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Phosphonates Market - By Product (ATMP, BHMT, HEDP, DTPMP), By Function (Chemical Intermediates, Metal Chelating Agent, Scale Inhibitor, Bleach Stabilizer, Concrete Retarder), By End-use (Pharmaceutical, Textile, Construction, Agriculture) & Global Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI5215
  • Published Date: Apr 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Phosphonates Market Size

Phosphonates Market size valued at USD 1 billion in 2022 and is poised to register more than 7.5% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. Increasing focus on novel wastewater management solutions will complement the business expansion.

Phosphonates Market

Rising demand for water treatment chemicals is expected to positively influence the phosphonates industry outlook. In the recent past, the adoption of wastewater management and water treatment have gained significant momentum with the increasing focus on ensuring improved community health across developed and developing countries. Phosphonates are extensively deployed in water treatment processes as they possess multi-functional metal ion control agents that allow the removal of hardness, color, and odor. They also prevent fouling by metal ions as well as control corrosion and scale formation, thus calling for increasing usage in detergents, cooling water, boiler water, and cleaners at pulp mills or oil fields.

Phosphonates Market Trends

The growing concerns associated with the toxic nature could restrain the phosphonates market dynamics, specifically with respect to demand and application. Phosphonates are widely used as antiscalants and chelating agents in water treatment and pulp & paper manufacturing. The wastewater produced during these processes contains high amount of phosphonates, which when combined with the environment or aquatic system can have an adverse impact due to low biodegradability.

However, the ongoing developments in the field of enzymatic degradation of phosphonates, and the production of bisphosphonates are anticipated to help overcome the current associated challenges, adding a positive influence on the market expansion.  

Phosphonates Market Analysis

Phosphonates Market Size, By Product,

Phosphonates market valuation from the HEDP product segment is estimated to exceed over USD 930 million by 2032. The surging demand for HEDP phosphonates can be attributed to its rising application potential in various industries. To illustrate, HEDP is employed as a sequestering agent across textile applications. It also plays a key role in metalworking and oil fields as a corrosion and scale inhibitor. The increasing efforts toward the desalination of water and wastewater management have propelled the demand for HEDP as a cleaning agent.

Owing to its multiple properties, HEDP is utilized in a broad spectrum of industrial applications. It is used in the formulation of RO membrane antiscalants and thermal desalination antiscalants. It has wide end-use applications in the textile, detergent, personal care, paper, and water treatment industries.


Global Phosphonates Market Share, By End-User,

In terms of revenue, the phosphonates market from water treatment applications is projected to surpass USD 740 million by 2032. Phosphonates are widely used in combination with chemicals, such as zinc, phosphates, and nitrates for the purification of water membranes, desalination systems, and heating & cooling systems. Thus, water treatment chemicals are experiencing rising demand from power plants with surging electricity consumption driven by changing lifestyles and rapid urbanization.


The phosphonates market is further set to record significant gains from agricultural applications through 2032 with increasing adoption in fertilizers to offer excellent fungicidal properties. The growing concerns associated with agricultural losses from soilborne oomycete and foliar diseases are propelling the use of phosphonates in forestry and horticulture given their effectiveness against pythium diseases. For instance, as per estimates by WERA and NCERA, bacterial leaf streak and black chaff were the most predominant type of foliar diseases in 2020, leading to 22.9 million bushel losses.


Authors: Kiran Pulidindi, Kunal Ahuja

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global market for phosphonates was worth USD 1 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to register 7.5% CAGR from 2023-2032.

HEDP product segment is estimated to reach over USD 930 million by 2032 due to widespread application in textile, wastewater treatment, and dental fields.

Asia Pacific phosphonates market size is expected to exceed USD 805 million by 2032 driven by the increasing focus on water treatment and recycling in countries such as India.

Italmatch Chemicals, ZEEL Product, Bozzetto Group, Zschimmer & Schwarz, Excel Industries Limited, and Manhar Specialities are some of the leading players in the market.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 10
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