Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market By Type (Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral); By Form (Aqueous, Solvent); By Ingredients Type (Chelating Agent, Surfactant, Solvents, Solubilizes, pH Regulators, Others); By Metal Type (Steel, Copper, Aluminum, Others); By End Use Industry (Construction, Automotive/Aerospace, Appliances and Utensils, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Others); By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa) - Global Market Analysis, Trends, Opportunity and Forecast, 2022-2032

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market Overview and Definition 

The global metal cleaning chemicals market size was valued at around USD 13.9 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of growth (CAGR) of around 3.3% from 2022 to 2032.The market size is projected to succeed in USD 19.4 billion by 2032.

The metal cleaning chemicals market is a segment of the chemicals industry that deals with the production, distribution, and sale of chemicals that are used for cleaning metal surfaces. Metal cleaning chemicals are designed to remove dirt, grime, rust, and other contaminants from metal surfaces, and are used in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing.

The metal cleaning chemicals market is driven by several factors, including the increasing demand for metal cleaning products in various industries, growing concerns about environmental pollution and health hazards associated with traditional cleaning methods, and the development of new and innovative metal cleaning technologies.

The metal cleaning chemicals market includes a range of products, including acidic, alkaline, and solvent-based cleaning agents, as well as rust and corrosion inhibitors, metal degreasers, and other specialized formulations. These products are used to clean a variety of metal surfaces, including steel, aluminum, copper, and brass.

The metal cleaning chemicals market is highly competitive, and includes several major players, as well as many smaller companies and startups. The market is also subject to various regulations and quality standards related to safety and performance. As the demand for metal cleaning chemicals continues to grow, the market is expected to expand significantly in the coming years, with new players entering the market and existing players expanding their product lines and distribution networks.

The metal cleaning chemicals market is also influenced by various factors such as the growth of end-use industries, changes in environmental regulations, and the adoption of new technologies. As the market evolves, the focus is shifting towards developing sustainable and eco-friendly metal cleaning solutions that are safer for workers and the environment, without compromising on cleaning performance.

Metal equipment's often get contaminated by organic and inorganic substances resulting from the deposition of various lubricating oils, corroded metals, hard water, and others. This reduces the efficiency of the operations or damages the equipment. Metal cleaning at regular intervals becomes inevitably necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the machinery and maintain the efficiency of the operations. Metal cleaning can be done mechanically or using chemicals.

Metal cleaning chemicals help to prevent these damages by washing of unwanted substances and impurities, thus maintaining metal tools and equipment efficiency in several industries including construction, manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and transportation. Chemical cleaning of metals is carried out in a sequence of steps depending upon the nature of deposits. It does not damage the equipment and requires no assembling and dismantling of metal equipment. The use of metal cleaning chemicals on metal parts increases the shelf life of the machines and is a crucial part of the finishing process.

Metal cleaners are used for cleaning stainless steel sinks, faucets, metal trim, silverware, etc. For special type of precious metals especially those used for luxury watches and high-end jewelry, special type of cleaning agents are generally used to clean and protect them.

The global metal cleaning chemicals market is expected to grow at a healthy CAGR in the years to come.

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market Drivers

The growth of this market is attributed towards major pertaining factors which include but are not limited to; the globally increasing rate of metal consumption coupled with surging demands from the end-use industries such as automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, and others, the rapid growth of the global steel, automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries, rising concern towards industrial cleaning and maintenance and increasing demand for aqueous based metal cleaning chemicals etc.

Additionally, the increasing growth in manufacturing activities in industries especially in emerging and developing economies is anticipated to fuel the growth of global metal cleaning chemicals market as these industries heavily depend on metals for manufacturing and assembling different machinery, heavy equipment's, and tools which always require maintenance so that the performance is not hampered.

Moreover, there are high-end developments being initiated in the metal cleaning chemicals market; bio-based and eco-friendly sustainable metal cleaning chemicals are being developed which looks promising enough to open new doors in the global metal cleaning chemicals market.

Furthermore, these products owing to cleaning and finishing properties are heavily used for cleaning several metals including steel, copper, and aluminum. Increasing utilization of these metals for creating industrial infrastructure will enhance metal cleaning chemicals industry in the near future.

More importantly, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease, the production of disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners, surface cleaners, detergents, soaps, body washes, lotions, and other hygiene products has substantially increased. Maintaining proper personal and surrounding hygiene has become necessary to stop the spread of the infection. However, their consumption in industries has reduced due to the shutdown of production units, apart from essential services sectors. However, growth in industrialization post COVID-19, coupled with the rise in number of industries in emerging economies are key factors expected to drive the global metal cleaning chemical in the next few years.

