Preservative Boosting Properties of GLDA to Replace EDTA and NTA

Biodegradable chelating agents are increasingly replacing industry standard chelating agents such as EDTA and NTA, as EDTA is under scrutiny for poor biodegradability and accumulation in the ecosystem. Hence, companies in the biodegradable chelating agents market are introducing GLDA, which is natural and safe for the environment. For instance, Jarchem— a producer of high-quality specialty chemicals announced the launch of Jarchem Biopure™ GLDA, a novel biodegradable chelating agent, which is bio-based certified and possesses exceptional metal affinity.

GLDA is gaining popularity for hard surface cleaners, laundry detergents, and personal care products, among others. Advantageous qualities of GLDA are boosting the revenue for the global market, which is estimated to reach a value of ~US$ 1 Bn by the end of 2027. The preservative boosting properties of GLDA is one of the winning imperatives that is fueling the demand in various end markets. Manufacturers are tapping incremental opportunities in textiles and fertilizers with the help of GLDA.

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Biodegradable Chelating Agents Improve Stability and Shelf Life of Cosmetics Products

Apart from the pulp & paper and the home care industry, companies in the biodegradable chelating agents market are tapping into opportunities in the cosmetics industry to capitalize on untapped business potentials. For instance, Kinetik Technologies— a provider of innovative raw materials to the personal care industry has gained efficacy in the production of biodegradable chelating agents such as their Dermofeel® PA-12 and Dermofeel® PA, which is ideal for cosmetics products in order to improve their shelf life.

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The demand for biodegradable chelating agents is surging, as companies in the cosmetics industry are increasing efforts to prevent any adverse effects associated with the stability or appearance of the products. This is evident since manufacturers are increasing their R&D efforts to introduce organic and plant-based ingredients in cosmetics products. Since EDTA is not easily biodegradable, the demand for natural chelating agents is estimated to grow during the forecast period.

EDDS Overcomes Limitations of Citrics in Phytoremediation of Soils

Biodegradable chelating agents hold promising potentials in the process of phytoremediation in order to remove metal pollutants from contaminated soils. Companies in the biodegradable chelating agents market are increasing their R&D activities to study the chemistry of natural chelating agents such as with uranium and cadmium contaminated soil. However, this practice leads to a decrease in plant biomass and inhibits the process of photosynthesis in plants. This is particularly observed in the case of chelating agents such as citric acid and oxalic acid. Hence, companies in the biodegradable chelating agents market are increasing the availability of EDDS that have significant effects on improving phytoremediation potential of sunflower plants.

Companies in the market for biodegradable chelating agents are adopting the biomass balance approach to innovate in chelating agents. For instance, in July 2019, world leader and marketer of chemicals BASF announced the launch of Trilon® M Max EcoBalanced— a novel biodegradable chelating agent that is produced using the biomass balance approach. Companies are making the use of renewable feedstock to replace the utilization of fossil feedstock for the production of natural chelating agents. Such innovative techniques are helping to reduce the volume of greenhouse emissions.

Demand for Biodegradable Chelating Agents to Tumble amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Ongoing developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have exposed the vulnerability of supply chains in the biodegradable chelating agents market. Negative ramifications of the novel virus have caused supply chain disruptions in the biodegradable chelating agents market. COVID-19 is expected to create a slowdown in revenue generation activities. Since consumers are increasingly focusing on purchasing essential commodities during the coronavirus pandemic, the business for biodegradable chelating agents is anticipated to tumble as chemical companies are channeling their production capabilities for the production of hand sanitizers and disinfectant products.

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Analysts’ Viewpoint

The coronavirus outbreak has caused a slowdown in supply chain activities, but the demand for natural chelating agents is predicted to remain stable since these agents are ideal for surface cleaners and laundry detergents, which are a mandate for individuals amidst the pandemic.

Natural chelating agents are being used for phytoremediation of soil. However, citrics cause issues such as decreased biomass and inhibition of the photosynthesis process. Hence, companies in the biodegradable chelating agents market should increase the awareness for EDDS, which overcomes limitations of citrics. Chelating agents made with renewable feedstock is a novel concept in the global market landscape.

