Survey: Chelating Agents Chelating Agents: Moderate Growth Expected

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Little growth in Europe and the US but big potentials in Asia: These are the perspectives that a recent Ceresana report sees for chelating agents. A positive trend could come from bio–degradable and the replacement of toxic substances with environmentally friendly ones.

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A growing demand for cleaning agents and detergents as well as the environmental awareness could give additional growth impulses for the chelating agents market, a recent survey by Ceresana says. (Picture: Ceresana)
A growing demand for cleaning agents and detergents as well as the environmental awareness could give additional growth impulses for the chelating agents market, a recent survey by Ceresana says. (Picture: Ceresana)

Chelating agents will witness a moderate market growth in the near future. A new market survey by Ceresana Research expects a global 5 million tonnes market in 2018. Most of this additional volume will be generated in the Asia-Pacific region – an area that already generates about 45% of the worldwide demand for these chemicals in 2010, placing them ahead of Europe and North–America.

A blossoming cleaning and detergents industry, but also the production of pulp in Asia could contribute to future market growths, Ceresana believes. “Especially chelating agent manufacturers will benefit from strong growth in demand for modern cleaners & detergents in Asia-Pacific and South America,” explains Oliver Kutsch, managing director of Ceresana.

The production of bio–degradable agents could bring additional benefits from other application areas, such as process water treatment or agricultural technology. Some reasons for this are ecological concerns because of the bioaccumulation of chelating agents and the resulting consequences for humans and environment.

Little Growth for Chelating Agents on Saturated Markets

Fully developed markets like Europe or the US offer little growth potential, Ceresana is convinced. The record states that since the markets were already very saturated, they would register sluggish growth in the coming years. According to the analysts, market trends in these regions will be characterized by substitutions and the introduction of chelating agents into new application areas.

“Producers and users of chelating agents will have to follow the trend of replacing conventional chelating agents by new environmentally friendly ones – also outside of Western Europe and North America,” forecasts Oliver Kutsch. The study explains how legislative changes and growing environmental awareness will impact the market.

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