However, stringent environmental and governmental regulations in the emerging nations against the use of toxic chemicals are impeding the growth of this market.

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Acidic
  • Alkaline
  • Neutral

By Form

  • Aqueous
  • Solvent

By Ingredients Type

  • Chelating Agent
  • Surfactant
  • Solvents
    • Alcohol
    • Glycol
    • Glycol Ethers
    • Terpenes
  • Solubilizes
  • pH Regulators
  • Others

By Metal Type

  • Steel
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Others

By End Use Industry 

  • Construction
  • Automotive/Aerospace
  • Appliances and Utensils
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Others

By Region 

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market Regional Insight

The Asia Pacific region is the largest and the fastest growing regional market for metal cleaning chemicals and is also anticipated to maintain its position in the upcoming years owing to the high economic growth in its developing countries, the increasing disposable incomes of the people in the region, the increasing production of metals, high growth of industrial production, increased trade, the increasing demand for vehicles in the region, growth in manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, metal & mining, construction and other industries in the major and emerging economies in the region etc. The major contributors in the region include India, China, Japan and South Korea out of which China is currently the leader.

The North American region is the second largest regional market for metal cleaning chemical products in the world followed by Europe. This region is accounted for robust growth in this market in the coming years due to the increasing use of environment-friendly metal cleaning chemicals due to the adoption of stringent regulations and growing consumer awareness in the region, the growing use of metals in various industries in the region coupled with the increasing demand for hybrid vehicles which is set to enhance the product demand in the automotive industry, rising production capacity of metal cleaning etc. The major contributors in the region include Mexico, U.S and Canada.

The European region is expected to grow at a substantial rate and hold a significant share in the metal cleaning chemicals market in the foreseeable future. This can be attributed to the growth in the automotive industry in the region, growing industrialization, increasing demand for copper and the growing number of favorable government policies in the region in regards to usage of metal cleaning chemicals etc. The major contributors in the region include Germany, Spain and France.

Metal Cleaning Chemicals Market Key Players

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Quaker Houghton
  • Nouryon
  • Chautauqua Chemical Company
  • Luster-On Products
  • Elmer Wallace Ltd
  • DST-Chemicals A/S
  • 3M Company
  • Element Solutions
  • Hubbard-Hall Inc.
  • Houghton International Inc.
  • ICL Performance Products
  • Modern Chemical Inc.
  • PCC Chemax Inc.
  • Quaker Chemical Corporation
  • Spartan Chemical Company Inc.
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Stepan Company.
  • Kyzen Corp.
  • Lincoln Chemical Corporation
  • Delstar Metal Finishing Inc.
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • Emerson Electric Co.
  • Oxiteno
  • Rochester Midland Corporation
  • The Chemours Company
  • Other Players


In December 2020, Univar Solutions Inc., a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, announced an expanded distribution agreement with Solvay Group's NovaCare Coatings and Industrial Process Solutions business units to distribute their coatings products in the United States and industrial products in the United States and Canada.  NovaCare Coatings chemistries are used in everything from paints and adhesives to inks and waterborne and architectural coatings. Applications for the industrial product lines include lubricants and metalworking, metal cleaning and finishing, automotive, and chemical manufacturing.

Timeline Considered for Analysis:

- 2021: Base Year

- 2022 to 2032: Forecast Period

Research Scope and Deliverables

Overview & Executive Summary

Market Drivers, Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Market Size and Forecast Projections

Macroeconomic Indicators of Various Countries Impacting the Growth of the Market

Extensive Coverage of Industry Players including Recent Product Launches and Market Activities

Porter’s Five Force Analysis

Market Segmentation Analysis:

Industry report analyzes the global metal cleaning chemicals market by the following segments:

  • Type
  • Form
  • Ingredients Type
  • Metal Type
  • End Use Industry

Customization: We also offers customization’s in the industry report as per the company’s specific needs.

Key Questions Answered in the Global Metal Cleaning Chemicals Industry Report

  • What is the overall market size in 2021? What will be the market growth during the forecast period i.e. 2022-2032?
  • Which region would have high demand for product in the upcoming years?
  • What are the factors driving the growth of the market?
  • Which sub-market will make the most significant contribution to the market?
  • What are the market opportunities for existing and entry-level players?
  • What are various long-term and short-term strategies adopted by the market players?

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  • Publication date: 4th January 2024
  • Base year: 2022
  • Forecast year: 2023-2033
  • Format: PDF, PPT,Word,Excel

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