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Corrosion Inhibitors Market - Segmented By Product (Organic, Inorganic), By End-User (Power Generation, Oil and Gas, Pulp and paper, Metal processing, Water Treatment, and Others), By Type (Water-Based, Oil-Based) & By Region | 2021 to 2026

Pulished: April, 2021
ID: 11449
Pages: 180

Corrosion Inhibitors Market Size, Share & Growth (2021 - 2026)

The global Corrosion Inhibitors Market size was valued at USD 9.3 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% from 2021 to 2026.

Corrosion inhibition is an effective way of protecting metals' internal corrosion, which, when an inhibitor is added in small concentrations, provides temporary protection. The polymers are used as corrosion inhibitors in a functional group substance that acts as additives that inhibit the fluids surrounding the metal or associated object and decrease the metal oxidation rate. Organic corrosion inhibitors are carbon compounds used for surface adsorption, which form a film, but sometimes act as cathodic and anodic inhibitors.

Growing construction, power generation, and metal processing industry in developing and developed economies is a major factor that is expected to drive the global corrosion inhibitors market's revenue growth during the forecast period. In addition, the increasing use of corrosion inhibitors to reduce equipment maintenance costs is expected to drive the revenue growth of the target market.

Recent Developments

  • In July 2019, Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, launched a yellow metal corrosion inhibitor for cooling water that provides superior asset protection to customers while reducing environmental impact and improving performance. Supply and stability compared to any traditional chemical treatment. 

  • In February 2017, Verdezyne Inc., a synthetic biology company that produces bio-based chemicals, in collaboration with Aceto Corporation (ACET), a leading company in the marketing, sale, and distribution of specialty chemicals in the United States, announced the introduction of FerroShield. 

  • In September 2017, the new corrosion inhibitors for interface coatings were launched.

Corrosion Inhibitors Market Drivers

Growing energy demand with rising population and increasing urbanization are driving the need for efficient power infrastructure in order to meet the demand for electricity. The oil & gas industry also accounts for a significant share in the global corrosion inhibitors market which also propels the market growth. Increasing exploration of reserves with growing production of shale gas from unconventional reserves is expected to drive corrosion inhibitors' demand over the forecast period—rising investments in the power sector. Changing preference toward environment-friendly corrosion inhibitors drives the market growth.

 Corrosion Inhibitors Market Restraints

Fluctuating commodity prices, coupled with environmental concerns, will hamper the growth of the corrosion inhibitor market. Low oil prices and slowing demand for fossil fuels due to the growing trend towards renewable energy sources are expected to restrict the demand for fossil fuels, which in turn is expected to affect the demand for corrosion inhibitors during the forecast period (2021-2026). The increasing usage of the product leads to the removal of harmful materials such as zinc, chromium, and phosphorus, which is expected to slow down the corrosion inhibitor market revenue growth during the forecast period.

Opportunities in the Corrosion Inhibitors Market 

The growing need to effectively reduce the corrosion rate of a metal exposed to any environment will further stimulate several opportunities, which will lead to the growth of the Corrosion Inhibitors market during the forecast period.

 Challenges in the Corrosion Inhibitors Market

Freedonia predicts that due to the increased challenges facing corrosion inhibitors, water treatment companies and other suppliers will continue to be successful with higher-value products that incorporate multifunctional additives and protect equipment in the industry. As a result, users are increasingly choosing more advanced multifunctional products that can minimize corrosion and extend equipment life in these harsh environments.




Market Size Available

2019 – 2025

Base Year


Forecast Period

2021 - 2026



Segments Covered

By Product, Type, Consumption, Distribution Channel and Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, DROC, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa


Market Leaders Profiled

GE Water,BASF SE, Dai-Ichi Karkaria Ltd, AkzoNobel, Cortec Corporation, Champion Technologies Inc, Ashland Inc, Henkel, Dow Chemical Co, W.R Grace Co., Solutia Inc, Daubert Cromwell LLC, Ecolab

Corrosion Inhibitors Market Segmentation

Corrosion Inhibitors Market - By Product

  • Organic
  • Inorganic

The organic segment had the largest market share of 82.8% in 2020. In recent years, there has been a significant development regarding corrosion inhibitors of biological origin. These are inexpensive, have low toxicity, and are readily available organic compounds, which are obtained from plant extracts such as aromatic herbs, spices, and medicinal plants. In general, corrosion inhibitors of biological origin have aromatic structures with long aliphatic chains and free electron pairs. For example, Delonix regia and rosemary leaves prevent the deterioration of metallic aluminum, while natural honey inhibits corrosion of copper. The above-mentioned factors are expected to drive the growth of the segment during the forecast period.

Coating with an inorganic inhibitor is one of the traditional and simple ways to increase a metal's passivity. Some of the metals most commonly used as inorganic corrosion inhibitors include chromate, nitrate, molybdate, phosphate, and silicate salts of mercury, platinum, palladium, rhodium, rhenium, and iridium. Platinum group metals, including platinum, palladium, rhodium, and iridium, are thermodynamically stable on the pH scale because they are not attacked by non-oxidizing acidic solutions and do not corrode when they are exposed to moisture-laden air. These properties of inorganic corrosion inhibitors are expected to contribute significantly to the demand for the product in the near future.

