Scale Inhibitors Market Research Report – Forecast to 2027

Scale Inhibitors Market: Information By Type (Phosphonates, Carboxylate/Acrylate, Sulfonates and Others), By Application (Power, Mining, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Paper Mills and Others) - Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/CnM/4941-CR | September 2018 | Region: Global | 151 pages

Market Overview

Market Research Future (MRFR) expects the Scale Inhibitors Market to touch USD 3,195.0 Million by 2023. MRFR also anticipates that the scale inhibitors market size can soar at a rate more than 4.5% during the evaluation period (between 2018 and 2023).

COVID-19 Analysis

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown, firms have had to pause their manufacturing processes, in conjunction with weakened product demand, need to ensure safety of employees and also the disruptions in supply chains, amidst the rising SARS-CoV-2 cases. In Germany, the US, Spain, Italy and France, the demand for scale inhibiters has dropped following the pandemic. As a result, most of the vendors are trying to revive their operations by focusing on bolstering their supply chains while seeking measures to address the challenges posed by the novel coronavirus.

Market Dynamics


Strong Demand in Water & Wastewater Treatment to be a Key Growth Booster

Water & wastewater treatment is one of the fastest expanding industries and has emerged as a key growth booster in the global scale inhibitors market. Scale inhibitors are extensively used in water & wastewater treatment applications, further encouraged by strong government support. For instance, government projects in this regard, such as Namami Gange projects in India combined with the heightened demand for potable water in view of the rising urbanization rate in developing markets like India and China also boost the scale inhibitors market share. Soaring demand for scale inhibitors in core sectors like mining, oil & gas and power also contribute largely to the market growth.


The Middle East’s Vast Oil Reserves to be Major Opportunities

The Middle East has some of the world’s biggest oil reserves that have given way to a high number of extensive oil and gas activities, and widened the focus on discovering new oil & gas fields. These developments are expected to create new exciting opportunities for scale inhibitor manufacturers in the ensuing period.


Lower Awareness Level in Emerging Countries to Hinder Growth

A key restraint emerging in the global market is the lower knowledge level about scale inhibitors and their benefits in various end-use industries, particularly in emerging countries.


Volatile Oil Prices to be a Significant Challenge

Unstable or volatile oil prices could weaken the demand for scale inhibitors in the oil and gas sector, therefore posing a significant challenge to leading players in the coming years.

Segment Overview

Phosphonates Segment to Dominate the Market

The types of scale inhibitors are carboxylate/acrylates, sulfonates, phosphates, and others. The phosphonates segment in 2017, owned the biggest share and should procure a growth rate of 4.29% CAGR, given its robust demand across a number of end-use industries.

Applications in Power Sector to Remain Extensive

The key application areas are petrochemicals, mining, oil & gas, paper mills, power, and others. The power application could display a growth rate of 4.6% in the next couple of years, in view of the increasing spending on the development of the sector. The power segment owned a share of 26.67% in the global market in 2017 and the demand for scale inhibitors can grow even more in the coming years in the power sector owing to the escalating requirement for treated water. The oil & gas segment can observe the second highest growth, due to considerable investments in deepwater as well as ultra-deepwater exploration activities, especially in the South China Sea along with the high availability of extensive oil reserves along with Gulf of Mexico.

 Regional Analysis

Asia Pacific to Reach the Top Position

The APAC market could soar at a rate of 5.38% in the following years, owing to the pressing need for effective water treatment of the high number of rivers and the rising efforts given by the government in this regard. The mounting awareness level about water & wastewater treatment and striking rise in urbanization across India and China could also boost market demand during the given period. The Namami Gange Programme is one of the chief examples extensively using scale inhibitors to cater to the surging demand for potable water. China is surging as an impressive market thanks to the increase in crude oil production and is estimated to touch USD 727.5 million by the year 2023. Japan is the second most bankable market in the region and can record a 4.56% CAGR over the review period.

