Hardness is a measure of the soap consuming capacity of water. Therefore, water softening by either precipitation or ion exchange is often necessary to remove hardness. To optimize these processes, it is sometimes important to monitor calcium and magnesium levels separately, along with total hardness. Water testing kits are the type of tools which are used for testing of untreated water sources such as ground water, rain water, tap water and water from municipal and industrial processes among others. These kits are extensively used for testing different features of a water sample such as salinity, turbidity, diffused oxygen ingredients, hardness and various other characteristics. The range of water test kits includes hardness, alkalinity, chlorides, phosphates, sulphites, fluorides, residual chlorine, iron testing among others.
The global water hardness test strip market size is predicted to reach over USD 72.4 billion by 2028. This can be ascribed to the growing demand for laboratory testing of water in civil bodies. Municipal bodies and civic societies are usually slow acceptors of new technologies, but test strips being economical and cost-effective products for water hardness testing, are highly accepted by the civic bodies in different regions. In addition to this, stringent regulations by governments have played a major role in the adoption of water hardness test strips by civil and municipal bodies for quality testing of water. Besides, the rise in number of industrial establishments and surge in rate of urbanization are also the key factors driving the market growth for water hardness test strip.
However, lack of water quality control systems is hampering the market growth. Water quality control systems lack organization, sophistication, and technology for water hardness testing. The infrastructure of water quality control laboratories in many developing countries is likely to be scarce due to limited resources, limited technology, and poor management. There are numerous issues related to water safety, such as lack of institutional coordination, outdated technology, less expertise for the execution of regulations at low levels, and lack of updated standards; all these have been constraining the market for water hardness test strips. Furthermore, increasing stringent regulations for drinking water and increasing demand for innovative testing strips/technology are likely to provide lucrative development opportunities for the water hardness test strip market in the forthcoming years. Due to growing concerns among consumers demanding fresh and pure-quality water enriched with minerals and vitamins, water hardness test strips will grow significantly in the coming years.
Water Hardness Test Strip Market Scope
|Forecast Unit||Value (USD)|
|Revenue forecast in 2028||USD 72.4 billion|
|Growth Rate||CAGR of 4.8% during 2021-2028|
|Segment Covered||Sales Channel, Type, Application, Regions|
|Regions Covered||North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa|
|Key Players Profiled||Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Merck KGaA, Spectris, Danaher Corporation, LaMotte Company, Johnson Test Paper Ltd, Serim Research Corporation, Avantor, Inc., Isolab Laborgerate GmbH, Aqua Cure Ltd.|
Key Segments of the Global Water Hardness Test Strip Market
Sales Channel Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
Type Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
- Calcium Concentration Measurement
- Magnesium Concentration Measurement
Application Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
Regional Overview, 2019-2028 (USD Million)
- Rest of Europe
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East and Africa
- Rest of South America
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :
Over the past few decades, there has been a notable increase in the allocation of government expenditures on water testing development in many countries. Countries are spending in investments necessary to rehabilitate existing infrastructure, comply with environmental and health regulations, and maintain the required water quality and supply.
However, the growing demand from consumers for good quality water with enriched vitamins and minerals enables civil and municipal bodies to adopt the growing technology for laboratory testing of water. To meet regulatory standards, civic bodies are investing significantly to upgrade their testing technology to meet water quality norms. This, in turn, is projected to drive the growth of the water hardness test strips market across the globe.
Furthermore, the technological focus from conventional water hardness testing methods has been shifting toward rapid testing methods, as they are efficient and time-saving and generate results within a few hours. Rapid testing methods ensure the analysis of a larger sample size and thereby reduce the time required for sample testing. Advanced technologies ensure the detection of microbial as well as chemical contaminants present in the samples. Simultaneous detection of all contaminants present in the samples can reduce the number of tests required, thus saving time and cost of each test conducted. Sensitive and accurate time-efficient results obtained through rapid testing create several opportunities for the water hardness test strips market.
The market is consolidated as several major market players currently hold the major market share. However, the market is expected to become fragmented in the forthcoming years as several new market players are emerging from developing countries such as India, Japan, China, and other countries.
Sales Channel Segment
Based on the Sales Channel segment, the market is bifurcated into Retail and Non-retail. In 2020, the Retail segment accumulated the maximum market share and it is likely to continue its dominance throughout the forecast years owing to their use for households and swimming pools. However, Non-retail segment gathered noteworthy growth owing to industrial and laboratory applications of the water hardness test strips.
Based on the Type, the market is segmented into Calcium Concentration Measurement and Magnesium Concentration Measurement. The Calcium Concentration Measurement segment seized the maximum market share in 2020 and it is likely to maintain its place throughout the forecast years. In majority of the industrial sectors, rise in calcium content in the water have been a major concern when it comes to its usage. Hence the manufacturers have been coming up with water hardness test strip products specifically designed to determine calcium concentration in water. However, magnesium concentration measurement segment is expected to witness higher growth rate. This is attributable to the fact that government bodies have been imposing stringent regulations with regards to improvisation of water quality. Hence in new reforms along with calcium content, even magnesium contents have been taken into consideration for detection purpose.
Based on the Application, the market is segmented into Laboratory, Industrial, Paper & Pulp, Metal Processing, Chemical Processing, Water Treatment, and others. The Industrial segment gathered the major market share in 2020 and it is likely to continue its dominance throughout the forecast years owing to the benefits such as quickest and cost-effective method to determine the quality of water being used. Through these results, level of water treatment to be done can be determined, which helps save costs for the industry. Moreover, industrial water use includes water used for purposes such as fabricating, processing, washing, diluting, cooling, or transporting a product; incorporating water into a product; or for sanitation needs within the manufacturing facility. Thus, the use of strips for determining the level of water hardness is expected to grow commercially through sectors such as food, chemicals, and petroleum refineries.
The Asia Pacific region is likely to account for the maximum market contribution during the forecast years. The domination of this region is largely ascribed to the industrial shift and technological advancements that made water usage an important factor specifically in the industrial sector. The global marketplace for water hardness test strips is slated to achieve the fastest growth in Asia-Pacific owing to the extensive efforts from all the stakeholders in the supply chain, be it the governmental, non-governmental, or private organizations, in the direction of improvising the environmental criteria of sustainability. However, South America is likely to gather noteworthy growth through the forecast years 2021-2028. The growth of the water hardness test strip market in this region is mostly ascribed to the new technologies and increase in the export of food and beverages. In addition, increasing number of FDA regulations governing the safety & quality of water that is to be used for industrial as well as other purposes, surge in the demand for water testing equipment that include water hardness test strips, which help in monitoring the water quality from time to time. The presence of most global players in the water hardness test strips market in this region has led to higher product availability.
The major players of the global water hardness test strip market are Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., Merck KGaA, Spectris, Danaher Corporation, LaMotte Company, Johnson Test Paper Ltd, Serim Research Corporation, Avantor, Inc., Isolab Laborgerate GmbH, Aqua Cure Ltd. Renowned companies are offering new and modern water hardness strip solutions. Besides, the previously recognized as well as new market players are approaching the market with advanced and new strategic services and solutions and to remain competitive in the global market.