Corrosion Inhibitors Market - By End-User

  • Power generation
  • Oil and gas 
  • Pulp and paper
  • Metal processing
  • Water treatment 
  • Others

The global market size of corrosion inhibitors for power generation was estimated to be around USD 4 billion in 2020. The product is widely used in equipment used in power generation, such as gas turbines, switches, pumps, and electronic components. Population growth around the world translates into increasing demand for energy. This trend will stimulate industry in general for the end-use of power generation.

The oil and gas segment size is expected to register gains of over 7.5% CAGR during the projected period. The product finds wide application in industry, as components used in oil and gas exploration are exposed to extreme weather conditions and require corrosion protection. In addition, shale gas exploration in the United States and Russia will complement business growth by 2026. The oil and gas segment held the largest market share of 34.1% in 2020. This is attributed to the growing number of internal corrosion problems in pipelines, refineries, and petrochemical plants. The corrosion inhibitor market is gaining popularity in the power generation industry in developing economies in the Asia-Pacific region. In power plants, erosion has been one of the major factors leading to critical downtime. The steam circuits of nuclear, thermal, and hydroelectric power plants are liable to deteriorate because the metallic components are always in contact with water. To ensure efficient power generation, most power plants monitor parameters such as pH value, conductivity, and the presence of corrosive anions and cations, which indicate the rate of corrosion. In addition, they ensure the adequate presence of corrosion inhibitors such as phosphonates, phosphate, zinc (for steel), and triazoles (for copper).

Corrosion Inhibitors Market - By Type

  • Water-Based
  • Oil Based

The water-based segment had the largest market share of 57.2% in 2020. Water-based corrosion inhibitors are readily soluble in water and are generally sold in solid form. They form a protective layer on the metal surface by modifying the surface's physical characteristics to resist oxidation of the metal surface, thus providing protection against rust. In addition, they are cost-effective, form a clear coat after drying, and can be easily applied by spraying, dipping, or brushing before subsequent operations.

Oil-based corrosion inhibitors are primarily preferred for long-term protection and harsh environmental conditions due to their massive film and significant hydrophobic properties. They are mainly based on the structure of thick coatings, which make contact between water and metal surfaces difficult. These are generally the most cost-effective ways to control corrosion, as they allow the use of less expensive metals, salts, or organic compounds in a corrosive environment.

Corrosion Inhibitors Market - By Region

  • North America

  • Latin America

  • Europe

  • Asiapacific

  • Middle East & Africa

Asia-Pacific held the largest market share of 37.3% in 2020 and is expected to be one of the fastest-growing markets in the near future. The growth of the market can be attributed to the rapid industrialization of the region, which has led to the demand for power generation and also several other end-use industries. Growing chemicals and metallurgy sectors in developing economies in the region, notably India and China, are also expected to contribute significantly to the market in the near future.

Europe is one of the main consumers of corrosion inhibitors due to the massive consumption of water for industrial sectors such as sugar and ethanol and the manufacture of petrochemicals. Water treatment issues in Europe play a critical role in directly impacting corrosion control operations while maintaining the operational integrity of heat transfer equipment and reducing adverse effects on the environment. 

North America has dominated the inorganic corrosion inhibitor market due to the rapid growth of the oil and gas industry and increased shale gas exploration activity using maximum inorganic inhibitors. Asia-Pacific and Latin America are the fastest-growing markets and are expected to experience lucrative growth during the forecast period. This mainly contributes to the high demand for inorganic inhibitors from the water treatment, automotive, oil, and gas industries. In Europe, inorganic inhibitors are limited due to zinc presence, which impacts the environment.

Impact of COVID-19 on Corrosion Inhibitors Market:

The pandemic has hit the whole world's economy very hard since the blockade was imposed in all regions, which made the situation a challenge for the growth of all sectors, and the development of assets will be achieved. Several major industries were stuck during COVID-19 as production in the industries fell. COVID-19 has created a challenge for manufacturers of corrosion inhibitors for the production of lubricants, as most of the raw materials are imported from other regions.

Corrosion Inhibitors Market Key Players

  1. GE Water

  2. BASF SE

  3. Dai-Ichi Karkaria Ltd

  4. AkzoNobel

  5. Cortec Corporation

  6. Champion Technologies Inc

  7. Ashland Inc, Henkel

  8. Dow Chemical Co

  9. W.R Grace Co.

  10. Solutia Inc

  11. Daubert Cromwell LLC

  12. Ecolab

1. Introduction                 

               1.1 Market Definition

               1.2 Scope of the report

               1.3 Study Assumptions

               1.4 Base Currency, Base Year and Forecast Periods

2. Research Methodology            

               2.1 Analysis Design         

               2.2 Research Phases       

                              2.2.1 Secondary Research

                              2.2.2 Primary Research

                              2.2.3 Data Modelling

                              2.2.4 Expert Validation

               2.3 Study Timeline          

3. Report Overview                        

               3.1 Executive Summary

               3.2 Key Inferencees        

4. Market Dynamics                      

               4.1 Impact Analysis         

                              4.1.1 Drivers

                              4.1.2 Restaints

                              4.1.3 Opportunities

               4.2 Regulatory Environment

               4.3 Technology Timeline & Recent Trends

5. Competitor Benchmarking Analysis

               5.1 Key Player Benchmarking

                              5.1.1 Market share analysis

                              5.1.2 Products/Service

                              5.1.3 Regional Presence

               5.2 Mergers & Acquistion Landscape

               5.3 Joint Ventures & Collaborations

6. Market Segmentation              

               6.1 Corrosion Inhibitors Market, By Type

                              6.1.1 Water-Based

                              6.1.2 Oil Based

                              6.1.3 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)