North America Ultra-Thin Glass Market Secures Second Lead

North America’s growth in the global market is expected to be quite significant in the near future, on account of the escalating shale gas exploration activities. The US market is the most lucrative market in the region and should retain its lead throughout the review period. Large-scale advancements in industries such as power & construction, mining and oil & gas are the key factors boosting market growth in the region.

The Middle East & African Market to Make Decent Progress

The MEA market is slated to record a CAGR of 5.61% over the review period, in view of the rampant demand for crude oil.  Growth in industries like mining, power, water treatment and the escalating product demand will also foster growth.

Competitive Landscape

Firms Indulge in Exhaustive R&D Activities to Gain Competitive Edge

The market is rife with several scale inhibitor suppliers that are deeply involved in exhaustive R&D (research and development) activities and also adopt competitive strategies like acquisition, partnerships and agreement with other players and distributors to foster their global presence. Companies with substantial scale inhibitors market share are continuously trying to further enhance their customer base by entering joint ventures with other contenders.

Kemira Oyj is a renowned scale inhibitor manufacturer and offers an extensive range of scale inhibitors including specialty products that inhibit calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, mixed scales and barium sulfate even under extreme conditions. The company has a robust line of production facilities as well as R&D centers, and is known for its commitment to high product quality, sustainability and resource efficiency.

List of Key Companies Covered in this Report

  • Kemira Oyj (Finland)

  • DowDuPont (U.S.)

  • BASF SE (Germany)

  • Solenis (U.S.)

  • American Water Chemicals Inc. (U.S.)

  • Ecolab (U.S.)

  • Clariant (Switzerland)

  • Arkema SA (France)

  • SUEZ (France)

  • BWA Water Additives (U.S.)

Recent Developments

  • April 2020 – H2O Innovation Inc. has released its latest Genmine range following years of extensive research and development. The range comprises scale inhibitors as well as cleaners developed for addressing issues related to the treatment of mine water. The new scale inhibitors can operate at both alkaline and acidic pH and restrict calcium sulfate and many common scales.

  • June 2020 – Xiaomi has upgraded its Water Purifier C1, which now has new features including front Carbon rod coupled with a scale inhibitor, folding PP, a rear Carbon rod and reverse osmosis.

Report Overview

The scale inhibitors market analysis has been covered in the report, while highlighting the top challenges, drivers and pitfalls that could impact the growth potential, along with the main categories and regions. The market has been critically analyzed, highlighting the base year, review period coupled with the projected value the global market during the given period. The market study has also focused on some of the major developments post the COVID-19 outbreak. Besides the extensive market segmentation, the report also outlines the market’s expected growth rate and the historical value as well, paired with technological developments, and the prominent factors inducing growth in the global market. Besides, scale inhibitor manufacturers and the competitive initiatives they follow are also profiled in the report.

Scope of the Report

The scope of the report outlines the scale inhibitors market forecast along with the scale inhibitors market definition, with respect to type, application and regions. The scale inhibitors market outlook has been focused on, keeping in mind the expected valuation and the scale inhibitors market share in terms of each of the regions. Scale inhibitors market technique and scale inhibitors market type in the review period have been evaluated in the MRFR report as well.

Segmentation Table

By Type

  • Sulfonates

  • Phosphonates

  • Carboxylate/Acrylate

  • Others

By Application

  • Oil & Gas

  • Petrochemicals

  • Paper Mills

  • Mining

  • Power

  • Others

Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size

  • 2023: USD 3,195.0 Million
  • 2027: Significant Value
  •   CAGR   4.5% (2018-2023)
      Base Year   2019
      Forecast Period   2020-2017
      Historical Data   2018
      Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
      Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
      Segments Covered   Type, Application
      Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
      Key Vendors   Kemira Oyj (Finland), DowDuPont (U.S.), BASF SE (Germany), Solenis (U.S.), American Water Chemicals Inc. (U.S.), Ecolab (U.S.), Clariant (Switzerland), Arkema SA (France), SUEZ (France), BWA Water Additives (U.S.)
      Key Market Opportunities   The Middle East’s Vast Oil Reserves to be Major Opportunities
      Key Market Drivers   Strong Demand in Water & Wastewater Treatment to be a Key Growth Booster

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

    The market would record a CAGR of 4.68% during the forecast period (2018-2023).

