GVR Report cover Water Treatment Chemicals Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Coagulants & Flocculants, Biocide & Disinfectant, Scale & Corrosion Inhibitor), By Application, By End Use, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-584-7
  • Number of Pages: 97
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global water treatment chemicals market size was valued at USD 28.9 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2% from 2020 to 2030. The growth can be attributed to increasing requirements from the sugar and ethanol, fertilizers, geothermal power generation, petrochemical manufacturing, and refining industries, specifically in emerging economies. Additionally, the market is expected to witness promising growth in the Middle East and Africa owing to the growing adoption of saline water treatment in order to fulfill the increasing water demand. Desalination is most prominent technology used in different parts of Middle East. Saudi Arabia is largely dependent on the desalination for meeting their water requirements. The region emerged as one of the prominent consumers of industrial chemicals owing to large consumption of water for industrial sectors such as petrochemical and oil and gas. The most widely used process in the region is desalination which uses coagulants, scale inhibitors, and biocides on the large scale.

U.S. water treatment chemicals market size

Water treatment chemicals market for flocculants and coagulants, defoamer, corrosion inhibitor, and pH booster among others are expected to experience exponential growth owing to the rapid development of industrial sector and urbanization. As there is a significant decrease in freshwater resources coupled with stringent rules and regulations, the demand for these chemicals is estimated to remain high over the forecasted period. The increase in demand for developing a centralized facility for fluid treatment units for medium and small-scale manufacturers for complete in-situ process attaining zero discharge is the prominent trend prevailing in the market.

Product Insights

Coagulants and flocculants emerged as the largest product segment with a revenue share of over 35% in 2019 as most of the treatment plant includes sedimentation process. Coagulation and flocculation are mostly used in the tank of chemical products of oil and gas plants. Coagulation process fastens the sedimentation process. The coagulants are in the form of organic and inorganic compounds such as aluminum hydroxide chloride and aluminum sulfate. The reason for adding coagulants is to remove 90% of the suspended solid particles from the wastewater at treatment process.

Biocides and disinfectants emerged as the second largest product segment as they ensure the safety of manufacturing systems and maintaining operational efficiency by the prevention of hazardous microbial growth, reduce biofouling and contamination. The safe control of microbiological activity is a critical aspect of manufacturing and industrial processes. Biocides and disinfectants are used to ensure correct water conditions are achieved for feed, waste, and reusable treated water. They are used in sugar and ethanol sector to ensure if correct conditions are achieved for wastewater. In addition, biocides are broadly used for the control of bacteria in ethanol fermentation process.

End-use Insights

In 2019, municipal emerged as the largest end-use segment with a revenue share of more than 40% owing to extensive usage of the chemicals for industrial and municipal wastewater treatment applications. Growing water scarcity in the developed economies of Europe and North America has pushed the major players to focus on reusing and recycling water.

The increasing charge on waste treatment by the municipalities has further provided an impetus for the industrialist to establish or improve their wastewater treatment and reuse facilities. Strength chemicals find its application in fluid treatment for emulsion breaking, sludge dewatering, and flocculation among others.

Global water treatment chemicals market share

Oil and gas emerged as a prominent end-use segment owing to high consumption in oil refineries and consequently high wastewater generation. Petroleum refineries and chemical plants use steam and water for a variety of processes ranging from desalination process to fluid catalytic cracking unit, cooling towers, and steam generators. The scarcity of clean water has led to the need for efficient treatment processes in order to carry out sustainable and reliable operations in petroleum refineries and chemical plants. This is anticipated to boost the demand for chemicals in oil & gas end use over the forecast period.

Application Insights

Raw water treatment emerged as the largest application segment with a revenue share of more than 45% in 2019, owing to growing utilization in industrial settings for cooling, product formulations, rinsing, or even human consumption if it is properly purified. It is used for pretreatment of sourced water in order to improve process performance and product efficiency for a particular application. It is focused on protecting the industrial equipment from corrosion, scaling and fouling, and any other form of damage. The process may vary from one another as they are designed according to specific treatment needs. The process will usually include coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, and distribution.

