Water treatment chemicals market focus shifts towards industrial sector

Paul Boughton

High profit margins in providing services are obliging market participants into shifting their focus from municipal to industrial sector while supplying water treatment chemicals. This move significantly boosts the demand for these chemicals.

Rising environmental concerns have forced regulatory bodies such as the European Commission (EC) to issue directives that govern the use and discharge of water in industrial processes.

New analysis from Frost & SullivanEuropean Industrial Water Treatment Chemicals Marketshows that revenue in this industry totalled around $1.31 billion in 2005 and is projected to reach around $1.94 billion in 2012.

Segmented by application into raw waterprocess water and effluent water treatment chemicalsthis market report covers antifoamsbiocidescoagulantsscale and corrosion inhibitorsflocculantsheavy metal removal agentsion exchange resinsodour control agents and reverse osmosis among others to treat water.

“Legislationconsolidation and opportunities in eastern Europe have started to influence the dynamics of the water treatment chemicals market in Europe as the competition is shifting towards value-based products and technologyenhanced services as well as providing total solutions” notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Mahesh Kumar. “Competition to seize business opportunities is increasingly fierce between service providers and chemical manufacturers.”

Although the stringent legislation that Europe is likely to witness is expected to provide opportunities in the water treatment chemicals marketit is also anticipated to increase operational costs. This is likely to affect the water treatment chemicals marketas many companies are already involved in forward as well as backward integration to reduce costs and remain competitive in the market while complying with standards.

Despite advantages such as cost efficiencythe challenge for companies in this industry arises from chemicals being categorised as commodity products. As a resultwater treatment chemical producers are focusing on providing value-added services to industries to improve revenues.

“With the consolidation of the industries within Europemore specialty chemicals are bound to become commodity products” explains Mr Kumar.

Water treatment chemical manufacturers that enhance their services and complement their products with better services are likely to establish long-standing relationships with customers and thereby increase their revenues. 

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