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The Growing Trend of Polyacrylamide

In 2009, despite the global polyacrylamide market showed signs of recession due to the financial crisis, but the future will gradually pick up in 2011.In 2015, the market scale will reach $ 2.51 billion. Market development was primarily driven by the recovery in downstream industries and Industry policy for environmental protection and product related technical service profits and rapid growth in emerging markets, etc.

2012, China's main application fields of polyacrylamide are oil exploration, water treatment, papermaking, super absorbent polymer, metallurgical and coal washing, etc. Their consumption structure is: oil exploration accounted for 81%, water treatment accounted for 9% water, papermaking accounted for 5%, mining accounted for 2%, and other accounted for 3%. Oil exploration is China's largest consumption of polyacrylamide currently, the domestic consumption accounts for 81% of total consumption. Water treatment is the second largest consumption of polyacrylamide. China's urban sewage treatment rate was less than 30%, industrial water recycling rate was 60%, industrial wastewater treatment was 77%, that’s a great gap compared with developed countries. Polyacrylamide flocculant in China's urban water treatment and chemical industry, metallurgy, paper making, printing and dyeing, sugar, monosodium glutamate, coal, building materials industry, the amount of wastewater treatment will continue to increase.

It is estimated that in 2012 ~ 2018, the applications of polyacrylamide in oil exploration, mining, paper and water treatment market will grow four 7.2% CAGR growth. In the oil industry, polyacrylamide flocculant is used for drilling, can also be used for EOR. EOR processes must be taken to balance the price. The recovery of drilling and exploration activities will also promote polyacrylamide consumption’s growth.

Polyacrylamide in the mining industry in the application is very extensive, not only can be separated minerals and ores, but also can be used as flocculants in wastewater treatment, as well as sealing mining pipelines. Due to the complex pricing structures, the market demand of South America cobalt, coal, copper, gold, diamonds and iron ore is also raising, which will promote the global polyacrylamide’s market growth.

For the paper industry, it mainly used as pulp fibers and the binder of additives, or as waste water treatment. Relative to the mature European and North American markets, China, South America, India and other Asia Pacific have s good markets growth momentum gratifying. However, due to economic development to flatten and the European debt crisis, the slowdown in paper production, hindering the development of the market of polyacrylamide. In addition, the paper industry itself is not high tech, market demand is relatively stable, which also determines the polyacrylamide used in the industry that can create limited profits.

What’s more, polyacrylamide also plays an important role in municipal wastewater treatment and industrial wastewater treatment areas. Stringent regulations promote the development of industrial water treatment; municipal wastewater treatment is not only affected by the financial crisis, but showed a good momentum of growth. Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt and other countries of North Africa, appear new market municipal wastewater treatment, while other countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, is also to increase investment in water privatization. In industrial wastewater treatment, coal mining and thermal power plant construction offers great business space, while the water reuse technology is a growing concern market.

Polyacrylamide is a water-soluble polymer having good flocculation resistance, and can reduce the frictional resistance between the liquids. Polyacrylamide in addition to apply in the oil industry, it also has a wide range of applications. In the sewage treatment industry, paper industry, sugar industry as well as coal and metallurgical industries.

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