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Flocculant & Coagulant Market

Flocculant & Coagulant Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Coagulant, Organic coagulants, Polyamine, PolyDADMAC, Inorganic coagulants, Aluminum Sulfate (Alum), Aluminum Chloride, Polyaluminum Chloride and Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Ferric Sulphate and Ferrous Sulphate, Ferric Chloride, Organic and Inorganic blend, Flocculant, Cationic Flocculants, Anionic Flocculants), By Application (Power Generation, Chemical Processing, Water and Wastewater, Municipal Water Treatment, Dairy Waste Water) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2024-2032

Report Code: SRSC56046DR
Study Period 2020-2032 CAGR 5.9%
Historical Period 2020-2022 Forecast Period 2024-2032
Base Year 2023 Base Year Market Size USD 7.0 billion
Forecast Year 2032 Forecast Year Market Size USD 11.8 billion
Largest Market Asia-Pacific Fastest Growing Market North America
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Market Overview

The global flocculant and coagulant market size was valued at USD 7.0 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 11.8 billion by 2032, registering a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period (2024-2032). Using the coagulation-flocculation process to remove dangerous chemicals from Wastewater drives the flocculant and coagulant market growth.

Flocculants and coagulants are chemicals used in water and wastewater treatment procedures to remove suspended solids, colloids, and other contaminants from water, making it cleaner and safer for various purposes. Both are used to clear water, although in slightly different ways. Flocculants stimulate the aggregation and settlement of suspended particles in water, resulting in more significant, readily removed masses known as flocs. Coagulants are substances that destabilize colloidal particles in water, leading them to clump or coagulate. 

The flocculant and coagulant markets provide numerous potential for growth. Environmental laws and the need for adequate water and wastewater treatment solutions drive demand in industries like municipal water treatment, mining, and oil and gas. Furthermore, the growing industrial sector in emerging economies provides opportunities for market expansion. Technological improvements and creation of environmentally friendly and cost-effective flocculants and coagulants open new potential for innovation and market penetration. 

Furthermore, the availability of alternative technology and treatment methods significantly limits the flocculant and coagulant market share. Water treatment technology improvements, such as membrane filtration and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, present a market challenge by offering more effective and environmentally friendly options. Furthermore, severe chemical consumption and disposal requirements impede the growth of the flocculant and coagulant markets as businesses seek other ways to comply with these rules.


  • Inorganic Coagulants account for the largest market share by type.
  • Water and wastewater generate the highest revenue share by application.

Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

Growing Water Pollution Concerns

Water pollution levels are increasing as a result of industrial activity, urbanization, and agricultural runoff, raising worries about water quality and safety. Flocculants and coagulants are necessary for removing suspended solids, organic matter, and pollutants from water, making it appropriate for a variety of applications including drinking water supply, industrial processes, and environmental remediation. According to the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), industrial wastewater discharge contributes significantly to water pollution. According to the World Water Development Report, 80% of Wastewater worldwide, and over 95% in some developing countries, is dumped into the environment without treatment. This untreated Wastewater contributes significantly to water pollution and negatively affects human health and ecosystems.

Additionally, the demand for flocculants and coagulants in industrial wastewater treatment is driven by regulatory obligations to reduce the environmental effect of industrial operations. Regulatory bodies set rigorous discharge limitations for contaminants such as suspended solids, heavy metals, and hazardous compounds, necessitating sophisticated treatment systems to ensure compliance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), waterborne diseases will kill approximately 3.5 million people each year, including 3 million children, by 2023. This represents 3.6% of the disability-adjusted life year (DALY) disease burden worldwide. The majority of these deaths are the result of diarrheal infections, which are largely preventable.

According to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million people die each year from diarrheal infections, and 395,000 children under the age of five could die if these risk factors were addressed. Effective water treatment methods, such as flocculants and coagulants, are critical for lowering the risk of waterborne diseases and providing safe drinking water to communities worldwide.

Market Restraints

Availability of Alternative Treatment Solution

Advances in alternative water treatment technologies, such as membrane filtration, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, and advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), provide alternatives to traditional flocculation and coagulation. These technologies may offer advantages such as increased treatment efficiency, lower chemical consumption, and reduced sludge creation, posing a threat to flocculants and coagulants. Membrane filtration methods, such as reverse osmosis (RO), nanofiltration (NF), and ultrafiltration (UF), are increasingly used in water and wastewater treatment due to their ability to remove contaminants with high efficiency and selectivity. Membrane procedures can remove suspended particles, dissolved ions, and pathogens more effectively than traditional sedimentation and filtration methods.

As a result, the increased use of membrane filtration technologies in industries such as municipal water treatment, food and beverage processing, and pharmaceutical manufacturing creates competition for flocculant and coagulant products. Similarly, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection is becoming more popular for killing bacteria, viruses, and pathogens in water and Wastewater. UV radiation breaks germs' DNA, making them unable to multiply and do harm. UV disinfection systems have several advantages: quick treatment, chemical-free operation, and minimum disinfection byproducts. 

