Membrane chemicals are key part of membrane technology used in regulating the quality of water feeds in industrial, chemical, and residential applications. They not just purify the water feeds but play important role in optimizing the performance of membrane technology. The water purification technology industry has utilized membrane chemicals in preventing fouling and scaling of membranes. One popular use consists of purification application in RO systems.
The demand for membrane chemicals in pretreatment programs has gathered heat particularly to meet regulations pertaining to the purification of water at commercial facilities. These chemicals are also responsible in slowing down scale membrane degradation. The membrane chemicals market has evolved on the back of constant research and development in scaling technologies.
Some of the key application areas are wastewater treatment, power, food and beverages, desalination, chemicals, paper and pulp, and pharmaceuticals. Key types are scale inhibitors, coagulants, flocculants, biocides, pH adjusters, and dechlorinants.
The study on the membrane chemicals market offers a granular assessment of key competitive dynamics, focusing on market entry barriers, degree of competition in leading markets, and the changing vendor landscape. It also takes a closer look at the recent product developments initiatives by prominent chemical companies, and research and development activities in emerging markets.
Most players are leaning on meeting the next-gen membrane chemical plants of water treatment plants by offering eco-friendly formulations. Most players are investing in advancing their water scaling technologies. Some suppliers in the membrane chemicals market are leveraging their propriety technologies for engineering antiscalants and biocides that can be used in RO systems. Further, specialty chemical companies are getting into partnerships and entering into various types of deals to unveil new membrane chemicals for industrial use. A case in point is recent product development efforts by Evonik Industries.
Some other well-entrenched players in the membrane chemicals market are Lenntech BV., King Lee Technologies, H2O Innovation Inc., Genesys International Corporation Limited, BWA Water Additives U.S., GE Power & Water, and Kemira Oyj.
The demand for membrane chemicals has thrived around the world on the back of the rise in application of membrane materials and technology for water purification. Stridently, the membrane chemicals market has seen expanding sales in countries characterized by rapid pace of urbanization. The uptake has been robust in past several years due to implementation of regulations on regulating the quality of water feed and water discharge from industries and various types of commercial establishments.
Also, residential consumers using RO systems for water purification have been quick to spur demand for membrane chemicals. Further, advances in the polymer chemistry of water treatment chemicals have been key part of commercialization of effective chemicals, thus propelling rapid strides in the membrane chemicals market. Proliferating numbers of water treatment plants in developing economies have also bolstered the demand for membrane chemicals.
Growing numbers of partnerships among chemical companies and businesses in water treatment industries have unlocked new prospects in the membrane chemicals market.
Regionally, North America and Asia Pacific have been contributing sizable revenue streams for chemical suppliers and vendors in the membrane chemicals market. In particular, Asian countries in recent years has witnessed rapidly expanding application of membrane technologies. This has spurred the demand for membrane chemicals, especially in RO systems. Furthermore, governments of developed as well as developing countries in the region have committed substantial funding on the expansion of wastewater industry. This has positively impacted the prospects of that regional market.
North America has seen extensive research and development pertaining to polymers, paving way to new avenues for players in membrane chemicals market.