The global sulphuric acid market reached a volume of almost 284.4 million metric tons in 2019. The industry is further expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.5% between 2020 and 2025 to reach a value of almost 311 million metric tons by 2025.
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The global sulphuric acid market is driven by the increase in the fertilizers and chemicals industry. The market is expected to be driven by the end-use sectors like the agriculture segment. The acid is used for producing phosphoric acid, and as a consequence, phosphate fertilizers, which are extensively used in the agricultural sector. The global sulphuric acid markets were well supplied in the period 2017-2018. The sulphuric acid market is predicted to remain oversupplied in the coming years. Thus, the market is expected to shift in the next two years towards the buyer's side.
The Asia Pacific region is the leading regional market for the product, accounting for 45% of the market share. In the Asia Pacific region, China is expected to drive the demand for sulphuric acid as the result of improved consumption by the phosphate industry. North America and Europe follow the Asia Pacific region as the other major markets for the acid, accounting for over a quarter of the industry share globally. North-East Asia is the major consumer of sulphuric acid, accounting for 37% of the total global consumption in the industry. North America and the Middle East and Africa are also significant consumers within the industry. The key producing regions include China, the United States, and India.
Properties and Applications
Sulphuric acid, also known as vitriol, is a mineral acid consisting of elements such as sulphur, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is sans colour and odour and is syrupy, making it soluble in water. It is also synthesized in reactions that are highly exothermic.
On the basis of application, the market is segmented into the following:
The report by EMR analyses the feedstock of sulphuric acid, i.e., sulphur. The report also covers the regional markets of the product like North America, Europe, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa.
The global sulphuric acid market is driven by the increase in the demand from major consuming industries like agriculture. The market is invigorated by global agriculture production, which is expected to grow at 1-2% per year in the coming decade. The top importers of the product are India, China, and the United States, who are predicted to drive the market. Consumption of fertilizer is high in India and China, followed by the United States of America. According to FAO, in the next 25 years, the caloric requirement is estimated to double-up, with a population reaching approximately 8 million, thus, boosting the growth of the agricultural sector. The rising demand for fertilizers in the rapidly rising agriculture industry is expected to drive the demand for sulphuric acid in the coming years.
Agrarian nations, such as China, with 37% and India with a 15% contribution to global agro-economy, are expected to drive the demand for sulphuric acid due to its high consumption. The acid is extensively used in the formation of phosphate fertilizers within India and China. With both countries looking to bolster their agricultural productivity, the demand is expected to remain robust from this sector. However, with more imports flowing into this region in 2017, sulphuric acid is witnessing an inventory build-up. The electronic-grade sulphuric acid is witnessing a steady increase, and the demand is estimated to continue being high in the forecast period.
Sulphuric acid is, apart from its on-purpose production, produced as a by-product of metal smelting, where large volumes of the product are involuntarily produced. Therefore, no definitive capacity is installed for the commodity. In spite of this, the involuntary production has afflicted the market with excess supply for about a decade now. The production of sulphuric acid is nearly 10% more than the requirement, in spite of more than 200 million metric tons consumption of sulphuric acid every year. This persistent oversupply of the acid is expected to hinder the market growth in the coming years due to the significant gap between supply and demand.
May 2018- BASF (OTCMKTS: BASFY) announced the expansion of its sulphuric acid production in its Jiaxing plant from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons to meet the rising demand for semiconductors in the region.
The report gives a detailed analysis of the following key players in the global sulphuric acid market, covering their competitive landscape, capacity, and latest developments like mergers, acquisitions, and investments, expansions of capacity, and plant turnarounds:
The comprehensive EMR report provides an in-depth assessment of the industry based on Porter's five forces model, along with giving a SWOT analysis.
