Ferric Chloride Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The report covers Global Ferric Chloride Market Growth and is segmented by Application (Water and Wastewater Treatment, Printed Circuit Board(PCB), Pigment Manufacturing, Animal Nutrient Supplements, Asphalt Blowing, and Other Applications) and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers the market size and forecasts in volume (metric tons) for all the above segments.

Ferric Chloride Market Size

Ferric Chloride Market Summary
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Study Period 2017-2027
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR > 5.00 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Ferric Chloride Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Ferric Chloride Market Analysis

The ferric chloride market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period.

COVID-19 negatively impacted the market. Owing to lockdowns in various countries worldwide, supply chain constraints significantly obstructed the industry's expansion. However, the market recovered last year, and it is expected to grow at a significant rate in the coming years.

  • Over the short term, high demand from wastewater treatment plants and increasing stringent norms for treating sewage water and industrial waste to curtail pollution are likely to drive the market's growth.
  • On the flip side, stringent regulations imposed on companies during the manufacturing and shipment of ferric chloride products and the presence of substitute products are likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • Nevertheless, an untapped market for its application as a catalyst is expected to act as an opportunity for the market.
  • Asia Pacific is likely to dominate the market over the forecast period owing to increasing water and wastewater treatment plants in the countries such as China, India, and Japan.

Ferric Chloride Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Ferric Chloride Market according to our research experts:

Increasing Applications in the Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

  • Most electronics products use printed circuit boards (PCBs). High-quality PCB manufacturing technology has allowed electronics product manufacturers to produce smaller and more complex products. It is considered the key to today’s dynamic and rapidly progressing electronic innovations.
  • Ferric chloride (FeCl3) is widely used in manufacturing printed circuit boards for the etching process. PCBs are used for making electronic circuits. The global economy is rigorously experiencing technological developments, further increasing the demand for PCBs.
  • The adoption of PCBs in connected vehicles has also accelerated the market for PCBs, as vehicles are nowadays equipped with both wire and wireless technologies, which enables vehicles to connect with smartphones easily.
  • Currently, Taiwan is one of the leading countries in the PCB industry. According to Taipei Printed Circuit Association (TPCA), Taiwan’s Printed Circuit Board industry accounts for around 33.9% market share in the global market,
  • Moreover, Taiwan's printed circuit board (PCB) industry is the largest in the world in terms of value. As per the Department of Statistics, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, the total production value of printed circuit boards (PCBs) in 2021 in the country amounted to TWD 161.08 trillion (~USD 5,766.60 million) observed an increase of 4.84% as compared to the year 2020.
  • In India, as per India Cellular & Electronics Association, the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) market size in India was estimated at USD 24 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 88 billion by the year 2026.
  • Additionally, the demand for consumer gadgets which implies the usage of printed circuit board (PCBs), such as smartphones, PCs, tablets, and other medical electronics products, is rapidly increasing across the world, with the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, China, and Japan expected to remain at the top of the market.
Ferric Chloride Market - Production Value of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), In TWD trillion, Taiwan, 2017-2021

China to Dominate the Asia-Pacific Region

  • China is a major economy in the Asia-Pacific, with the highest number of industries in the world. The country is expected to dominate the global market for ferric chloride due to the major demand from applications such as water and wastewater treatment and printed circuit boards (PCB).
  • With the growing economic development in the industrial sector of China, there has been an increase in wastewater generation. The country has around 10,113 water treatment plants that treat wastewater for 95% of municipalities and 30% of rural areas.
  • Moreover, China plans to build or renovate 80,000 km of sewage collection pipeline networks and increase sewage treatment capacity by 20 million cubic meters/day between 2021-2025.
  • As per the International Trade Administration, the industrial wastewater market in China is expected to reach USD 19.4 billion by 2025. As part of the country's development strategy to transform into a cleaner and more sustainable economy, China planned to invest USD 50 billion into various heavy-polluting industries to control the wastewater generation from these industries.
  • The Chinese government introduced water and soil pollution prevention and control work plans and increased the penalties for violation of the norms.
  • After the declaration of the 13th Five Year Plan, the Chinese government initiated the Water Pollution Prevention and Control action plan, which primarily focuses on preventing industries from causing water contamination and has created a significant demand for wastewater treatment chemicals such as ferric chloride in the country.
  • Additionally, China is the major manufacturer of printed circuit boards in the world. There are a large number of medium and low-order, single-, double-, or multi-layer PCB products with undefined market demand in mainland China.
  • According to industry estimates, there are more than 2,500 PCB manufacturers in the global market, with mainland China itself accounting for more than 1,200 PCB manufacturers in the world.
Ferric Chloride Market - Growth Rate by Region, 2022-2027

