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DMI segments the Latin America Calcium Hypochlorite Market into – Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Rest of Latin America.

Latin America Calcium Hypochlorite Market

Calcium hypochlorite is an inorganic chemical that is used as a disinfectant, oxidizer, and sanitizer in broad spectrum of applications. The growing need for treated water owing to declining freshwater sources and the outbreak of several water-borne diseases led to significant demand for chemical disinfectants such as calcium hypochlorite. It is commercially available as white solid in the form of granules, powder, and pellets, thus making it an effective alternative for chlorine gas in wastewater treatment facilities. Chlorination through blow of chlorine gas cause respiratory disorders in facility operators and is prone to explosions.

Calcium hypochlorite evolved as the major disinfectant for use in pool sanitization owing to its high chlorine content over other hypochlorites. It is added either in tablet or granular form to the pool water to kill several thriving microorganisms that cause diseases such as swimmer’s ear, diarrhea, skin infections, and respiratory disorders. The demand for calcium hypochlorite has been witnessing growth in countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Brazil owing to the rising awareness towards safe water and sanitation. The rise of urban population and decline of freshwater sources is increasing the need for effective water management.

The growing demand for disinfectants in water treatment applications in Brazil and Mexico and The superior stability and high available chlorine over another hypochlorite to Fuel Market

Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico are considered as highly water-dependent owing to the drinking, irrigation, and hydroelectricity generation activities. The large scale consumption of water for agricultural and agro-industrial practices increased the need for water resource management for drinking purposes. According to the National Water Agency (ANA), irrigation consumed over 70% of total water supply in Brazil in 2017. This has led to an increase in drinking water treatment plants and small drinking water systems, thus driving the growth of calcium hypochlorite market.

Calcium hypochlorite is also used extensively across the wastewater treatment process from surface raw water, booster stations, reservoirs, and remote well sites. According to the statistics of Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the total number of Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) in urban regions reached 2,785 in the country by 2016. Several industries including food and beverages, steel, and pulp and paper, are providing significant opportunities for growth of calcium hypochlorite market in the Latin America region. Calcium hypochlorite offers several potential benefits related to addition and storage over chlorine gas and liquid bleaches. These advantages are supporting the growth of the market

The corrosive and hygroscopic properties of calcium hypochlorite to Hinder Market Progress

The high corrosive and hygroscopic properties of hypochlorite moiety is the major factor responsible for the toxic effect of calcium hypochlorite. The addition of solid calcium hypochlorite to water treatment and sewage treatment causes severe exposure among plant operators. This will result in corrosive damage to the skin, eyes, gastrointestinal and respiratory tissues, thus making it fatal to the operators. These adverse health effects associated with the use of calcium hypochlorite is hindering the growth of the market in Latin America Furthermore, the hygroscopic nature of calcium hypochlorite also pose significant storage complexes. Ca(Clo)2 is stable than its liquid counterpart sodium hypochlorite. However, it is highly prone to moisture absorption and forms chlorine gas when not stored in air-tight vessels.

Granule Anticipated to Gain Notable Traction

By form type, granule is expected to grab major market share in the forecast period. Granular calcium hypochlorite is economical over tablets, pellets, and other forms and has a higher dissolution rate over tablets. Calcium hypochlorite is widely used in the form of granules in Latin America region. The production process of calcium hypochlorite basically involves reaction of hydrated lime with gaseous chlorine. The chemical compound thus produced is a white solid granular hypochlorite. All the major applications that use calcium hypochlorite as disinfectant uses granular compounds owing to its advantages of use and handling over powder counterpart. The large scale utilization of calcium hypochlorite granules in water treatment plants in Brazil is driving the growth of this segment in the region.

Brazil Calcium Hypochlorite Market to Expand Robustly

DMI segments the Latin America Calcium Hypochlorite market into – Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Rest of Latin America.

Brazil accounted for largest share of the market in 2018. Among the Latin American countries, Brazil is one of the major markets for the calcium hypochlorite market owing to the presence of established end-user industries of calcium hypochlorite in the region that includes iron and steel production, automobile assembly, petroleum processing, chemicals production, and cement manufacturing. After drop in Brazil's car and commercial vehicle production in 2014, the automobile industry has been showcasing steady growth in production. In mining sector Brazil is the world’s ninth-largest country and has rich reserves of important metals such as bauxite (Aluminum), iron ore, niobium, and nickel. Brazil is also a leading producer of precious metals such as gold. Mineral products and mining account for 2% of Brazil’s GDP.

Competitive Market with Regional and International Players

The Latin America Calcium Hypochlorite market is highly competitive. Key market players include – Platinum Equity Advisors, LLC (Lonza), Alfa Aesar, Brenntag Latin America, Inc., Damarfe Group and Purewater.

Latin America Calcium Hypochlorite market is competitive with regional and international players. The companies are competing based on the price, product specifications, and market presence. The major focus of these companies is to achieve lower prices and to develop products with niche application and their investments are driven in the same direction.

Latin America Calcium Hypochlorite Market Taxonomy:

By Form

  • Granule
  • Tablets and Pellets
  • Others

By End-User

  • Paper Mills
  • Power Plants
  • Pharmaceutical Plants
  • Automotive Assembly Facilities
  • Mines
  • Others


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