1.1 Objectives of the Study
1.1.1 Research Objective
1.1.2 Key Findings of the Report
2 Research Methodology
2.1 Data Extraction
2.2 Data Corroboration
2.3 Market Structure
2.5 Market Models
3.1 Market Outlook
3.2 Market Scope and Segmentation
3.3 Additional Insights
4 Executive Summary
4.1 Key Market Developments
4.2 Market Analysis
4.3 Key Players
4.4 Cost Structure
4.5 Market Revenue and Growth
5 Market Dynamics
5.1 Market Driver Analysis
5.2 Market Restraint Analysis
5.3 Industry Challenges
5.4 Industry Opportunities
6 Global Sulphuric Acid Market Analysis
6.1 Figure: Global Sulphuric Acid Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
6.2 Chart: Global Sulphuric Acid Market Breakup by Application
6.3 Figure: Global Sulphuric Acid Market Breakup by Application: Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
6.4 Chart: Global Sulphuric Acid Market Breakup by Region
6.4.1 North America
188.8.131.52 United State of America
184.108.40.206 United Kingdom
6.4.3 Asia Pacific
6.4.4 Latin America
6.4.5 Middle East and Africa
220.127.116.11 Saudi Arabia
18.104.22.168 United Arab Emirates
22.214.171.124 South Africa
6.5 Figure: Global Sulphuric Acid Market Breakup by Region: Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
6.5.1 North America
126.96.36.199 United State of America
188.8.131.52 United Kingdom
6.5.3 Asia Pacific
6.5.4 Latin America
6.5.5 Middle East and Africa
184.108.40.206 Saudi Arabia
220.127.116.11 United Arab Emirates
18.104.22.168 South Africa
7 Global Sulphuric Acid Price Analysis
7.1 North America Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
7.2 Europe Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
7.3 Asia Pacific Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
7.4 Latin America Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
7.5 Middle East and Africa Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
8 Global Sulphur Market Analysis
8.1 Figure: Global Sulphur Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
8.2 Chart: Global Sulphur Market Breakup by Region
8.2.1 North America
8.2.3 Asia Pacific
8.2.4 Latin America
8.2.5 Middle East and Africa
8.3 Figure: Global Sulphur Market Breakup by Region: Historical Market (2015-2019) & Forecast (2020-2025)
8.3.1 North America
8.3.3 Asia Pacific
8.3.4 Latin America
8.3.5 Middle East and Africa
9 Global Sulphur Price Analysis
9.1 North America Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
9.2 Europe Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
9.3 Asia Pacific Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
9.4 Latin America Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
9.5 Middle East and Africa Historical Price Trends (2015-2019) and Forecast (2020-2025)
10 Global Trade Data Analysis (HS Code: 2807, 2803)
10.1 Major Exporting Countries: by Value and Volume
10.2 Major Importing Countries: by Value and Volume
11 SWOT Analysis
12 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
12.2 Buyer’s Power
12.3 Supplier’s Power
12.4 New Entrants
12.5 Degree of Rivalry
13 EMR’s Key Indicators for Demand
14 EMR’s Key Indicators for Price
15 Cost Analysis
15.1 Cost of Raw Material
15.4 Other Costs
16 Competitive Landscape & Supplier Analysis
16.1 INEOS Sulphur Chemicals
16.1.1 Company Overview
16.1.2 Financial Analysis
16.2 BASF SE
16.2.1 Company Overview
16.2.2 Financial Analysis
16.3 DuPont de Nemours, Inc.
16.3.1 Company Overview
16.3.2 Financial Analysis
16.4 PVS Chemicals Inc.
16.4.1 Company Overview
16.4.2 Financial Analysis
16.5 Chung Hwa Chemical Industrial Works, Ltd.
16.5.1 Company Overview
16.5.2 Financial Analysis
17 Events and Developments
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18 Value Chain Analysis
19 Manufacturing Process
19.1 Detailed Process Flow
19.2 Operations Involved
19.3 Mass Balance
20 Production Cost Analysis and Project Economics
20.1 Land, Location and Site Development
20.3 Plant Machinery
20.4 Cost of Raw Material
20.9 Other Capital Investment
The global sulphuric acid market attained a volume of nearly 284.4 million metric tons in 2019. It is expected to witness a further growth in the forecast period of 2020-2025, growing at a CAGR of 1.5%. The sulphuric acid market is projected to reach a volume of around 311 million metric tons by 2025.
EMR’s meticulous research methodology delves deep into the industry, covering the macro and micro aspects of the industry. Based on application, the global sulphuric acid market can be segmented into fertilizers and chemicals, among others. North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, and the Asia Pacific are the major regions in the market, with the Asia Pacific leading the overall global market, accounting for 45% of the market share. The key players in the above industry are INEOS Sulphur Chemicals, BASF SE, DuPont de Nemours, Inc., PVS Chemicals Inc., and Chung Hwa Chemical Industrial Works, Ltd., among others.
The major drivers of the industry such as rising disposable incomes, increasing population, rising urbanisation, growing demand from the agricultural sector, and rising demand from emerging economies like India and China are driving the growth of the industry globally. EMR’s research methodology uses a combination of cutting-edge analytical tools and the expertise of their highly accomplished team, thus, providing their customers with industry insights that are accurate, actionable, and help them remain ahead of their competition.
EMR’s approach gives their clients a comprehensive assessment of the prevailing and projected industry conditions through the collection, collation, and analysis of data from trusted sources. The key questions answered in the market study are:
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