Chelating Agents Market Industry Trends and Analysis 2025

Chelating agents are chemical compounds that are used for controlling undesirable metal ion reactions. These agents are prominently used for treating metal poisoning. Expanding urbanization coupled with industrialization may positively influence the biodegradable chelating agents market. Chelating agents include diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA).
Chelating agents are used across a wide range of applications such as disinfectants, personal care products, water treatment, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and others.

  • Chelating agents are used in the pulp and paper industry for providing the ideal brightness level to the paper. The growth of the paper and pulp industry is expected to provide considerable momentum to the biodegradable chelating agents market. Furthermore, demand for chelating agents may rise due to its application in salt removal and metal oxides may further fuel the biodegradable chelating agents market.
  • Growing awareness about finding a sustainable alternative to phosphonate and phosphate has further boosted the growth rate of the biodegradable chelating agents market. For instance, BASF, a chemical company has produced and launched Trilon M Max EcoBalanced, a biodegradable chelating agent. Stringent environmental rules and regulations may prove to be a useful factor for a rise in the growth rate of biodegradable chelating agents market.
  • Raw materials used for producing biodegradable chelating agents are easily available. Sodium cyanide, chloroacetic acid, and formaldehyde are prominent raw materials used for the production. This may accelerate the biodegradable chelating agents market to a great extent. In addition, the development of new chelating agents is expected to further propel the biodegradable chelating agents market.
  • Chelating agents are also widely used for extracting heavy metals from the soil. This is a difficult task but the ex-situ soil washing technique using chelating agents proves to be an efficient method for metal removal from the soil. The chelating agents used for this process are ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, iminodisuccinic acid, nitrilotriacetic acid, ethylenediaminedisuccinic acid, and methylglycine diacetic acid.

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Chelating agents are organic chemical compounds that can form more than one bond with simple metal ion and boost the stability of the complex ion. They are used to prevent the harmful effect of free metal ions. Common chelating agents include ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). These chelating agents are not biodegradable; they can lead to serious environmental issues. Environmental issues can be overcome by biodegradable chelating agents such as Methylglycinediacetic acid (MGDA), L-Glutamic acid N, N-diacetic acid (GLDA), Ethylenediamine-N, N-Disuccinic Acid (EDDS), and sodium gluconate.

Prominent players operating in the global biodegradable chelating agents market include Akzonobel N.V., Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), BASF SE, Cargill, Incorporated, and The Dow Chemical Company.

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