Industrial Sludge TreatmentIndustrial sludge treatment chemicals manufacturers figure to benefit from rising industrial wastewater volume in Central and Eastern Europe, according to new research by Frost & Sullivan.

Analysis of the Central and Eastern European Industrial Sludge Treatment Chemicals Market finds that the market earned €150.6 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach €278.1 million in 2018. This research covers industrial sludge treatment chemicals in four market segments, including conditioning and stabilization treatment process chemicals, digestion treatment process chemicals, thickening treatment process chemicals, and dewatering and drying treatment process chemicals.

“Entry barriers are high in this intensely competitive market, dominated by four well-established chemical manufacturers,” noted Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Anna Jarosik, in a prepared statement. “However, the rising demand for innovative and advanced sludge treatment chemicals, supported by requirements related to sludge recycling and product recovery (for instance, metals), will create opportunities for other, more specialized sludge treatment technology providers.”

Major market participants are expected to improve their industrial sludge treatment chemicals, equipment and technology, and hence, the entire industrial sludge treatment process. Such efforts, Frost & Sullivan says, will be motivated by manufacturers’ needs for more cost-effective, energy-saving and sludge volume minimizing solutions.

Additionally, environment-oriented regulations will promote innovation. Frost & Sullivan predicts such regulations will pressure industry participants to improve industrial sludge treatment chemical performance and composition levels to meet stricter environmental, quality as well as healthcare standards.

“Industry participants need to consider chemicals that offer a competitive price-performance ratio and that perform better,” said Jarosik. “It is also well known that industry participants prefer products that can be made available at customized volumes.”

Frost & Sullivan says ultimately, strong and active customer partnerships will be critical to accelerate the development of highly effective industrial sludge treatment chemical solutions. Active communication and partnerships between industrial sludge treatment chemical manufacturers and industry participants also figures to be significant in developing innovative solutions that meet market needs.

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