Biocides Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Type (Halogen Compounds, Metallic Compounds, Organosulfurs, Organic Acids, Phenolics, and Other Types), Application (Water Treatment, Pharmaceutical and Personal Care, Wood Preservation, Food and Beverage, Paints and Coatings, and Other Applications), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle East & Africa)

Market Snapshot

Biocides Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >5 %
Biocides Market Key Players

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Market Overview

The biocides market is expected to register a CAGR of over 5%, during the forecast period. The market is driven by the increasing demand for water treatment plants in the Middle East & African countries, along with increasing demand from the food and beverage industry.

  • However, the market growth is hindered by environmental issues due to the usage of chlorine
  • The increasing awareness in the agricultural sector, globally, is likely to act as an opportunity for the biocides market over the forecast period. 

Scope of the Report

The biocides market report includes:

Halogen Compounds
Metallic Compounds
Organic Acids
Other Types
Water Treatment
Pharmaceutical and Personal Care
Wood Preservation
Food and Beverage
Paints and Coatings
Other Applications
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Demand from Water Treatment Application

  • Biocides are used in water treatment to eliminate the microbes. Water towers are ideal locations for the growth of biological organisms, such as bacteria, algae, fungi, sulphate-reducing bacteria, and protozoa.
  • If their growth is not controlled, they form a layer of bio-slime that acts as a natural adhesive surface for scale formation, which may reduce the efficiency of the cooling system.
  • In order for water systems to operate at their optimum efficiency, biocides are added to the water to remove the slimes, microbiological fouling, and biofilm from these systems.
  • These chemicals are widely used in cooling towers, spas and swimming pools, sewage treatment, and industrial wastewater treatment. Biocides are also used in water cleaning program to control biofouling in reverse osmosis membranes. These biocides are used prior to the RO system, to regulate bio-growth in the membrane.
  • With increasing demand from water treatment application, the demand for biocides is also rapidly increasing. 
Biocides Market Share

Currently, North America Holds the Largest Share in the Biocides Market

  • The United States is one of the largest markets for biocides, and it is expected to increase further during the forecast period, due to the growing end-user industries, such as water treatment, paints and coatings, food and beverage, etc.
  • Due to the aging of the existing water and wastewater treatment units in the country, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is emphasizing on the improvement of water and sewage services, especially in the municipal wastewater treatment. The organization also estimates a capital investment of USD 600 billion toward its improvement, over the next two decades, and is focused on the usage of biological water treatment.
  • Moreover, USEPA has also been focusing on supplying clean drinking water, and it runs a fund called ‘Clean Water State Revolving Fund’, financing the environmental compliances to meet the infrastructural needs. Apart from the funds, the government is also encouraging private investments in the treatment of water and wastewater.      
  • The demand for paints and coatings has increased in construction, with growing costs of construction in the non-residential sector, which, therefore, increases the consumption of biocides.
  • Therefore, these growing end-user industries are expected to drive the biocide market during the forecast period.
Biocides Market Growth Rate By Region

Competitive Landscape

The biocides market is fragmented in nature. Some of the major players of the market studied include BASF SE, Kemira, Solvay, Ecolab, and Nouryon among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Demand for Water Treatment in the Middle East & African Countries

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand from the Food and Beverage Industry

      3. 4.1.3 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Environmental Issues Due to the Usage of Chlorine

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Halogen Compounds

      2. 5.1.2 Metallic Compounds

      3. 5.1.3 Organosulfurs

      4. 5.1.4 Organic Acids

      5. 5.1.5 Phenolics

      6. 5.1.6 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Water Treatment

      2. 5.2.2 Pharmaceutical and Personal Care

      3. 5.2.3 Wood Preservation

      4. 5.2.4 Food and Beverage

      5. 5.2.5 Paints and Coatings

      6. 5.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis**

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Albemarle Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Baker Hughes Incorporated

      3. 6.4.3 BASF SE

      4. 6.4.4 BWA WATER ADDITIVES

      5. 6.4.5 Dow

      6. 6.4.6 Ecolab

      7. 6.4.7 Kemira

      8. 6.4.8 Kemipex

      9. 6.4.9 Lonza

      10. 6.4.10 The Lubrizol Corporation

      11. 6.4.11 Merck KGaA

      12. 6.4.12 Nouryon

      13. 6.4.13 Solvay

      14. 6.4.14 SUEZ

      15. 6.4.15 Thor

      16. 6.4.16 Troy Corporation

      17. 6.4.17 Valtris Specialty Chemicals

      18. 6.4.18 Veolia Environnement SA

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Awareness in the Agricultural Sector

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Biocides Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Biocides Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

BASF SE, Kemira, Solvay, Ecolab, Nouryon are the major companies operating in Biocides Market.

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