Furthermore, advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) such as ozonation, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) oxidation, and photocatalysis can degrade organic pollutants and emerging contaminants in water by generating highly reactive oxygen species. AOPs have several advantages, including broad-spectrum pollutant removal, quick treatment kinetics, and little chemical usage.

Market Opportunity

Expansion of Industrial Activities

Manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and food and beverage production generate more Wastewater containing complex pollutants as they grow. Flocculants and coagulants are required to treat industrial Wastewater to meet regulatory standards and reduce environmental effects. The rising industrial sector creates prospects for the global use of flocculant and coagulant goods and services. According to World Population Review, global urbanization was 57.5% in 2023 and is expected to reach 1.75% between 2020 and 2025. The World Bank predicts that the urban population will more than quadruple by 2050, with nearly seven out of ten people living in cities. The United Nations predicts that by 2050, 68% of the world's population will live in cities, with Asia and Africa accounting for over 90% of the rise.

Thus, the growing need for minerals and metals, driven by infrastructure development, urbanization, and industrialization, stimulates the mining industry's expansion and creates a demand for water treatment solutions. According to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the mining industry must prioritize responsible water management to reduce water-related risks, provide operational resilience, and meet stakeholder expectations. Effective water treatment methods, such as flocculation and coagulation processes, are crucial to attaining these goals while limiting mining activities' environmental implications.

In addition, the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim for water quality, sustainable mining, and environmental preservation. The growing need for water treatment solutions to solve wastewater issues in industrial processes generates a promising market for flocculant and coagulant producers and providers. Companies that provide practical and dependable treatment solutions customized to industrial applications can capitalize on the global industrial sector's growth potential while contributing to environmental sustainability and regulatory compliance.

Regional Analysis

The global flocculant and coagulant market analysis is conducted in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.

Asia-Pacific Dominates the Global Market

Asia-Pacific has emerged as a substantial sourc is the most significant global flocculant and coagulant market shareholder and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.6% over the forecast period. Asia-Pacifie of clean water resources in recent decades, with flocculant and coagulant demand likely to increase further during the projection period. The rise of the industrial sector in countries such as China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan is likely to contribute to future flocculant and coagulant demand; this trend is expected to continue during the forecast period. 

Furthermore, India and China have made considerable domestic expenditures on water infrastructure, explaining the market's high need for these chemicals. China has invested almost USD 169 billion in water conservation projects in 2023, a record amount. The funding will go toward 27,900 new water conservation projects to extend the national water supply networks. The total investment in fixed water assets exceeded 1.1 trillion yuan (USD 154 billion) in 2022, a 44% increase over 2021. In the first quarter of 2023, it increased 15.6% to 407 billion yuan.

In addition, the Indian government's public health rules on clean water consumption have fueled the market expansion of flocculants and coagulants. The Indian mainland has diverse natural energy resources, including coal, oil, mining, and water for hydropower generation. In addition, coal is employed as a fuel source for electricity generation. In recent years,India has consumed many flocculants and coagulants, which is projected to continue.

North America is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 5.8% over the forecast period. North America dominates the flocculant and coagulant market due to the rapid expansion of many enterprises in these regions. North America will hold a 25% market share throughout the projection period. Substantial key players' rigorous government restrictions and extensive industrial infrastructure in North American countries boost the industry.

Furthermore, the rise of the oil and gas industry has increased demand for flocculants and coagulants as shale gas is used in the US market. The United States' oil and gas business performed admirably in 2023, producing more oil and natural gas than ever. In 2023, the United States made an average of 12.9 million barrels of crude oil per day, surpassing the previous high of 12.3 million achieved in 2019.

Europe's flocculant and coagulant market has been gradually developing owing to stringent environmental regulations and increased water treatment activities in various industries. The European water treatment industry is predicted to grow significantly, emphasizing sustainable and practical solutions. In March 2023, Germany's federal government also established a National Water Strategy, focusing on ten strategic topics, problems, and ambitions for 2050 to advance the water sector's development. Industrial growth, infrastructural development, and environmental concerns boost regional demand for flocculants and coagulants.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Type
  1. Coagulant
  2. Organic coagulants
  3. Polyamine
  4. PolyDADMAC
  5. Inorganic coagulants
  6. Aluminum Sulfate (Alum)
  7. Aluminum Chloride
  8. Polyaluminum Chloride and Aluminum Chlorohydrate
  9. Ferric Sulphate and Ferrous Sulphate
  10. Ferric Chloride
  11. Organic and Inorganic blend
  12. Flocculant
  13. Cationic Flocculants
  14. Anionic Flocculants
By Application
  1. Power Generation
  2. Chemical Processing
  3. Water and Wastewater
  4. Municipal Water Treatment
  5. Dairy Waste Water
Company Profiles BASF SE Ecolab Inc. Solvay SA SNF (United Kingdom) Ltd Cytec Industries Inc. Akferal Kemira Oyj Jayem Engineers TRIO Chemicals & Allied Products Yide Chem Evoqua Water Technologies SUEZ, Feralco Tidal Vision
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Singapore Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The global flocculant and coagulant market is segmented based on type and application.

