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Scale Inhibitors Market Research Report – Forecast to 2030

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 2030

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

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Scale Inhibitors Market Overview

As per the Market Research Future Project, the scale inhibitors industry holds a scale inhibitors market value of USD 3195.0 million during the market forecast period by the end of 2023. It has also been marked that the scale inhibitors market holds a CAGR of 4.5% during the market forecast period of 2018 to 2023. Scale inhibitors are said to be the chemical materials that are used in the manufacturing industry for reduction or for checking the formation of scales. These scale inhibitors have been used in various industries for power generation plants, mining and construction, treatment of water and wastewater, oil and gas industry, food and beverage industry, and various environmental protection industries. The amount of scale precipitation depends on the temperature, pressure, amount of water congruity, and amount of mineral content in the water.

Scales are those precipitates that are formed on the surface of various types of machinery that continuously expose themselves to water. When the temperature increases this precipitation gets either fully or partially insoluble. The major end-user industry so marked till now is the oil and gas industry. The water so used in oil and gas industries is treated with these chemicals of scale inhibitors.


The outbreak of COVID led to the improvement of lockdown and shutdown. The subsequent lockdown and shutdown had a bad effect on the firms where the firms had to shut their manufacturing processes. The demand for the end-product deteriorated whereas disruption in the supply chain was marked. The government took several steps for the safety of the nationwide people amidst the rising cases of COVID. In the regions of Germany, the United States, Spain, Italy, and France, the rise in growth of scale inhibitor chemicals were dropped thus affecting the expansion of scale inhibitors market size. Due to the pandemic majority of the key players were trying to revive their operations by giving priority to the rising growth of supply chains while imposing certain measures for addressing the results of the COVID.


As per the rise in growth in the market, the suppliers and the distributors have involved themselves seriously in both research and developmental activities. The key players involved in raising the growth have adopted various competitive strategies like merging with other competitors, acquisitions, building partnerships with the next distributors thus helping to steer up the market growth globally. The market players holding a large-scale inhibitor market share play a substantial role where they are trying to propel up their customer base by creating joint ventures with some other contenders. Kemira Oyj is the leading manufacturer who holds an extensive area where it manufactures special products including the manufacturing of calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, barium sulfate under some conditions. Some of the key players operating in the market are 

  • Kemira Oyj of Finland,

  • DowDuPont of the United States,

  • BASF SE of Germany,

  • Solenis of the United States,

  • American Water Chemicals Inc. of the United States,

  • Ecolab of the United States,

  • SUEZ of France,

  • Clariant of Switzerland,

  • BWA Water Additives of the United States and

  • Arkema SA of France.



The demand for water and wastewater treatment bolstered up the scale inhibitors market growth. This treatment has been one of the fastest and dominant reasons helping in the expansion of the business of scale inhibitors. Encouraged by support from the government, these chemicals have been extensively used in the treatment. Some of the popular government projects namely the Namami Gange projects which merged with high demand for water with the increase in urbanization in the emerging markets of India and China also steered up the scale inhibitors market share. An increase in demand for scale inhibitors in some of the sectors like mining, and oil and gas power stations contribute largely to the scale inhibitors market growth.


The oil reserves present in the Middle East region contribute to the largest oil reserves. Here the numerous activities of discovering oil and gas provide lucrative opportunities for scale inhibitors market growth. These developments enhance new opportunities for the traders and the manufacturers in the review period.


The hike in volatile oil prices lessens the demand for the scale inhibitors in the discovery of oil and gas manufacturing therefore it is a major challenging factor for the key players in the upcoming years.

Cumulative growth

The growth took place when the market diversified and established an ecosystem where top players took severe steps to give full priority to their efforts.


Globally the scale inhibitor industry has many restraining factors like the people having less knowledge about the scale inhibitors and their advantages in the end-users industry sectors mainly in the demandable countries act as a major restraint for the scale inhibitors market growth.


By type

Based on scale inhibitors market trends, it has been found that based on type the scale inhibitors are segmented into carboxylate/acrylates, sulfonates, phosphates, and many more. The phosphonate segment occupies a large part of the market share in 2017, owing to the most dominant share and a high scale inhibitors market value where it occupies a CAGR of 4.29% increasing its demand in the end-use industries.

By technology

By the use of advanced technology people could develop some of the research methods where one could view the result through multidimensional analysis. The key players took the help of technology and utilized the novel detection protocol for analyzing and measuring the scale inhibitors.


The market of Asia Pacific covers a CAGR of 5.38% in the upcoming years which owes to the need for demand for effective water treatment for rivers and the growth in using the efforts taken by the government with this respect. A rise in awareness level about the treatment and increased migration to the urban areas across India and the Chinese region steers up the scale inhibitors market size during the assessment period. The Namami Gange Programme is the best project which uses scale inhibitors to cater the growth augmentation for portable water treatment. China is said to be an attractive market due to the rise in cruise oil production and occupies a scale inhibiting market value of USD 727.5 million by the end of 2023. The Japanese region is marked to be the second most bankable market region holding a record value of CAGR 4.56% in the following years.


August 2021: In around 70 vertical conventional wells in the Permian Basin, the application of an extended-release scale inhibitor demonstrated approximately three times the performance of the incumbent chemical. Tomson Technologies and Group 2 Technologies implemented a scale-squeeze programme for this carrier system in collaboration with Occidental Petroleum (Oxy). It enables the use of fewer squeeze treatments, resulting in reduced chemical usage, reduced plugging risk, and lowered environmental effect.

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.


The report highlights the market growth where the market is classified into types, applications, and various regions. From the market outlook, you will mark the expected valuation and the market share so occupied by various key players. In the review period, you will mark the various challenging factors and the growth factors that contribute to the market growth. The market highlights the base year and the growth potentialities during the review period.

Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size

  • 2023: USD 3,195.0 Million
  • 2030: Significant Value
  •   CAGR   4.5% (2022-2030)
      Base Year   2021
      Forecast Period   2022-2030
      Historical Data   2019 & 2020
      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 application segments comprise certain areas like petrochemicals, mining, oil and gas sectors, paper mills units, and many more. The power application units cover a growth of CAGR of 4.6% in the upcoming years where a huge amount is spent on the development. The power segment has marked that it owns a CAGR of 26.67% in the overall scale inhibitors market during the market forecast period. These power sectors and the units owe to the escalating requirement for the treatment of wastewater. The oil and gas units occupy the second-largest growth because the government is investing much more in deepwater as well as in ultra-deepwater exploration activities especially in the South China Sea along with an increase in the availability of oil reserves along with the regions of the Gulf of Mexico.

    The scale inhibitors market growth in the North American region occupies a significant growth due to the large exploration activities of shale gas. The market in the United States is said to be the most advanced market throughout the market region where it should retain its contribution during the assessment period. In some of the industries of power and construction, mining industry, oil, and gas industry contribute to large advancement activities are the major factors that steer up the scale inhibitors market growth and scale inhibitors market size.

    It has been found that the Middle East and African region occupies a CAGR of 5.61% during the forecast period. Concerning the rise in demand for crude oil the growth of scale, types of research pieces, types of researchGange of researchGangeinhibitors are largely used in industries where it has been used in mining sectors, power treatment, water treatment which will bolster up the market size.

    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.