Treatment Chemical Sales May Reach $24.7 B in 2012

The McIlvaine Company is forecasting that water and wastewater chemical sales worldwide will reach $24.7 billion in 2012. Based on forecasted 2008 revenues of $20.5 billion, world sales are expected to grow by an average of 5 percent annually into the next decade.

In its online Waste and Wastewater Treatment Chemicals: World Markets report, McIlvaine figures point to Asia as the continent that will see the greatest growth potential. From 2008 to 2012, water and wastewater treatment chemicals in Asia are expected to increase by about 29 percent. For the same time period, the company forecasts that sales in the United States and Europe will grow by 12 percent and 17 percent, respectively.

"Over the next several years, China will be building a number of new water and wastewater treatment facilities," stated Bob McIlvaine, company president. "As China and other Asian countries undergo continued industrialization and urbanization, the need for water treatment chemicals is growing at a much faster pace than the rest of the world."

The McIlvaine report breaks down sales forecasts by chemical classification, country, industry, and year.

2012 Revenue Forecast for Chemicals

2012 Sales Forecasts by Industry (in $ millions)



Corrosion inhibitors 5305

Organic flocculants 4436
Inorganic flocculants 3371
Scale inhibitors
Oxidizers and biocides 2388
pH adjusters 1381
Odor control 838
Ion exchangers 743
Activated carbon 628
Defoamers 602
Chelating agents 558

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