    The water supply industry would trigger maximum market growth.

    The market report includes phosphonates, carboxylate/acrylates, sulfonates, and others.

    Major applications discussed in the scale inhibitors market report are mining, oil & gas, power, petrochemicals, paper mills, and others.

    The Asia Pacific scale inhibitors market dominates the global field.

    Scale Inhibitor Market – Summary

    The fast-paced life demands a smooth flow of all the associated services, and if a chink falls from the network, it can result in a domino effect on others. One such area is the influx of liquid into our regular life. Be it water or oil, these liquids play a pivotal role in our lives, and a smooth flowing of these components is of utmost importance. The need gives scale inhibitors much precedence. The technology includes infusion of chemical or mechanical treatments in fluid flow systems which prevent the insoluble compounds from precipitating and damaging the wall of the pipes. Its credence in industries related to water, oil, and gas is quite astounding as its ability to control the fluid distribution and heat transfer to ease up the process is remarkable.

    One of the major end-user sectors of this facility is the water supplying industry. Industrial water supply is getting much importance in developed countries, and their scale inhibitors are working wonders. The technology has led many factories in adopting reverse osmosis (RO) membranes technology so that they can reuse and recycle water. Municipal water treatment plants and pretreatment of water for boilers and cooling towers are also creating substantial demand for the system. Developed regions such as North America is implementing this technology to maintain a constant flow of water in energy sectors. Countries such as India and China are also applying this technology in schools, hospitals, and shopping malls where this technology is proving itself as an essential part of the operational system.

    Oil & gas industry is also reaping substantial benefit out of this product. The global economy is very much dependent on these two components, and a slight flux in the system could trigger a catastrophe. Reliability of various companies depends on their assurance regarding smooth flow. These scale inhibitors significantly cut down the chance of corrosion, along with precipitation which has a more substantial impact on the production expenditure.

    At the same time, demand for sustainable and biodegradable components are picking up space which consequently, is opening up the market. The products are showing surprising outcomes which have led various institutes, and research laboratories to invest in developing such components. A new variant, this product has the potential to take over the future market.

    However, most of these scale inhibitors are petroleum-based and get affected by the changing crude oil price. At the same point of time, environmental factors are also issues that need a quick solution. Governments are imposing stringent regulations to prohibit hazardous elements owing to which the market could take a plunge for a span of time.  

    Segmental Analysis:

    Type-based market segmentation reveals phosphonates, carboxylate/acrylates, and sulfonates among others. Phosphonates is currently reigning supreme owing to its multi-functionality. Its market can quite easily achieve a CAGR of 4.29% during the forecast period. However, sulfonates are gaining much traction as they can stop the crystal growth and erase inorganic sulfate scales. These factors can trigger the sub-segment to attain the fastest CAGR of 5.51%.

    Application-wise the market comprises power, mining, oil & gas, paper mills, and petrochemicals among others. Power sector is earning a considerable share of the revenue generated as the sector is enjoying much popularity among governments. Currently, an impressive 24.6% of the market share is under its dominion. Petrochemical industry is also providing necessary ambiance for the market to outperform other sub-segments.  

    Regional Analysis:

    The global market of the scale inhibitors can be segmented into regions namely North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), and the Middle East & Africa (MEA).

    Rapid urbanization and industrialization have appeared as a boon for the APAC market owing to which the region has a hold over 44.97% of the market and is expected to grow with a CAGR of 5.38% during the forecast period. The European market has proven its worth by touching a valuation of USD 493.6 million and is anticipating a 3.21% CAGR during the forecast period. North America, on the other hand, is banking heavily on increasing exploration activities in this region and has an up-and-coming market.


