The global industrial cleaning chemicals market was valued at USD 46,212.9 million in 2023, which is expected to reach USD 62,756.9 million by 2030, progressing with a CAGR of 4.6% during 2024–2030. The key drivers are the growing demand for these products from hospitals, clinics, drugstores, and medical research institutes for the sanitation of their floors, medical equipment or devices, and buildings. This helps in the prevention of the spread of contaminants and ensures the safety of patients and the medical staff.
Additionally, the commercial, manufacturing, food processing, and retail & food service sectors are significant end users in the market. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the market, leading to a sharp increase in the demand for disinfectants and sanitizers. This surge has been especially massive in the retail & food service sector, which has actively prioritized hygiene to ensure a safe and healthy environment for both workers and customers and also contribute to the production of high-quality products.
Thus, a key driver is the rapid industrialization, driven by the establishment of manufacturing facilities in developing regions. Further, the rise in the research & development on bio-based, organic cleaning chemicals would drive the market over the forecast period.
The concept of ‘green cleaning’ encompasses various interpretations, but its primary objective is to employ cleaning solutions and techniques that prioritize humans’ wellbeing and the preservation of the environment, being free of harmful substances. Cleaning chemical manufacturers utilizing conventional ingredients are shifting away to cleaner alternatives amidst the rising environmental concerns. Exposure to chemicals and toxins can pose harmful risks to people, water sources, air quality, and the overall ecosystem. The usage of bio-based industrial cleaning products containing ingredients such as palm oil, soy, and coconut oil is, thus, on the rise.
For instance, Acme-Hardesty’s cleaning agent AHCOHOL 0898 has surfactants containing coconut fatty acids and emulsifiers made from palm kernel fatty acids.
Biocides play a crucial role in different sectors, safeguarding public health, protecting ecosystems, and ensuring the smooth operation of various industrial processes. They are utilized for drinking water treatment, to eliminate harmful microorganisms and ensure the safety of the water supply. In wastewater treatment, biocides are employed to control the growth of bacteria and other organisms that can cause contamination. They are also used in ship ballast water treatment to prevent the transfer of invasive species between different regions.
The growing demand for vehicle washing products is also significantly contributing to the progress of the market. In some countries, including Russia, the U.S., the U.A.E., and those in Europe, there is a fine on driving dirty vehicles, as soiled windshields can reduce people’s ability to drive safely. This rising awareness of regular vehicle washing, coupled with the already strong presence of the automotive industry, propels the market in these geographies.
APAC is witnessing rapid growth in the market due to the rampant industrialization and urbanization, which are leading to the setup of a large number of factories and commercial spaces. This factor is an especially strong market driver in China, India, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.
In recent years, the number of automotive and general manufacturing plants, as well as the startup culture, has risen in the APAC region due to the low labor costs, easy access to raw materials, and adoption of new-generation technologies. Along with this, the rising government and private investments in the establishment of hospitals and the emergence of new trade agreements are the other drivers for the industrial cleaning chemicals market in the APAC region.
Some of the key players in the industrial cleaning chemicals market are BASF SE, The Clorox Company, Clariant AG, The Dow Chemical Company, Ecolab Inc., Evonik Industries AG, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Pilot Chemical Company, Procter & Gamble Company, Solvay SA, Stepan Company, and 3M Company.