South America Membrane Water Treatment Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Chemical Type (Pre-treatment, Biological Controllers, and Other Chemical Types), End-user Industry (Food and Beverage Processing, Healthcare, Municipal, Chemicals, Power, and Other End-user Industries), and Geography (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Rest of South America)

Market Snapshot

South America Membrane Water Treatment Chemicals Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: >3.5 %

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Market Overview

The market for membrane water treatment chemicals in South America is expected to grow at with a CAGR greater than 6% during the forecast period. One of the major factors that is driving the market studied is the growing demand for freshwater in South America. However, high capital cost is restraining the demand for membrane water treatment chemicals in South America region.

  • Among the chemical types, pre-treatment chemicals accounted for the highest market share and are expected to continue dominating the market during forecast period.
  • Growing usage of membrane bioreactors is expected to provide a major growth opportunity for the market studied. 
  • Chile is expected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period owing to growing demand from municipal and industrial applications.

Scope of the Report

The South America membrane water treatment chemicals report include:

Chemical Type
Biological Controllers
Other Chemical Types
End-user Industry
Food & Beverage Processing
Other End-user Industries
Rest of South America

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Key Market Trends

Pre-treatment chemicals to dominate the Market

  • To increase the lifetime and efficiency of the membranes, pre-treatment is performed on the feed water before allowing them to enter a membrane system. The major chemicals which are used in the pre-treatment phase are flocculants, coagulants, anti-scalants.
  • Coagulants neutralize the negative electrical charge present on the harmful colloidal particles and destabilize the forces keeping colloids apart. Water treatment coagulants are comprised of positively charged molecules that when added to the contaminated water and mixed, accomplish this charge neutralization.
  • Flocculants are substances that promote the clumping of destabilized particles, which are obtained after being treated with coagulants; the coagulants neutralize the charge on colloidal particles responsible for keeping them apart. These agents promote flocculation by causing colloids and other suspended particles to aggregate and drop out of the liquid.
  • Anti-scalant chemicals are used for the pretreatment of membranes and to increase the durability of the membrane water treatment system. The anti-scalants control the scales formed by calcium sulfate, barium sulfate, calcium carbonate, iron, strontium sulfate, calcium fluoride, silica, colloidal material and other organic & inorganic contaminants of the membrane system.
  • Additionally, the increasing health concerns over the consumption of freshwater in South America have driven the market for RO water system in household water treatment for drinking purposes and thus increasing the consumption of pre-treatment chemicals.
  • Owing to the above-mentioned factors, pre-treatment chemicals are expected to dominate the market during the forecast period.
South America Membrane Water Treatment Chemicals Market - Revenue Share

Chile to Witness the Highest Growth Rate

  • Among the South American countries, Chile is projected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period due to the adoption of strict environmental regulations.
  • The rising demand for fresh water in the country is a key driving factor for the demand of membrane water treatment chemicals in the country. Chile is one of the global leaders in urban wastewater treatment. The country has more than 100 water reservoirs. Currently, under the National Plan for Large Reservoirs, 20 water reservoirs are under construction in the country, which are expected to be completed by 2025.
  • Additionally, increasing demand from the industrial water treatment facilities is also boosting the membrane water chemicals market in the country.
  • Hence, owing to the above-mentioned reasons, Chile is projected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period.
South America Membrane Water Treatment Chemicals Market

Competitive Landscape

The South America membrane water treatment chemicals market is moderately fragmented with the major players accounting for a significantly less share of the total market. The major players in the market studied include Kurita Water Industries Ltd., Ecolab, Kemira, Suez, and Veolia Water Technologies, among others.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 The growing demand for freshwater in South America

      2. 4.1.2 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 High Capital Cost

      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 Chemical Type

      1. 5.1.1 Pre-treatment

      2. 5.1.2 Biological Controllers

      3. 5.1.3 Other Chemical Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Food & Beverage Processing

      2. 5.2.2 Healthcare

      3. 5.2.3 Municipal

      4. 5.2.4 Chemicals

      5. 5.2.5 Power

      6. 5.2.6 Other End-user Industries

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Brazil

      2. 5.3.2 Argentina

      3. 5.3.3 Colombia

      4. 5.3.4 Chile

      5. 5.3.5 Rest of South America


    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 Danaher (ChemTreat Inc.)

      2. 6.4.2 Dow

      3. 6.4.3 Ecolab

      4. 6.4.4 Genesys International Ltd

      5. 6.4.5 Italmatch Chemicals S.p.A

      6. 6.4.6 Kemira

      7. 6.4.7 King Lee Technologies

      8. 6.4.8 Kurita Water Industries Ltd.

      9. 6.4.9 Suez

      10. 6.4.10 Veolia Water Technologies

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing usage of membrane bio-reactors

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The South America Membrane Water Treatment Chemicals Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The South America Membrane Water Treatment Chemicals Market is growing at a CAGR of >3.5% over the next 5 years.

Suez, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, Kurita Water Industries Ltd, Ecolab, Kemira are the major companies operating in South America Membrane Water Treatment Chemicals Market.

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