Ferric Chloride Industry Overview

The ferric chloride market is partially fragmented, with few players holding the major share in the market. The leading players in the global ferric chloride market include (not in any particular order); BASF SE, Basic Chemical Industries, Tessenderlo Group, Nobian, and Kemira among others.

Ferric Chloride Market Leaders

  1. BASF SE

  2. Basic Chemical Industries

  3. Tessenderlo Group

  4. Nobian

  5. Kemira

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Ferric Chloride Market Concentration

Ferric Chloride Market News

  • In February 2022, Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz announced that the company commissioned its first ferric chloride plant for its client Al Kout Industrial Projects (AIP) at Shuaiba in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait. The plant uses feedstock such as iron scrap, hydrochloric acid and chlorine gas and has an annual production capacity of 20,000 tons of ferric chloride (FeCl3).
  • In July 2021, Nouryon announced the completion of its base chemicals business's spin-out into a separate company Nobian. The base chemicals business of the company includes the manufacturing and sales of various chemicals, including ferric chloride.

Ferric Chloride Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 High Demand from Wastewater Treatment Plants

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Stringent Norms for the Treatment of Sewage Water and Industrial Waste to Curtail Pollution

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Stringent Regulations Imposed on Companies during the Manufacturing and Shipment of Ferric Chloride Products

      2. 4.2.2 Presence of Substitutes Products

    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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Volume)

    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Water and Wastewater Treatment

      2. 5.1.2 Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

      3. 5.1.3 Pigment Manufacturing

      4. 5.1.4 Animal Nutrient Supplements

      5. 5.1.5 Asphalt Blowing

      6. 5.1.6 Other Applications

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. ASEAN Countries

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.2.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.2.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Russia

        6. Spain

        7. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.2.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. Egypt

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 BASF SE

      2. 6.4.2 Basic Chemical Industries

      3. 6.4.3 Chemifloc LTD

      4. 6.4.4 CHIMI ART

      5. 6.4.5 SEQUENS

      6. 6.4.6 Feralco AB

      7. 6.4.7 HORIZON CHEMICALS

      8. 6.4.8 Kemira


      10. 6.4.10 MISR Chemical Industries

      11. 6.4.11 Nobian

      12. 6.4.12 PVS Technologies, Inc.

      13. 6.4.13 Saf Sulphur Factory

      14. 6.4.14 SIDRA WASSERCHEMIE GmbH

      15. 6.4.15 Tessenderlo Group

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Untapped Market for Application as a Catalyst

**Subject to Availability

Ferric Chloride Industry Segmentation

Ferric Chloride is an inorganic salt with an orange-to-brown-black appearance in the solid form and colourless to light brown in the solution form. The salt is highly corrosive to most metals and probably to human tissue. The Ferric Chloride market is segmented by application and geography. By application, the market is segmented into Water and Wastewater Treatment, Printed Circuit Board(PCB), Pigment Manufacturing, Animal Nutrient Supplements, Asphalt Blowing, and Other Applications. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the ferric chloride market in 18 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (metric tons).

Water and Wastewater Treatment
Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
Pigment Manufacturing
Animal Nutrient Supplements
Asphalt Blowing
Other Applications
South Korea
ASEAN Countries
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Ferric Chloride Market Research FAQs

The Ferric Chloride Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 5% during the forecast period (2023-2027).

BASF SE, Basic Chemical Industries, Tessenderlo Group, Nobian and Kemira are the major companies operating in the Ferric Chloride Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2027).

In 2023, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in the Ferric Chloride Market.

Ferric Chloride Industry Report

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