The market is further segmented by type into Coagulant, Organic Coagulants, Polyamine, Polydadmac, Inorganic Coagulants, Aluminum Sulfate (Alum), Aluminum Chloride, Polyaluminum Chloride and Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Ferric Sulphate and Ferrous Sulphate, Ferric Chloride, Organic and Inorganic Blend, Flocculant, Cationic Flocculants, and Anionic Flocculants.

Demand for flocculants and coagulants containing inorganic coagulants is expected to be strong throughout the forecast period. Inorganic coagulants are salts or metal-based chemicals that neutralize the negative charges on suspended particles, promoting particle aggregation. Inorganic coagulants include aluminum sulfate (alum), aluminum chloride, poly aluminum chloride (PAC), ferric sulfate, ferric chloride, and ferrous sulfate. Inorganic coagulants are commonly used for municipal water treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, and drinking water production.

As the inorganic coagulant combines with alkalinity, metal hydroxide precipitates of aluminum or iron develop, acting as a sweep-floc mechanism. Inorganic coagulants are an effective treatment for many problematic colloidal suspensions. Despite sweep-flocs' advantages for removing metal hydroxide precipitates from water, these residues contribute to the overall volume of sludge produced after treatment. 

Organic coagulants result in less dense and dewaterable sediments than inorganic coagulants. The higher the water content of the sludge, the more minor the penalty for influent or raw water applications where the sludge is generally not dangerous. Using hazardous sludge for wastewater treatment has a substantial economic impact. All of these factors have fueled market expansion for inorganic coagulants. Organic coagulants are made from natural or synthetic organic compounds and are used to neutralize negative charges on suspended particles, allowing them to aggregate and settle. Polyamines and polydadmac are common organic coagulants used to treat industrial Wastewater and municipal water supplies.

The market can be bifurcated by application into Power Generation, Chemical Processing, Water and Wastewater, Municipal Water Treatment, andDairy Wastewater.

The water and wastewater treatment market is projected to dominate. The water and wastewater segment covers various applications, such as industrial water treatment, municipal water supply, and wastewater treatment. Flocculants and coagulants are essential in these applications because they help remove suspended particles, organic matter, pathogens, and pollutants from water sources. This improves water quality, protects public health and safety, and complies with regulatory water reuse and discharge requirements. 

 Severe weather conditions have exacerbated the growing human and industrial need for water. New, readily available sources have been tapped to accommodate the rising need. The flocculants and coagulants market is predicted to grow throughout the forecast period, owing to water treatment technologies for recycling Wastewater, which reduces reliance on naturally accessible aquatic resources. For medium and small-scale industries, the most critical market trend is the development of centralized fluid treatment facilities to achieve zero discharge in the in-situ process.

For various industrial processes, product formulation, and equipment cleaning, water is used in the chemical processing industries, such as petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and specialty chemicals. Organic compounds, heavy metals, and solvents are common pollutants found in water used in chemical processing, which can impact product quality and processing efficiency. Flocculants and coagulants are used to treat effluent from chemical processing processes, allowing contaminants to be removed while remaining within regulatory discharge limitations. This promotes environmental protection and sustainable practices in the chemical processing business.

Market Size By Type

Recent Developments

  • February 2024: Kemira completed the divestiture of its oil and gas-related portfolio.
  • April 2024: BASF entered into a 15-year arrangement with ENN to acquire natural gas for its Zhanjiang Verbund plant.

Top Key Players

BASF SE Ecolab Inc. Solvay SA SNF (United Kingdom) Ltd Cytec Industries Inc. Akferal Kemira Oyj Jayem Engineers TRIO Chemicals & Allied Products Yide Chem Evoqua Water Technologies SUEZ, Feralco Tidal Vision Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How big is the Flocculant & Coagulant market?
The global flocculant and coagulant market size was valued at USD 7.0 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 11.8 billion by 2032, registering a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period (2024-2032).
Asia-Pacific region has the highest growth rate in the Flocculant & Coagulant market.
Growing water pollution concerns are the key drivers for the growth of the Flocculant & Coagulant market.
The key players in the global Flocculant & Coagulant market include BASF SE, Ecolab Inc., Solvay SA, SNF (United Kingdom) Ltd, Cytec Industries Inc., Akferal, Kemira Oyj, Jayem Engineers, TRIO Chemicals & Allied Products, Yide Chem, Evoqua Water Technologies, SUEZ, Feralco, Tidal Vision.

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