Chlor-alkali and inorganics are some of the most widely utilized basic chemicals in agriculture and FMCG market. Chlor-alkalis are produced from natural minerals and salts found on earth’s lithosphere and sea. Chlor-alkali/ inorganics are used to produce various end-user products such as fertilizers, soaps, pigments etc. Caustic soda, ammonium phosphate and titanium oxide are some of the examples of chlor-alkali and inorganics market.
The global chlor-alkali and inorganics market was valued at $244.0 billion in 2017. Asia-Pacific was the largest geographic region in the chlor-alkali and inorganics market in 2017, accounting for $93.4 billion or 38.3% share in the market. The USA was the largest country in the market in 2017, accounting for $43.1 billion or 17.7% share in the market.
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles are being increasingly adopted for controlling environmental pollution, sterilization and restraining viruses in water and defending the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, there by driving the demand for titanium dioxide. Nano titanium dioxide is non-toxic, has enhanced chemical stability and is cheap. The trend of using nano titanium dioxide as a UV filter in the sunscreens and other personal care products has been picking up recently.
The companies covered are Hanwha Chemical Corporation, Xinjiang Zhongtai Chemical Co. Ltd., Eurochem Group, CF Industries Holdings, Inc., and The Mosaic Company.
The countries covered are USA, China, Germany, Brazil, Japan, UK, Spain, Russia, France, Australia, Italy, India and rest of the world.
The chlor-alkali and inorganics market is segmented into Nitrogen Compounds, Phosphorus Compounds, Caustic Soda, Chlorine, Titanium Dioxide, Soda Ash, and Sulfuric Acid and Sulfates.
Nitrogen Compounds market comprises of manufacturing and sale of various nitrogen compounds. Some important nitrogen compounds include ammonia, nitric acid, and various inorganic nitrates. Nitrogen compounds are major ingredients for manufacturing various organic chemicals, explosives and agricultural chemicals.
Phosphorous Compounds market comprises of manufacturing and sale of various phosphorous compounds. Some important phosphorous compounds include phosphoric acid, phosphates and superphosphates. Phosphorous compounds have wide uses in agriculture industry.
Chlor-Alkali market mainly comprises of production and sale of caustic soda and chlorine produced by the chlor-alkali process. Chlor-alkali process commonly involves electrolysis of common salt (NaCl) to produce caustic soda (sodium hydroxide,) chlorine and hydrogen. Hydrogen is used to produced hydrochloric acid or other chemicals such as ammonia and hydrocarbon compounds.
Titanium Oxide market comprises of establishments manufacturing and selling titanium dioxide (TiO2). Titanium oxide is chemically extracted from minerals such as ilmenite and rutile. Titanium oxide has high refractive index and is widely used in pigments and is also incorporated in various skin care/cosmetics products where it functions as sunscreen and thickening agent.
Soda Ash market includes manufacture and sale of sodium carbonate (Na2CO3). Soda ash is mainly produced by refining natural soda ashes- trona mineral and sodium carbonate containing natural brines. Soda ash has major applications in glass, soaps & detergents and paper manufacturing.
Sulfuric Acid and Sulfates market includes manufacture and sale of sulfuric acid and sulfates. Sulfuric acid is one of the most widely produced chemicals. It is manufactured by oxidation of elemental sulfur and its subsequent direct or indirect reaction with water. Sulfuric acid is used to produce various key chemical products such as phosphate fertilizers, sulfates, etc. Sulfates are produced using sulfuric acid or by oxidizing metal sulfites or sulfides. Calcium sulfate and copper sulfate are some of the major sulfates.