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Follow us on LinkedIn Environmental regulations have been a major growth driver for chelating agents, specifically in the pulp and paper industry, which is shifting to more ecologically-viable chelants in certain processing applications. Increasing pressure from environmentalists has prompted replacement of chlorine with sodium hydrosulfite and hydrogen peroxide during the bleaching process of pulp and paper. Environmental concerns over EDTA and NTA are expected to generate increased demand for safer chelating agents. Demand for such alternate chelates is offsetting the reduced use of EDTA, which has been under the environmental lens particularly in Europe. Besides environmental concerns, increase in feedstock and energy prices in North America and volatile feedstock prices in the global market are the factors influencing demand for chelating agents worldwide.
Biodegradable Chelating Agents are likely to capture a significant share of the chelating agents market in the coming years, owing to potential health and environmental hazards associated with the use of non-biodegradable organic chelating compounds. Stringent regulations are driving companies across the globe to increase production of biodegradable chelating agents as they represent a safer alternative to widely used non-biodegradable organic compounds, such as Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetate (EDTA) and Nitrilo Tri Acetate (NTA). There is a growing environmental concern about chelating agents such as EDTA, DTPA, and phosphates, which are believed to endanger lakes through eutrophicative effects. These chelates, apart from being non-biodegradable carry heavy metal ions such as mercury, nickel, cadmium, and lead. Europe has banned the use of EDTA in detergents owing to its binding with heavy metals in sewage systems, posing a potential threat to drinking water supply. Germany restricts the use of EDTA in printing paper. The EU ecolabel criteria on copying paper, bans the use of EDTA in bleaching process.
Although the market has been constrained by market pressures, and the temporary slowdown in demand due to the global economic recession, demand for chelating agents worldwide is expected to continue its steady growth over the coming years. While more than 70% of the global chelates demand comes from household and industrial cleaners, water treatment, and pulp and paper industries, chelates are finding increasing use in agriculture and medicine. The global market is witnessing emergence of many new chelating products and a move by existing products towards newer markets and applications. Nuclear sector is one such prospective market, where chelating agents are employed to clean up nuclear waste at government sites or at nuclear power plants. Chelating agents are considered to hold immense potential as a treatment method for extraction of heavy metal from contaminated soils. The chelating metal extraction technology is contemplated to be most appropriate for radionuclide-contaminated soils. Chelant-enhanced phytoextraction has received more attraction over the past years. Phytoextraction is expected to play a major role in increasing the uptake of essential trace metals.
The end-use market for Household and Industrial Cleaners represents the largest segment for chelating agents, and has been generating sustained demand over the years. In North America, household cleaning products are experiencing a trend towards simplicity and ease-of-use, resulting in the introduction of convenience-oriented products such as daily shower cleaners and one-step, multi-surface cleaning wipes. Household detergents account for more than one-third of the chelates production. Western Europe and US represent the leading markets for textile washing products. Fabric fresheners and tablet detergents represent the fastest growing segments in textile washing market.
Developed and mature economies of United States and Europe lead the chelating agents market, capturing the largest share worldwide, as stated by the new market research report on Chelating Agents. In the long-term, rapid growth is likely to stem from the burgeoning Asia-Pacific markets of China, New Zealand, Australia and others. Expanding at a strong CAGR of over 4%, the Asian market represents enormous potential for chelating agents, with demand growing at a rapid rate from domestic end-use markets, such as food photography, paper, and surfactants. With increasing pressure to replace chlorine with sodium hydrosulfite and hydrogen peroxide during the bleaching process of pulp and paper, there has been an increase in demand for chelating agents in Asia.
Major players profiled in the report include Akzo Nobel, BASF SE, Dow Chemical Company, Lanxess AG, Mitsubishi Rayon Company, among others.
The research report titled Chelating Agents: A Global Strategic Business Report announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the chelating agents market, impact of the recession, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent product introductions, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global as well as regional market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for chelating agents market for the years 2009 through 2017 for the following geographic markets – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World. Key end-use markets analyzed include Household and Industrial Cleaners, Waste Water Treatment, Paper & Pulp Processing, and Others. The study also provides historic data for an insight into market evolution over the period 2003 through 2008.
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