Demand water treatment chemicals remain high

Demand for water treatment chemicals to remain high

6:41 AM, 2nd January 2018
Boiler systems require effective chemical treatment with accurate monitoring and control. © Syntec Corporation
Boiler systems require effective chemical treatment with accurate monitoring and control. © Syntec Corporation

A single day’s loss of steam production in an operational unit can cost manufacturing companies much more than the total expenses bore by companies, in the maintenance of their boilers during a span of one or two years. Boiler water treatment is essential – boiler systems require effective chemical treatment with accurate monitoring and control, according to a report by Future Market Insights.

A badly serviced steam boiler is like a potential bomb. This is precisely why getting good quality feed water and maintaining properties of boiler water correct, are of much importance. In order to understand the requirement of the feed water supplied to a particular steam boiler, a basic and simple study of its supply/feed water must be done thoroughly.

Feed water usually contains dissolved solids, dissolved gases and suspended solids. These impurities are capable of causing severe damages to the boiler and its parts. In order to keep the boiler working effectively, treatment of feed water is essential as well as highly recommended.

It is typically more cost-effective and economical to address the impurities by mechanical or physical means. Chemical treatment is done only to clean remaining parts and traces of impurities after the physical treatment is over. However, it is very essential to use chemical treatments for feed water as the impurities can damage boiler parts and accessories.

With increasing use of boiler water treatment chemicals, their demand is estimated to grow significantly in across various end-use industries over the forecast period. These chemicals reduce the corrosion of boiler vessels and pipelines, leading to considerable increase in the equipment life. Moreover, the addition of these chemicals to the boiler water feed increases its fluidity and hence, the flow is maintained and thus, the boiler efficiency is increased.

Market dynamics

In order to ensure smooth working of the boilers, the boiler water feed is treated with several chemicals and agents, thereby leading to optimized and efficient steam generation. The market for boiler water treatment chemicals is growing at a fast pace owing to increasing application of boilers in commercial, industrial and manufacturing sectors.

Strict boiler regulations are being put by the regulatory authorities on the manufacturing and use of boilers to ensure their safe operation and control. The regulatory authorities perform regular checks and inspections to ensure that healthy operating conditions are maintained in steam boilers, making it mandatory for boiler operators/ users to keep them safe.

Market segmentation

Boiler water treatment chemicals market can be segmented on the basis of type of chemicals and application.

By chemical type; corrosion & scale inhibitors; molybdates; phosphates; phosphonates; other corrosion & scale inhibitors; biocides; chlorine and chlorine derivatives; bromine derivatives; other biocides; coagulants & flocculants; metallic salts; polymers; other coagulants & flocculants; PH control agents; bases; acids; foam control agents; oxygen scavengers; other boiler water treatment chemicals; fluoridation chemicals; chelating agents; and all other water treatment chemicals.

On the basis of applications; industrial; chemical industries; food & beverage; pulp & paper; oil refineries and petrochemical; power sector (power plants); textile and construction; steel & metal; equipment manufacturing; automobile & aerospace; sugar mills, pharmaceuticals etc; commercials; institutes and educational facilities; public facilities such as airports, railways; and others such as hotels & restaurants.

Regional outlook

Key manufacturers of boiler water treatment chemicals are based in North America and Europe. The rapid industrialization in the Asia Pacific region is estimated to fuel the growth of the regional boiler water treatment chemicals market. With established industries in the developed countries, the demand for boiler water treatment chemicals is expected to remain high, nonetheless increasing at a comparatively lower growth rate over the forecast period, when compared with developing countries such as China and India.

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