Ferric Chloride Market | Size, Industry Research, Types, Region and Competition Analysis with Forecast to 2023

Ferric Chloride Market Research Report: Information by Grade (Anhydrous, Ferric Chloride Hexahydrate Lumps, Ferric Chloride Liquid), Application (Wastewater Treatment, Metal Surface treatment, Potable Water treatment, Electronic Etchants, Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), Pigment Manufacturing, Catalyst, Asphalt Blowing and others), End-Use Industry (Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Electronics, Metals and Metallurgy, Municipal Wastewater Treatment, Municipal Potable Water Treatment and others) and Region (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa) - Forecast till 2024

Key Players

The key players involved in the global ferric chloride market are Kemira (Finland), Tessenderlo Group (Belgium), Chemifloc LTD (Ireland), KEM ONE (France), Gulbrandsen (US), MALAY-SINO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES SDN. BHD (Malaysia), Sidra Wassercheime GmbH (Germany), Sukha Chemical Industries (India), BorsodChem (Hungary), PVS Chemicals (US), BASF SE (Germany), Seqens Group (France), Feralco AB (France), and Saf Sulphur Company (Saudi Arabia), among others.

Market Overview

Ferric chloride or iron (3+) chloride (FeCl3) is a brownish liquid with a pungent odor similar to hydrochloric acid. It also exists in anhydrous powder form or solid lumps. It is an industrial scale commodity chemical compound that is produced by reacting dry chloride with scrap iron at high temperature. Ferric chloride is mostly used as a concentrated solution with a minimum concentration of 40% w/w. It is generally used as a flocking agent in water (drinking or wastewater) in various industries.

According to MRFR analysis, the global ferric chloride market is projected to grow at a healthy CAGR of 4.65% by the end of 2024. Easy availability and relatively cheap feedstock required to produce ferric chloride for industrial purposes are likely to drive global market growth.

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Thus, many chlor-alkali producers invest in the production of ferric chloride. Moreover, increasing awareness regarding clean drinking water and the effluent water released to water bodies is expected to further boost the global market growth. Ferric chloride is used as a flocking agent to precipitate phosphorous, which is then filtered to obtain clean water. Furthermore, it has a relatively higher-performance characteristics than other water treatment chemicals such as ferrous sulfate, polyaluminium chloride, and alum, which increases its demand in the water treatment industry. In addition, it is widely used as an etching agent in PCBs, which further drives market growth. Apart from the water treatment segment, increasing demand for ferric chloride in pigment manufacturing and catalyst applications are likely to create lucrative opportunities for the market players operating in the global ferric chloride market.

However, the corrosive and acidic nature limits its usage in certain water treatment plants where non-corrosive alternatives such as alum and ferrous sulfate are used which can hamper the global ferric chloride market. In addition, stringent regulations on companies by their governments during the production and shipment of ferric chloride and its dispersion into a glass or plastic containers are likely to further restrain the market growth.

Regional Analysis

The global ferric chloride market has been segmented into five key regions, namely Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.

The Asia-Pacific market accounted for the largest market share in 2018 and is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is largely attributed to the increasing consumption of ferric chloride in water treatment and electronics industries. China is the leading country in the region owing to the increasing demand for the product in the etching of PCBs. Japan, South Korea, India, and Malaysia are the other countries contributing to the regional market growth. The European market held the second-largest share in 2018 on account of high utilization of ferric chloride in pharmaceuticals and potable water treatment. Germany is the major contributor owing to the growing demand for the product in pigment manufacturing. France, Italy, Hungary, and Belgium are other regional contributors.

The North American market held a substantial market share in 2018 on account of the increasing application of the product in pharmaceuticals and wastewater treatment. The US is the prominent country in the region owing to the surging demand for ferric chloride in sewage and industrial wastewater treatment. The Middle East & Africa market is projected to register a healthy CAGR during the forecast period on account of water treatment of already available scarce water resources. The countries contributing to the regional market growth are Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt. The Latin American market is estimated to register a moderate CAGR during the review period owing to poor regulations on water treatment and limited applications of ferric chloride in the region.

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Segmentation Analysis

The global ferric chloride market has been segmented on the basis of grade, application, end-use industry, and region.

Based on grade, the global ferric chloride market has been categorized into anhydrous, ferric chloride hexahydrate lumps, and ferric chloride liquid.

By application, the global ferric chloride market has been classified into wastewater treatment, metal surface treatment, potable water treatment, electronic etchants, printed circuit boards (PCBs), pigment manufacturing, catalyst, asphalt blowing, and others.

On the basis of end-use industry, the global ferric chloride market has been classified into pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electronics, metals and metallurgy, municipal waste-water treatment, municipal potable water treatment, and others.

The global ferric chloride market has been studied across five key regions, namely Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.