Flotation Reagents Market Size & Share, by Product Type (Flocculants, Collectors, Frother, Activators, Regulator); End Use (Mining, Oil & Gas, Water Treatment, Paper Industry) Ore Type (Powder Gold, Iron, Copper, Phosphates) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

  • Report ID: 5903
  • Published Date: Mar 19, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Flotation Reagents Market size is expected to reach USD 145 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 5% during the forecast period i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of flotation reagents was USD 11 Billion. There will be a need for flotation reagents due to the large rise in forthcoming building projects in the mining sector. As an example, two active reverse circulation drilling projects that involved a drilling operation that was finished in 2021 and continued planning for deeper diamond drilling in the projection period are the Cerro Buenos Aires project and the Redondo-Veronica project in Northern Chile. In order to remove valuable minerals from the ores, flotation reagents are needed. As a result, throughout the projected period, there will be more demand for flotation reagents due to these impending mining developments.

The creation of flotation reagents with less of an adverse effect on the environment and better recyclable properties is motivated by the growing emphasis on sustainable mining methods. Concerns about water shortage are drawing more attention to reagents that reduce the amount of water used in flotation operations. To improve separation efficiency, research and development efforts are concentrated on creating reagents that are extremely selective for particular minerals.

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Flotation Reagents Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Number of Oil and Gas Drilling Projects - The oil and gas industry's increased exploration and development will propel the flotation reagents market expansion. The rationale behind this is that the oil and gas industry's growing oilfield exploration and development will need the employment of flotation reagents such as flocculants and frothers to separate liquids from solid particles. A news statement from Saudi Arabian Oil Company states that the Berri gas plant project would add extra storage tanks and upgrade its sulfur recovery unit. The need for flotation reagents will rise as a result of these initiatives, which entail the installation of metal recovery plants.
  • Demand for Effective Wastewater Treatment - The growth in flotation reagents market is expected to be driven by an increasing incidence of water contamination. Due to the rapid speed of modern equipment, low sludge formation, and high efficiency of separation techniques, flotation reagents are used for solid or liquid separation in sewage treatment plants.


  • Increasing Prices of Oil - Crude oil is used in the froth flotation method. Flotation oils are often used to control the froth layer that forms on top of the floatation equipment. Consequently, changes in the price and supply of crude oil have had a severe impact on their use. The revenue growth of the flotation reagents market could be significantly slowed down by crude oil's volatile supply and demand. Manufacturers need to address these price changes in raw materials, which reduce their profitability. This is predicted to hamper the marker growth in the upcoming period.
  • Strict Regulations Associated are Expected to Hinder the Market Growth in the Forecast Period
  • Environmental Impact Associated with Mining Activities are Set to Hamper the flotation reagents market growth in the Forecast Period

Flotation Reagents Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year

2024 - 2036



Base Year Market Size (2023)

~USD 11 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~USD 145 Billion

Regional Synopsis

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Flotation Reagents Segmentation

Product Type (Flocculants, Collectors, Frother, Activators, Regulator)

Based on product type, the collector segment is anticipated to hold 40% share of the global flotation reagents market by 2036. In order to separate hydrophobic material from the water base, fluoro flotation shall be used. This product is applied in the wastewater treatment, paper recycling, and minerals processing industries. As a result of collectors' preference for adsorption on solid-liquid interfaces, and also because it is easier to attach bubble particles in this way, the surface of selected minerals will become water resistant. To effectively separate minerals, the choice of collectors is therefore necessary for froth flotation.

End Use (Mining, Oil & Gas, Water Treatment, Paper Industry)

Based on end use, the mining segment is anticipated to hold 60% share of the global flotation reagents market by 2036. This is due to an increase in the number of mining projects foreseen over the forecast period. Flotation reagents are used in various stages of mining processes such as mineral processing and metallization to help with the flotation process, which is an important procedure for extracting valuable minerals out of ores. The demand for frothing agents, such as flocculants, is expected to rise given upcoming mining projects. For instance, the Pedra Branca platinum group component venture in northeastern Brazil, is a continuous mining drilling venture at Santo Amaro in which a add up to of 19 gaps are penetrated of around 7231 ft, with an essential center on asset development, with the ultimate drilling gap still in advance. 

Our in-depth analysis of the global flotation reagents market includes the following segments:

          Product Type

  • Flocculants
  • Collectors
  • Frother
  • Activators
  • Regulator

          End Use

  • Mining
  •  Oil & Gas
  • Water Treatment
  • Paper Industry

          Ore Type

  • Powder Gold
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Phosphates

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Flotation Reagents Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecasts

The flotation reagents market in the North America region is set to hold the largest revenue share of 35% during the forecast period 2024-2036. The revenue growth of the market in this region is driven by factors such as increasing demand for decontamination and treatment of domestic waste and industrial sewage, as well as an increasing number of mining activities. Demand for flotation reagents is also driven by government regulations in favour of the mining sector. On 12 September 2022 for instance, as per the U.S. Department of Interior, the mining law of the nation was revised and the unused law expressed that to advance settlement, the law allowed people to look open lands for rich minerals such as gold, silver, and copper stake a claim if minerals may well be misused productively, and obvious the claim, obtaining legitimate title to the range for a little charge. 

APAC Market Statistics

The flotation reagents market in the Asia Pacific region is set to grow significantly during the forecast period. Due to the huge demand for clean drinking water in this region, Asia Pacific is expected to be one of the most rapidly growing markets. There is a growing demand for efficient water and wastewater management in India, which is one of the countries that do not have clean drinking water. Right now, China is the largest iron ore mine producer with a production of 350 million metric ton in 2019. Consequently, demand for flotation reagents is expected to increase as a result of growing mining activities. Therefore, the flotation reagents market studied in this region is projected to be driven by increasing demand from different sectors together with government support over the forecast period.

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Companies Dominating the Flotation Reagents Landscape

    • Solvay S.A.
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      • Financial Performance
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      • Risk Analysis
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      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Dow
    • Akzo Nobel N.V.
    • Evonik Industries AG
    • Clariant
    • BASF SE
    • Orica Limited
    • Kemira
    • Ecolab
    • SNF Group
    • Lubrizol Corporation


In The News

  • A strategic partnership for the benefit of the mining sector was signed between BASF and Moleaer on 8 November 2022. It brings together expertise in chemical, mineral processing, gas transport and nanobubble technologies. This partnership is expected to bring together expertise in mineral processing, gas transfer, hydrometallurgy and nanobubble technology with the objective of developing cutting edge mining techniques. By focusing on the copper chelating process, a key objective is to increase extraction rates for copper ores with an elevated chalcopyrite content that has historically been difficult to extract.
  • In October 2022, Solvay, a Belgium based chemical company, unveiled 'SmartFloat', a spearheading Al-driven reagent optimization framework for the mining industry, revolutionizing base metal flotation by improving operational proficiency, metallurgical results, and supportability. SmartFloat offers another way to operate a flotation device that incorporates enhancements, as is the case with SolvExtract's effect on extraction of solvents.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 5903
  • Published Date: Mar 19, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The growing demand in wastewater treatment and an increasing number of oil and gas drilling projects are some of the major factors anticipated to drive the growth of the flotation reagents market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~5% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are of BASF SE, Orica Limited, Kemira, Ecolab, SNF Group, Lubrizol Corporation, and others.

The mining segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in North America is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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