Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market by Cleaner Type (Aqueous & Solvent), by Metal Type (Steel, Aluminum), by Ingredient (Surfactant, Chelating Agent, Solvent), by end-use industry (Manufacturing, Automotive & Aerospace) - Global Forecast to 2025

Report Code: CH 3907 Nov, 2022, by

[215 Pages Report] The global metal cleaning chemicals market size is projected to reach USD 16.5 billion by 2025 from USD 12.9 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of 5.0%. Growth in Industrialization in APAC post COVID-19, coupled with the rise in number of industries in emerging economies are key factors expected to drive the global metla cleaning chemical market during the forecast period.

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market

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Impact of COVID-19 on Metal Cleaning Chemical Market

From the cleaning chemicals market perspective, consumption has increased in the production of disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners, surface cleaners, detergents, soaps, body washes, lotions, and other hygiene products. Maintaining proper personal and surrounding hygiene has become necessary to stop the spread of the infection. However, the consumption at the industrial level has reduced due to the shutdown of production units, apart from essential services sectors. Cleaning activities have garnered high importance owing to the nature of the spread of the disease. Surface cleaning, disinfecting, and maintaining personal hygiene have become necessary to prevent the spread of this disease. Proper and efficient cleaning of households, institutions, and industrial complexes have become a necessity during this pandemic. Manufacturing activities in automotive, aerospace, electronics, and other industries have witnessed a downfall as a result of the lockdown imposed in different countries. These industries are expected to recover post lockdown, once manufacturing activities resume.

Market Dynamics

Driver: Increased demand for aqueous based metal cleaning chemicals

The use of trichloroethylene and other solvents results in health and environmental risks and is, therefore, not the preferred choice. Companies operating in the market have also realized the advantages of using safe and sustainable operating practices. There has been an increase in demand for green alternatives. The introduction of aqueous (water) based technology has offered a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly means for cleaning and degreasing metal parts and components. Green alternatives help to protect the environment, improve workplace safety, and reduce industrial waste and operating costs.

Restraint: Government and Environmental Regulations

Metal cleaning chemicals are subject to various regulations by environmental and government authorities due to the VOCs content (mostly in solvent-based chemicals) and water usage in case of aqueous cleaners. Solvent cleaners contain mineral spirits. A solvent is commonly used for metal part cleaning because of its ability to quickly dissolve oil, metal cleaning chemicals, dirt, grime, burnt-on carbon, and heavy lubricants.

VOC contains one or more carbon atoms that have high vapor pressures and, therefore, evaporate rapidly in air. These are the compounds that form ground-level ozone and particulate matter and are the main ingredients of smog. Smog is known to have an adverse effect on human health and also on the environment, including reductions in crops and commercial forest yields, reduced growth & survivability of tree seedlings, and increased plant susceptibility to diseases, pests, and harsh weather conditions. Petrochemical-based solvents are high on VOC content, and they are used in paints & coatings, adhesives, sealants, printing inks, and varnishes.

Opportunity: Green & Bio-based alternatives to conventional metal cleaning chemical products

Bio-based cleaning chemicals have plant and/or animal materials as their main ingredients. They are made from a renewable resource, and with some exceptions, they generally do not contain synthetics, toxins, or environmentally damaging substances. These chemicals are witnessing increasing demand in European and North American regions as a result of government regulations and initiatives promoting the use of bio-based materials. Companies are now innovating and offering bio-based alternatives in the market. For instance, Gemtek Products offers SC Aircraft and Metal Cleaners, which is a bio-based aircraft and metal cleaning product. It is a versatile product suitable for removing oils, fluids, carbon, fuels, and other common contaminants from aluminum, sensitive magnesium, aircraft exterior and parts, aerospace manufacturing, ground support equipment. The use of bio-based alternatives helps to avoid any hazardous conditions as they do not react with other chemicals. The use of bio-based alternatives also prevents the use of any special personal protective equipment (PPE), which saves costs and aids worker safety. It can also be stored indefinitely and is safe to use and dispose of.

Surfactant segment to witness the largest market during the forecast period.

Surfactant was the largest segment in the global metal cleaning chemical market in 2019. The inherent cleaning properties along with high usage in different application is expected to drive the demand for surfactant in metal cleaning chemical market. They are the most important ingredients of aqueous metal cleaning chemicals. Surfactants are mainly used as detergents, wetting agents, and emulsifiers. There are two types of surfactants, ionic and non-ionic. Ionic surfactants can be further grouped into negatively charged anionic, positively charged cationic, and amphoteric that carry both negative and positive functions.

“Aqueous cleaner to be the largest cleaner segment in the global metal cleaning chemical market.”

Aqueous cleaners was the largest segment in the global metal cleaning chemical market, by cleaner type in 2019. Increased awareness about environmental regulations has prompted many companies to move away from solvents- to aqueous-based metal cleaning without direct pressure from regulators. Moreover, companies following sustainable solutions are adopting the aqueous based cleaners.

“Manufacturing was the largest end-use industry in the global metal cleaning chemical market.”

