Water Treatment Polymers Market

2021 Analysis and Review: Water Treatment Polymers Market by End Use – Residential Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Municipality, and Industrial for 2021 - 2031

About the Report

Water treatment polymers play a key role in several end-use industries including residential, commercial & institutional, municipal, and industrial. These polymers are prominently used as coagulant and flocculant in water treatment process. Depending on the characteristics of water treated, different types of water treatment polymers are used such as cationic, anionic and nonionic.

The demand for the water treatment polymers is majorly concentrated in municipal and industrial end-use due to the several uses of water treatment polymers chemical & petrochemical, oil & gas, mining & metals, food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, thermoelectric power plants, and other industries for treatment of water for various purposes including manufacturing operations, cooling & heating systems, consumption, and many more.

In its new study, ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights (FMI) offers insights about key factors driving demand for Water Treatment Polymers. The report tracks the global sales of Water Treatment Polymers in 20+ high-growth markets, along with analyzing the impact COVID-19 has had on the global economy, water treatment industry in general, and water treatment polymers market in particular.

How the Historical and Future Outlook for Water Treatment Polymers Market Match Up?

Water treatment polymers consumption is projected to grow at significant rate during the forecast period, as the end-use segments are also growing at a considerable growth rate. North America and East Asia are expected to be leading consumers of water treatment polymers and are expected to to continue their dominance through the assessment period.

Industrialization and government initiatives are expected to place Europe in competition with the leading regions. Increasing investments by regional governments and stringent regulations imposed by them encouraging water treatment are expected to create conducive environment for the expansion of the market within Europe.

According to the analysis, water treatment polymers sales have grown at 6.9% CAGR between 2016 and 2020. In the industrial sector, water treatment polymers are used for the treatment of water which further can be used for steam generation in power plants, heat exchanger fluid, manufacturing operations, or consumption in various industries such as, chemicals & petrochemicals, oil & gas, mining & metals, food & beverage, semiconductor, and others.

The ongoing crisis caused by the unprecedented pandemic has impacted the global economy and industrial sector to a significant extent. Disruptions caused in the supply chain and reduced demand from the consumers had negative impact on the market amid COVID-19. Also, challenges witnessed in industries such as petrochemicals, oil & gas, semiconductors, mining & metals, and others have impacted the growth rate of the global water treatment polymers market.

What is the Commercial Potential of Water Treatment Polymers?

Stringent rules imposed by the government on industries for the treatment of water and rising demand for a continuous supply of fresh and treated water due to population growth ar anticipated to drive the demand for water treatment polymers. Also, the rising demand from several end-use industries such as petrochemicals, oil & gas, mining & metals, and pharmaceuticals are augmenting demand for water treatment polymers  within the industrial segment. Amongst the polymers’ product type segment, polyacrylamides is expected to continue its dominance in the foreseeable future.

How are Mergers And Strategic Investments Helping Water Treatment Polymers Market Participants?

Increase in demand for water treatment polymers can be attributed to the increasing demand from various industries. Some of the key market particpants have been focusing on capitalizing on this opportunity. Subsequently, there is high focus on improving global footprint will concentrating on mergers and aquisitions.

For instance, BASF and Solenis merged their water treatment business to gain competitive edge over other competitors. Further, the growth of several end-use industries like pharmaceuticals, chemical & petrochemicals, oil & gas, mining & metals, semiconductors, food & beverages, thermoelectric power plants, and various other industries as well as adding to the rising demand for water treatment polymers across the world, for which certain key players are manufacturing water treatment polymers through various innovative cutting edge technologies.

What Will Be The Impact Of Government Regulations On Water Treatment Polymers Market?

The increasing demand for new water treatment technologies is expected to drive the market. Moreover, stringent government regulations related to the impact of untreated water on the environment and reinjection policies in various sector are estimated to give tailwinds to the growth registered around the world.

Agencies such as the European Water Association (Europe), India Water Works Association (India), and Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.A), among several other government authorities, are proactively engaged in framing policies and regulations related to water treatment for disposal or reuse purposes.

For instance, in the U.S., EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has made it mandatory for industries to treat water before it is disposed of out of the facility. Specifications of maximum permissible contamination levels have been framed in this regard.

Country-wise Insights

How Big is the Opportunity in China?

China is anticipated to be the largest and fastest growing market for water treatment polymers in upcoming future. This growth is attributable to increasing urbanization and industrialization in the country. Further, government initiatives regarding effluent treatment is anticipacted to fuel the growth in the water treatment polymers market during the forecast period.

According to the WaterWorld, there are nearly 1.944 municipal water treatment plants in urban regions in China and 1,599 wastewater treatment plants across counties. With focus on delivering safe water to citizens increasing, China will continue presenting lucrative opportunities for the growth of the market.

How are U.S. Government Regulations Affecting Water Treatment Polymers Market?

The U.S. is the one of the largest markets for water treatment polymers and is projected to witness a remarkable growth from end-use industries. Moreover, the U.S. government along with various organizations like Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A), UN-water, and others have made it mandatory for industries to treat water before it is disposed of out of the facility owing to which the water treatment polymers market is anticipated grow at a substantial rate during the assessment period.

