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Green Demulsifiers likely to gain momentum in next decade
The global demulsifier market is highly fragmented with the presence of a large number of demulsifier manufacturers and suppliers, and specialty formulated demulsifier suppliers. Since this market has low entry barriers, there is a significant competition among the existing players which are ranging from small to big companies, such as BASF (Germany), Akzo Nobel (The Netherlands), Baker Hughes (U.S.), Halliburton (U.S.), and Dow Chemical (U.S.).
The manufacturers of demulsifiers are focused on mergers & acquisitions with the key objective of catering to the growing demand with better penetration in the oil field market. Schlumberger Limited (U.S.), Ecolab Inc. (U.S.), and Clariant AG are some of the leading market players that adopted this strategy. Companies such as Croda International Plc (U.K.), Wacker Chemie AG (Germany), and GE Water & Process Technologies (U.S.), have accelerated their R&D efforts to introduce new demulsifiers in the market. New product launches help companies to enhance their product portfolio and provide new offerings to acquire maximum market share and increase its overall customer base.
The increasing concerns over the environmental impacts of the chemicals used in demulsifier are tightening the legislation. It is essential to limit the use of chemicals which hamper the ecosystem and look for environmental friendly chemicals. Therefore, the performance of the demulsifier has to be improved in terms of application and environmental point of view. New chemical formulations need to be less toxic and should on the same efficiency level as that of classical chemical formulations. Environmental concerns in Europe, particularly in the North Sea have led to restrictions or outright bans on many chemicals which were formerly employed, such as alkylphenol formaldehyde resin–based demulsifies and olefin-based synthetic fluids. There is a momentous requirement to produce demulsifiers that have the environmental acceptability. Leading manufacturers of demulsifier have in their product line, "green" demulsifiers. Clariant offers a similar product under the brand ‘Phasetreat’. These products are currently under development phase and are expected to open new doors for the manufacturers and suppliers in the coming years.
Demulsifier Market by Type (Oil Soluble, Water Soluble), & Application (Crude Oil, Petro Refineries, Lubricant Manufacturing, Oil Based Power Plants, Sludge Oil Treatment) - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2020
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