Metal cleaning chemicals are used in the manufacturing industry to clean various equipment during manufacturing operations. The growing manufacturing industry in China and India are major consumers in this segment. The market in the manufacturing sector is drive by the expansion of this industry in China and India. The manufacturing industry in developed countries, such as the US and Germany, is experiencing steady growth because of the slow growth of the economy. Thus, the metal cleaning chemicals market in developed countries is expected to witness moderate growth.

“APAC is expected to be the largest market during the forecast period, in terms of both volume and value.”

The market in the region is also projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The high economic growth in developing countries and increasing disposable incomes have made APAC an attractive market for metal cleaning chemicals. The tremendous growth of industrial production, increased trade, and the rise in the demand for vehicles are primarily responsible for the high consumption of metal cleaning chemicals in the region. China, Japan, and India are the major markets for metal cleaning chemicals in APAC.

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market by Region

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North America to account for the second largest share of the global metal cleaning chemicals market during the forecast period.

The North American metal cleaning chemical market is projected to register a low CAGR during the forecast period. The market in the region is characterized by the increasing use of environment-friendly metal cleaning chemicals due to the adoption of stringent regulations and growing consumer awareness. Aqueous-based metal cleaners are the most-used metal cleaning chemicals in the region and have been replacing solvent-based chemicals that are environmentally unsafe due to their high VOC content.

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market by Region

Key Market Players

The key players profiled in the report include as BASF SE (Germany), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), Stepan Company (US), Eastman Chemical Company (US), The Chemours Company (US), The Dow Chemical Company (US), Quaker Houghton (US), Nouryon (Netherland), 3M Company (US), Element Solutions (US), among others

Evonik Industries (US) is focused on expansions and acquisitions to meet the growing demand in the metal cleaning chemicals market. In  April 2020, Evonik doubled its production capacity for its high-performance polyamide Trogamid CX at a facility in Marl, Germany. The expansion will help cater to customers from various sectors such as water management, filter technology, laboratory and medical engineering, and production of containers for the cosmetics industry.

Stepan Company (US) is focused on acquisition to meet the growing demand for metal cleaning chemicals. In March 2020, Stepan Company completed the acquisition of NatSurFact® Business, a rhamnolipid-based line of bio-surfactants derived from renewable sources from Logos Technologies.

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Scope of the Report

Report Metric


Years considered for the study


Base Year Considered


Forecast period


Units considered

Value (USD), Volume (Kiloton)

Segments covered

Ingredient Type, Cleaner Type, Metal Type, End-Use Industry, and Region

Regions covered

APAC, North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and South America

Companies profiled

BASF SE (Germany), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), Stepan Company (US), Eastman Chemical Company (US), The Chemours Company (US), The Dow Chemical Company (US), Quaker Houghton (US), Nouryon (Netherland), 3M Company (US), Element Solutions (US), among others

This report categorizes the global metal cleaning chemicals market based on Ingredient Type, Cleaner Type, Metal Type, End-Use Industry, and region.

Based on Ingredients Type:

  • Chelating Agent
  • Surfactant
  • Solvents
    • Alcohol
    • Glycol
    • Glycol Ethers
    • Terpenes
  • Solubilizers
  • pH Regulators
  • Others

Based on Cleaner Type:

  • Aqueous
  • Solvent

Based on the End-Use Industry:

  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Others

Based on the Metal Type:

  • Steel
  • Copper
  • Aluminium
  • Others

Based on the Region:

  • APAC
  • North America
  • Europe
  • Middle East & Arica
  • South America

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Table of content

1 Introduction
    1.1 Objective of the study
    1.2 Market definition
    1.3 Market Scope
           1.3.1 Years considered for the study
    1.4 Currency
    1.5 Unit Considered
    1.6 Stakeholders

2 Research Methodology
    2.1 Research Data
           2.1.1 Secondary Data
           Key data from secondary sources
           2.1.2 Primary Data
           Key data from primary sources
           Key Industry Insights
           Breakdown of Primary Interviews
    2.2 Market Size Estimation
           2.2.1 Bottom-Up Approach
           2.2.2 Top-Down Approach
    2.3 Data Triangulation
    2.4 Assumptions
    2.5 Limitations

3 Executive Summary

4 Premium Insights
    4.1 Opportunities in Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market
    4.2 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By Ingredients
    4.3 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By Cleaner Type
    4.4 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By Metal Type
    4.5 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By End-Use Industry
    4.6 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By Region

5 Market Overview and Industry Trends
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Market Dynamics
           5.2.1 Drivers
           5.2.2 Restraints
           5.2.3 Opportunities
           5.2.4 Challenges
    5.3 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
           5.3.1 Threat of New Entrants
           5.3.2 Threat of Substitutes
           5.3.3 Bargaining Power of Buyers
           5.3.4 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
           5.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
    5.4 Macroeconomic Indicators

6 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By Ingredients
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Chelating Agent
    6.3 Surfactants
    6.4 Solvent
    6.5 pH Regulators
    6.6 Others

