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Natural Chelating Agents Market Size - By Product (Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Iminodisuccinate, Ethylene Diamine Disuccinate, Glutamic Acid Diacetate, Iminodisuccinic Acid, Methylglycine Diacetic Acid), Source, Application & Forecast, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GMI5370
  • Published Date: Sep 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Natural Chelating Agents Market size was valued at more than USD 2.5 billion in 2021 and is expected to depict over 5.5% CAGR between 2022-2030. High production of pulp and paper for lightweight packaging to fuel market growth.

Natural Chelating Agents Market

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Rising demand for environment-friendly products in the packaging industry has promoted the usage of paper-based packaging. This includes products such as paperboard, cardboard, paper bags, and shipping sacks that use renewable resources such as trees and recycled paper fiber to ensure a sustainable supply. Furthermore, paper packaging is a cost-effective solution for transporting a wide range of products such as animal feed, medicine, cement, and groceries.

Chelating agents are crucial processing additives in the pulp and paper industry. These agents can produce paper at lower bleaching costs. The compounds help control iron levels to reduce iron-induced brightness reversion problems with mechanical and chemical pulps. The growing demand for lightweight packaging will increase the production of paper and in turn stimulate demand for natural chelating agents.

It is expected that the fluctuating raw material prices will hamper the natural chelating agents market revenue. The growing uncertainty in procuring raw materials has disrupted its pricing. This has increased the overall production cost of green chelates. Additionally, surging demand for paper in sectors such as packaging widens the demand-supply gap. This gap is further increased due to escalating logistic costs, which may also negatively impact industry.

Wide-ranged use in the processed food industry to boost market size

Natural Chelating Agents Market By Product

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Natural chelating agents market share from the sodium gluconate product segment will register over 4.5% CAGR through 2030. Sodium gluconate can form stable chelates with iron, calcium, aluminum, copper, and other heavy metals. This enables its usage in metal surface water treatment. Moreover, food-grade sodium gluconate is used as a sequestrant agent as it chelates undesirable metal ions, making it ideal for use in processed foods. The food and beverage industry uses the compound as a stabilizer in dairy products, vegetables, processed fruits, and meals.

Key benefits to fuel algae sourced compound demand for producing green chelates

Microorganism source segment is anticipated to reach USD 2.4 billion by 2030. Planktonic blue-green algae are known to create natural chelators, enabling them to grow at high pH levels without artificial chelators. Due to their chelating characteristic, algae supplements can attract and dispose of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium from the bloodstream.

Red algae also possess unique peptides and proteins that aid in digestion while avoiding any inflammatory issues. These characteristics will promote the usage of green chelates in industries such as personal care & cosmetics, food & beverage, and water treatment.

Stabilization properties of green chelating agents to drive product use in F&B applications

Natural Chelating Agents Market By Application

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Natural chelating agents market from the food and beverage segment is set to cross USD 550 million by 2030. Green chelates are used for lowering the bitterness of the artificial sweeteners utilized in many food products. Additionally, meat products consist of chelating agents as stabilizers, which increase the water binding capacity and enhance the firmness of the meat. The need for stabilizers and thickeners in processed food production will thus foster the adoption of natural chelating agents such as sodium gluconate.

Surging demand for cosmetics in North America to increase adoption of natural chelating agents

Natural Chelating Agents Market By Region

North America natural chelating agents market is projected to exhibit over 5% CAGR between 2022-2030. North American consumers, especially from the United States, are significantly spending on cosmetic products. Americans spend between USD 244 and USD 313 on average on cosmetic products every month. These high-end cosmetic products consist of chelating agents such as sodium phytate which help in neutralizing magnesium or calcium ions and avoid any undesirable changes in the product formulation.

Strategic product launches from prominent players to fuel industry expansion

The top contenders involved in the natural chelating agents industry include BASF SE, Omya Kinetik, Shandong Yuanlian Chemical Co., Ltd., DOW, Akzo Noble N.V., Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd, Kemira OYJ, Innospec, Jungbuzlauer, Van Iperen International, ADOB, Nouryon. Companies are focusing on key product launches to bolster their market position.

Impact of COVID-19 crisis on natural chelating agents market trends

The COVID-19 outbreak affected many industries due to social distancing norms and prolonged lockdowns. The disruption of the global supply chain initially impacted the packaging industry as there was no movement of products and goods. However, with growing online sales, the demand for protective packaging increased. Furthermore, the food, chemical, and medical industries also needed packaging to deliver essential products to consumers.

As the packaging industry stabilized from the impact of the pandemic, the disruptions across the entire value chain, including chelating agents, ceased as well. This is credited to the increased adoption of sustainable packaging which increased the usage of renewable resources as raw materials. Therefore, the extensive usage of eco-friendly packaging will streamline market growth.

The natural chelating agents market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecasts in terms of volume in Kilo Tons and revenue in USD million from 2017 to 2030 for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Sodium Gluconate
  • Sodium Iminodisuccinate
  • Ethylene diamine disuccinate (EDDS)
  • Glutamic acid diacetate (GLDA) 
  • Iminodisuccinic acid (IDSA)
  • Methylglycine Diacetic Acid (MGDA)
  • Others

By Source

  • Plants
  • Microorganism

By Application

  • Detergents & Cleaning
  • Personal Care & Cosmetics
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Agrichemicals
  • Food and Beverage
  • Water Treatment
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
    • Belgium
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Thailand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global market for natural chelating agents was worth over USD 2.5 billion in 2021 and will exhibit over 5.5% CAGR through 2022-2030, due to the soaring production of paper for lightweight packaging.

Microorganism source segment will be over USD 2.4 billion by 2030 with the increasing usage of algae for producing green chelates.

North America market is expected to depict more than 5% CAGR through 2022-2030 on account of the growing demand for high-end cosmetic products.

BASF SE, Omya Kinetik, Shandong Yuanlian Chemical Co., Ltd., DOW, Akzo Noble N.V., and ADOB, among many others, are the companies operating in the natural chelating agents market.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 12
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