Growth in the US water treatment chemicals market for will total 3.2% annually through 2019, reaching $7.5 billion and a market volume of 15.5 billion pounds. Advances will be driven by expansion in water recycling and reuse as well as other water management practices that require pretreatment. A growing preference towards less hazardous chemicals and lower doses will boost the market value, as these products come at a premium price.
This report segments the water treatment chemicals industry by market, application, and product. Data are provided in dollars with selected data also provided in pounds.
Markets for water treatment chemicals include:
Commercial & Industrial
Electric Power Generation
Energy -- Petroleum Refining; Oil & Gas
Manufacturing -- Chemical Processing; Food & Beverage Processing;
Metals; Pharmaceuticals; Pulp & Paper
Mining & Mineral Processing
Municipal -- Potable Water; Wastewater
The municipal market was the leading outlet for water treatment chemicals in 2014, accounting for 33% of demand. The most rapid gains through 2019 are forecast for the Energy market, fueled by expansion of hydraulic fracturing.
Among the key applications for water treatment chemicals are:
Process Water -- Cooling Water; Boiler Water
Process water was the largest application in 2014. Going forward, wastewater applications will see the strongest advances, benefiting from the growing prominence of water recycling.
Corrosion and scale inhibitors will remain the largest of these through 2019, accounting for 35% of the market. Fastest growth will be for chelating agents, oxygen scavengers, and foam control agents, due to their use in wastewater applications.
Although the US water treatment chemical industry includes large chemical producers and smaller firms which focus on specific products, the industry is concentrated. Major producers include Akzo Nobel, Buckman Laboratories, Chemtura, Danaher, Ecolab, General Electric, GEO Specialty Chemicals, Kemira, KIK Custom Products, Lonza, OxyChem, and Solenis (formerly Ashland Water Technologies).