Calcium hypochlorite is one of the most widely used bleaching, sanitation and disinfecting agent in the world. It is an integral component of bleaching powder which also includes calcium chloride and slaked lime. Calcium hypochlorite is the second most used chemical type in the hypochlorite market, sodium hypochlorite being the most used type. However calcium hypochlorite has more available chlorine and is relatively more stable than liquid bleach. It is used in a variety of applications, the most important being as disinfectants and cleaners.
Calcium hypochlorite is extensively used as a chlorine compound, which is highly effective against several micro organisms such as algae, bacteria, fungi, slime and other harmful and objectionable microorganisms which exist in the environment. The market is primarily driven by its use in swimming pools, hot tub water and spas. It is used in the swimming pools to kill thriving micro organisms which pose a threat to human health and prevent contamination. Strong solutions of calcium hypochlorite is used to disinfect and sanitize pool sides, pool bottom, diving boards, decks, ladders and other surfaces. It is used to It is also extensively used to treat water and disinfect sewages. It is commonly used as a bleaching agent and also finds application as industrial sanitizer. Another important application of calcium hypochlorite is in the municipal water treatment plants.
The chemical is preferred over chlorine gas and liquid bleach in water treatment application. It is also very effective for treating wells, controlling and removing algae in reservoirs, filters and other equipments. Calcium hypochlorite in tablet form is also certified for drinking applications. Some other uses of calcium hypochlorite include sanitation of food and beverage containers, equipments in dairy farming, restaurants, farms and hospitals. It is also used to treat toxic waste water emitted by tanneries, textile mills, paper mills, and food processing plants among others.
The market demand for calcium hypochlorite has been on the rise owing to the increased health and sanitation consciousness of the general population post the epidemic outbreak of swine flu, avian flu, cholera, pertussis, common flu, West Nile virus and various other diseases over the past decade.
Despite its widespread use, calcium hypochlorite has market restraints in terms of health hazard. Inhalation or swallowing of the chemical is very dangerous and might be fatal for human. Owing to its strong oxidizing properties direct contact with any body part might cause chemical burns. The chemical requires storage in cool and well ventilated spaces and needs to be handled carefully in order to reduce accidental spillover.
North America is the largest consumer of calcium hypochlorite in the world with the U.S. accounting for more than 90% of the region’s consumption. Europe accounts for the second largest market share for the chemical, and Western European countries are the main consumers in the region. Asia Pacific region is one of the fastest growing markets for calcium hypochlorite. China is the major manufacturer as well as consumer of the chemical in Asia. Significant growth has also been witnessed in Middle East and South America as well.
Some of the major players operating in this market are Lonza, Huanghua Kaifeng, Arch Chemicals, Hubei Janfa, Ianghan Salt & Chemical Complex, Vats International, Nisso, PPG Industries, Tianjin Nanke, Tianjin Ruifuxin Chemical, Tosoh, Usolieximprom, Nankai Chemical and Yuzhoushi Weilite Chemical among many others.
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- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World
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