Which Segment Holds the Leading share in Germany?

Germany is one of the major chemical manufacturers within Europe. Several leading industries are located in the country, making water treatment regulations imperative to contain pollution. Stringent regulation imposed in Europe regarding water treatment is expected to drive the water treatment polymers sales within the region, and especially in Germany. Among the product type segmentation, polyacrylamides holds the leading share in Germany and is anticipated to grow at significant rate owing to its increasing application in retrieving metals by flocculating metal by preparing their metal salts.

How Will Scarcity of Freshwater Reserves Impact Projections in India?

India’s water treatment polymers market is prominently dependent on the demand from end-use industries such as municipal and industrial segments. Indian market majorly adopts polyacrylamides type water treatment polymers due to the versatility of applications offered. Moreover, the rapidly diminishing freshwater resources in India due to remarkable growth in population and increasing government initiatives to protect water resources are among the key reasons enabling growth of the water treatment polymers market.

How Does Urban Infrastructure Spending Make Brazil A Lucrative Market?

Brazil is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for industrial and wastewater treatment. However, the country still lags in proper sewage treatment facilities in large parts of its urban areas, which are compelling the Brazilian government to develop strategies to meet ambitious environmental targets. This is anticipated to drive the demand for water treatment polymers in the country.

Category-wise Insights

Which is the key water treatment polymer product?

Polyacrylamides and polyacrylates type water treatment polymers are expected to grow 2x during the assessment period. The rising demand from industries such as petrochemicals, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, semiconductors, and various others will continue creating sales opportunities for the segment.

Demand from Industrial Sector will Fuel Water Treatment Polymer Sales?

The energy demand is showing an increasing trend on the back of increased industrialization. This has been compelling various power plants focus on amplifying their production, which in turn is projected to propel the demand for treated water for steam generation, cooling towers, and other industrial equipment including treatment of oil & gas for power generation. Due to wide uses of treated water in power generation industry, water treatment polymers market is expected to witness substantial growth in the upcoming years.

Demand for Water Treatment will Create Growth Opportunities

Demand for treated water is on the rise due to increasing global per capita demand for water. With the rising population, activities requiring water for various purposes have increased. This has been fuelling the demand for water treatment polymers as they are required for water treatment to make it suitable for reuse. The impact of various industries on water usage, in a macro view, has blatantly unveiled the rising issue that water discharged from industrial processes directly affects natural water resources.

Pollutants ranging from heavy metals to persistent organic matter have made countries alert about their harmful effects. This has resulted in high investment and focus on reducing the environmental and human impact of discharged water. Water treatment polymers are effective and act as flocculants that coagulate the impurities from the water making purification easier. Thus, the growing awareness regarding the usage of treated water worldwide is expected to spur the demand for water treatment polymers in the upcoming future.

Competitive Landscape

Companies operating in trhe market have been focusing on innovations. There is immnense focus on offering more efficient solutions depending upon evolving needs of end users. The global water treatment polymers market is considered fairly fragmented due to the presence of a numerous players. Besides this, collaborations have been a key strategy among market players as they aim at expanding regional footprint as well as their product portfolio.

Some of the leading companies operating in the market are:

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

Scope of the Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for value and Tons for Volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia & Pacific, Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, ASEAN, Oceania, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa

Key Segments Covered

By Product Type, By Application, By End-Use

Key Companies Profiled

  • Suez Water Technologies and Solutions
  • Solenis
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Kemira Oyj
  • Thermax Limited
  • Chemigate Ltd.
  • Alken-Murray Corporation
  • Aries Chemical, Inc.
  • Chemco Products Inc.
  • CHEM.ENGI s.r.o
  • SNF Group
  • Accepta Water treatment Products
  • Beckart Environmental Inc.
  • Pentair
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • ShanDong XinTai Water Treatment Technology co. ltd.

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Questions Answered in the Report

  • Which is the most lucrative market for water treatment polymers?

    East Asia dominates the global water treatment polymers market and is expected to continue leading over the assessment period.

  • Which is the preferred type of water treatment polymers?

    Polyacrylamide type polymers remain the most preferred product type. Increasing demand from several end-use industries such as mining & metals, oil & gas,  and semiconductors as a flocculent has been fuelling demand for this category.

  • Who is the leading end user of water treatment polymers?

    Water treatment polymers are used in several end-use industries, among which the industrial segment is expected to remain the dominant end user of water treatment polymers between 2021 and 2031.

  • Which are some of the leading companies providing water treatment polymers?

    Some of the prominent manufacturers of water treatment polymers are Suez Water Technologies and Solutions, Solenis, Ecolab Inc., Dow Chemical Company, and others

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Water Treatment Polymers Market by category

Product Type

  • Polyacrylamides
  • Polyacrylates
  • Quaternary Ammonium Polymers
  • Polyamines


  • Preliminary Treatment
  • Water Treatment
  • Sludge Treatment


  • Residential Buildings
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Municipality
  • Industrial
    • Chemical & Petrochemicals
    • Oil & Gas
    • Mining & Metals
    • Food & Beverage
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Semiconductors
    • Thermoelectric Power Plants
    • Others


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa

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