Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market: Overview

  • Sludge is by-product that is produced primarily from the treatment of wastewater in industries. It contains organic matters, pathogens, chemicals, and microorganisms. It also contains other harmful agents, such as heavy metals, which adversely affect environment and cause severe health issues when directly exposed.
  • Sludge requires further treatment to reduce its volume and render it safe for disposal
  • Sludge treatment chemicals are primarily employed to purify water before it can be released into the atmosphere. The treatment essentially aims to reduce the volume of water and pathogen content in order to facilitate the safe disposal and possible usage of sludge as fertilizer.

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Key Drivers of Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market

  • Rise in industrialization in developing countries has been increasing the production of sludge. This, in turn, has been boosting the demand for sludge treatment chemicals for sludge treatment processes, thereby propelling the demand for sludge treatment chemicals.
  • Increase in usage of treated sludge in agricultural processes as fertilizer is also driving the demand for sludge treatment chemicals. This is projected to augment the sludge treatment chemicals market during the forecast period.
  • Rising environmental concerns, stringent environmental policies for waste water treatment by governments across globe are increasing need of sludge treatment processes which in turn projected to drive global sludge treatment chemicals market during the forecast period.

Coagulants Segment to Account for Major Market Share

  • Coagulants and flocculants segments held major share of the market in 2018. Of these, the coagulants segment accounted for more than 50% share of the global sludge treatment chemicals market in 2018. The segment is expected to remain dominant during the forecast period.
  • Coagulants are used for solid removal, lime softening, water clarification, solid dewatering, and sludge thickening
  • Cost effectiveness associated with coagulants vis-à-vis other chemicals is boosting the demand for coagulants in sludge treatment processes. This is estimated to drive the global sludge treatment market during the forecast period.

Food & Beverages Segment to Dominate Global Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market

  • In terms of end-use industry, the food & beverages segment constituted major share of the global sludge treatment chemicals market in 2018. Sludge produced from food & beverages contains high level of BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) & COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand). Sludge treatment chemicals are used in large quantities to treat wastewater, which has high BOD and COD. BOD and COD are the amount of oxygen used by microorganisms in the biological process of metabolizing organic matter in water. Greater the BOD, lower the amount of dissolved oxygen available.
  • The personal care & chemicals segment is expected to expand at a rapid pace due to the increase in demand for sludge treatment in the segments owing to the stringent government regulations on disposal of wastewater

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North America to Hold Prominent Share of Global Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market

  • Geographically, the global sludge treatment chemicals market can be split across five regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
  • North America accounted for key share of the global sludge treatment chemicals market in 2018. This trend is expected to continue during the forecast period.
  • Presence of leading global manufacturers of sludge treatment chemicals in North America, stringent government regulations enacted by governments in the region, and rise in awareness about disposal of sludge are estimated to drive the sludge treatment chemicals market in the region during the forecast period
  • Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate global sludge treatment chemicals market in terms of growth rate. Expansion of the market in Asia Pacific can be ascribed to the increase in industrialization in countries such as India and China. This, in turn, is boosting the demand for sludge treatment chemicals for sludge treatment.
  • China is expected to witness highest growth rate for the sludge treatment chemicals market in Asia Pacific region owing to the increase in demand of sludge treatment chemicals from various end-use industries such as oil & gas, food & beverages, and personal care & chemicals
  • After China, demand for sludge treatment chemicals is anticipated to rise in other countries in Asia  such as India, Japan, and ASEAN due to the increase in numbers of sludge treatment chemical manufacturers in Asia who are developing strong base of sludge treatment chemicals.

Key Players in Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market

Prominent players operating in the sludge treatment chemicals market include:

  • Ashland
  • BASF SE
  • Kemira
  • Aries Chemical, Inc.
  • Akzo Nobel N.V.
  • General Electric
  • AMCON INC.
  • CHEM. ENGI. s.r.o.
  • Ecolab
  • Accepta
  • Beckart Environmental, Inc.
  • Condorchem Envitech

Global Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market: Research Scope

Global Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market, by Type

  • Coagulants
  • Flocculants
  • Disinfectants

Global Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market, by End-use Industry

  • Automotive
  • Oil & Gas
  • Metal Processing
  • Food & Beverages
  • Personal Care & Chemicals
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Electronics

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