Membrane chemicals are referred to as a type of specialty chemicals specifically formulated to address a wide range of NF/MF/UF/RO membrane fouling and scaling agents. The demand for process water is surpassing the actual supply in water intensive industries, including food and beverages, chemicals and power. Such industrial sectors need to recycle wastewater in order to meet their massive operational requirements. Although membranes can efficiently filter solids and other impurities in wastewater, heavy deposition of impurities hamper the membrane performance. Thus, membrane maintenance demands high initial capital, which makes it necessary to seek an affordable yet equally efficient water treatment solution. Membrane chemicals are an effective water treatment solution that suits both commercial as well as industrial applications and enhances membrane durability, reducing the overall operational costs.
Global sales of membrane chemicals market were evaluated at US$ 1013.8 Mn in 2013, foreseen to thrive at a CAGR of 8.1% over 2014-2020. Growing consumption of process water by an extensive range of end-use industries, coupled with increasing demand for efficient solutions to membrane fouling and scaling prevention, will play a key role in driving the growth of membrane chemicals market. In terms of volume, water intensive industries power and chemical segment that gained 200 basis points in 2014 is expected to occupy nearly 30% share globally, by 2020 end. Exploding industrial production in developing economies and cost-effective prices of membrane chemicals are poised to collectively boost the growth of global membrane chemicals market.
On the basis of the type of scaling and fouling agents, the market offers various types of membrane chemical products, including antiscalants, antifoulants, dechlorinants, pH adjusters, and biocides. Regional markets for membrane chemicals have been witnessing various trends over the years. The global market for membrane chemicals is regionally classified as North America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Middle East and Africa (MEA). Among all regional markets, North America’s membrane chemicals market is poised to represent the largest one throughout the forecast period, owing to increasing demand from end-use industries – predominantly wastewater treatment. Besides a significant revenue share contributed by wastewater treatment end-use industry, a considerably large value share will also be of the food and beverages sector. In the North American market, the highest CAGR will possibly be witnessed by food and beverages end-use industry segment over 2014-2020.
Mature markets for membrane chemicals in North America and Western Europe are anticipated to grow at a sluggish rate throughout the forecast period, whereas APAC is slated for impressive growth. Despite retaining the largest market position, North America is likely to lose its market value and volume share to APAC. APAC houses the fastest growing processed food market, in addition to supporting an exponentially growing demand for power and chemicals, boosting sales of membrane chemicals thereby. Latin America and MEA will also emerge as promising regions but APAC will remain the most lucrative region with attractive opportunities for membrane chemical manufacturers. MEA is being looked at as another lucrative regional market for membrane chemicals slated for a robust two-digit CAGR over 2014-2020, owing to a strong market base created by various prominent end-use industries, including chemical and petrochemical, oil and gas, and desalination. A majority of desalination plants in MEA employs RO membrane, further pushing positive prospects for membrane chemicals.
Key players operating in the global membrane chemicals market include BWA Water Additives, Genesys International, Kemira, Lenntech, and GE Power & Water.
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