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Water and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals Market is Growing

World sales of water and wastewater treatment chemicals were over $17 billion last year and will reach $22 billion in 2010. Nevertheless, the market is splintered with tens of thousands of companies supplying a wide range of products. These are the conclusions reached by the McIlvaine Company in its online, Water and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals World Markets.

The largest supplier, Nalco, achieved only a 7 percent market share worldwide. GE Water, the next largest, only garnered 3.5 percent of the market.

Twenty companies achieved sales in this segment in 2004 of over $100 million. This means sales average is less than $1 million per year.

The industry is composed of companies who buy commodity chemicals in bulk and then blend and package these chemicals along with service.

“Corrosion inhibitor” is the biggest single product category, representing 18 percent of the total. Other products in order of sales revenue are organic flocculants, inorganic flocculants, scale inhibitors, oxidizers and biocides, pH adjusters, odor control, ion exchange, activated carbon, chelates and defoamers.

Municipal wastewater plants are the largest purchasers (17 percent of the total) followed in order by power generators, municipal water treatment plants, refineries, pulp and paper mills, oil and gas producers, food processors, metal working companies, chemical producers, electronics manufacturers, and mines.

For more information on Water and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals: World Market, go to the McIlvave website.