Chelating agent is a substance or organic molecule which has the capability to form more than one bond with a single metal ion, thereby boosting the stability of the ion complex. These are high performance chemicals which are primarily used to prevent the harmful effects of metal ions. Free metal ions in aqueous media are disadvantageous to human beings as these ions initiate many reactions. Therefore, it is important to control the accessibility of the number of metal ions. Chelating agents are used in various industrial and technical applications, such as in chemical processing, pulp & paper, consumer products and others. Certain chelating agents, such as sodium gluconates, organophosphonates and APCAs’, are widely used in various industrial, water treatment and household applications. The market for chelating agents is primary driven by the demand for these agents from pulp & paper industries and cleaning and detergent industries.
Chelating agent manufacturers will witness opportunities in the area of biodegradable chelating agents. Manufacturers are focusing on increasing the production of biodegradable chelating agents as they are a safer alternative to the generally used non-biodegradable organic compounds. Biodegradable chelating agents, namely ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid (EDDS), iminodisuccinic acid (IDS) and nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA), are the most common chemicals expected to replace non-biodegradable chelating agents in the next coming years
Global Chelating Agents Market: Dynamics, Segmentation and Regional Outlook
Growing awareness regarding water treatment in all end use industries is expected to uplift the chelating agents market during the forecast period. This is due to the fact that several regulatory bodies, such as REACH, EPA, ASTM, National Science Foundation (NSF), European Environment Agency, Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA), etc. have made it compulsory to treat waste water in all industries.
On the other hand, the non-biodegradable nature of some of the chelating agents, namely DTPA, HEDP and EDTA, has been also considered to be hazardous for biotic species and the environment. These chemicals are widely found in waste released from various industries after water treatment and these chemicals percolate through the top soil to pollute the groundwater. Thus, the harmful effects of these chelating agents may hamper market growth in years to come.
Additionally, increasing use of biodegradable chelating agents is anticipated to create new opportunities for chelating agent manufacturers to shift their production towards biodegradable chelating agents. Biodegradability is the most important factor and should be taken into account to prevent long-term consequences for the environment and humans. Alternatives, such as gluconic acid, MGDA, GLDA, EDDS, IDS, glucoheptonates and citric acid, are some of the examples of biodegradable chelating agents.
The global chelating agent market can be segmented on the basis of type, application and region. On the basis of type, the global chelating agents market can be segmented into: Aminopolycarboxylic Acid [APCA], Sodium Gluconate, Organophosphates, Others; On the basis of application, the global chelating agents market can be segmented into: Chemical Processing, Food & Beverage, Consumer Products, Pharmaceutical, Pulp & Paper, Household & Industrial Cleaning, Agrochemicals, Water Treatment, Others.
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Developing consciousness regarding hygiene among the people of India and China is going to enhance chelating agents’ product applications in cleaners and detergents manufactured in Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific is expected to hold a majority share in the chelating agents market owing to the presence of many pulp and paper industries in the region. Moreover, North America and Western Europe are expected to show a fair growth in chelating agents market during the forecast period owing to mandatory regulations and directives issued by local government bodies and authorities to ensure sound practice of environment management via waste water in end use industries