Biodegradable Chelating Agents Market: Overview

  • In terms of value, the global biodegradable chelating agents market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 3% from 2019 to 2027 to surpass US$ 1 Bn by 2027. Demand for biodegradable chelating agents is estimated to rise at a significant pace over the next decade.
  • Biodegradable chelating agents are considered suitable choice for various industrial and sanitary wastewater treatment applications, due to their high efficiency, effectiveness in clarification, and utility as metal dewatering agents
  • Biodegradable chelating agents are largely used to eliminate the metal atoms present in wastewater. They bind themselves to metal ions via nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur atoms. The metal is blocked from undesired interaction when metal ions bind to chelates. This making its removal from wastewater easy.
  • Biodegradable chelating agents prevent metals from interfering with the ability of a detergent to remove soil and stains. Expansion in household and industrial cleaning industries is expected to provide lucrative opportunities to the biodegradable chelating agents market during the forecast period.

Biodegradable Chelating Agents Market: Key Drivers and Restraints

  • Based on end-use industry, the home care segment is anticipated to expand significantly during the forecast period. Biodegradable chelating agents play a key role in household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products such as laundry detergents, hard-surface cleaners, liquid soaps, and antibacterial and germicidal cleaners.
  • The home care segment has been expanding substantially in Asia Pacific since the last few years. The trend is projected to continue during the forecast period.
  • Ease of availability and low cost of conventional chelating agents are likely to hamper the global biodegradable chelating agents market in the near future. Various types of chelating agents are used across the world. Ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) has been the preferred choice in industries, owing to its low price. EDTA is typically obtained from the reaction of monochloroacetic acid with ethylene diamine in the presence of sodium hydroxide.

Biodegradable Chelating Agents Market: Key Segments

  • Based on product chemistry, the global biodegradable chelating agents market has been segregated into gluconates, citrics, and aminopolycarboxylates ( MGDA, GLDA, EDDS, and IDS)
  • Demand for biodegradable aminopolycarboxylate - GLDA is likely to be high during forecast period. GLDA has been classified as readily biodegradable as per OECD 301D tests, and is proven to have an optimal balance between metal chelation, biodegradability, and ease of use.
  • Based on end-use industry, the biodegradable chelating agents market has been classified into pulp & paper, water treatment, personal care, agriculture, health care, food & beverages, home care, building & construction, oil & gas, and others
  • Demand for biodegradable chelating agents market is estimated to be high in the food & beverages industry. These agents are used to protect key food attributes such as natural color, flavor, clarity, texture, vitamin content, and stability.
  • Biodegradable chelating agents improve the shelf life of food and beverages. They also enrich their nutritive value and consumer appeal. Canned seafood, canned vegetables products, sauces, dressings, spreads, pickled vegetables, potato products, mayonnaise, and pickled products essentially require chelation.
  • Biodegradable chelating agents are largely used in laundry detergents to remove dissolved minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, and reduce yellow discoloration caused by iron and manganese. These water softeners suspend minerals, allowing the detergent to perform cleaning deeply. Unlike precipitating builders (such as sodium carbonate) that cause minerals to fall out of the solution as insoluble compounds that build up on fabrics and laundry equipment, biodegradable chelating agents retain minerals in the solution so that they can be rinsed away.

Asia Pacific to be Highly Lucrative Region of Biodegradable Chelating Agents Market

  • In terms of value and volume, Asia Pacific constituted major share of the global biodegradable chelating agents market in 2018. This trend is projected to continue during the forecast period.
  • Biodegradable chelating agents are employed in the paper & pulp industry to control scaling and protect bleach potency during the production of paper. Growth in the pulp & paper industry is expected to propel the demand for biodegradable chelating agents during the forecast period.
  • Wastewater reuse is practiced extensively in Latin America. Notable wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the region include Aquapolo WWTP in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Atotonilco WWTP and Tenorio WWTP in Mexico. These plants indicate significant potential for biodegradable chelating agents for wastewater treatment application in the near future.