                              6.1.4 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis

                              6.1.5 Market Attractiveness Index

               6.2 Corrosion Inhibitors Market, By Product

                              6.2.1 Organic

                              6.2.2 Inorganic

                              6.2.3 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)

                              6.2.4 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis

                              6.2.5 Market Attractiveness Index

               6.3 Corrosion Inhibitors Market, By End-User

                              6.3.1 Power generation

                              6.3.2 Oil and gas

                              6.3.3 Pulp and paper

                              6.3.4 Metal processing

                              6.3.5 Water treatment

                              6.3.6 Others

                              6.3.7 Market Size Estimations & Forecasts (2021-2026)

                              6.3.8 Y-o-Y Growth Rate Analysis

                              6.3.9 Market Attractiveness Index

7. Geographical Landscape          

               7.1 Global Identity Governance and Administration Market, by Region

               7.2 North America - Market Analysis (2018 - 2024)

                              7.2.1 By Country



                              7.2.2 By Type

                              7.2.3 By Product

                              7.2.4 By End-User

               7.3 Europe         

                              7.3.1 By Country






                                    Rest of Europe

                              7.3.2 By Type

                              7.3.3 By Product

                              7.3.4 By End-User

               7.4 Asia Pacific  

                              7.4.1 By Country




                                    South Korea

                                    South East Asia

                                    Australia & NZ

                                    Rest of Asia-Pacific

                              7.4.2 By Type

                              7.4.3 By Product

                              7.4.4 By End-User

               7.5 Latin America            

                              7.5.1 By Country




                                    Rest of Latin America

                              7.5.2 By Type

                              7.5.3 By Product

                              7.5.4 By End-User

               7.6 Middle East and Africa

                              7.6.1 By Country

                                    Middle East


                              7.6.2 By Type

                              7.6.3 By Product

                              7.6.4 By End-User

8. Key Player Analysis     

               8.1 GE Water     

                              8.1.1 Business Description

                              8.1.2 Products/Service

                              8.1.3 Financials

                              8.1.4 SWOT Analysis

                              8.1.5 Recent Developments

                              8.1.6 Analyst Overview

               8.2 BASF SE        

               8.3 Dai-Ichi Karkaria Ltd

               8.4 AkzoNobel  

               8.5 Cortec Corporation

               8.6 Champion Technologies Inc

               8.7 Ashland Inc, Henkel

               8.8 Dow Chemical Co

               8.9 W.R Grace Co.          

               8.10 Solutia Inc 

               8.11 Daubert Cromwell LLC

               8.12 Ecolab        

9. Market Outlook & Investment Opportunities


               List of Tables     

               List of Figures    


  • Global, regional and country-level analysis and forecasts of the study market; providing Insights on the major countries/regions in which this industry is blooming and to also identify the regions that are still untapped

  • Segment-level analysis in terms of technology, component, and type along with market size forecasts and estimations to detect key areas of industry growth in detail

  • Identification of key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges (DROC) in the market and their impact on shifting market dynamics

  • Study of the effect of exogenous and endogenous factors that affect the global market; which includes broadly demographic, economics, and political, among other macro-environmental factors presented in an extensive PESTLE Analysis

  • Study the micro environment factors that determine the overall profitability of an Industry, using Porter’s five forces analysis for analysing the level of competition and business strategy development

  • A comprehensive list of key market players along with their product portfolio, current strategic interests, key financial information, legal issues, SWOT analysis and analyst overview to study and sustain the market environment

  • Competitive landscape analysis listing out the mergers, acquisitions, collaborations in the field along with new product launches, comparative financial studies and recent developments in the market by the major companies

  • An executive summary, abridging the entire report in such a way that decision-making personnel can rapidly become acquainted with background information, concise analysis and main conclusions

  • Expertly devised analyst overview along with Investment opportunities to provide both individuals and organizations a strong financial foothold in the market

  1. Global Corrosion Inhibitors Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  2. Global Corrosion Inhibitors Market By Type, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  3. Global Water-Based Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  4. Global Oil Based Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  5. Global Corrosion Inhibitors Market By Product, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  6. Global Organic Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  7. Global Inorganic Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  8. Global Corrosion Inhibitors Market By End-User, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  9. Global Power generation Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  10. Global Oil and gas  Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  11. Global Pulp and paper Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  12. Global Metal processing Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  13. Global Water treatment  Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

  14. Global Others Market By Region, From 2021-2026 ( USD Billion )

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