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Need for Improved Water Efficiency in Mineral Processing Applications Fuels Demand for Dewatering Products

Mine dewatering aids are specifically formed surface-active agents that help reduce the moisture content of mineral aggregates during filtration and subsequent storage applications. These products usually decrease the surface tension of water to remove water from mineral surfaces during filtration and storage. Dewatering aids are mostly used in all wet mineral processing applications to increase the moisture content of filtered cakes as required. Application areas include both sulfide and non-sulfide minerals processing and as well as coal cleansing. Dewatering aid dosage specifications vary extensively based on end-use applications. Dewatering aids can be applied directly or in diluted form and points of application in the process must be carefully selected. Improved filtration of mineral concentrates and better filtration efficiency are primarily driving the Europe and Middle East & Africa dewatering aids for mining market.

In the mineral processing industry, dewatering operations are generally carried out at raw materials or product-handling stage. For instance, after beneficiation or concentration, the ore may require drying to some maximum level to expedite handling. The minerals are very often available as solids, aqueous liquids, or slurries with varying particle sizes. Distinct dewatering technologies are presently being used to dehydrate minerals. Although dewatering is a highly energy-intensive operation that is difficult at lower moisture contents, no special attention is normally given to the technical and economic aspects of the dewatering process applications in the mineral processing industry. This creates new opportunities for dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa in the near future. Dewatering aids include surfactants, flocculants, polymers, sulfonates, and sulfates mostly used to control moisture levels and increase throughput in filter applications.

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COVID-19 Impact: Improper Supply of Raw Materials Hindered Production, Growth Rate

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the global economy rapidly, without warning, and severely affecting mining, making a huge impact on the dewatering aids for mining market. After the first few months of the spread of the coronavirus disease, the mining pillar seemed to be relatively stable. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the political, economic, financial, and social structures all over the world. In 2020, the consequences of the pandemic reached far extending to limited communication, trade, access to all kinds of goods, and supply chain of raw material services. Moreover, it reduced the demand for and sales of dewatering aids and stopped many economic activities, including production. Growth rates of markets relevant to mining indicate the highest decline for the Europe and Middle East & Africa dewatering aids for mining market. The limits also extended to mining metal ores together with other non-metallic mineral products, and mining and quarrying.

Mining of coal and lignite is at the opposite extreme, and this is the only industry with a positive result that generated demand for dewatering products. Additionally, many governments have allowed mining to continue during the pandemic with limited work staff, raw materials, and restrictions relating to COVID-19 mitigation. This distinguishes this branch of the economy from other industries that have been closed for several months due to government decisions. Additionally, significant changes have been observed in the economic and social policy of most countries, especially in the aspect of government interventionism. Nevertheless, with rapid vaccination drives and innovations in medical technology, the pandemic is nearing its end in Europe and Middle East& Africa. The post-pandemic period offers various opportunities for dewatering aids manufacturers, owing to increased mining activities to flatten the demand curve.

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Regulations on Disposal of Mineral Sludge Drive Demand for Dewatering Aids

Industrial sludge and residue sludge hold varying amounts of organic chemicals, toxic metals, chemical irritants, and pathogens, which may cause several diseases. Untreated sludge disposed into rivers and seas negatively affects aquatic life and poses serious health hazards. Moreover, environmental protection standards have laid down sludge disposal laws that constrain pre-treatment as well as measures to be met prior to the disposal or reuse of sludge in agricultural or power generation activities. Thus, there is an increasing need for dewatering aids to meet all the standards in mining waste disposal. Furthermore, the dewatering technology has observed significant advancements with more effective units such as decanter centrifuges, screw presses, and belt presses available in the market. In addition, the demand for metals and minerals has been increasing significantly. As a result, mining companies are investing more in mining activities such as exploration, mining, and material processing. This is likely to propel the Europe and Middle East & Africa dewatering aids for mining market during the forecast period.