Biodegradable Chelating Agents Market: Competition Landscape

  • The global biodegradable chelating agents market was highly fragmented in 2018. This trend is expected to continue during the forecast period. Increase in partnerships among companies across the entire value chain is estimated to enhance the competitiveness of the global biodegradable chelating agents market in the near future.
  • Major players operating in the global biodegradable chelating agents market include BASF SE, Nouryon, ADM, Cargill, Incorporated, Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG, Kemira, and Biesterfeld AG. Presence of large numbers of competitors in the biodegradable chelating agents market signifies intense competition among existing players.
  • Brand name plays a key role in global biodegradable chelating agents market. Buyers usually prefer to buy products from recognized leaders. This is anticipated to create intense competition among small and medium scale manufacturers of biodegradable chelating agents.

Biodegradable Chelating Agents Market – Scope of the Report

A new study on the global biodegradable chelating agents market was published by Transparency Market Research (TMR). It presents a wealth of information on key market dynamics, including drivers, market trends, and challenges, as well as structure of the global biodegradable chelating agents market. TMR’s study offers valuable information on the global biodegradable chelating agents market to illustrate how growth would discern during the forecast period of 2019 to 2027.

Key indicators of market growth, which include value chain analysis as well as supply chain analysis and compounded annual growth rate (CAGR), are elucidated in TMR’s study in a comprehensive manner. This data can help readers interpret quantitative growth aspects of the global biodegradable chelating agents market during the forecast period.

An extensive analysis of leading market players’ business strategies is also featured in TMR’s study on the global biodegradable chelating agents market. This can help readers understand principal factors to foresee growth of the global biodegradable chelating agents market. In this study, readers can also find specific data on avenues for qualitative and quantitative growth of the global biodegradable chelating agents market, which would guide market players in making apt decisions in the near future.

Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Study on Biodegradable Chelating Agents Market

  • What would be the Y-o-Y growth rate of the global biodegradable chelating agents market between 2019 and 2027?
  • What is the influence of changing trends in technologies on the global biodegradable chelating agents market?
  • Would Asia Pacific continue to remain the most profitable regional market for providers of biodegradable chelating agents in the near future?
  • Which factors would impede the growth of the global biodegradable chelating agents market during the forecast period?
  • Which are leading companies in the global biodegradable chelating agents market?

Research Methodology

A unique research methodology is utilized by TMR to conduct comprehensive research on the global biodegradable chelating agents market and arrive at conclusions on future growth prospects for the market. This research methodology is a combination of primary and secondary research, which helps analysts warrant the accuracy and reliability of the conclusions drawn. Secondary resources referred to by analysts during production of the report on the global biodegradable chelating agents market include statistics from company annual reports, SEC filings, company websites, World Bank database, investor presentations, regulatory databases, government publications, and market white papers. Analysts have also interviewed senior managers, product portfolio managers, CEOs, VPs, and market intelligence managers, who contributed to the production of TMR’s study on the global biodegradable chelating agents market as a primary resource.

These primary and secondary resources provided exclusive information during interviews, which served as a validation from leading players operating in the global biodegradable chelating agents market. Access to an extensive internal repository and external proprietary databases allows this report to address specific details and questions about the global biodegradable chelating agents market with accuracy. The study also uses a top-down approach to assess numbers for each segment and a bottom-up approach to counter-validate them. This has helped in making TMR’s estimates on future prospects of the global biodegradable chelating agents market more reliable and accurate.

Biodegradable Chelating Agents Market – Segmentation

TMR’s study on the global biodegradable chelating agents market segments the market based on product chemistry, end-use industry, and region. Changing market trends and other crucial market dynamics associated with these segments of the global biodegradable chelating agents market are discussed in detail.

Product Chemistry

  • Aminopolycarboxylates (APCA)
    • MGDA
    • GLDA
    • EDDS
    • IDS
  • Gluconates
  • Citrics
  • Others (including ASDA)

End-use Industry

  • Pulp & Paper
  • Water Treatment
  • Personal Care
  • Agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Food & Beverages
  • Home Care
  • Building & Construction
  • Oil & Gas
  • Others (including Metal Cleaning, Photography, Textiles, Printing Inks, Electrical & Electronics, and Mining)

Region

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

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