Process Chemicals for Water Treatment Market, Sector / Industry Report & Analysis, 2025

Trusted Business Insights presents the Latest Study on Process Chemicals for Water Treatment Market 2019-2025. The report contains market predictions related to market size, revenue, production, CAGR, Consumption, gross margin, price, and other substantial factors. While emphasizing the key driving and restraining forces for this market, the report also offers a complete study of the future trends and developments of the market. It also examines the role of the leading market players involved in the industry including their corporate overview, financial summary, and SWOT analysis.

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Abstract, Snapshot, Market Analysis & Market Definition: Global Process Chemicals for Water Treatment Market

The global process chemicals for water treatment market size was valued at USD 6.10 billion in 2016. Heightened awareness regarding mitigating water pollution coupled with stringent regulations on water treatment and disposal has driven the market over the last few years. Rapid urbanization and industrialization witnessed in emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil are likely to create substantial demand for process chemicals.
Increasing focus on alternative energy sources, such as geothermal energy, is boosting the dependence on geothermal plants across the world. In addition, rapid industrialization coupled with favorable regulations is expected to spur the market, especially in emerging economies.

Regulations are playing a vital role in guiding industry participants towards assessing impact of waste discharge on water quality and aquatic ecosystems. The oil & gas downstream and power generation sectors have particularly been at the core of the issue. Operational initiatives in these sectors towards water treatment have given rise to unique requirements in terms of performance of chemicals. Therefore, constant product innovation and differentiation plays a key role for process chemicals manufacturers to capitalize on customer parameters and extend their footprint.
Water treatment process chemicals are majorly used in industrial and municipal wastewater treatment applications. Desalination process is primarily completed by non-chemical methods; the chemical process is used for corrosion inhibitors and biocides, among others. The reason behind spiraling demand for process chemicals is the reduced operating cost by 10-15% and 25 to 50% of the operating cost for industrial wastewater treatment.
Various industrial companies have adopted water-recycling systems in recent years owing to scarcity of water. Besides this, rising awareness among consumers, renewed legislation, and media pressures are prompting companies to install modern and high-quality water treatment equipment. This trend has been positively influencing the demand for process chemicals.
Soaring need to replace or upgrade current treatment plants in developed nations are fostering industry growth. Mandatory approval from pollution control boards as well as state government levels are further encouraging major industry participants to adopt high-performance water-treatment machinery and equipment. These companies are projected to comply with stringent environmental regulations pertaining to appropriate treatment of wastewater.

Market Segmentation, Outlook & Viewpoint: Global Process Chemicals for Water Treatment Market

Application Market Segmentation & Outlook (Volume, Kilotons; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 – 2025)

Sugar & Ethanol

Biocides

Flocculants

Viscosity Reducer

Anti-foaming Agents

Deposit Control

Ethanol Neutralizer

Decoloring Agents

Others

Fertilizers

Defoamers

pH Boosters

Granulation Aids

Sludge Conditioners

Antiscalants

Phosphates

Biocides

Silica Dispersants

Strength Agents

Anti-caking Agents

Wetting Agents

Others

Geothermal Power Generation

Defoamers

pH Boosters

Antiscalants

Biocides

Dewatering Aids

Silica Scale Control

Calcium Carbonate scale control

Others

Petrochemical Manufacturing

Defoamers

pH Boosters

Antiscalants

Biocides

Solvents

Others

Refining

Catalysts

pH Boosters

Solvents

Corrosion Inhibitors

Oxidizers

Coagulants & Flocculants

Demulsifiers
Others

Key Players, Recent Developments & Regional Insights: Global Process Chemicals for Water Treatment Market

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On the basis of application, the market has been segmented into sugar & ethanol, fertilizers, geo-thermal power, petrochemicals, refining, and others. Petrochemicals held more than a quarter of the overall market volume in 2016. Petrochemical manufacturing represented the largest consumption of process chemicals in water treatment.
Petrochemical wastewater demands a combination of treatment methods to remove oil and other toxic contamination before they are discharged. Furthermore, stringent regulations on wastewater treatment and disposal necessitate high usage of process chemicals in the industry.
Refineries also represented a sizeable share in the process chemicals for water treatment market in 2016. Petroleum refineries and chemical plants use steam and water for a variety of process ranging from desalination process to fluid catalytic cracking unit, cooling towers, and steam generators.
Scarcity of water is emerging as a common concern around the globe. Proper water treatment and operations of utility systems has become critical in order to have sustainable and reliable operations, which is fueling the demand for process chemicals used in water treatment.