On the contrary, well-digested primary sludge is comparatively easy to dewater. Along with the developments in sludge dewatering to achieve the highest solid content, it is also necessary to establish a reliable dewatering index. Most popular dewatering techniques include Capillary Suction Time (CST) and Specific Resistance to Filtration (SRF), but these methods only measure the rate of filtration and do not consider complex variables associated with the dewatering process. In addition, different dewatering aids have varied processes and intensities, which considerably affect the performance of mineral sludge dewatering. This is most likely to restrain the growth of the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa in the upcoming years. Hence, the evaluation of mineral sludge dewatering is critical for any sludge treatment system where optimizing the dewatering process is the primary goal.

EMEA to Witness Surge in Demand for Sludge Processing Products

Europe and Middle East & Africa are lucrative regions for dewatering aids for mining market. The supportive mineral mining policies and the successful historical record of mineral production & development in these regions are the primary reasons for the increasing growth rate of the market. Moreover, growing investments in the mining sector and increasing awareness about disposal of waste and sludge in an eco-friendly manner in these regions are influencing the growth of the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa.

The dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa is expected to reach US$ 203.4 Mn by 2031, expanding at a CAGR of 3.2% during the forecast period.

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Analysts' Viewpoint

There has been a rise in mining and related activities. The disposition of these materials is likely to address environmental issues for the mining industry. Environmental stability, social responsibility, and economic growth are the essentials that any industry needs to meet to counter growth hurdles in the long term. Additionally, the awareness for energy-efficient processes in the mining industry will have a positive impact on the Europe and Middle East & Africa dewatering aids for mining market. The growing expenditure on the sludge and wastewater treatment industry is also expected to propel the demand for dewatering aids during the forecast period.

Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market: Overview

  • Dewatering aids are products such as surfactants, flocculants, polymers, sulfonates, and sulfates that can be used as dewatering aids to control moisture levels and increase throughput in filter applications. Dewatering aids can also be used as collectors in certain industrial mineral applications. Furthermore, dewatering aids can be used as boosters in phosphate flotation.
  • Surfactant dewatering aids are amphiphilic compounds, which lower the surface tension between two mediums (gas and liquid/ liquid and solid). Surfactants acts as wetting agents, emulsifiers, demulsifiers, foaming agents, or dispersants. Surfactants can be segregated into anionic surfactants, cationic surfactants, and non-ionic surfactants. Anionic surfactants can be further classified into sulfosuccinates, sodium lauryl sulfate, and others. Non-ionic surfactants can be further divided into alcohol ethoxylated polyethylene glycol and others. Surfactants are also called surface active agents.
  • Dewatering aids are used in various filtration processes in the mining industry. Dewatering aids are designed to lower the capillary pressure of the water trapped in a filter cake by decreasing the surface tension of water, increasing contact angles of particles to be dewatered, and coagulation of particles, all at the same time. Decrease in capillary pressure, in turn, causes an increase in the rate of filtration, rise in throughput, and decline in pressure drop requirement for filtration.

Key Growth Drivers of Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market

  • Industrial minerals such as halite, gypsum, clay, calcite, asbestos, mica, and zeolite are mined due to their usage in the production of ceramics components, construction materials, electronic components, and chemical filters. Some mineral resources possess metallic properties such as conductivity, shiny appearance, and strength. These mineral resources are deployed for obtaining desired metallic/semi metallic/ non-metallic elements according to their physical and chemical properties. This is expected to boost the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period.
  • Thus, latent demand among consumers for metals and non-metal alloys, owing to their applications in construction, automotive, and manufacturing industries is anticipated to boost the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period
  • Demand for metals and minerals has been increasing significantly since the past couple of decades. As a result, mining companies are investing more in mining activities such as exploration, mining, and material processing. Rise in investments in residential and non-residential construction sectors, rapid industrialization, recovery in automobile sales, and renewable energy projects are key factors propelling the demand for metals in different end-use industries, thereby boosting the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period.
  • Europe and Middle East & Africa are lucrative regions for mining by several companies since the past decade. This can be ascribed to the perception of mineral policies and successful historical record of mineral production and development in these regions. For instance, in December 2020, Ghana’s Parliament passed the law of Minerals and Mining Local Content and Local Participation Regulations.
  • Growth in investment in the mining sector in Europe and Middle East & Africa is expected to boost the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period. Investment in the mining industry has also been increasing due to the rise in the demand for mineral and metals such as iron ore, aluminum, steel, copper, coal, and gold. According to the World Steel Association, the global consumption of steel is expected to reach 1,874.0 MT by the end of 2021, an increase of 5.8% over that in 2020; and 1,924.6 MT in 2022. With significant advancements in technology, the mining industry is making even challenging geographical sites accessible. This is enabling the industry to cater to the rising needs of consumers. The international landscape of exploration and development of mines has been witnessing changes for since the past few decades.

