Industrial sludge gets produced during the process of wastewater treatment. The wastewater that gets expelled from industrial units contains huge amounts of chemicals, water, and various microorganisms. In order to ensure that the sludge is safe and stable enough for disposal, it needs to go through a few stages of treatment. Industrial sludge treatment also aims at decreasing the volume of sludge. Green Environmental aims at this section. Apart from decreasing the water content, sludge treatment also reduces the pathogen content which as a result ensures safe disposal of the same. Many a times, the treated sludge is also used as a fertilizer.
Growing at 5.8% CAGR between 2014 and 2020, the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market is anticipated to report a value of US$6.07 billion in 2020, from US$4.09 billion in 2013. One of the main factors that drive the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market is rapid industrialization. Favorable government regulations also have a significant impact on the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market.
Activated Sludge: Largest Segment in the Global Industrial Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market
The global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market is segmented on the basis of five main parameters: type of sludge, process chemicals, process treatment, end users, and geography. Based on sludge type, the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market is categorized into primary sludge, activated sludge, mixed sludge, and others. The others segment includes tertiary sludge and humus sludge.
In terms of revenue, the largest segment within the sludge type category is held by activated sludge. In 2013, this segment held a share of 46% in the overall market for industrial sludge treatment chemicals. The activated sludge segment is expected to retain its leading position during the forecast period as well. On the basis of process chemical, this market is segmented into coagulants, flocculants, disinfectants, and others such as defoamers and activated carbon. Within the category of process chemicals, the largest share in the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market is held by the flocculants segment followed by the segment for coagulants. The various process treatments include conditioning and stabilizing, dewatering and drying, thickening, and digestion. The largest share within the process treatment category is held by the conditioning and stabilization segment. Some of the prominent end-user segments in the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market are automotive, metal processing, oil and gas, pulp and paper, food and beverages, electronics, personal care and chemicals, and others such as paints and coatings and textiles.
Asia Pacific Market to Grow at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2014 to 2020
Geographically, the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market is segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, and Rest of the World. The North America industrial sludge treatment chemicals market dominates the overall market due to factors such as industrialization, greater environmental standards, and stringent policies. Asia Pacific holds the second-largest share in the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market in terms of revenue. In addition, the Asia Pacific market is expected to witness robust growth during the forecast period. Between 2014 and 2020, this regional market is anticipated to grow at a 6.3% CAGR. Rapid industrial development in China is one of the main factors that drive the industrial sludge treatment chemicals market in Asia Pacific. Interestingly, several manufacturers are shifting their facilities to China because of greater availability of inputs and minimal costs of production.
The third-largest regional segment in the global industrial sludge treatment chemicals market is Europe. This market is anticipated to witness moderate growth because of widespread adoption of advanced technologies for sludge treatment.