7 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By Cleaner Type
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Aqueous Based Cleaner
           7.2.1 Builders
           7.2.2 Surfactants
           7.2.3 Inhibitors
           7.2.4 Emulsion Cleaners
           7.2.5 Others
    7.3 Solvent Based Cleaner
           7.3.1 Oxygentated Solvents
           7.3.2 Hydrocarbon Solvents
           7.3.3 Halogenated Solvents
           7.3.4 Others

8 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By Metal Type
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Steel 
    8.3 Aluminum
    8.4 Copper
    8.5 Others

9 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By End-Use Industry
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Automotive & Aerospace
    9.3 Manufacturing
    9.4 Healthcare
    9.5 Others

10 Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market, By Region
     10.1 Introduction
     10.2 Asia-Pacific
             10.2.1 China
             10.2.2 India
             10.2.3 Japan
             10.2.4 South Korea
             10.2.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific
     10.3 North America
             10.3.1 U.S.
             10.3.2 Canada
             10.3.3 Mexico
     10.4 Europe
             10.4.1 Germany
             10.4.2 France
             10.4.3 Italy
             10.4.4 U.K.
             10.4.5 Spain
             10.4.6 Russia
             10.4.7 Rest of Europe
     10.5 Middle East & Africa
             10.5.1 Saudi Arabia
             10.5.2 UAE
             10.5.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa
     10.6 South America
             10.6.1 Brazil
             10.6.2 Argentina
             10.6.3 Rest of South America

11 Competitive Landscape
     11.1 Introduction
     11.2 Competitive Benchmarking
     11.3 Market Share Analysis
     11.4 Competitive Situation & Trends
             11.4.1 New Product Launches
             11.4.2 Contracts & Agreements
             11.4.3 Partnerships & Collaborations
             11.4.4 Expansions

12 Company Profile
     12.1 Chemetall
             12.1.1 Business Overview
             12.1.2 Products Offered
             12.1.3 Recent Development
             12.1.4 MnM View
               Key Strengths
               Strategic Choices Made
               Threat from Competition
     12.2 Evonik Industries
     12.3 Stepan Company
     12.4 Nouryon
     12.5 Eastman Chemical Company
     12.6 The Chemours Company
     12.7 Dow Inc.
     12.8 3M Co.
     12.9 Quaker Houghton
     12.10 Element Solutions
     12.11 Other Market Players

13 Appendix
     13.1 Insights from Industry Experts
     13.2 Related Reports

The study involved four major activities in estimating the market size for metal cleaning chemicals. Exhaustive secondary research was done to collect information on the market, the peer market, and the parent market. The next step was to validate these findings, assumptions, and sizing with industry experts across the value chain through primary research. Both top-down and bottom-up approaches were employed to estimate the complete market size. Post that, the market breakdown and data triangulation procedures were used to estimate the market size of the segments and subsegments.

Secondary Research

Secondary sources used in this study included annual reports, press releases, and investor presentations of companies; white papers; certified publications; articles from recognized authors; and gold standard & silver standard websites such as Factiva, ICIS, Bloomberg, and others. The findings of this study were verified through primary research by conducting extensive interviews with key officials such as CEOs, VPs, directors, and other executives.

Primary Research

The metal cleaning chemical market comprises several stakeholders, such as raw material suppliers, end-product manufacturers, and regulatory organizations in the supply chain. The end-use industries characterize the demand side of this market. The supply side is characterized by advancements in technology and diverse application industries. Various primary sources from both the supply and demand sides of the market were interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information.

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market Size, and Share

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Market Size Estimation

Both the top-down and bottom-up approaches were used to estimate and validate the total size of the metal cleaning chemicals market. These methods were also used extensively to estimate the size of various subsegments in the market. The research methodology used to estimate the market size includes the following:

  • The key players in the industry were identified through extensive secondary research.
  • The industry’s supply chain and market size, in terms of value, were determined through primary and secondary research processes.
  • All percentage shares, splits, and breakdowns were determined using secondary sources and verified through primary sources.

Data Triangulation

After arriving at the overall market size—using the market size estimation processes as explained above—the market was split into several segments and subsegments. To complete the overall market engineering process and arrive at the exact statistics of each market segment and subsegment, the data triangulation, and market breakdown procedures were employed, wherever applicable. The data was triangulated by studying various factors and trends from both the demand and supply sides of metal cleaning chemicals.

Report Objectives

  • To define, segment, and project the size of the global metal cleaning chemicals market based on ingredient type, cleaner type, metal type, end-use industry, and region
  • To provide information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market (drivers, restraints, opportunities, and industry-specific challenges)
  • To strategically analyze micromarkets1 with respect to individual growth trends, growth prospects, and their contribution to the total market
  • To analyze opportunities in the market for stakeholders and provide a competitive landscape of the market leaders
  • To project the size of the market in terms of value and volume, with respect to five main regions (along with key country-level data), namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Afrca, and South America.
  • To strategically profile key players and comprehensively analyze their core competencies2
  • To track and analyze research & development (R&D)  and competitive developments such as joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, and new product developments, in the metal cleaning chemicals market

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