Membrane Chemicals Market

2021 Analysis and Review: Membrane Chemicals Market by Product – Scale Inhibitors, Biocides, Dechlorinants, Others for 2021-2031

About the Report

The membrane chemicals industry is forecast to ascend at over 6% CAGR attracting more potential stakeholders as stated in the latest revised report by Future Market Insights (FMI). With the rise in requirement for efficient and advanced water management solutions, scale inhibitors and dechlorinants are projected to register impressive growth during the forecast period of 2021 to 2031.

Though the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily halted the industry growth, earlier in 2020, the steadily recovering end-use sectors such as chemical, food & beverages, and power made manufacturers and suppliers optimistic again. According to the report by FMI, the global industry will be driven by the growing requirement for recycling waste water and potential water treatment solutions, while the focus of stakeholders will be on the United States, Germany, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and a few other lucrative countries throughout the forecast period.

Historical Vs. Future Outlook on Membrane Chemical Sales

Increase in inclination towards processed water across diverse end-use sectors catered to the growth of membrane chemicals industry in the past years. Additionally, rising requirement for scaling and fouling resulted in the vertical surge of demand for scale inhibitors, coagulants & flocculants, and PH adjusters over the past decade. According to FMI, the overall industry potential for membrane chemicals remained high during the last 5 years from 2016 to 2020, apart from the temporary decline in the onset of the pandemic.

With a flurry of new inventions of various product type such as PH adjusters, coagulants, biocides, and others by membrane chemical manufacturers, the industry is set to gain momentum in the post-pandemic years. While the huge demand from municipality sector for desalination and waste water management is raising the profit margins for suppliers, requirement for contaminant elimination from various sectors is further propelling the industry growth. According to FMI, the membrane chemicals industry players are forecast to register impressive growth of over 6% CAGR through 2031.

How is the Application in Waste Water Management Boosting the Sales of Membrane Chemical Manufacturers?

Membrane chemicals have extensive application in filtration, extraction, and distillation which make them a crucial part of waste water management. Waste water management is being adopted by various sectors starting from municipality to food and beverages, which in turn is raising the demand graph for membrane chemicals upward.

According to the report titled “Urban Waste Water” published by the European Commission (EC) on 10th September, 2020, 95% of waste water in the European Union (EU) is collected and 88% is biologically treated. As per the 10th report on the implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD), there is an overall improvement in collection and treatment of waste water in Europe. This gives an insight to the growing opportunities for membrane chemical manufacturers around the globe.

What are the Key Challenges Faced by Membrane Chemical Suppliers?

There are a few disadvantages of membrane filtration which often work as restraints to membrane chemical manufacturers. For instance-

  • Turbid water is not suitable for membrane filtration method
  • Membrane filters can crack easily
  • Only liquids can be sterilized through
  • Glass filters often break quickly

While these restraining factors create challenges for end-use sectors, some regions such as North America and Western Europe are expected to remain sluggish due to its mature industry characteristic despite being the leading industries in the world.

However, with the advancements in manufacturing process and growing research & development (R&D) activities, industry players are expected to overcome these constraints.

Country-Wise Analysis

How Potential is the United States Membrane Chemicals Industry?

The United States is leading in the world’s largest membrane chemicals industry North America owing to high demand from municipality, food & beverages, and chemical sectors. Advancements in these sectors are further aiding in the growth of industry players in the U.S.

According to the report titled “Consumer Goods Industry Spotlight” published by the SelectUSA, the United States is a world leader in research, product innovation, manufacturing, branding, and marketing for various consumer good subsectors including food & beverages. As stated in the report, in 2019, the United States consumer goods industry was the largest in the world valued at US$ 635 Billion. With the growing requirement for advanced water management solutions in food & beverages sector, these data indicate lucrative growth scope for membrane chemical suppliers.

Will Germany Exhibit Hegemony in Europe Membrane Chemicals Industry?

Backed by the highly developed municipality and advanced power, and chemical sectors, Germany has been in the limelight for membrane chemicals industry players since the past decade. Furthermore, adoption of effective waste water management and water purification solutions is propelling the growth in Germany membrane chemicals industry.

As stated in the report titled “Emerging Technologies for Waste Water Treatment and In-Plant Wet Weather Management” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), various waste water purification and management solutions are increasingly being adopted in Germany, such as-

  • Actiflo Process
  • Microwave Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection
  • Nanofiltration (NF)
  • Reverse Osmosis (RO)
  • Multi-Stage Filtration

And others. This in turn is widening the growth scope for membrane chemical manufacturers in Germany.

What’s Spurring the Growth of Membrane Chemicals Industry Players in China?

