Lubricants

      • Frothers

      • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million; Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)

    • Mineral Processing

    • Explosives and Drilling

    • Water Treatment

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Thousand; Volume, Kilotons, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Peru

      • Chile

      • Columbia

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

      • Ghana

      • Morocco

      • DRC

      • Zambia

      • Zimbabwe

      • Tanzania

      • Mali

      • Ivory Coast

      • Sudan

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