Flotation Agents are organic or inorganic compounds used for changing surface free energy between two phases in flotation pulp, which allows flotation process. In 2017, 66.42% of Flotation Agents were used in the manufacturing of Coal, Graphite, Coke, while 18.10% and 15.52% were respectively consumed in Non-Sulfide-Ores and Sulfide Ores.
Generally, Flotation Agents can be broadly categorized into 6 types: Flotation Frothers, Flotation Promoters/Collectors, Flotation Depressants, Flotation Activators, Flotation Regulators and Others
The production of Flotation Agents distributed in North America, Europe and China. AkzoNobel, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Clariant, Cytec Solvay Group, FMC Corporation (Cheminova) are the major players in this field, taking about 30% of the global production.
North America, Europe and China are the main consumption areas. During 2013 and 2017, North America Flotation Agents consumption increased from 156 K MT to 182 K MT, while Europe Flotation Agents consumption increased from 68 K MT to 78 K MT. Due to the fast development of mining industry, Asia Flotation Agents consumption surged to 541 K MT with an average growth rate of 4.58%.
Flotation Agents sales price decreased from 1432 USD/MT in 2013 to 1410 USD/MT in 2017. However, The manufacturers need funds to put into R&D and product upgrade. Though downstream demand was relatively strong, the gross margin gradually dropped.
Considering the demand of downstream industry, market participants think that the Flotation Agents will have a promising market potential in the future. The Flotation Agents industry had a scale of about 1697 million USD in 2017 and is estimated to reach to 2236 million USD in 2025.