China is dominating in the world’s fastest-growing membrane chemicals industry Asia Pacific and projected to sustain its leading position throughout the forecast period. Advancement in water purification and waste water recycling solutions and high requirement from chemical, food & beverages industries are fuelling the sales in China.

As stated in the report titled “Overview of China’s Food and Beverage Market” published by the Trade Commissioner Service on 1st November, 2019, the food and beverages industry in China is highly potential, while in 2017 China imported 53.48 million tons of food & beverage with total value of worth US$ 58.28 billion. As water recycling is getting widely adopted in food and beverage sector, the statistics give an estimation of lucrative opportunities for membrane chemical manufacturers in China.

Why Stakeholders in the Membrane Chemicals Industry are Focusing on Japan?

Japan is another potential industry for membrane chemicals and expected to maintain its lead during the forecast period. The lucrative end-use sectors such as food & beverages, and chemical, coupled with the governmental investments in providing effective water recycling and waste management solutions pushing the demand graph upward in Japan.

According to the report titled “Japan Food Processing Sector” published by the Global Agricultural Information Network in 2018, Japan food processing industry is highly advanced with soft drinks, juices, and water accounting for the largest share of 16.5%. Water management being a crucial part of this industry is substantially aiding in the growth of membrane chemical suppliers in Japan.

Category-Wise Insights

Which Product Type is Catering to the Growth of Membrane Chemical Manufacturers?

Currently, scale inhibitors and dechlorinants are leading in the global membrane chemicals industry in terms of product type and expected to remain in the positions throughout the forecast period.

There are various advantages of this type of products such as-

  • Highly efficient in slowing down accumulation of insoluble crystals in water systems
  • Capable of preventing precipitation in oil processing systems
  • Eliminates hard water problems

And others. As a result, these are highly sought-after across diverse end-use sectors starting from municipality to power.

Other key sectors in terms of product type are biocides, coagulants & flocculants, and PH adjusters which are forecast to raise the profit margins for suppliers further in the coming years.

Which End-Use Sectors have High Demand for Membrane Chemicals?

Municipality, power, and food & beverages sectors are highly advanced in the global membrane chemicals industry. With the growing requirement for cost-effective and advanced water purification, management, and recycling solutions, membrane chemicals are gaining traction across these key sectors.

Other end-use sectors aiding in the demand growth are desalination, and paper & pulp which are forecast to remain lucrative through 2031.

Competitive Landscape

With the competition getting stricter, key players in membrane chemicals industry are emphasizing on bringing in innovative, cost-effective products.

For instance,

  • King Lee Technologies recently launched its new iWaterPRO™, Pretreat Plus® G2000, and Pretreat Plus® G5000
  • H2O Innovation Inc. launched its new NANOFILTRATION (NF) & REVERSE OSMOSIS (RO) SOLUTIONS, FIBER-FLEX™, FLEXMBR™, and others during the last 5 years

Some of the key players supplying membrane chemicals are-

  • Veolia Water
  • Nalco
  • Kemira
  • GE Water & Process Technologies
  • BWA Water Additives
  • Genesys International
  • H2O Innovation Inc.
  • Reverse Osmosis Chemicals International
  • King Lee Technologies
  • LennTech BV

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report

Report Scope



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for Value

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, South Asia, East Asia, the Middle East & Africa, and Oceania

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, and South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Product Type, End Use Sector, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Veolia Water
  • Nalco
  • Kemira
  • GE Water & Process Technologies
  • BWA Water Additives
  • Genesys International
  • H2O Innovation Inc.
  • Reverse Osmosis Chemicals International
  • King Lee Technologies
  • LennTech BV

Report Coverage

Market Forecasts, Brand Share Analysis, Competition Intelligence, DROT Analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, and Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Questions Answered in Report

  • Which are the top companies providing membrane chemicals?

    Some of the top companies manufacturing membrane chemicals are Nalco, Kemira, Veolia Water, and BWA Water Additives.

  • Which are some of the lucrative markets for membrane chemicals?

    The United States, Germany, China, India, Japan, Canada, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and a few others are lucrative markets for membrane chemicals, and are expected to dominate throughout the forecast period.

  • Which product type accounts for high sales of membrane chemicals?

    Presently, scale inhibitors and coagulants & flocculants segments are the most lucrative in terms of product type, and are expected to remain dominant over the forecast period of 2021 to 2031.

  • Which is the key end-use industries for membrane chemicals?

    Presently, municipality and power sectors are the key end-use sectors, and are predicted to sustain their positions throughout the forecast period.

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Segmentation by Category

Product Type

  • Scale Inhibitors
  • Coagulants & Flocculants
  • Biocides
  • PH Adjusters
  • Dechlorinants
  • Other Membrane Chemicals

End User

  • Municipal
  • Power
  • Food & Beverage
  • Chemicals
  • Desalination
  • Paper & Pulp


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania

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