    Various countries are now investing much in exploring oil reserves which can directly boost the scale inhibitors market. Mainly developing countries such as Brazil and Mexico are involving themselves in oil and mine activities which have the potential to impact this market considerably. Industrialization in budding economies are also spurring the need for fuel-based energy which subsequently, is creating a huge space for the said market to infiltrate. The MEA region is showing the need for water reuse and recycle as the area is riddled with water crisis. To increase energy efficiency with the reduced use of water has led these countries in adopting scale inhibitors in substantial portions which are again boosting the market prospects.

    Competitive Analysis:

    Strategies that are prominent in this market focus mainly on new product launches, product innovation, and initiatives involving acquisitions and joint venture, to expand portfolio and geographical penetration.  For instance, Solenis in 2018, keeping the buyers of the APAC in mind, opened a plant in Zhuhai, China, which will operate in various product lines including functional, water, and processing chemicals. Furthermore, they have signed an agreement with BASF SE to merge their paper and water chemical businesses to create a customer-centric chemicals company.

    Clariant, Arkema SA, DowDuPont, BASF SE, Ecolab, Kemira Oyj, SUEZ, BWA Water Additives, Solenis, and American Water Chemicals, Inc. Among them, BASF SE, DowDuPont, Ecolab, Kemira Oyj, Solenis, and Arkema SA collectively hold the majority share of the scale inhibitors market.  

    Global Scale Inhibitors Market: Competitive Landscape

    The prominent players in the global scale inhibitors market are Clariant, Arkema SA, DowDuPont, BASF SE, Ecolab, Kemira Oyj, SUEZ, BWA Water Additives, Solenis, and American Water Chemicals, Inc.

    BASF SE, DowDuPont, Ecolab, Kemira Oyj, Solenis, and Arkema SA collectively hold the majority share of the global scale inhibitors market. The market players are focused on product innovation and strategic initiatives, such as acquisitions and agreements, to meet the increasing demand for scale inhibitors in various end-use industries and expand their global footprint.

    DowDuPont, a leading specialty chemicals producer, provides a wide range of scale inhibitors and antiscalants. The company has 534 manufacturing sites and operates through three business segments—material science, specialty products, and agriculture. The company is focused on developing new solutions for the oil & gas industry. For instance, in 2017, the company showcased its antiscalant products for extreme high-temperature reservoirs and Accent scale inhibitors at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference.

    BASF SE is one of the largest chemicals producers in the world. The company operates through five business segments—chemicals, performance products, functional materials and solutions, agricultural solutions, and oil & gas. It offers scale inhibitors and antiscalants for oilfield solutions and the water treatment industry. In 2018, the company signed an agreement with Solenis to combine their paper and water chemical businesses to create a customer-focused global specialty chemicals company.

    Ecolab is a leading provider of water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services. The company operates through four segments—global industrial, global institutional, global energy, and others. It offers scale inhibitors through NALCO water, an operating division of the global industrial segment. Ecolab delivers products and services across 170 countries. In 2018, the company sold its phosphonate component business in China, which it acquired in 2015, to Italmatch Chemicals S.p.A.

    Solenis, formerly known as Ashland Water Technologies, is a subsidiary of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Solenis is a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals for various end-use industries and operates 30 manufacturing sites in around 118 countries. The company is focused on business expansion in developing economies. For instance, in 2018, the company opened a new manufacturing site in Zhuhai, China, which will operate various product lines including functional, water, and processing chemicals. This step has been taken to serve customers in Asia-Pacific.

    Arkema SA is a manufacturer and supplier of chemical products. It operates through three segments—high performance materials, industrial specialties, and coating solutions. The company has a presence in 55 countries and operates through 136 production centers in Europe, North America, and Asia as well as subsidiaries and sales offices in a large number of countries. The company offers scale inhibitors and antiscalants under its industrial specialties segment for numerous industries, including oil & gas, water treatment, detergent, and consumer goods.