Surging demand for renewable fuels is impelling investments in numerous regions, including Brazil, Colombia, South America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. With ongoing expansion projects in the sugar and ethanol sector, investments in new power plants have become imperative and are estimated to grow the trade of ethanol as an unconventional source to fossil fuels.

Regional Insights
North America accounted for USD 1.42 billion in 2016. It is anticipated to progress at a CAGR of 4.9% over the forecast period. The process chemical industry in North America witnessed a severe decline after the global economic recession in 2008. The growth rate of this diverse and large sector tends to follow the track of GDP, but there are a couple of factors which can accelerate the growth of the market.
Since chemicals are low-priced, losses involved in chemical methods will be very less as compared to physical process. Surging demand for clean water is bolstering the growth of the water treatment chemicals market. Deadly epidemics of cryptosporidium in American cities raised awareness for the need of fresh water. Products such as flocculants, coagulants, and biocides are extensively used in these industries for water treatment, reuse, and wastewater disposal.
Exhibiting a CAGR of 6.9%, Asia Pacific was valued at USD 1.79 billion in 2017. With rising investments in municipal drinking water, power plants, municipal wastewater, microelectronic plants, and refineries, Asia-Pacific is dominating the global wastewater and water treatment chemicals market.
Widening base of population and high urbanization rate in Asia Pacific are creating pressing need for water treatment. Insufficient water infrastructure, especially for wastewater treatment that is poorly maintained, is another problem that is being faced by the region. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, and India are witnessing a poor rate of wastewater treatment.
Other than poor wastewater infrastructure, governments of Japan, South Korea, and India are continually investing and focusing on introduction of new wastewater treatment plants and upgrading capacity of existing plants, continuously pushing the demand for wastewater treatment chemicals higher.
Process Chemicals for Water Treatment Market Share Insights
The market is exceptionally aggressive with organizations undertaking a few activities, including regular mergers, acquisitions, capital extension, and strategic alliances. Established players are concentrating on expanding their share in the overall industry alongside productivity through technological innovation.
The market is dependent on raw material suppliers and manufacturers, who are primarily concentrated in the U.S., China, India, and Brazil. Organizations are concentrating on ideal business development by actualizing different development techniques. They are framing strategic alliances with strong players of specific province and sharing innovative expertise for industrial sectors. Some of the key companies present in the market are Lenntech, Accepta, ChemTreat, Thermax, and Kemira.

Key Insights Covered: Global Process Chemicals for Water Treatment Market
1. North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Latin America market size (sales, revenue and growth rate) of Process Chemicals for Water Treatment industry.
2. Global major manufacturers’ operating situation (sales, revenue, growth rate and gross margin) of Process Chemicals for Water Treatment industry.
3. Global major countries (United States, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Russia, Spain, China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Brazil, C. America, Chile, Peru, Colombia) market size (sales, revenue and growth rate) of Process Chemicals for Water Treatment industry.
4. SWOT analysis, New Project Investment Feasibility Analysis, Upstream raw materials and manufacturing equipment & Industry chain analysis of Process Chemicals for Water Treatment industry.
5. Global market size (sales, revenue) forecast by regions and countries from 2019 to 2024 of Process Chemicals for Water Treatment industry.

Research Methodology: Global Process Chemicals for Water Treatment Market

  • Data collection and base year analysis is done using data collection modules with large sample sizes. The market data is analyzed and forecasted using market statistical and coherent models. Also market share analysis and key trend analysis are the major success factors in the market report. To know more please Request a Sample Report.
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