Mining Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Function (Flotation Chemicals, Extraction Chemicals, and Grinding Aids), Application (Mineral Processing and Wastewater Treatment), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Mining Chemicals Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: <4 %

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Market Overview

The global mining chemicals market is expected to register a CAGR of around 4% during the forecast period. The market is likely to witness moderate growth during the forecast period, owing to a steady rise in the metal prices, increasing mining exploration spending, and new mining projects in various countries, like Canada, United States, Australia, India, Russia, and South Africa.

  • Increasing demand of specialty chemicals in mining processes is expected to drive the demand for the market during the forecast period.
  • Stringent Environmental Regulations is likely to hinder the market’s growth.
  • Increasing investments and new mining projects in Africa are projected to act as an opportunity for the market in future.

Scope of the Report

The mining chemicals market report includes:

Flotation Chemicals
Extraction Chemicals
Grinding Aids
Mineral Processing
Wastewater Treatment
Asia Pacific
South Korea
Australia & New Zealand
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Mining Activities in Canada and Mexico

  • Mining chemicals aid the mining and mineral processing industries to attain the maximum efficiency through improved selectivity, higher recovery, while providing environmental benefits. 
  • The consumption of base metals (like iron, steel, aluminum, etc.) and precious metals (such as silver, gold, and platinum) has increased steadily, owing to their various applications in many industries.
  • With the increase in the consumption of these metals, mining activities for these metals have surged globally, especially in Canada and Mexico. In the metal mining processes, mining chemicals are required at the stage of processing the respective ores.
  • The investments in the mining industry have been rising in Canada and Mexico, which is further expected to simultaneously increase the demand for mining chemicals in the coming years.
  • Additionally, Chinese companies invested in 12 countries across Africa, to extract twelve mineral deposits at four sites in Zambia, three sites in South Africa, and DR Congo, and two sites in Zimbabwe.
  • Such factors are expected to increase mining activities in these countries, which may further augment the usage of mining chemicals through the forecast period.
Mining Chemicals Market - Segmentation Trends

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominates the demand for mining chemicals market and is also expected to register the highest growth during the forecast period.
  • In the region, China serves as the largest market for mining chemicals. China is the largest producer of various minerals, along with coal and gold. Additionally, it is the largest consumer of such mining products.
  • Besides this, Chinese manufacturers export large volumes of mining chemicals to neighboring countries.
  • India is well endowed in terms of most of the minerals. The country produces nearly 87 minerals, including four fuel minerals, 10 metallic minerals, 47 non-metallic minerals, 3 atomic minerals, and 23 minor minerals (including building and other materials).
  • Furthermore, after years of witnessing a decline, there has been an increase in the production of gold. This has significantly benefitted the market for mining chemicals.
  • The demand for mining chemicals shall further rise with rapid industrialization and rising expenditure on infrastructure projects in railways, roads & highways. Hence, the rising demand for steel is likely to boost the market for mining chemicals.
  • Since there are limited opportunities for mining activities in Japan, the demand for mining chemicals is not very high from this sector in the country.
  • The country’s mineral industry consists of a small mining sector of coal and nonferrous metals, a large mining sector of industrial minerals, and a large minerals-processing sector of ferrous and nonferrous metals and industrial minerals.
  • Owing to such factors and being one of the major markets for mining chemicals, the country is expected to witness substantial growth in the demand for mining chemicals during the forecast period.
Mining Chemicals Market - Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The global mining chemicals market is partly consolidated, with the top five players accounting for about 40% of the market share. Key players in the mining chemicals market include BASF SE, Solvay, Chevron Phillips Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., Clariant AG and AECI, amongst others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increasing Mining Activities in Canada and Mexico

      2. 4.1.2 Increasing Demand of Specialty Chemicals in Mining Processes

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Stringent Environmental Regulations

      2. 4.2.2 Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

      3. 4.2.3 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Value Chain/Supply 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 Function

      1. 5.1.1 Flotation Chemicals

        1. Collectors

        2. Depressants

        3. Flocculants

        4. Frothers

        5. Dispersants

      2. 5.1.2 Extraction Chemicals

        1. Diluents

        2. Extractants

      3. 5.1.3 Grinding Aids

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Mineral Processing

      2. 5.2.2 Wastewater Treatment

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Indonesia

        6. Malaysia

        7. Australia & New Zealand

        8. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Mexico

        3. Canada

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Russia

        6. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Nigeria

        2. South Africa

        3. Tanzania

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 3M

      2. 6.4.2 AECI

      3. 6.4.3 Arkema

      4. 6.4.4 BASF SE

      5. 6.4.5 Betachem (Pty) Ltd

      6. 6.4.6 Chevron Phillips Chemicals Co. Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 Clariant AG

      8. 6.4.8 CP Kelco US Inc.

      9. 6.4.9 CTC Mining (Tennant Chemicals Company Limited)​

      10. 6.4.10 Ecolab

      11. 6.4.11 FMC Corporation

      12. 6.4.12 Huntsman International LLC

      13. 6.4.13 Kemira

      14. 6.4.14 NASACO

      15. 6.4.15 Orica Limited​

      16. 6.4.16 Qingdao Ruchang Mining Industry Co. Ltd

      17. 6.4.17 Sasol

      18. 6.4.18 SNF

      19. 6.4.19 Solvay

      20. 6.4.20 SUEZ

      21. 6.4.21 The Chemours Company​

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Investments and New Mining Projects in Africa

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Mining Chemicals Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Mining Chemicals Market is growing at a CAGR of <4% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2020.

BASF SE, Chevron Phillips Chemicals Pvt. Ltd, Clariant AG, AECI, Solvay are the major companies operating in Mining Chemicals Market.

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