Boiler Water Treatment Chemical Market 2019 Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Application, Overview and Forecast to 2023

Demand for boiler water treatment chemicals is primarily driven by the growing necessity for power generation, industrial sector and textile industry.

The demand for Boiler Water Treatment Chemicals is primarily driven by the growing necessity for power generation. The increasing rate of power consumption across the world can be attributed to economic output. The industrial sector consumes vast amounts of electricity; thus, rapid industrialization across the globe is likely to drive the demand for boiler water treatment chemicals during the forecast period.

Top Manufaturers:

Some of the manufacturers operating in the global boiler water treatment chemicals market are BASF SE (Germany), Akzo Nobel N.V. (Netherlands), DowDuPont (U.S.), Ecolab (U.S.), Kemira OYJ (Finland), Suez (France), King Lee Technologies (U.S.), Lennetch BV (Netherlands), Bond Water Technologies, Inc. (U.S.), ChemTreat (U.S.), Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA (Norway), Kurita Water Industries Ltd. (Japan), and Arkema (France).

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Boiler Water Treatment Chemicals Market: Scenario

A boiler is a closed vessel in which water is converted into steam with the application of heat under pressure. The water used to create steam in a boiler often contains a varying number of different impurities. These impurities are dissolved solids, dissolved gases, and suspended matter, which may result in major problems such as scaling or deposition, corrosion, and boiler water carry-on.

Treating the water that circulates in the boiler is important for proper functioning. Untreated water is likely to form scales on the heat transfer surfaces when the water is heated. This results in the drastic reduction in heat transfer capabilities, which further leads to overheating, tube failure, and loss of efficiency. Scaling also reduces the flow area, increasing the pressure drop in the boiler tubes and piping, which reduces the steam volume and potential equipment failure. These challenges can be offset by using boiler water treatment chemicals.

Use of high-pressure boilers in the food and beverage industry for processes such as cleaning, processing, distillation, and fermentation also drive the demand for these chemicals. In the textile industry, textile processing is heavily dependent on the use of boilers, which further fuels the demand for treatment chemicals. The increasing demand for purified water through technologies such as zero liquid discharge and zero liquid blowdown is expected to further fuel market growth. Favorable government initiatives that promote renewable energy resources also lead to an increase in the demand for these chemicals.

These chemicals are non-volatile in nature, resulting in unwanted deposit formation. This leads to reduced boiler thermal efficiency and unscheduled boiler shutdowns for tube repair and deposit removal. This may pose a challenge to market growth.

Market players of Boiler Water Treatment Chemicals Market are focusing on strategic developments such as mergers, acquisitions, and product launches. For instance, in September 2017, Kurita Water Industries Ltd. launched a new version of CETAMINE, a water treatment chemical for intermediate and high-pressure boilers, for the Japanese market.

Segmental Analysis:

The Boiler Water Treatment Chemicals Market has been segmented by type, conditioning method, end-use industry, and region.

Market Segment by Type: Based on type, the global boiler water treatment chemicals market has been further segmented into oxygen scavengers, sludge conditioners, alkalinity builders, condensate line, multifunctional, scale inhibitors, anti-foaming agents, sequestering agents, and others. The oxygen scavengers sub-segment accounts for a major market share due to the ability of these chemicals to remove residual oxygen from the boiler feed water. They decrease the corrosion rate of boilers through the formation of a passivation layer on the metal surface of the boilers. The use of sludge conditioners prevents the formation of scale by hard water, ensuring that the precipitated hardness is converted into a mobile sludge which can be removed through blow down. The scale inhibitors sub-segment accounted for the second-largest market share. Scale inhibitors prevent scaling, which, if left unremoved, can cause localized overheating, reduced heat efficiency, and tube failure.

Market Segment by Conditioning Method: Based on the conditioning method, the market has been divided into internal treatment and external treatment. Internal treatment is the conditioning of impurities within the boiler system. Its purpose is to properly react with feed water hardness, condition sludge, scavenge oxygen, and prevent boiler water foaming. Internal treatment may be used alone or in conjunction with external treatment for the trouble-free operation of modern boilers. External treatment refers to the reduction or removal of impurities such as calcium, magnesium, silica, and others before the water enters the boiler. Types of external treatment include softening, evaporation, deaeration, and membrane contractors. The external treatment process removes or reduces the bicarbonate content of the make-up water and, thus, is beneficial in minimizing return line system corrosion problems.

Market Segment by End-use Industry: The market has been segmented, by end-use industry, into power, oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, food and beverage, paper and pulp, textiles and dyes, and others. The power sub-segment accounts for the majority of the market share as the steam generated from boilers is used for power generation. The demand for boiler water treatment chemicals is increasing due to the environmental issues caused by untreated effluent water by industries such as food and beverages and textiles.

Intended Audience

Boiler water treatment chemicals manufacturers
Traders and distributors of boiler water treatment chemicals
Research and development institutes
Potential investors
Raw material suppliers
Nationalized laboratories

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Regional Insights:

The boiler water treatment chemicals market has been analyzed with respect to five regions—Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

The market in Asia Pacific dominated the global boiler water treatment chemicals market in 2017 on account of the high demand from major end-use industries in the region.

Textiles and clothing is a diverse sector that plays an important role in the European manufacturing industry and is, therefore, expected to drive the global boiler water treatment chemicals market in Europe.

The high demand from the food packaging and textiles industries is expected to drive the boiler water treatment chemicals market in North America during the forecast period.

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