Boilers emerged as the prominent application segment on account of its extensive utilization in petrochemical industry. Boiler water treatment is used to safeguard the boiler components and piping from damage due to presence of contaminants present in boiler or feeds. These contaminants present may include suspended solids, organic material, such as aluminum, silica, copper, calcium, iron magnesium, dissolved gases hardness, and dissolved solids. Boiler feed water can result in fouling corrosion and scaling of the boiler and downstream equipment without proper boiler treatment, which can result in expensive maintenance fees, plant downtime, boiler failure and increased fuel consumption.

Regional Insights

North America held the leading market share of more than 25% in 2019. Technological progression in hydraulic fracturing has occasioned in augmented production output of unconventional sources including shale gas and tight oil in North Dakota and West Texas parts of North America. This resulted in increased penetration of water treatment facilities in upstream oil and gas sector, which is expected to have a strong positive impact on the market over the forecast period.

U.S. is anticipated to advance at a CAGR of 2.4% over the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to stringent government regulations intended for monitoring the disposal and production of wastewater. According to the International Trade Administration (ITA), the U.S. is a leader in the production, consumption, and supply of energy (presence of thermoelectric power plants). Mounting demand for treatment chemicals from the U.S. power industry to treat its wastewater is expected to positively impact market growth.

The growth of the industrial, power, and manufacturing sectors is anticipated to augment the demand for boiler chemicals and systems in the emerging economies of Asia Pacific in near future. The presence of suspended particles and heavy metals has led to increased demand for pretreated water in China. China Water Risk (CWR) works for several government bodies in the country and globally. CWR briefs about the risks and the impact of wastewater generated from the mining, food & beverages, power, textiles, and agriculture sectors in China. The reports published by CWR are proven to be instrumental concerning challenges and are, thus, contributing to water treatment activities in the country.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market is fragmented in nature. Manufacturers have a high degree of integration i.e. in-house raw material production facilities and long-term supply contracts with raw material suppliers. Products manufactured by the companies are sold in domestic and international markets through various distribution channels including direct supply agreements and third-party suppliers, which not only procure the finished products from the manufacturers but also distribute them across the region through an extensive product distribution network worldwide.

Furthermore, the business activities of the companies are extended to include control of the direct supply as well as manufacturing, distribution, and application of the product. Presence across various stages of the value chain has improved the profits of companies by reducing the cost of distribution and giving them better control over the pricing of their products. Some of the prominent players in the water treatment chemicals market Include:

  • SUEZ


  • Ecolab

  • Solenis

  • Nouryon

  • Kemira Oyj

  • Baker Hughes, a GE company LLC

  • The Dow Chemical Company

  • SNF Group

  • Cortec Corporation

  • Buckman

  • Solvay S.A.

  • Kurita Europe GmbH

  • Veolia

  • Somicon ME FZC

  • Green Water Treatment Solutions

  • Johnson Matthey

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 29.92 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 41.2 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.2% from 2020 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2030

Report coverage

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

Segments covered

Product, application, end use, 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; China; India; Japan; Indonesia; Brazil; Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkey; Turkmenistan; Iran; Kazakhstan; Georgia

Key companies profiled

SUEZ; BASF SE; Ecolab; Solenis; Nouryon; Kemira Oyj; Baker Hughes, a GE company LLC; The Dow Chemical Company; SNF Group; Cortec Corporation; Buckman; Solvay S.A.; Kurita Europe GmbH; Veolia; Somicon ME FZC; Green Water Treatment Solutions; Johnson Matthey

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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 2016 to 2030. For the purpose of this report, Grand View Research has segmented the global water treatment chemicals market report on the basis of product, application, end use, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2030)

    • Coagulants & Flocculants

    • Biocide & Disinfectant

    • Defoamer & Defoaming Agent

    • pH & Adjuster & Softener

    • Scale & Corrosion Inhibitor

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2030)

    • Raw Water Treatment

    • Water Desalination

    • Cooling

    • Boiler

    • Effluent Water Treatment

    • Others

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2030)

    • Power

    • Oil & Gas

    • Chemical Manufacturing

    • Mining & Mineral Processing

    • Municipal

    • Food & Beverage

    • Pulp & Paper

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2030)

    • North America

      • The U.S

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • The U.K.

      • France

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • Indonesia

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Colombia

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • Azerbaijan

      • Uzbekistan

      • Turkey

      • Turkmenistan

      • Iran

      • Kazakhstan

      • Georgia

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