Key Challenges in Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market

  • Dearth of universal directives pertaining to applications of dewatering aids is anticipated to restrain the market during forecast period. Every country has different directives and legislations pertaining to the use of dewatering aids. Companies find it difficult to comply with these country-wise directives and legislations. This can discourage investment in the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa, thereby hampering market growth.
  • High cost of raw materials is leading to an increase in the production cost of dewatering aids, thereby affecting the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa

Key Opportunities for Companies in Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market

  • Advancements in dewatering and drying minerals are expected to create lucrative opportunities for the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period. Existing dewatering and drying systems are based on conventional technologies. These systems are highly energy intensive and expensive to operate. Encouraged by the increasing interest in the development of energy saving processes, major players in the dewatering aids market are now focusing on energy efficient and cost efficient technologies for dewatering of sulfide mineral concentrates. This is projected to boost the dewatering aids for mining market.
  • By using the electro-dewatering technology, improved solid-liquid separation can be achieved at relatively lower energy requirement with the assistance of electric fields. Electro-dewatering technology is a combination of electrical and mechanical dewatering approach. Electric fields generated drive the electroosmotic phenomena to achieve higher solid-liquid separation. Thus, this technology is projected to create lucrative opportunities for the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa.

Major Players in Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market

  • Key players operating in the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa include
    • Arrmazz
    • Alfa Laval
    • Flo Trend LLC
    • Veolia
    • Fournier Industries
    • Griffin Dewatering Corporation
    • Aqseptence Grou
    • Hitachi Zosen Corporation
    • Kontek Ecology Systems, Inc.
  • Companies in the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa are adopting various organic and inorganic growth strategies such as mergers & acquisitions, new product launches, strategic collaborations, expansion, and joint ventures to expand their product portfolio and business operations

Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market – Scope of Report

The latest study collated and published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) analyzes the historical and present-day scenario of the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa to gauge its growth potential. The study presents detailed information about important growth factors, restraints, and key trends that are creating a landscape for the growth of the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa. The study also identifies growth avenues for stakeholders. The report provides insightful information about how the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa is likely to expand during the forecast period of 2021 to 2031.

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Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Report on Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market

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  • Which product segment is expected to generate maximum revenue in the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period?
  • Which material segment is anticipated to generate maximum revenue in the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period?
  • Which application segment is likely to generate maximum revenue in the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period?
  • What would be the Y-o-Y growth rate of the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa between 2021 and 2031?
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Research Methodology – Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market

The research methodology adopted by analysts for compiling the report on the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa is based on detailed primary as well as secondary research. With the help of in-depth insights of the market-affiliated information that is obtained and legitimated by market-admissible sources, analysts have offered riveting observations and authentic forecasts of the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa.

For primary research, analysts have interviewed market stakeholders, investors, brand managers, vice presidents, and sales and marketing managers. Based on data obtained through interviews of genuine sources, analysts have emphasized the changing scenario of the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa.

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Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market Segmentation

TMR’s research study segments the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa in terms of material, product, application, and region. This report presents extensive market dynamics and growth trends associated with different segments and explains how they are influencing the growth of the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa.

Material
  • Organic
  • Inorganic
Product
  • Surfactants
    • Anionic
      • Sulfosuccinates
      • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
      • Others
    • Cationic
    • Non-ionic
      • Alcohol Ethoxylates
      • Polyethylene Glycol
      • Others
  • Flocculants
  • Polymers
  • Sulfonates
  • Sulfates
Application
  • Sulfide Mineral Processing
  • Non-sulfide Mineral Processing
  • Coal Cleaning
Region
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC Countries
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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